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3 ways that development work is discipleship in disguise

In my frequent conversations with pastors, we often find ourselves stuck at the question of “so, what exactly is development?”  Rather than starting from scratch, I love to begin with a more familiar term: discipleship. While the words are not synonymous, there are some strong connections between the two concepts.  The ministry of Food for […]

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Julio’s story: Starting a new child sponsorship

Ryan Horn is a Food for the Hungry employee and child sponsor. Ryan shares what it was like to get news that his sponsored child had graduated…and then how he began another sponsorship with a different child…all of it happening right in Gautemala. A couple of years ago, I took a seven-day trip with FH […]

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Learning to sail

At Food for the Hungry (FH), one of our core skills is cross-cultural communication. After all, we work in more than 25 countries. And it’s hard. The late Philosopher of Communication Marshall McLuhan said, “We don’t know who discovered water, but we know it wasn’t the fish.” In other words, fish are so immersed in […]

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Bangladeshi hospitality: How do you compare?

Bangladesh made an impression on me – and it’s been a year since I visited the country. But I still remember the taste of Bangladeshi tea served in a delicate cups and saucers every day around mid-afternoon. The elegance of women’s clothing, creating beauty in places that might otherwise be thought of as dismal.   […]

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We are all in this together

Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was inspiring to see how people from around the world feel connected to the grief and pain of the victims. This highlights the God-given connection we have to our brothers and sisters “in their distress”.

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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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Live each moment with God’s love

My guest blogger today is Food for the Hungry’s Senior Policy Advisor Lucas Koach, who shares (in the following paragraphs) how to unite your work and life as a Christian.     I have the most interesting cocktail conversations when asked what I do for a living.  I explain I am (both) a public policy […]

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Boston bombing: Will you help or hide?

If we needed more evidence that we live and work in a broken world, the Boston marathon bombing was a rude reminder. Food for the Hungry (FH) is called to serve the most vulnerable of this world. Doing so by definition takes us into parts of the world where senseless death and destruction are regular occurrences. […]

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What to do with extra crops…

Foreign aid, though a small portion of the U.S. federal budget, is one of the most cost-effective tools of foreign diplomacy. As I have traveled to see Food for the Hungry projects accomplished through the financial support of the U.S. government, I’ve been inspired to see the signs that proclaim: “From the American people.” Public […]

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Ethiopia Grain Distribution

We can’t gamble with lives for so-called food aid reform

As we near President Obama’s budget submission, many in the international aid community are concerned about reports that U.S. food aid to the most vulnerable is at risk. Specifically the program called Food for Peace is reported as being cut from the president’s budget. The changes proposed are being called “reforms” however the result is a […]

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