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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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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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What to do with extra crops…

Foreign aid, though a small portion of the U.S. federal budget, is one of the most cost-effective tools of foreign diplomacy. As I have traveled to see Food for the Hungry projects accomplished through the financial support of the U.S. government, I’ve been inspired to see the signs that proclaim: “From the American people.” Public […]

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Ethiopia Grain Distribution

We can’t gamble with lives for so-called food aid reform

As we near President Obama’s budget submission, many in the international aid community are concerned about reports that U.S. food aid to the most vulnerable is at risk. Specifically the program called Food for Peace is reported as being cut from the president’s budget. The changes proposed are being called “reforms” however the result is a […]

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Made in …….?

Guest Blogger: Chellsea LaBarge is a student at ASU studying Non Profit and Leadership Management. She has spent the past several months learning and contributing to FH as an intern in the Phoenix office.  My fishbowl Growing up, my childhood was spent in the small town of Surprise, Arizona. My family moved to the city during […]

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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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Francis and Edith Schaeffer

Wise words from Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013)

I only heard Edith Schaeffer speak in person once. At that time, this extremely influential evangelical woman who passed away this past Saturday was already getting up in years.  Since her speaking engagements were regularly recorded, I haven’t had to spend much time with her to feel like we’ve been in the same room more […]

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Hope and courage

On March 21, Food for the Hungry (FH) hosted our Hope and Courage conference with participation from Phoenix pastors and church leaders and FH staff from all over the world.  One of our keynote speakers was Anglican Bishop Laurent Mbanda, who is bishop of the Shyira Diocese in northern Rwanda. Mbanda (as he prefers to be called) […]

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