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Middle Schoolers Give Hope for Christmas

I had the privilege of speaking to an amazing woman named Donna Nelson the other day. She’s helping children see beyond themselves. In the process, these children are experiencing the idea that happiness comes from contributing rather than receiving. They are seeing that great things can be accomplished when people pull together toward a common […]

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Elena poses for a photo with her sisters in Guatemala.

A singer, pastor and attorney in the heart of Guatemala

Another country? In my last few blog posts, I’ve been sharing about my experiences from a recent trip to Nicaragua. What I haven’t mentioned is that after spending eight days in Nicaragua, my coworker and I flew one hour north and spent another week in Guatemala. I can’t begin to describe the drastic difference between […]

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We Interrupt This Monotonous & Agitating Political Season for a TRUE Message of HOPE

This is not a stump speech, an endorsement, or even a subversive political plea.

This is a reminder and a gift. A message of hope.

As our TV’s sets and news feeds monotonously tune in to the steady screeching of political debate, party pundits and campaigning figureheads, I believe it is important to take a deep breath, and REMEMBER THE POOR. There is no doubt that any election is an important and historical event. We should care about elected leaders, their ideas and what they stand for. But let’s not loose sight of the most monumental opportunities of hope we may ever face.

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Young girl holding paper airplane in Ameya, Nicaragua.

On my desk…Helpless…but praying

Reflecting on my first trip to the field You may have noticed that my title did not say ‘On my desk this week.’ As I’m writing posts about what I’m working on each week, I realized there are so many things I’ve worked on in the past that did not get the opportunity to be […]

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FH Phoenix staff visit Guatemala

In February 2011, Katie Stall and I traveled to Guatemala for our first field visit. We both wanted to see FH’s work in the field. We had spent the last three years, stuffing envelopes and packets, reading and sorting mail, and talking to countless sponsors on the phone—but always desiring to see it all for […]

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Boy in green sweater with pen

Pen, paper and a future in Guatemala

The photographer’s caption tells me the image comes from a place where Food for the Hungry works called “Rio Azul,” or “Blue River,” in Guatemala’s Ixil Triangle region.  But I see a story far beyond a young child poised to draw something. The green in little boy’s sweater mirrors the thick vegetation I remember from […]

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just a little lyrical inspiration

Sitting down at my desk in the morning, I set up my playlist. Always a new tune or two to keep things lively. My co-workers frequently give me a scare when then tap me on the shoulder after realizing they’ve been conversing with themselves for several minutes. Headphones on high, I tune into the days […]

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Angel, age 24 — first in his community to reach college

I was a sponsored child with Food for the Hungry. I grew up in the community of Saraxoch, in Guatemala. My parents never went to school, and they always struggled to find stable work, but they made my education a priority. That's why I studied hard to prove to them that they were not wasting […]

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Lifelong learning helps a Guatemalan grandma care for her family

“I want my grandchildren to grow healthy; that is the reason I am dedicating my time to learn about agriculture,” says 44-year-old Dominga who always has been an active member of her community high in the hills of Guatamala. Guatemala’s children have the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in all of Latin America, and it’s […]

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Are we willing to share our best?

Victor Cortez, Regional Director of Food for the Hungry in Latin America, shared the following insight about people living in physical poverty. When vulnerable people host others in their home, they share the best they have with their guests. They do not share what they do not like any more, what they no longer use, […]

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