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Getting Food to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues food distributions this week in the Philippines to provide Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a two-week supply of food per family. Survivors have been desperate for help as destroyed roads and downed communication systems made receiving and calling for aid nearly impossible. But through FH partner churches and staff living […]

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Christmas Shopping: Good or Bad Idea?

The excitement of Christmas is filling the crisp autumn air! Decorations are slowly emerging from the attic. People everywhere are trying to remember, “How exactly did I get these lights on the roof last year?” Starbucks is serving their holiday drinks, including the infamous pumpkin spice latte! Christians all over the world are anticipating the […]

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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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Generosity: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Socrates said the “unexamined life is not worth living.” If examination makes life worthwhile, accountants are happy people. This week, our external auditors are scrutinizing Food for the Hungry’s (FH) financial accounts. They go over every detail of our records ensuring that we properly recorded the year’s transactions. As our fiscal year ended in September, […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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Got Your Goat?

  Many of us love our dogs or cats. They provide us with companionship and comfort—and often make us laugh. But what about goats? Did you ever think of loving a goat? A girl named Hannah Jane loves her goats. In the Philippines, two goats provided her family with hope and helped to relieve their […]

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Beating Malnutrition with Tasty Cooking

  To combat the malnutrition, Food for the Hungry (FH) created care groups for fathers and mothers to learn about nutritious foods and hygiene for disease prevention and improve health. The care groups consisted of one FH staff teaching 10 to 15 people. Once the people in the group learned the information, they formed their […]

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Having a Big, Beautiful Cow

The path to better nutrition started with beautiful Bolivian cows. For Agustin, age 53, he started growing a variety of 100 percent organic crops, earning income and feeding his children. And his cows helped him—producing manure to improve the soil for stronger plants. The cows also produced milk that the family sold for income and […]

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Tree Seedlings Grow Mother’s Hope

It’s amazing how tiny tree seedlings can make such a difference in a person’s life and community. Little trees changed the life of Marcelline Maniema in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She used to be hungry all the time—as was her husband and eight children. But when Food for the Hungry (FH) started working […]

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