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The Definition of Poverty — Beyond Mere Stuff

People define poverty as an absence of something. While mostly commonly associated with material needs, we attach the word “poverty” to all kinds of other words: poverty of thought, of culture, of philosophy, of ideas. So “poverty” is a broad term we use to identify some element we think is missing. What’s missing among the […]

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BIG Things Should Get Us Excited

We are fascinated by the immense. We are awestruck by the improbable. We are mesmerized by the BIG things in life. Aren’t we? Think about a few things that are HUGE… The Grand Canyon. New York City. The ocean. Sequoia Trees. The Rocky Mountains. We’re also enamored by events of large gatherings, right? The Olympics […]

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Easter: Running towards the Roar

During the Easter season, I have found myself thinking about the pain and suffering of Jesus Christ in light of the resurrection. The cross and the empty tomb go together. As the writer of Hebrews declared, “for the joy set before Jesus, he endured the cross, scorning its shame.” Simply put, there are days of […]

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“One At A Time” — Is It Worth It?

And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. –Mark 6:5 When Dr. Larry Ward began Food for the Hungry (FH), he was compelled by the call to help all who were hungry in the poorest places around the globe. In the early […]

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The Faces of Poverty

I recently got the incredible opportunity to travel with our Church Engagement team to witness the work that Food for the Hungry is doing in Guatemala. I’ve sponsored children for a long time, so I was eager to see for myself the kind of difference that child sponsorship actually makes in the lives of the […]

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Why End Poverty?

Seemingly insurmountable goals do not make for compelling missions. We are accustomed to getting things accomplished. We have tools that allow us to work on several things at once. We enjoy seeing progress towards our goals. We like to check off boxes. And we do NOT enjoy working on things that can’t be fixed. That […]

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What Is “Success” In the Fight To End Poverty?

One month into a new year! How are you doing on your resolutions? Making progress towards your goals? To me the first month of the year is always full of adrenaline. Boldly making changes or commitments to ensure we meet our new goals. Doing our best to arrange our lives to set ourselves up for […]

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Scott Cunningham with his family

Reflecting on working with FH in Nicaragua

  Scott Cunningham has been serving Food for the Hungry (FH) in Chinandega, Nicaragua, for the past four years. He has worked in pastoral and staff training, working closely with employees of FH. When he left for Nicaragua, he was married with two children. Scott and his wife have had two more children while living […]

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American Christian or Christian American?

Is there a difference? At first glance, it might seem that there is not or that the distinction is a trivial one. The question needs a second glance. Let me personalize this. I’m a graduate of the US Air Force Academy. My father graduated from West Point, two of my closest first cousins from the […]

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A Farmer’s Sacrificial Gift

Remember the beautiful story of the widow’s offering, told in Mark 12 and Luke 21? Jesus watched as the the rich people at the temple tossed large sums of money into the offering basket. But he was most impressed with the woman who had very little, and gave two small coins. Knowing this was all […]

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