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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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What cultural lies are you buying into?

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are […]

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Why Les Miserables demands our attention

Though 150 years old, the story Les Miserables has been reborn for the 21st Century through film. But as David reflects on the story, he feels that it’s popularity is not only due in part to the quality of art. The story requires the audience to ask itself “What would I do?” in the face of injustice and poverty. It requires us to act.

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Painting of the parable of the good shepherd separating the sheep from the goats

“You will always have the poor among you …”

I can’t prove it, but after many years of pastoral experience, including numerous conversations on the subject with believers and non-believers alike, I’m convinced this is the best known reference in the Bible concerning poverty.  For believers especially, this is frequently quoted as proof that poverty will always exist and cannot be overcome.  Because this […]

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What’s in your toolbox?

I rode into work this morning with my friend Charith, and we talked about a mutual friend working in China. Our friend observed that an uncommon number of Chinese seem to be wearing glasses. Charith asked, “Why do you think so many people have bad eyes?” Community development professionals observe and ask these questions all the time. As a former community […]

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