The Other Stephen Hiemstra

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jer 1:5) My father, which I sometimes introduce as the other Stephen Hiemstra, was born on April 17, 1931 during the Great Depression. He grew up on a small, […]

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Farmer Mac

“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame?” (Ps 4:1-2) Farmer Mac By Stephen W. Hiemstra Once I began to focus on the work […]

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Mentor

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (Eccl 4:9-10) Mentor By Stephen W. Hiemstra When I landed in the Finance […]

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The Killer Instinct

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.” (Prov 6:6) The Killer Instinct By Stephen W. Hiemstra In my first professional job as an economist, I interned with the Economic Research Service (ERS) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where I found a summer job in 1979 with Western European […]

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