Category / Relief & Development

I’ve modified this illustration from Dr David Werner’s book, Where There is No Doctor. I think it nicely illustrates some of the complexities in dealing with social issues of all kinds. As humans, we have different world views and backgrounds …

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 It was a humid summer morning at the Therapeutic Feeding Center (TFC) that served five over-crowded refugee camps in Sierra Leone. The Center was a complex of large tents populated by over a hundred severely malnourished children (ages 1 month …

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I recently returned from a trip to Azerbaijan visiting Operation Mercy staff and projects. We have some great people working for Operation Mercy in Azerbaijan. During my visit I had the privilege to teach a 2-day seminar on leadership …

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geog07a[1]Centuries before a person could earn a master’s degree in humanitarian studies, social work, or international development, ancient societies enacted laws to protect the poor and needy of their communities. One of the earliest examples of such a law dates …

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It is some times interesting (but often unconvincing) to listen to experts discuss strategies on how to eliminate poverty. One of the most profound statements I’ve heard in this discussion comes (unsurprisingly) from Mother Teresa. She frames the problem differently …

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 I think most would agree it is a fundamental error to lump all of the poor together as if they were a monolithic group. Not all people are poor for the same reasons, and therefore not all can ultimately be …

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For more than thirty years I have read, studied and meditated on Scripture. To me, this has been an important aspect of experiencing the presence of God an finding wisdom & direction in life. A friend of mine from Australia …

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If you are at all like me, you might find yourself fighting back feelings of despair when looking at the hard realities of human suffering around the world. Sometimes it all seems so desperate, so painful, so endless, and so …

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Apollo 13 is not the story of a super hero but the story of how normal people (okay some are very nerdy people) become heroes. It is an inspiring display of ingenuity, perseverance, sweat, and cooperation. The Apollo 13 story …

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