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Please enjoy the many stories illustrating how lives are transformed through the shared abundance of our partners and friends. Be sure to sign up to receive inspiring new stories and multimedia features throughout the month. Join us and be a part of this caring, compassionate community!

By Chad Brinkman

All Saints' Day: Life Lessons from Paw-Paw

For All Saints' Day, Program Officer Chad tells us about one of the most influential people in his life: his Paw-Paw! Continue reading to find what life lessons Chad learned from his grandfather.

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By Mike Smith

A New Creation Rises in the Philippines

In this blog, read about the new Sabang-Bao housing development in the Philippines, almost three years in the making, that is now home to 80 families who have worked, saved and paid for their new community. Past homes were temporary structures that were at the mercy of typhoons, easily destroyed. This is the situation that potentialy would have passed along to their children and their children’s children. But now, there is hope for a more secure future.

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By Sara Delaney

It Takes A Village

In this blog, follow Sara Delaney as she and her husband become parents for the first time and discover that it does take a village, or support system, to raise a child, especially when you're trying to get them to eat! On World Food Day, Sara shows us that we should think of food as more than what grows from the ground or can be purchased from a market; food is a part of us. 

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By Ernest Cajuste

L’espoir Fait Vivre (Where There is Hope There is Life)

Episcopal Relief & Development's Program Officer in Haiti, Ernest Cajuste, shares his account of Hurricane Matthew and expresses hope as the country responds and prepares for recovery.

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By Lisa Ransom

Blessings of the Farm

In this blog Lisa Ransom of Grow Compost Vermont shares a prayer for all of creation's animals to honor St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology.

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By Tamara Plummer

Thinking About & Preparing For Disasters

Thinking about a possible disaster can be overwhelming for many people, but preparing for the “what-ifs,” as you will see in this blog post, will help you. Here’s a blog article from the perspective of our Episcopal Relief & Development US Disaster Team with easy-to-follow steps and resources to help you be resilient in times of a disaster.

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By Katie Mears

Flooding in Louisiana - Assisting at The Right Time

Find out the best way to volunteer in response to the flooding in Louisiana.

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By Rob Radtke

Honoring Ruth Messinger and Interfaith Collaboration on LGBT Issues

One of the giants of faith-based relief and development, Ruth Messinger, is retiring at the end of June. As the President of American Jewish World Service, it is hard to overstate Ruth’s contribution to the fight for lives of dignity and prosperity around the world. Her powerful voice will be sorely missed. Her witness and unstinting advocacy for those whose voices don’t always get the attention they should have been an inspiration.

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By Tom Stoever

Happy Father's Day!

Board member Tom Stoever has fun in this Father's Day blog with a goat themed message. BAAAAHHhhh, how about a goat for your ole goat on Father's Day?

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By Mike Smith

Despite Challenges Fathers Want to Provide

Sometimes it’s easy being a father. Being a father in some parts of the world, including many of the countries where Episcopal Relief & Development works, can be a much tougher job. Read more.

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