Tag Archives | HIV/AIDS

Can Poverty Really Change?

  Can Poverty like this Really be Changed? Ever feel like we’ll never put a dent in the deep poverty that exists in our world today? In a place where government is dysfunctional, society is at war, formal jobs are scarce, natural disasters are pretty regular, disease is rampant, basic roads and schools barely exist, and so on […]

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Ethiopia’s Generation of Orphans

Around 1 million Ethiopian children share the experience of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. If it’s hard for you to get your head around that number, try one in eight Ethiopian children are making their way in the world without parents – a generation growing up as orphans. I recently read a New […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Patience

Like millions of people, I love to celebrate Christmas. Unfortunately, it also can be a very stressful time of the year. Patience – loads of it – is what I need, so I don’t lose my joy in this happiest season of all. I find that many of the things that test my patience are […]

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Inspiring Hope: “All things are possible for one who believes…”

Confession: I am an optimist. I feel stronger when I’m positive. When asked what kind of animal best defines my personality, I answer…Golden Retriever. The glass is always half full. And in college, I was dubbed “sunshine” for my best-case-scenario outlooks that matched my abnormally blonde mane and glowing complexion. But I’m also a product […]

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John Kerry at PEPFAR meeting

Celebrating the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

In 2003, HIV/AIDS was ravaging the world—killing millions of adults and leaving tens of millions of children orphaned in Africa and beyond. Some at the time predicted that an entire generation would be wiped off the map in Africa. And that is likely what would have happened if not for an idea that started small, […]

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Give parents hope for their children

My son, Alexander, age 4, is having a medical procedure done to repair a tight-tongue. While this is a minor surgery, I’m afraid for him. Even though my little boy will be operated on by a highly-trained doctor in a world-class medical facility, I don’t want to see my son in pain. But my family […]

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Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 2)

When I drove across the country from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Phoenix, Ariz., in January 2008 I knew two things for sure: That I was about to start a wild adventure Only God knew where this adventure was heading! My journey with Food for the Hungry (FH) began several months earlier when I volunteered as […]

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Ethiopian boy who is living with HIV

A cure for HIV? Let’s celebrate and be faithful

The first time I vividly remember sitting with a child who was infected with HIV was in northern Ethiopia. The boy, who was about eight years old, had a glazed look in his eyes. He sat practically motionless while I visited with his mother and grandmother. The father had passed away. Siblings were also present […]

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FH Staff at Blood:Water Mission Red Tie Gala

Honoring Senator Frist

I got on the plane in Cincinnati bound for Nashville and took my seat toward the back of the plane. While doing some Food for the Hungry (FH) work on my laptop, a tall, stately gentlemen caught my eye. I thought to myself, “I know I know him, but from where?” And then I connected […]

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African Children

Faith’s role in an AIDS-free generation

With World AIDS Day coming on December 1 and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today unveiling the U.S. government’s new blueprint for eradicating AIDS, I was encouraged to read a United Nations Program on AIDS (UNAIDS) report showing that 25 countries have seen a 50 percent or greater drop in new HIV infections since 2001, and […]

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