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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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Inspiring women entrepreneurs

  Preachers have often observed that entries in one’s checkbook are the best indication of our true values. Today, the role of that checkbook has been replaced by the online transfers you run through your bank account. Still, the point is the same: We spend money on things we care about. They show our priorities. […]

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My daughter’s birthday list

March 8 is a special day in our house for two reasons. First, it’s my oldest daughter’s birthday. Andrea was born on March 8. She’s turning ten years old. She wrote her birthday list last night. Andrea’s Birthday List Jean jacket The latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book Smelly markers Case to hold my […]

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Peace and voting: Pray for Kenya

Please pray for peaceful elections in Kenya. Elections are only a means to both a moral and political end. We must pray that Kenya’s elections are conducted in peace. And that the culminating decisions of the nation, comprised of the millions of individual votes, cast by its own citizens, is a vote for the reign of peace.

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Liliwen and friends

How sponsorship saved a family in the wake of disaster

If you were a female living in Bangladesh, you would face a multitude of troubles such as vulnerability and discrimination. If you happened to also be of a low caste, an ethnic minority and a poor family, your challenges would severely increase. And when a cyclone wreaked havoc on your community, destroying the few resources you had — you would be devastated. Find out how Food for the Hungry brought hope in these circumstances.

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Providing a blessing of hope and joy

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  (Romans 15:13) The word joy jumps out at me in Romans 15:13. The concept of being filled with joy (and peace) is amazing. How often do we […]

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Because they arrived first

Moving day. We’ve all been there before.  Boxes, packing tape, storage units and sore muscles.  I’ve been asked to help others move more times than I care to remember.  However, if I’m available, I graciously volunteer to help.  I know that someday I too will need to move and would appreciate the “muscle support” of […]

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FH programs help protect women and girls

Protecting precious girls

My girls I have the incredible honor to be “dad” to two tween girls. By nature I want to protect them. As a steward before God, I take my responsibility to protect them even more seriously. I protect because they’re precious both to me and to God who gave them to me. My girls are growing up […]

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Which Downton Abbey character are you?

NOTE: The following post includes many references to the PBS Masterpiece Theater drama “Downton Abbey.”  I believe it is inevitable. Despite the plot twists and character turns of the period piece melodrama, I believe I can predict one thing about Downton Abbey: The character I dislike the most, will NOT die. Before you write me […]

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