Todd Hiestand

Todd Hiestand

My wife and I parent four boys, six goats, two dogs, two chickens (update: the chickens have been eaten by coyotes) and we live very close to, but not actually in, Portland, OR. I help nonprofits navigate storytelling, fundraising and technology at 343 Consulting.

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Recent Writings

Zambian Food – MMM, MMM Good

If you are a regular reader you know that I head to Zambia in two weeks. One of the pastors I am going with noted the wikipedia entry has some good information about Zambia. An excerpt: ‚ÄúThere are a lot of Zambian foods which are peculiar to Zambia such as inswa (flying ants), fyunkubala (caterpillars), […]

Is the Bible "Missional?"

In about three weeks I head to Zambia. I’ll be spending two weeks there working with Pastor George Palo of Harvest City Church. I’ve known George for about a year now and I’m really excited to see his country and see in person all the people and stories that he’s shared. One of the things […]

African Friends and Money Matters: 1-5

As I stated recently, I am reading the book African Friends and Money Matters in preparation for my trip to Zambia. This book is broken up into 90 general observations about the differences between African and Western cultures. The author appropriately states that these are general observations and, like in any culture, there are exceptions […]

Westerners in Africa, The Challenge

Since I am heading to Zambia in June this year I’ve been trying to do some reading and education about the challenge of westerners living and working in Africa. This challenge was made clear to my by my dad who spend about 10 years serving in sub-Saharan Africa as a representative of larger worldwide missions […]

Information about Zambia

Some Facts About Zambia: 64% of the population living on $1 or less a day, Unemployment rates hover at more than seventy percent 30,000 children being born HIV-positive each year Of the population of 11 million, almost 10% or orphaned street kids. The price of being peace makers I was shocked to hear that Zambia […]

Zambia or Bust

After a few weeks of praying and processing, I’ve accepted the invitation to head to Zambia, Africa to spend two weeks working with my good friend George Palo (a pastor from Ndola, Zambia). George will be leading me and two other pastors as we visit his country and meet and encourage the pastors there and […]

Zambia 2008 Trip Itinerary

Tuesday, June 17 Arrival and rest Evening tour of Lusaka (prayer for the Street Kids) Wednesday, June 18 Speaking at Lusaka Leadership Conference – 4-hour bus ride to Livingstone in the evening Thursday, June 19 Speaking at Livingstone Leadership Conference Late afternoon tour of Victoria Falls 4-hour bus ride to Lusaka in the evening Friday, […]