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Breaking the cycle of poverty

I live in Phoenix. This time of the year, temperatures reach 110 degrees and above. It feels like an oppressive heat that won’t let up. So, this past weekend, I jumped in my car and took a drive out of town. Within two hours, I was in the mountains, feeling cool temperatures and breaking the […]

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My first (almost) Father’s Day

That’s right! Life will never be the same. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of October, and already I am plagued with a consistent anxiety about how best to prepare for fatherhood. Inevitably, I have spent the last couple of months thinking about the fathers in my life. While […]

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Food for the Hungry staff person reflects on Hopefest

Having trouble asking for help?

“I have trouble asking for help.” “I don’t like to be indebted to people.” “I don’t want to be needy.” These are phrases with which many of us in North America are all too familiar. On a cognitive level, I can tell you what’s wrong – and even irrational – about those statements. But, something […]

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We are all in this together

Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombings, it was inspiring to see how people from around the world feel connected to the grief and pain of the victims. This highlights the God-given connection we have to our brothers and sisters “in their distress”.

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The purpose of the poor

We are all familiar, to some extent, with the plight of the materially poor. However, in the grand scheme of things—do the poor have a positive purpose? According to a respected colleague from Kenya, who is a committed Christian and a successful businessman, the purpose of the poor is the elevation of all humanity. He came to […]

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The cross . . . our unstoppable guarantee (Part 2)

In the cross, Jesus gives us something that cannot be stolen by thieves, diminished by oppression or destroyed by natural calamity. As FH cares for impoverished communities, we cannot control the circumstances of hostile nations and groaning creation. However, we can lean completely on the unstoppable message of the cross and power of the Gospel to change lives and communities.

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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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Five lessons in five years at FH (Part 1)

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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Feeling lost in today’s world?

A funny thing happened when I went to help change the conditions of the poor in Africa. I was changed. Twenty years ago, I moved to post-war Uganda to do my part to help. What I came to realize was: God’s call for me to meet the needs of the poor also involved His desire to transform my life. […]

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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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