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12 Days of Christmas: Self-Control

During the whirlwind of holiday festivities between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, few of us are focusing much on the idea of self-control. In fact, for many of us, this is the time of year we entirely reject it, encouraging excess and indulgence. “Hey, it’s the holiday season!” we proclaim, justifying another slice of pie […]

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Philippines: Church Celebrates Christmas

It was early November when I arrived in the Philippines, and much to my surprise they were celebrating Christmas in full force! Decorated trees were everywhere and some of our favorite holiday jingles played on the radio. It was a dichotomy for my brain… in light of the recent typhoon, how can people be so […]

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Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Starts Rebuilding Life

At 5:30 a.m. on November 8, Typhoon Haiyan took out entire towns, like Basey in the Philippines. Filipinos living this community describe the waves as an “anaconda eating the city.” The waves came in three times—the final being the deadliest. Now, Basey homes lay in piles of rubble along the streets. Layo Mateo, a typhoon […]

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This Girl Made Typhoon Haiyan Personal

Major disasters usually seem a world away, but not this time. When I heard that Typhoon Haiyan had hit the Philippines, my thoughts went at once to Mariecris. Mariecris is my sponsored child. She lives in the Philippines, like 2,000 other children sponsored through Food for the Hungry (FH). When the typhoon hit, my daughters […]

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Typhoon Haiyan: Child Friendly Spaces

Where do children play after their community is demolished? Many children venture out among the rubble, looking for something to do. Schools are closed. Homes are make-shift shelters. They face physical dangers and can be vulnerable to abuse and trafficking. Food for the Hungry (FH ) is creating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the Philippines, […]

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The Wonder of Partnerships

Let’s think a minute about the wonder of partnerships. It’s through partnerships that great works can be done. Such as Food for the Hungry’s (FH) partnership with the Integral Alliance – which is a group of 19 Christian relief and development organizations coming together to provide more effective responses, like in helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors […]

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Aileen and her mother Alicia

Typhoon Haiyan Survivor Tells Story of Disaster

 FH is helping by distributing food and water to survivors. Plans are being assessed for continuing support for the people of Basay. Here is Aileen’s account of what happened during the typhoon and what she and her family now face. The day Typhoon Haiyan started was exactly 5:30 a.m. The wind was really strong…even the […]

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Getting Food to Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Food for the Hungry (FH) continues food distributions this week in the Philippines to provide Typhoon Haiyan survivors with a two-week supply of food per family. Survivors have been desperate for help as destroyed roads and downed communication systems made receiving and calling for aid nearly impossible. But through FH partner churches and staff living […]

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Christmas Shopping: Good or Bad Idea?

The excitement of Christmas is filling the crisp autumn air! Decorations are slowly emerging from the attic. People everywhere are trying to remember, “How exactly did I get these lights on the roof last year?” Starbucks is serving their holiday drinks, including the infamous pumpkin spice latte! Christians all over the world are anticipating the […]

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Philippines Response: Applying Lessons from Indonesia to Haiyan

Many will remember the tsunami on December 26, 2004, that wiped out large parts of Indonesia and Thailand. The final death toll was more than 230,000 people, with millions more left homeless. At the time, it spurred the largest humanitarian response in history. When news began to trickle in about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines earlier this month, it brought back vivid memories of similar circumstances from the preceding Asian disaster. Here are three lessons to consider from the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami.

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