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12 Days of Christmas: Humility

There are no snow days in the task of parenting. No vacation days. No sick days. Each day and season brings new non-stop challenges. One such challenge is teaching children the meaning of humility. On one hand, every parent wants their child to know that they are valuable, precious and unique. We long for them […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Perseverance

Perseverance is a mark of a Spirit-filled life. It should be evident in how we as believers manage our daily affairs. Yet, we often lose it in a world that demands comfort, convenience and compromise. Just the other day, as I was shopping for some Christmas gifts, I gave in to the lure of buying […]

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12 Days of Christmas: Notes of Encouragement

Encouragement can be given to you in words, an act or even a blog. The resulting affect should help you feel confident, hopeful and more likely to do something you might not otherwise do. For these last 12 days until Christmas, Food for the Hungry (FH) staff will send you notes of encouragement through our […]

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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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Getting Over Guilt-Trip Giving

This time of year, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to express one’s charity. There’s the bell-ringer outside the store (always able to make me feel guilty, even if I gave yesterday). Celebrity-sponsored tel-a-thons on television. The walk-a-thons, ski-a-thons, bike-a-thons for various diseases. If your email or postal mailbox is like mine, it’s stuffed […]

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Celebrating Advent

This time of year used to look very different than all the advertisements we are bombarded with nowadays. The word “holiday” is in fact a product of the Old English words hālig (holy) and dæg (day). A holy day was 24-hours set apart for God. The holiday season was a time of giving thanks, recognizing […]

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Three Tips for Sane Christmas Shopping

With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, I’ve been revisiting my thoughts about how my daily purchases impact the rest of the world. I first dealt with the subject earlier this year when a clothing factory crumbled in Bangladesh, killing workers who were assembling clothing for the fashion industry. At that time, I wrote […]

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My Favorite Superheroes

My favorite superheroes are people that are kind to every single human being, especially to children. They give their hands, their time and the best of them to those who need it the most. They have a lot of fans, but they are not famous. They are so strong that they can walk for hours […]

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‘Tis the Season … for Gaming Consoles Shopping?

It could be a Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Bow Blaster, an Ipod Touch, a Kindle Fire or Cuisinart Hand Blender—everyone has a top item on their Christmas shopping wish list this year. Many waited in long lines, crowded stores or searched online on Black Friday to purchase an item. We put so much effort into acquiring […]

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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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