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Little Clarence (3) and his sister Neclare (11) were abandoned by their parents in Cadiz City, Philippines. Their grandfather stepped in to care for them, but when he died, they were suddenly alone.
No one was around to help. The children began to starve.
Neclare tried to take care of Clarence, but at such a young age, she didn’t know what to do for him. They lived in a hut broken down by Typhoon Haiyan, neglected and hopeless.
Clarence continued to grow skinnier, becoming weaker and more malnourished every day.
A kind neighbor, Arlene, looked out for the children as much as she could. Though she desperately wanted to help them, she was extremely poor and couldn’t find enough money for food.
International Care Ministries (ICM), one of FMSC’s incredible, hard-working partners, found frail Clarence in extreme distress. He was severely malnourished and barely surviving. Each of his ribs was visible. He weighed a mere 20.9 pounds (a healthy 3-year-old weighs 30-35 pounds!)
ICM began feeding the kids MannaPack Rice every day and helped fix their battered home. After 8 weeks on FMSC meals, Clarence gained nearly 8 pounds! He was transformed from a severely thin little boy into a happy, cheerful child.
His eyes returned to their normal sparkle. His cheeks filled out. Clarence even developed a cute double chin! With his health drastically improved, he had more energy to run around and play.
Clarence and Neclare’s neighbor, Arlene, was amazed at Clarence’s transformation and impressed by MannaPack Rice. “It’s good they had the MannaPacks for food,” she said. “They had nothing for food at all.”
Recently the children’s family members have taken the kids into their care. Please join us in prayer for Neclare and Clarence—that these precious children may continue to be cared for, grow up strong and healthy and learn about how much Jesus loves them.
Until every child is fed.
To help FMSC feed more children, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.
This past Saturday night, more than 1,100 people attended FMSC’s 2015 Illinois Gala. Together we celebrated lives changed, hope for the future, and the Power of One.
The evening started with a raffle, shopping at our international MarketPlace, photo booth, wine pull, and live music from a Liberian choir.
The evening continued with dinner and program including a live auction, live painter, music from Chris Sligh, special videos, and guest speakers Zinhle Nzima from Swaziland and Mark Crea, Executive Director/CEO of FMSC.
We had two special guests during our live auction. Over the past few years, Erica has raised $12,000 for FMSC through the sale of sweet fudge. Two boxes of fudge were auctioned off for $2,200!
Jared Van Voorst painted from stage and his finished work was auctioned off. His motivation for partnering with FMSC: “If we feed one kid tonight, all of heaven rejoices.”
Our featured speaker was Zee, a 21-year-old from Swaziland who grew up eating FMSC meals (See her story HERE). FMSC meals and love restored her to life.
Mark Crea, Executive Director/CEO of FMSC, finished the evening with a challenge. “Together, we can feed one more child, one more family, one more orphanage.”
The event was our highest attended Illinois Gala ever. In total, 2015 Illinois Gala raised more than $600,000 which means over 2.7 million meals to feed the hungry. Thank you for your generosity and support!
Please visit fmsc.org/15ilgala to see a list of our Gala sponsors.
Nearly 62 million meals were packed at FMSC MobilePack events last year. Each event is special and takes many hours of hard work to organize and execute.
On March 17, 554 volunteers packed 108,864 meals in Windom, Minnesota. Windom’s event was organized by two high schoolers.
Sutton Dewanz and Kaitie Bartelt are high school seniors. At Windom Area High School, seniors complete a Senior Eagle Project in order to graduate. The project requires 10 hours of service, but organizing an FMSC MobilePack event takes much more time and responsibility.
The girls coordinated all the logistics of the event, recruited and organized the volunteers, and raised $22,472 to fund the meals. Kaitie wrote a research paper on volunteerism and Sutton submitted research on local and global hunger. Our FMSC staff said working with the girls was a delight.
As a part of their goal in raising $22,000 for the event, Sutton and Katie sent letters to 157 local businesses and made personal presentations to churches and businesses. They also held a cookie fundraiser. The girls raised all of the needed funds even before their event!
Kaitie told us, “Many people don’t realize that poverty is a reality for some and that a student can have an impact for change.”
Big thanks to Kaitie and Sutton for working hard to help feed the hungry!
To learn more about MobilePack events and hosting requirements, please visit www.fmsc.org/mobilepack.
Ryan Stubbs was stuck. After losing his job and hitting a rough patch in life, Ryan knew God wanted him to make a big change.
Ryan decided to start his own business in Conway, Arkansas after being inspired by Pitza 42 and Tacos 4 Life. For every snow cone he sells at Snow Ball Express, he donates enough to provide one meal through FMSC. Watch his inspiring story.
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To see more FMSC videos, visit www.youtube.com/fmsc
The Rakai Orphan Development Initiative (RODI) is one of FMSC’s food partners in Uganda. Last year FMSC sent a container of food (272,160 meals) to RODI. In addition to providing life-giving meals to orphaned children in need, FMSC also works with the Ugandan staff in Rakai to purchase beautiful, handmade items from the Hope Again Women’s Ministry Cooperative.
This project employs over 200 women in the Rakai community, many of whom are widows affected by HIV/AIDS and who care for multiple children in their households. The women produce jewelry made from recycled magazines and hand-dyed, hand-woven grass baskets. The Hope Again Women’s Ministry is one of FMSC’s largest MarketPlace partners.
We are grateful to work with each and every artisan in the cooperative. As Mother’s Day approaches, here is one particular story we wanted to share.
Meet Rose. She is 35 years old and is a single mother of 6 children. She joined the Hope Again Women’s Ministry in 2011 shortly after separating with her husband. Without having any additional support from other family members, she struggled to raise her six children. The community of love she found at the Hope Again Women’s Ministry Cooperative was a great gift to her.
Rose makes beautiful, hand-woven grass baskets as well as recycled magazine jewelry. With the income she receives from her craft, Rose is able to feed her children. She has also invested in her family’s future by purchasing and raising pigs. The money she generates from these micro-businesses helps Rose pay school fees for her children who are enrolled at a very good school. She is grateful for her children’s education and has hope in what the future holds for them.
Rose’s future plans include starting a poultry project, planting coffee trees, and continuing to supporting her children in school. Rose intends to fulfill her plans and continue to care for her children through the sales of her beautiful baskets and jewelry. Support Rose and other women like her in Rakai, Uganda today by purchasing a unique, handmade basket from the FMSC MarketPlace for Mother’s Day.