PU 026: Worms

Two billion people worldwide are affected by parasitic worms. These worms keep children’s bodies from absorbing the nutrients they need from the food they consume, affecting physical and intellectual development. In this interview, Karen Neiswender discusses the combination of interventions needed for children infected by worms: treatment, education and prevention.

Karen Neiswender provides technical support and training in the area of health to Food for the Hungry’s Child Development Program staff.  She develops health education curricula for FH staff to use with school age children.  Karen also collaborates with a Health Ministry Services Team to provide necessary support to other FH health programs.  Previously, Karen served as a Hunger Corps missionary for over four years in Guatemala, working with children and their families at the community level.  Karen’s professional background is in nursing and public health, focusing on maternal and child health.

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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.

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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 020: A Place Where Children Don’t Die

Carolyn Wetzel shares a tool called the Care Group Model, which mobilizes community members in developing communities to share health information with one another. It’s a low-cost, highly effective, far-reaching way to save children’s lives. Carolyn also discusses the biblical truths communicated by the innate structure of care groups.

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Carolyn Wetzel is Health and Nutrition Programs Coordinator at Food for the Hungry.

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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

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

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PU 018: The Whole Truth, The Whole Gospel with Amy Sherman

Dr. Amy Sherman shares “The Whole Truth, The Whole Gospel: Holistic Ministry in Your Community.” Recorded at Making All Things New 2007.

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PU 017: New Year’s Resolutions

Three New Year’s resolutions that will change the world – really.

Incorporate the end of world poverty into your list of New Year’s resolutions. Today’s broadcast covers three New Year’s resolutions you can make that will change the world.

  1. Get involved with one family in poverty around you. (Proverbs 19:17)
  2. Get to know God by defending the cause of the poor and needy.  (Jeremiah 22:13-16)
  3. Advocate for the poor.  (Proverbs 31:8, 9)

Millennium Development Goals
How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

  1. Make a declaration on paper
  2. Set a deadline
  3. Ask someone to keep you accountable

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PU 016: Choices that Save Lives, Part 2 – Dec 11, 2007

This is the second part of an interview with Tom Davis, Director of Health Programs, on Barrier Analysis.

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PU 015: Choices that Save Lives

In this interview with Tom Davis, we learn why homes are more important than hospitals in health care. Tom discusses Barrier Analysis as a tool for helping people make healthy choices that can save their lives.

Tom Davis is Director of Health Programs at Food for the Hungry.

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PU 013: Thanksgiving in the Hard Places

Thankfulness among the poor.

Are the poor thankful? For what? Listen to reports from people working with poor and marginalized people around the world.

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PU 012: How to Secure God’s Blessing

In Isaiah 58, God promises to bless and guide those who serve the poor.

  • Sins of commission vs. sins of omission
  • Personal blessings and community blessings
  • Answered prayer and guidance
  • The spiritual discipline of fasting

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PU 008: Dependency

Today we look at how we can minister to the poor without taking over their lives, their communities, and their goals. There is a line between healthy reliance on other people (Galatians 6:2) and unhealthy dependency. Handouts send messages beyond the goal of charity. Playing God in the lives of the poor leads to a misunderstanding of who God really is.

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Today we look at how we can minister to the poor without taking over their lives, their communities, and their goals.

The line between healthy reliance on other people (Galatians 6:2) and unhealthy dependency

Handouts send messages

Playing God in the lives of the poor

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PU 007: Made in the Image of God

The poor are image-bearers of God, but well-meaning Christians sometimes send a different message.

Scripture tells us that God made all people, rich and poor (Prov. 22:2). We also know from Scripture that all people were created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26, 27). More than a nice idea, this truth should impact our interactions with the poor. By virtue of being image-bearers of God, the poor are:

  • innately valuable
  • creative
  • relational
  • capable of loving
  • capable of responsibility for themselves
  • charged with dominion

Christians are responsible for communicating these truths to the poor. This episode explores how we do—and don’t—fulfill this responsibility.

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PU 006: Why People Stay Poor

Why is it so hard for people to pull themselves out of poverty? In this episode we consider how people change and what keeps them from changing. Conclusions are drawn for charitable giving.

The change process:

  • Life experience, followed by…
  • Reflection, followed by…
  • Decision, followed by…
  • Action, followed by a new life experience.

Obstacles to change:

  1. Lack of knowledge
  2. Lack of resources
  3. Human sinfulness
  4. Satanic deception
  5. Lack of supportive people
  6. Presence of opposition

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PU 005: The Transformation Toolkit

Four simple tools that facilitate holistic development.

This episode features four tools to facilitate holistic development. These approaches are practical methods based on the foundational material from previous episodes. They can be used on a daily basis anywhere from villages in Peru to housing projects in Chicago.

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PU 002: Poverty Started Somewhere

In this episode we ask, “Where did poverty start?”

God’s story

  1. Creation – Genesis 1-3
  2. The fall – Genesis 3
  3. Jesus Christ-  Colossians 1:15-20
  4. Our mission – Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
  5. New heaven and new earth – Revelation

Four relationships or areas of development

  1. Spiritual – Genesis 1:27; 2:17
  2. Social – Genesis 2:24
  3. Physical – Genesis 1:5, 10, 29-31
  4. Mental – Genesis 1:28; 2:3, 9, 15

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