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from “them” to “we”

As an American college student, it was pretty easy for me to fall into the the mindset of “they don’t know what they are missing out on, so they are happy with less.” Then I met Jamal. Jamal was the same age as me and loved all things American. His dirty clothes and borrowed bed told […]

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One of my favorite Christmas Carols…what’s yours?

Tragedies like the one in Newtown, Conn., or the lesser known school stabbings in China, make us keenly aware for our need for light in dark situations. Maybe it’s just me, but walking into a shopping mall and hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (again), doesn’t do it. But there are so, so, so many other […]

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You never forget your first National Geographic moment.

You never forget your first National Geographic moment. Mine was in 2007… Rwanda. I was interning for Food for the Hungry (FH) as student photojournalist. A kid with a camera and sense of adventure – I knew nothing about poverty, FH or Africa. And there I was, in the middle of a war torn country, hearing stories of genocide […]

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Love sports and fighting world poverty? Do both with FH!

FH World Sports: a movement of athletes driven to end extreme poverty FH World Sports mobilizes athletes to effect global change. Participate in a local athletic event or host your own event. Then, ask your friends and family to join you in raising funds to help keep children in school, decrease child mortality, and provide […]

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A Millennial’s view on the fight against AIDS

Remember when people from around the world collaborated together on a massive quilt that completely covered The Mall in Washington DC? Remember when future Hall-of-Fame Basketball great, Magic Johnson, shocked the world by retiring early and revealing he was HIV-positive? For those of us that are considered Millenials (or Generation Y if you prefer), we’ve lived through a transformation. Arguably, one of the greatest societal shifts in perceptions and attitudes.

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Getting ready for Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is coming. And I’m going through a list of what I’m thankful for in my life. God has blessed me with a great job, home, friends, family and pets! I’ve got so much to be thankful for in my life. Even so, now and again, I get the blues about my life. I […]

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Thankful God is always calling kids & grown-ups home

I’ve spent the past two nights reading to my niece from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones (with captivating illustrations by Jago). I am so glad to be reading her a book about God that says so much more than,“Don’t be a bad girl;” or “Be a good girl.” While abstract concepts […]

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VOTE: It’s a justice Issue

Feeling the need to encourage my younger sister-in-law to vote, I said to her, “I don’t care if you vote for exactly who your parents tell you to vote for. Your vote is VERY important. And that means a lot, because I can assure you that your parents probably vote very differently than I do!” I believe, a vote is more than just a voice. A vote holds with it the hope of the world; that justice can reign on earth, as it does in heaven.

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Holism in the Grand Canyon (Part 2)

Hiking the Grand Canyon brought on unexpected challenges, that brought me to a better understanding that a Holistically healthy life breeds acts of compassion.

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The “Junk in my Trunk”

This weekend my wife and I moved from an apartment where we’ve spent the past two and half years into our first home. I’m still in pain! After hours and hours of packing up boxes, loading them into the moving truck and taking them off the moving truck, we are now at the overwhelming stage […]

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