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Clean Water — Let’s Be Part of the Solution Together

Let’s not overthink this. Water is elemental to life and prosperity. Since the beginning of humanity, water has influenced where we live, what we eat, how we conduct business and nearly every other aspect of our lives. Today, those who have abundant and potable water often take it for granted. And those who don’t, implore […]

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An Inconvenience or a Sign of Privilege?

On Monday morning, a surprise was waiting for my family in the kitchen. We heard unusual creaking sounds when we walked near the kitchen sink. Upon closer inspection, we noticed signs of water damage. Sure enough, when we looked under the kitchen sink, we discovered a water leak that had soaked cabinets, a wall, and […]

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8 Days of Giving: Day 4 – Water Filter

In this story, Jesus stopped at Jacob’s Well in the town of Samaria called Sychar and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. This woman was an outcast in her own community and someone a Jew wouldn’t normally talk to. Something special happened on this meeting though, she became the first person in the Gospel of John to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

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The Everyday Miracle of Clean Water

In the United States we experience a miracle every time we open a water faucet. We get clean water that is safe to drink. We don’t need to leave our homes to get it. It is treated and delivered directly to us, and it is available on demand. We drink it. We bathe and shower […]

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Picture Your Church in Rwanda

Imagine if only one out of every 10 homes in your neighborhood had any kind of piped water. How would your community look different, and what would your priorities be? Recently I learned about a region of Rwanda called Nyagihanga where the lack of clean water is a daily reality. Food for the Hungry has begun […]

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Water is power

Think with me for a moment about Chukuke, an 8-year-old girl growing up in Africa. She lives in one of the more arid regions of Kenya. She does not go to school. She had to drop out. She spends every day walking 9 to 10 miles to find clean water for her household. She doesn’t […]

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Water Pump: 40 Days of Giving

During the period of 40 days, the Lord prepared Himself for His earthly ministry. While we’re not sure exactly what that entailed, we do know that He fasted. Traditionally, fasting is a time of abstinence from something, generally food or drink. The purpose is to practice self-restraint and to focus on God. The idea is […]

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The reality of hunger

I’ll never forget the day hunger became real to me. I was with Food for the Hungry colleagues in rural Bolivia, visiting a rustic mountain community. FH had constructed a water system here and had taught mothers about health and hygiene. There was a one-room schoolhouse that went through second grade, and a dilapidated and […]

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Holism in the Grand Canyon (Part 1)

I’m hiking the Grand Canyon, Rim to Rim, in one day. And in so doing have gone on a journey of pondering this idea: That a holistically healthy life is best exposed in acts of compassion. Probably not a novel idea, but one that we should at least contemplate.

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Goodbye to cookie cutters: Three reasons to be glad

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with something food-oriented… In my FH world, “cookie cutter” refers to community development where an outsider comes to a village with a certain pre-packaged technical solution to a problem.  Every village would receive the same stuff with the same design.  The village’s decision is whether to accept or reject […]

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