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On August 19 and 20, Feed My Starving Children had a very special meal packing event at Union Station in downtown Chicago, Ill. One goal for this event was to cause a ruckus in Chicago. As people passed by, all the hairnets and excitement got their attention!
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Volunteers packed at total of 564,192 meals. Thank you to everyone who participated including our sponsors.
To see where else we’ll be packing meals soon, please visit fmsc.org/mobilepack.
It was 4:30 AM Sunday morning when we arrived at the Minneapolis airport. Junior Obrand, FMSC Regional Program Coordinator for the Caribbean, Jon Zaugg, FMSC’s professional videographer, and I were embarking on a trip to Haiti. It always surprises me to see how many people are at the airport this time of the day. All going somewhere, getting from here to wherever “there” is for each of them.
Our first “there” in remote Northwestern Haiti to visit a longtime FMSC Distribution Partner Living Water Ministry (LWM). To get to LWM’s compound just north of Anse Rouge, we flew in a single engine plane operated by Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The flight lasted about 45 minutes and we were greeted at the very short dirt and rock airstrip by LWM staff. The next 10 miles took over an hour, one bump, muddy path and steep hill at a time before were arrived to our first “there.” LWM is situated directly on the Caribbean coast and is as beautiful as it is remote.
LWM started ministry efforts in this previously unreached area of Haiti in 1986. They serve over twenty small villages but concentrate the bulk of their work in six villages. LWM’s primary mission is to reach those who have never heard the Gospel and display God’s compassion by caring for their physical needs. LWM spends considerable resources on feeding programs and sustainable development activities that stimulate the local economy.
The village of Ti Anse is a small fishing village of about 250 people. LWM had done an informal survey of the village in the past and discovered that over 60% of the families had experienced the death of a child before the age of five. Malnutrition was thought to be the major contributor to that sad statistic.
The good news is that after utilizing FMSC MannaPack Rice and MannaPack Potato-W, the situation has, as far as LWM can determine, been remedied with no known deaths due to malnutrition. LWM, supported by FMSC donations, has accomplished this in this village and at least one other.
I often marvel at how those boxes of donor-funded, staff-lead, and volunteer-packed FMSC meals get to each of the “there” places. Northwest Haiti is one of the most remote locations on the island but each box arrives just where it is supposed to. I believe that each person in this eternal compassion chain has been called to be at their special “there” to accomplish the works that enable LWM and other organizations around the globe to eliminate the devastating effects of not having enough to eat.
In it all, His love and promises to His children are fulfilled creating that wonderful thing called hope. Not the hope that wards off dread, but the hope that fuels dreams and provides the necessary energy to get to the next place in this life’s journey.
“There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If it were not true, I would have told you. If I go and do that, I will come back. And I will take you to be with me. Then you will also be there where I am.” John 14:2-3
Take FMSC to school with you! Remember your packing experience AND provide meals for students around the world by purchasing a Back To School Kit.
Each kit includes:
- 2 FMSC Two-Pocket Folders
- 1 Spiral Notebook (100 Pages)
- 2 FMSC #2 Pencils and 1 FMSC Pen
This kit includes the necessary items you need for your classes and is a great way to let others know about the work being done at Feed My Starving Children.
To buy an FMSC Back to School Kit, please CLICK HERE.
During July, we told you about the orphan-headed household in Swaziland that was in desperate need of help (Read the story HERE.).
We are now thrilled to give you an update—the children are doing extremely well! Their skin looks healthy, their hair is turning black again and they are putting on weight. Their grandmother is still caring for them, and good news—their mother was released from prison in July as well!
Our distribution partner, Janine Maxwell of Heart for Africa, says, “Gogo (Grandmother) says ‘Siyabonga’ (SiSwati for ‘thank you’) from the bottom of her heart. You have fed her starving children and most certainly saved their lives.”
This photo was taken with two of Janine’s children as they brought the family more FMSC MannaPack meals and distributed dolls to the children.
Thank you for saying “YES!” As a direct result of your generosity, these gorgeous kids now have a bright future ahead of them. God is so faithful!
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2