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Trickle-down Compassion

My wife and I are days away from the arrival of our first child. It’s a crazy time when you know that you are on the edge of such a life-changing experience. The end of one phase of life, and the beginning of another. It is both exciting and nerve-racking … but ultimately… it’s just […]

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Helping Our Kids Relinquish Their Stuff

Giving can be so hard. Just ask my daughter… The Realization This week my wife and I realized we have kids’ play things  stashed away in closets – toys not used in years by our daughters.  As we took an inventory, it was pretty evident that our girls had outgrown the dolls, games and other […]

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Different Christmas Traditions

In Bolivia, some of the communities where Food for the Hungry (FH) works are far from the reach of television, toy catalogs or the tradition of Santa Claus. So, what do Christmas traditions look like in these places? To find out, we asked children in rural Bolivia how they celebrate Christmas. Marcelo remarked, “At Christmas, […]

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Giving Milagros Hope

A girl named Milagros was born with a severe cleft lip and palate in La Florida, Peru. The facial deformity made it difficult for her to eat and speak. With her lip showing an opening up to her nose, other children and adults were cruel to her. Because she lived in extreme poverty, surgery was […]

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The Little Handprints of Child Sponsorship

Working in Food for the Hungry’s (FH) child sponsorship department, I see a lot of introductory letters written by children from all over the world. My favorite letters are sent by the kids too young to read or write. Oftentimes, children will dip their sweet little hands in paint or carefully trace them and then […]

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The necessary work of love

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere.  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”  1 Corinthians 13:3, The Message There are passages of Scripture […]

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Food for the Hungry Syria Refugees

A lost generation? Offering hope for Syria’s children

Last week I saw an image of a Syrian boy. It disturbed to me the point that I had to look away. For a moment, when I saw this 12-or-so-year-old child, he reminded me so much of my nephew. My nephew lets the others around him know how he feels. I have seen him upset, […]

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Back to School: 5 simple (and fun) ways to teach children about poverty

Crayons, notebooks, backpacks… oh my! The beginning of the school year is always ripe with different emotions. Excitement for the year ahead. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. Anticipation for all that will be learned. Sadness for the end of summer vacation. I guess you can tell what my emotions typically were when starting […]

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Remember the thrill of school supplies?

When I think back on grade school, my mind is flooded with fond memories of  new beginnings. A new school year with a new teacher brought about the idea of being surrounded my new classmates, new friends, and most notably, a slew of new school supplies. Sure meet-the-teacher was an exciting experience, but I most […]

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Education: Girl gains confidence to teach other students

At age 14, Sophorn stands at the head of her classroom in Cambodia and teaches other children school subjects. She is a patient teacher, because she once struggled in school. Not long ago, Sophorn avoided getting an education. She had learning difficulties and a mindset inspired by the Khmer proverb: “Girls cannot go beyond the […]

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