Meet the President of Food for the Hungry, Gary Edmonds

Gary-EdmondsIn this special episode of Poverty Unlocked, we feature the recording of a conference call between U.S. church leaders and the President and CEO of Food for the Hungry, Gary Edmonds.

During the call, Gary shared his heart for the Church and a vision for ending poverty.

Gary Edmonds has come to FH with a strong background of church leadership. He has planted and led churches both in the United States and abroad. He served as Senior Associate Pastor of Mariners Church, a multi-campus church based in Irvine, California. He also led Crossroads Church in Geneva, Switzerland. He has served with Churches Together as well as leading other organizations.

Gary served on the board of FH for eight years before accepting the role of President and CEO in 2014.

To learn more about church partnerships at FH or to learn about future conference calls and webinars, visit FH Church Engagement.

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions – Part Two

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert’s new book, Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, takes the ideas of When Helping Hurts and applies them to short-term missions.

In this audio interview, co-author Steve Corbett discusses why short-term missions do not always have the positive impact that participants expect. He suggests ways to improve the short-term missions experience so that both parties truly benefit.

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions with Steve Corbett

Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert’s new book, Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions, takes the ideas of When Helping Hurts and applies them to short-term missions.

In this audio interview, co-author Steve Corbett discusses why short-term missions do not always have the positive impact that participants expect. He suggests ways to improve the short-term missions experience so that both parties truly benefit.

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God’s Surprising Solution to Poverty

Is clean water the solution to poverty? Or is it health care? Education, perhaps?

In this audio episode, Wendy McMahan speaks from years of experience in serving vulnerable communities and observing transformational development through the work of Food for the Hungry.

Journey with Wendy as she unpacks what it means to “consider the poor.” (Psalm 41:1) God’s solution to poverty just might surprise you.

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PU 044: Three Mistakes to Avoid in Short-term Missions

Good intentions aren’t always enough in missions. When churches and individuals go on short-term teams to communities in developing countries, they need to think carefully about the messages they send – not just verbally, but also through their actions. In this interview, Steve Corbett shares three mistakes to avoid when participating in short-term missions.

Other topics in this interview include the distinction between relief and development, choosing asset-based development rather than need-based development, and investing missions money wisely.

Steve Corbett is a featured speaker at Summit 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College and serves as a Distance Learning Trainer for the Chalmers Center. Steve Corbett co-authored When Helping Hurts with Brian Fikkert.

 

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PU 036: Church Partnerships

Alisa Schmitz answers questions about church partnerships. When a church in the U.S. partners with a community in the developing world, life change occurs on both sides of the relationship. The overseas community can be released from poverty, and the U.S. church can also learn and grow. Ultimately, church partnerships exist to bring about the Kingdom of God.

In this episode…

  1. The goal of long-term church partnerships
  2. Preparation for short-term mission trips and ongoing relationships (Matthew 10:9-10)
  3. Honoring the people we are serving (Ruth 2:15-16)
  4. Keys to ongoing, vibrant relationships

Learn more about Community-2-Community partnerships – long-term relationships between American churches and communities in the developing world.

Alisa Schmitz is Senior Director of Global Engagement at Food for the Hungry.

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PU 022: The Pastor and the Grocery Store

The story of how one missionary’s theology was forever changed by a grocery store in Africa. In this humorous and insightful story, Dwight Jackson describes how he came to embrace holistic ministry.

Dr. Dwight Jackson works for Food for the Hungry as Country Director in Rwanda and Burundi and Regional Director of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

If you would like a special version of this story to share during a sermon or lesson, e-mail us.

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The story of how one missionary’s theology was forever changed by a grocery store in Africa.

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In this humorous and insightful story, Dwight Jackson describes how he came to embrace holistic ministry.

Dr. Dwight Jackson works for Food for the Hungry as Country Director in Rwanda and Burundi and Regional Director of the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

If you would like a special version of this story to share during a sermon or lesson, e-mail us at povertyunlocked@fh.org.

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PU 019: Eight Reasons to Get Personally Involved with the Poor

Anne McCain shares eight reasons for Christians to develop personal relationships with the poor beyond reading the newspaper and sending money.

  1. Christ ministered to people personally – Mark 7:31-35
  2. It reminds us that the masses of poor people are real people
  3. It allows those in poverty to give to us
  4. It impassions our prayers
  5. We see God bring change
  6. It challenges us personally in our own walk with God – James 2:5
  7. It motivates us to action
  8. Christ tells us that when we care personally for the poor, we are caring personally for him – Matthew 25:31-40

Request more information about the Community to Community program for church partnerships.

Anne McCain is Eastern Regional Manager of Global Engagement at Food for the Hungry.

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PU 011: Equipping the Local Church

Local churches have the ability and responsibility to serve as agents of change in their communities. Celeste Brown of Food for the Hungry shares principles from the Church Strengthening Program in El Alto, Bolivia.

Hunger Corps is the overseas missionary sending arm of Food for the Hungry.

Biblical basis for congregations serving as agents of change.

  • Ephesians 4:11-13
  • Isaiah 58:6-12

Methodology of church strengthening is discussed.

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