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Disturbing the comfortable & comforting the disturbed.

Staff thoughts and life lessons about poverty, injustice, leadership, religion and other social issues in the world today.

Why again did we start?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 7 minute read

I wrote this article just as HFL was getting started. We needed to communicate why we were so compelled to start a new organization when many already existed. After 12 years it still remains the fuel for our fire. We say some things a little differently now, but reason we come to work every day is still the same. And now...we have 12 years of changed life stories as evidence that this is all worth it.

Why does Hungry For Life exist? Why do we do what we do?

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Sunday's Takeaway - Shame On You

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I heard a great message yesterday morning. I will summarize my take away.

Like many who grow up in a religious context, guilt and shame are part of the package. They are used to motivate, control, prescribe and separate. Even though they come from the desire for right living, they are the wrong motive. We often feel that making someone feel less about themselves will somehow give them a desire to act better.

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2014 in review

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give our hard-earned money to someone, we usually expect something in return. Whether the return is tangible or intangible, we exchange something of value for something else we value. We do this every day, whether we are picking up groceries or making larger investments; but do we think this way when we make a gift? What is it that you get when you give?

I believe it’s legitimate to ask this same question when you partner with organizations like HFL. And, we want you to know that what you get when you partner with us is changed lives...that’s our bottom line. HFL addresses spiritual and physical poverty around the world—and so, what you get when you partner with us is spiritual and physical life. Your gifts have kept us busy.
Your gifts have enabled more children to go to school, provided clean water for communities and food for those who are hungry, and enabled healing for the sick and the provision of tangible care for orphans and widows. Your gifts have served to equip hundreds of volunteers to spend themselves in many developing countries; this results in changing their own lives as much as much they change others.

However, much more important than keeping us busy, your gifts have changed lives. Thank you for letting us help you have impact; an impact that points people to the love of Jesus.

With immense thanks,
Dave Blundell
Executive Director

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Whichever of you has never sinned...

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

I read John 8 today. Wow.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

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Photocopy Jesus

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give like Him, love like Him, see people like Him, speak to people like He did, pray like He did, feed like him, and most importantly perceive like Him… the byproduct is the wrong becomes right. The world (or my particular situation) becomes wrong when I act like me… and all things become right again when I act like Him. Yes, this is frustratingly simple, but so difficult to actuate. But who — and I mean who — would argue the result of what our lives were like if millions of His followers were really following?

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Proof of our Faith

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

Think about every relationship you have for a minute.

Are you always humble and gentle? Do you make allowance for their faults? A pretty tall calling? Not my words. Being always humble and gentle is a life worthy of our calling. Let’s not make any excuses with talk of personality difference. The more like Jesus I am, the more patient I will be, making allowance for the faults of others.

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Beaten Up?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I really don’t like these two passages from 2 Corinthians. Yes I want the effect, but no I don’t want the cause...

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A preacher with a prostitute

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 1 minute read

God’s grace and love never reaches a human-like limit. The depth of His compassion is always deeper than my depravity. The expanse of His faithfulness always has more reach than my faithlessness. His patience with my failings far exceeds any understanding of love I can fathom.

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Big Babies

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

When it comes to the demonstration of extreme grace, kindness and understanding, “Christians” aren’t much better at it than the rest of the world...

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How God shows up

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I have been to my share of conferences about how to be effective in ministry. I’ve read my share of books that propose how to grow organizations. I have attended my share of seminars and courses that talk about how to have an ever-increasing impact. All all of these have been valuable.

However, these four verses, if lived out, is what will cause us to have the greatest possible impact. 

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