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Somebody Needs You

What is compassion? Compassion literally means “suffering together.” It is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another person’s suffering and you feel motivated to help relieve that suffering. Compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. When we feel compassion, our heart rate slows, feelings of […]

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The Value of the Widow’s Mite

There is, perhaps, no story that reflects the true spirit of Christmas more than the one found in Mark 12:41-44 — the story of the Widow’s Mite. The key to the quality of her giving was summed up best when Jesus said, “The others gave out of their wealth, but she gave out of her poverty.” Frequently, we […]

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Random Acts of Kindness – What Can You Do Today?

Perhaps someone has paid for your coffee on your morning breakfast run, or perhaps a stranger compliments you on your new shirt when you’re in line at the bank. These small “random acts of kindness” or RAOKs are one of the little things in life that bring a smile to your face. If they make […]

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Different Cultures – Different Problems – Similar Solutions

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if when we were sick, we could go to one place, take one pill and have that one pill solve any sickness that we have? I don’t know if that will ever happen in the realm of healthcare, but there are cures for many of the issues of life that people […]

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Digging For Water Changed His Life

Finding at least one water source for each family to increase food production was a primary focus for us in nine drought-prone districts of the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Over the past fiscal year, a total of 22 rivers and springs were developed and diverted. In addition, 202 shallow wells were dug for irrigation. As […]

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How Savings Groups Are Creating Hope in the D.R Congo

What the average person knows about the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is that it is somewhere in central Africa. It might be a stretch to include the word “central,” so let’s take a moment to gain just a bit more understanding. At one-quarter the size of the U.S., the DRC is the eleventh largest country in […]

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with Your Family

The Christmas season is upon us. While you may be looking forward to that family dinner, Christmas Eve church service or seeing what your kids open their gifts, there is more to the season than just this. The Christmas season is a great reminder to all of us that we should give back to others […]

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A Renewed Life: Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, AIDS

Take a moment to think about a young child experiencing the horror of his father or mother dying right before his eyes with the dreadful disease of AIDS. Even worse, he knows that he has tested positive for HIV that, in time and without proper treatment, could also take his life. It’s hard to imagine […]

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Grocery Shopping in South Sudan

Last month we shared a post entitled, “Hunger Hurts,” about the crisis in South Sudan. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Now we would like to share 15,000 words in photos of some of our efforts to feed the hungry there. Keep in mind that the temperature where these pictures were […]

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Six Ways to Share the Spirit of Thanksgiving Year Round

In many families, the practice of giving thanks for the things that make our lives special is one that is delegated to the dinner table at Thanksgiving. While it is a great tradition to go around the table and share the things that make our lives wonderful before we enjoy a turkey dinner, the reality […]

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