A Place I Hold Especially Dear

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I love to travel. I haven’t found a place I don’t like. But some places I hold especially dear. Guatemala is one of those places. I traveled their a couple of years ago and visited several communities outside of Guatemala City with Compassion International…a life-changing trip. And then got to go back with Food for […]

Oh Great God, Give Us Rest

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I am in an especially crazy season of life. We are just six weeks into 2013 and I have already traveled to Raleigh, Dhaka, and Bend {with two more trips on the horizon next week}. I have attended two conferences and sat in countless coffees, meetings and conference calls.  My sweet 90 year old grandmother […]

Taking Back Christmas

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Christmas isn’t about stuff. And Christmas isn’t about busyness. Christmas is about the generosity of God. And Christmas is about the incredible gift He shared with us. For us! For a child has been born—for us! the gift of a son—for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing […]

I. Miss. This.

I miss Africa. The landscapes. The amazing bloggers I shared the experience with. The children. The smiles. The joy. The opportunity to disturb and disrupt. The puns. The kung-fu moves. The inside jokes.  It has been two months. Eight weeks. Sixty days. Since the FH Bloggers trip were on the ground in Ethiopia. Breaking new […]

Going. Going. Gone.

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Yesterday, I packed up what was left of my life in California. In between errands and goodbyes, I stole an hour with my friend Jennie {yes, I reposted a guest post I did for her yesterday} and her husband Zac. They like many, asked how my transition has been, what I’m leaving behind and what […]

This is Ethiopia {Part 2}…

More glimpses into the trip that left us all changed. {Pictures by David Molnar, photographer extraordinaire. Go check out his stuff. Beg him to shoot for you. Grovel. It’s worth it.} Thanks for joining us on the journey!  And…It’s not too late to sponsor a child through Food for the Hungry.   Have you been to Ethiopia? […]

Justice to the Fatherless

About a year and a half ago, I stepped into a journey, a journey of exploration, to learn everything I could about orphan care. I had heard the alarming statistics at Catalyst and felt a tug to be a part of the solution. Whatever that meant.  I just want to know more about what options I […]

This is Ethiopia…

At least the beautiful slice of it I’ve seen this trip. {All pictures by David Molnar, the punniest photographer I know. Dude is pretty talented too. Go check out his stuff. } The Acacia trees. The bumpy van rides that fostered blogger bonding. The only lake you can swim in in Ethiopia, Lake Langano. {The red […]

My Greatest Offering

Today I met a child I sponsor through FH. His name is Kenenisa Negash Bune and he is 7 years old. Kenenisa lives in a rural community named Jido which is located in the Great Rift Valley, a community that because of its erratic rainfall {which we experienced firsthand} is one of the most food insecure […]

4 Things I Appreciate About The Way FH Works

Last summer I heard Brian Fikkert, one of the authors of When Helping Hurts: Alleviating Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…And Yourself, speak {his co-author Steve Corbett is a former regional director for FH}. During the session, Fikkert touched on the differences between relief and development. Here are a few notes I took from his talk […]