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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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Peace and voting: Pray for Kenya

Please pray for peaceful elections in Kenya. Elections are only a means to both a moral and political end. We must pray that Kenya’s elections are conducted in peace. And that the culminating decisions of the nation, comprised of the millions of individual votes, cast by its own citizens, is a vote for the reign of peace.

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Which Downton Abbey character are you?

NOTE: The following post includes many references to the PBS Masterpiece Theater drama “Downton Abbey.”  I believe it is inevitable. Despite the plot twists and character turns of the period piece melodrama, I believe I can predict one thing about Downton Abbey: The character I dislike the most, will NOT die. Before you write me […]

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What’s in your toolbox?

I rode into work this morning with my friend Charith, and we talked about a mutual friend working in China. Our friend observed that an uncommon number of Chinese seem to be wearing glasses. Charith asked, “Why do you think so many people have bad eyes?” Community development professionals observe and ask these questions all the time. As a former community […]

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Novelist inspired by Sunday school

Meet Jason Wellnitz…my guest blogger. He’s written a novel inspired by a trip to Mozambique with Food for the Hungry. Read about his experience and what he did in response to what he saw.   June 2011, Gorangosa, Mozambique. Our driver turned the white minibus off the main paved road and down onto a red, rutted […]

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Do you hear what I hear?

Today, we are sacrificing the quality of our interactions, for quantity. But we must be good listeners if we want to End Poverty.

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VOTE: It’s a justice Issue

Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.

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Bolivian sewing school teaches women skills

The Chair in the Seed

“Where did this chair come from?” Germán asked me. We had been talking with a group of women in Bolivia who had just started their own sewing school with guidance from FH. Germán, the FH staff member who leads the project, was making a point about helping the women to support themselves. Germán related the training he had given […]

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Hurricane season in Haiti – but don’t forget long-term community development

With Hurricane Isaac recently causing havoc in Haiti, it is a good time to reflect that even when Haiti is not in the news for storms or earthquakes, FH is active behind-the-scenes helping local leaders create healthy and disaster-resilient communities.  One of these cases is Belladere, a town close to the border of the Dominican […]

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We Interrupt This Monotonous & Agitating Political Season for a TRUE Message of HOPE

This is not a stump speech, an endorsement, or even a subversive political plea.

This is a reminder and a gift. A message of hope.

As our TV’s sets and news feeds monotonously tune in to the steady screeching of political debate, party pundits and campaigning figureheads, I believe it is important to take a deep breath, and REMEMBER THE POOR. There is no doubt that any election is an important and historical event. We should care about elected leaders, their ideas and what they stand for. But let’s not loose sight of the most monumental opportunities of hope we may ever face.

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