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The purpose of the poor

We are all familiar, to some extent, with the plight of the materially poor. However, in the grand scheme of things—do the poor have a positive purpose? According to a respected colleague from Kenya, who is a committed Christian and a successful businessman, the purpose of the poor is the elevation of all humanity. He came to […]

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She couldn’t hear her mother’s voice

She was a frail, young woman who was 22 when I met her. I can’t imagine how her small frame could possibly have given birth at the age of 12. Her story changed me for life.

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Mosquito: The world's deadliest insect

The world’s deadliest insect

Mosquitoes. We all hate them. We hate that momentary sting when one of them gets us. We hate the itchy, red bumps they cover our legs and arms with. We hate that they are so tough to catch, and that when we do smash one, that bloodsucker’s meal splatters all over our hands. Gross, yes. […]

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Important to do … but not now

  Me to my girls:  “When was the last time you wrote Macua (our sponsored child) a letter?” Silence. Me to my girls: “How about you make a card for Macua sometime today. Getting a card from you would really make her day, you know.” My reluctant writers Why is it that my two girls rarely […]

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Child sponsorship kids club fun

Child sponsorship lets kids be kids

  I first noticed her as she ran from a house to the building we were about to visit. She wore a pink princess dress, white ribbons in her hair and shoes that didn’t fit. The building we were visiting had been finished the previous week. Food for the Hungry (FH) had helped a church […]

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Feeling lost in today’s world?

A funny thing happened when I went to help change the conditions of the poor in Africa. I was changed. Twenty years ago, I moved to post-war Uganda to do my part to help. What I came to realize was: God’s call for me to meet the needs of the poor also involved His desire to transform my life. […]

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Liliwen and friends

How sponsorship saved a family in the wake of disaster

If you were a female living in Bangladesh, you would face a multitude of troubles such as vulnerability and discrimination. If you happened to also be of a low caste, an ethnic minority and a poor family, your challenges would severely increase. And when a cyclone wreaked havoc on your community, destroying the few resources you had — you would be devastated. Find out how Food for the Hungry brought hope in these circumstances.

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Providing a blessing of hope and joy

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  (Romans 15:13) The word joy jumps out at me in Romans 15:13. The concept of being filled with joy (and peace) is amazing. How often do we […]

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Life in Haiti this week

One of the joys of working for an international organization like Food for the Hungry (FH) is that I read constantly about places I’ve never visited.   They come alive for me via reports, proposals and e-mails from distant colleagues. Yesterday I visited a place that has a special place in my heart, called Lespinasse.  It’s […]

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Children inspiring hope

Since becoming Chief Development Officer at Food for the Hungry in 2011, I have spent a lot of time visiting our work around the world. A consistent heart-changing experience for me in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America is seeing the inspiring hope inside our communities. To look into the eyes of children who […]

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