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Burundi: A Boy’s Generosity

It was a particularly cheery day for millions of people in Burundi. The air was festive as pregnant women, new mothers and young children made the long trek from their homes to the clinics. It was the last day of Burundi’s national health campaign, a yearly project initiated by the country’s Ministry of Health and […]

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Blessings Multiplied

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way, we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.“  Acts 20:35 (ESV) We don’t have to go very far to discover God’s truth about giving […]

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Loving the Poor

This past week I had an interesting discussion with a church leader about the mandate we have in the Bible from Jesus to reach out to the poor. At Food for the Hungry (FH), we go the hardest places and reach the poorest of the poor. To my surprise this church leader actually used the […]

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Gratitude Renews Hope

It’s almost the four-month anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. So much debris covers over the survivors’ towns, loved ones and hope. The typhoon hit on November 8, 2013, demolishing entire towns and displacing more than 1 million people. But as this woman’s story shows—a little gratitude can lead one to find the hope […]

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Be Near God’s Heart

Do you ever wonder why you route for the under-dog?  There is something in us that wants people – with the odds stacked against them – to win. I believe that is the image of God expressing Himself through us. People with odds stacked against them are near to God’s heart; the poor, the oppressed, […]

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Meeting Moms in the Hills of Bolivia

On February 7 and 8, I’ll have the honor to join women (many moms)  from across the country at the IF: Gathering. The name of this gathering comes from a simple question: “If God is real, then what?” Many of us will meet in Austin, Texas, but many others will be at simulcast host sites […]

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The End of Global Worming

No, that is not a typo. And yes, you will want to hear how the end of “global worming” is one of the most cost-effective ways to bring hope to the most vulnerable. Let’s start off with a short lesson on what I’m referring to as “global worming.” No, this is not a sci-fi conspiracy […]

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Cease Fire in South Sudan

Food for the Hungry (FH) and 54 major humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in South Sudan reaffirmed their commitment to help all civilian populations.  The recent cease fire signing in Addis Ababa between the South Sudan government and opposition forces is a hopeful sign for NGOs to continue working. With at least three aid workers killed […]

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Biblical Holism

Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity. What practical value is there in knowing this? In the late 1960s a noted secular author and journalist, Arthur Koestler, coined the word “holon” which, like holism, comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning “whole.” A holon is simultaneously a whole and a […]

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Love is the Answer

When a war breaks out in any part of the world, people reading or watching the news often are curious to know what is causing the fighting. Sometimes, wars are justified. As we watch from a distance, we often take sides. Other times, there is uproar against the fighting and the media is filled with […]

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