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What cultural lies are you buying into?

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are […]

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Heidi poses for a photo Rahki and her sister Lota.

Two buzzwords you should think about this month

Empowered women. These buzzwords have saturated the office and web lately here at Food for the Hungry (FH). Why’s that? Well, FH is gearing up for the upcoming International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8. We’re doing so by hosting an International Women’s Day 5k Walk on March 10. Posters have been printed and emails have […]

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Justice is a step beyond compassion

“The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” – Psalm 33:5 Later this month, I’ll be at the Justice Conference in Philadelphia. (If you’ll be there too, see my note at the end of this post about our pastors luncheon.) Hundreds of thought leaders, church representatives, and practitioners from […]

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sock being made on double pointed knitting needles

Farmers inspire me to knit my socks

In August 2012, I became a great-aunt for the first time. I have always been a good aunt — just ask my niece — but when my dear niece had twin boys, I graduated to GREAT aunt. I grew up with a plethora of great aunts. Like all good Northern farm girls, they could knit up […]

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Why Les Miserables demands our attention

Though 150 years old, the story Les Miserables has been reborn for the 21st Century through film. But as David reflects on the story, he feels that it’s popularity is not only due in part to the quality of art. The story requires the audience to ask itself “What would I do?” in the face of injustice and poverty. It requires us to act.

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River in Shashego

Bridging the gap, saving lives

I honestly don’t know how many bridges I crossed this morning on the way to work. I drive on a freeway that crosses over myriad side streets, and navigates a pass through the Phoenix North Mountain nature preserve.  I don’t even think about the steel and concrete that take me 16 miles to work and […]

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Painting of the parable of the good shepherd separating the sheep from the goats

“You will always have the poor among you …”

I can’t prove it, but after many years of pastoral experience, including numerous conversations on the subject with believers and non-believers alike, I’m convinced this is the best known reference in the Bible concerning poverty.  For believers especially, this is frequently quoted as proof that poverty will always exist and cannot be overcome.  Because this […]

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End poverty by starting relationships

Every morning, thousands of Food for the Hungry staff  walk, bicycle or drive into some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. Ending poverty is ultimately about the relationships and sharing of ideas that happen during these daily exchanges around the world, day in and day out. Eva Amor is one of FH’s staff building these […]

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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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Call your church to action for foreign assistance

Most Americans overestimate the percentage of the U.S. budget spent on foreign assistance. Here’s a video showing just how drastic the difference is between typical perceptions and the actual amount. (Spoiler alert: It’s less than 1% of the federal budget.)   Yet these programs are life-saving. According to our friends at ONE, “Thanks to the United […]

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