Slumdog Millionaire and Poverty Tourism

Last weekend I saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Have you heard of it? If you haven’t by now, you surely will soon. Just this week it was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture. (By the way, in case you were wondering, I think it should […]

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Moody Bible Institute Full Ride Scholarships

It’s happening again! In 2009, three more Leadership Development Program grads will be able to begin studying at Moody Bible Institute, with full-ride scholarships. I anticipate having the list of finalists in March, and hope to have our new students […]

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Passion to Serve Poor Children

Sitting under a tent away from the hot sun, talking, smiling and enjoying a plate of rice and chicken is a group of teachers from Fey Esperanza Child Development Center before the beginning of another afternoon with the children. The teachers are having […]

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The Question Game

Warning: This post may be bit uncomfortable… Before I sponsored my first child back in college, I had a lot of questions: Where is all my money going? Will this child actually know about me? Is she really the one writing these letters? Does she really […]

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Gezahegne’s Community Development Work

Gezahegne is director of Mekanisa Addis Kidan Child Development Center, one of the oldest child development centers in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. When asked to initially volunteer his time as the center accountant in 1991, he said, “For […]

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Christian Child Development

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Haiti News: Changing Children Within a Community

Growing up in Haiti, Milord was no stranger to need. In his rural home of Petit-Goave, where the average income is barely more than $1 a day, he experienced poverty personally and saw how it affected those most vulnerable, women and children. It became […]

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Christian Warrior

Photos by Ratchana Suksabye. It was night at the Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium, and the quiet evening was disrupted by a loud voice coming from the tae kwon do gym. The spokesman announced the names of the new northern region competitors for the final […]

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Photos of Children in Poverty

Children in poverty … through the eyes of Eric Chapman, one of our friends in Flickr. If you have difficulty viewing the slide show here, you can also check it out in Eric’s photostream. Upload your photos to our Flickr group. Show us how […]

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Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Wealth and Poverty

As humans we like consistency. We are uncomfortable holding to contradictory beliefs and actions, and will try to minimize our discomfort, creating a balance between our thoughts and our actions.

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Facing the Global Food Crisis in Nicaragua

It’s 11:30 a.m. and lunch should be almost ready, but this home of seven people has only a small bowl of boiling water on their firewood stove. The father just came back from a busy morning at the farm, bringing some beans that would be used for […]

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Tsunami Disaster Relief in Indonesia

Four years ago, on December 26, 2004, one of the deadliest natural disasters in history hit Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. More than 225,000 people were killed in 11 countries. Banda Aceh was one of those communities devastated by the tsunami. […]

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