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why?

Today is a defining moment in the history of our nation. I have already cast my ballot for the next President of the United States. And if you have not voted, I urge you to go to the polls before the day is done.

The future of our nation is being determined by our actions today. I know the kind of country I long for, and I know the qualities and values I want to see in my President.

It is also exciting to think that we are again making history. We have had eight¬†years of strong leadership with our nation’s first African American President. Now, we can hopefully look forward to having our first female President.

Today is the day. Please vote. Nothing else is as important. Whatever else you do today, vote.

Back where it all began

I left Bangalore, India on Monday morning a little after 4:00 after a full day and evening of events. After a mind-numbing flight through Dubai and Houston, Texas, I arrived in Managua, Nicaragua Tuesday night sometime after 8:00. I finally got to my hotel around 9:00 or so.

A driver picked me up Tuesday morning at 5:30 for the three hour drive up to Matagalpa where I met the Fill the Bowls team. We spent the day visiting two schools we support. Since this is the rainy season, we were soaked by the time we got back into the city around 4:30 when we all agreed it was time for a late lunch/early dinner.

It was a fantastic day and again demonstrated to me the immense power that is generated when we all work together. Fill the Bowls is changing the lives of hundreds of children in the four villages where we are working.

For me, this is a special trip. First, I am back in Nicaragua. Nica is the first country I visited when I started Stop Hunger Now. That trip was in January 1998.

Another reason for this trip being so meaningful for me is that I am here as a board member of Fill the Bowls, a nonprofit organization founded and directed by Chessney Barrick, a close and very dear friend, and a former member of the Stop Hunger Now staff.

Seeing the excellent work being done by Chessney and Fill the Bowls is just one more affirmation that we can make a real difference. Working together, we are helping to end hunger in Nicaragua.

I am back where it all started still working to end hunger in our lifetime. Life is good.

acceptable prayers

Does God have a set way of prayer, a way that he expects each of us to follow? I doubt it. I believe some people — pray through the witness of their lives, through the work they do, the friendships they have, the love they offer people and receive from people. Since when are words the only acceptable from of prayer? – Dorthy Day

Gracious and loving God. Empower each of us this day to pray without ceasing. Allow our every action to reflect your compassion for those of our family most in need, and ensure that everything we do demonstrates  your sacrificial love and your justice for the poor and the hungry next door, down the street, and around the world.