It wasn’t until I became a father that I realized how important food is to one’s emotional well-being.  Growing up, three square meals a day were just always there for me, not much different than having clean water to drink.  I just took food for granted. But when my daughter, Grace, was born and she got hungry, man, you had better get her some food fast.  Her cries for food were so fierce that it made me think about how it would feel for those kids and parents who didn’t have food nearby.

In our work at International Samaritan, I meet people in that situation all the time.  We walk hand in hand with people in garbage dump communities around the world to help them break out of poverty, and many have told me about the food they search for in garbage dumps.  

That’s why I’m asking you to join me in a fast on Friday, March 8th—a Fast2Change in which you limit all of the food you eat that day to cost less than $2.  Why? Because close to 1 in 10 people in the world live on less than $2 per day.

Our team here and abroad is going to take a day to experience a little bit of what that would feel like, and we are asking you and others around the world to join us in this fast.  We are also asking you to donate what you spend on food in a typical day so that we can fund at least 30 scholarships for children and young adults living in garbage dump communities in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Please click on the links below to learn about how you can join us in this fast, or perhaps even use your fast to sponsor a scholarship with your friends’ support.

Why We Run

By Mike Tenbusch | September 2, 2020 I was stunned last week when Selam Terefe sent me the winning entry of the essay contest she organized for our scholars in Ethiopia.  Azeb (pictured above), one of our 9th grade scholarship students, wrote: What is the Perfect...

A Race for Karen and You

By Mike Tenbusch | August 26, 2020 Ever since the pandemic hit in March, our board has committed to ensuring that no family in any one of the nine communities in which we work in five nations will go hungry.  The International Samaritan community worldwide has helped...

A Fight for Water and Life

By Mike Tenbusch | July 24, 2020 Ethiopia has been in a battle of biblical proportions over the last few weeks.  I’m writing you about it to ask that you keep our team, scholarship students and families close in your prayers.Hachalu Hundessa, a much loved singer and...