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CHF President Dave Phillips’ life was changed forever because of his encounter with poverty. When Dave gave up his career pursuit in the corporate world to begin Children’s Hunger Fund in 1991, he never dreamed what it would become. Read more.
The following is an excerpt from Francis Chan's latest book, Forgotten God
©2009 Francis Chan. Forgotten God published by David C Cook. Publisher permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.
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A Message from Dave
"Years ago Dave Phillips and his wife, Lynn, had a talk about the callings they felt God was stirring in them. As they discussed what they were most passionate about, they agreed that bringing relief to suffering children and reaching the next generation with the gospel were at the top of the list. The thought of starting a relief agency was considered, but Dave's response was, 'But that would mean I have to talk in front of people.' By nature, Dave is a very quiet, behind-the-scenes man.
But after much prayer, Dave set aside his fears, and he and Lynn started Children's Hunger Fund out of their garage. Six weeks after CHF was launched, in January of 1992, he received a phone call from the director of a cancer treatment center in Honduras asking if there was any way he could obtain a certain drug for seven children who would die without it. Dave wrote down the name of the drug and told the director that he had no idea how to get this type of drug. They prayed over the phone and asked God to provide.
As Dave hung up the phone, before he even let go of the receiver, the phone rang again. It was a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey asking Dave if he would have any use for 48,000 vials of that exact drug! Not only did they offer him eight million dollars' worth of this drug, but they told him they would airlift it to anyplace in the world! Dave would later learn that the company was one of only two that manufactured this particular drug in the United States.
Within forty-eight hours, Dave had the drug sent to the treatment center in Honduras and to twenty other locations as well. It was then he believed firmly that God was at work, validating his calling to ministry.
Year after year, God continues to provide supernaturally. Today they have distributed more than $950 million in food and other relief to more than 10 million kids in seventy countries and thirty-two states. Children's Hunger Fund has distributed more than 150 million pounds of food and 110 millions toys.
The uniqueness of CHF is that they train and equip volunteers from local churches to distribute the food through home deliveries in the United States and other countries. Going from family to family, they find the poorest of the poor and share not only food but love and the gospel. Forbes.com consistently rates CHF at the top of their list of American's most cost-effective charities. One of the most beautiful things about this story is that if you met Dave, you would never think he was the CEO of a major organization. He is a quiet soft-spoken man—not the type you envision leading a movement. His power doesn't necessarily come from a natural giftedness but from a dedicated prayer life. As a close, personal friend of Dave's, I don't know that I've ever spent time with him without spending time in prayer.
Dave lives a life we should long for and, incredibly, the kind of life that is offered to us as well. A life in which people know that our accomplishments could not have been attained by our own power. A life that brings glory to God in heaven."