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Written by Gary Edmonds
Evidence of Hope This Christmas

For to us a child is born . . . Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end . . . The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. — Isaiah 9:6-7 Have you watched the news recently? Things look dour, don’t they? But,… Read More

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Ideas to Survive Christmas Vacation with Your Kids

Written by Mike Meyers

Have you ever seen those back-to-school TV commercials that use the Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”? They show a parent joyfully collecting school supplies while the kids who are about to end their summer vacation watch with gloom. I know that feeling. And if you… Read More

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Where's God This Thanksgiving?

Written by Gary Edmonds

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. Psalm 18:28 (NIV)   The world watched in horror as news reports detailed a heinous, methodical shooting during Sunday services at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX. Later, frustrated national leaders rebuked their… Read More

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Written by Mike Meyers
Child Sponsorship Fosters Thankfulness at My House

Thankfulness and compassion are big topics at my house. My work at Food for the Hungry has helped my wife and me to spark conversations about how privileged we are as Americans. Catalysts for these conversations include both Child Sponsorship and the Gift Catalog. The Lessons of… Read More

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Helping Communities by Focusing on Girls

Written by Mike Meyers

Did you know that children of literate mothers are 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5? These children also are 26 percent less vulnerable to stunting. Tweet This: Children of literate mothers are 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5 and 26%… Read More

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For the Sake of the Children

Written by Gary Edmonds

Child survival is a phrase used often in the relief and development world. Technically speaking, it’s a measurement of how many children die before reaching age 5. The good news is that child survival rates are going up. In 1990, 90 out of 1,000 little ones around the world died… Read More

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Written by Gary Edmonds
What the Bible Says About Labor

And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. —1 Thessalonians 5:14   In the United States, Labor Day comes around the first Monday of every September. For many, the day means four important… Read More

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The Role of Hope in Recovering From Disasters

Written by Mike Meyers

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13 Like many, I found the news reports of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation both horrifying and inspiring. Victims. Read More

  Disaster Relief

Education: How You Can Become a Giver of Hope

Written by Mike Meyers

When my staff said that July 12 was Malala Day, I had to ask, “What’s that?” Malala Yousafzai (Photo by Simon Davis/DFID) I immediately knew when I heard the name of Malala Yousafzai. She’s the Pakastani teenager who the Taliban shot in the face for wanting an education. She… Read More

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Written by Mike Meyers
A Father's Pride: From Potatoes to Papayas

In a land that was once dry and inhospitable, I met a Bolivian father in the village of Keualanni. He used to have trouble growing much more than potatoes. Like the rest of the farmers in his community, his children cried from hunger every day and night. One out of… Read More

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Refugees: “I wish it had happened to you.”

Written by Mike Meyers

Haya had to flee or die. Her baby strapped to her back, she hoisted her 2-year-old and her 4-year-old under each of her arms. A kind stranger carried her oldest child, a disabled boy who is blind. With a final glance back, she left her modest home and everything she… Read More

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Famine in East Africa

Written by Gary Edmonds

It grieves me that so little news media in the Western Hemisphere focus on it. The United Nations is now calling it the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. It’s famine in East Africa, including in countries where Food for the Hungry works. As livestock die from lack of food… Read More

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Written by Gary Edmonds
Women: The Key to Restoring Balance in a Community

When I consider the most effective ways to end poverty, I think of empowering women. It’s like the mobiles that my wife lovingly hung above our children’s cribs when they were babies. Different elements of the mobile dangled at different levels. Together they kept the colorful toy in balance. Similarly,… Read More

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A New Year, A New Opportunity

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I believe the stories and lessons of our past must inform our future. God teaches us and brings us through experiences so that they help us make better decisions moving forward. In 2016, I learned a lot about how God wants to use you, me, Food for the Hungry and… Read More

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Merry Christmas from Children Around the World

Written by Gary Edmonds

It’ll always be about the kids! Of course the story of Christmas is about one child. The child that offers us forgiveness, hope and abundant love. When we think of Christmas, images of children playing and laughing often ensue. I think that’s because the joy of Christmas is best appreciated… Read More

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