My FMSC Story: Louis

This is the first in a series where Feed My Starving Children staff share their FMSC story. Follow along on social media with #MyFMSCStory.

God has a funny way of doing things. He can take your hurt, anger and pain and turn it into something beautiful, something amazing and something full of hope.

My family was serving at a church down in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. While there I became very involved in my youth group and met some of my closest friends. Sadly, my parents knew that it was time to move on from this place and see where God would use our family next.

My mom and dad made the decision to put our family’s name on the call list. When I heard the news my heart sank. I didn’t want to leave my friends. These were my best friends — the ones I could laugh and cry with.

I was angry. My dad came home one day from work and told my family he had an interview with a church up in Schaumburg, Illinois. My heart sank even deeper then I ever could have thought. I remember thinking to myself, “How could God move me away from this place I love so much, from the friends I love so much?”

My dad flew up to Schaumburg for his interview. All the while, I was at home praying that somehow this new city wouldn’t end up being my new home. I was literally praying that it wouldn’t be the right fit! My dad flew home from his interview and we gathered for family dinner. He was telling us about how cool Chicago was, how big it was and how amazing it was. I didn’t want to hear it.

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But as I said before, God has a funny way of doing things and has an even more interesting way of pushing you outside of your comfort zone.

As dinner went on, he shared with us about an amazing opportunity that he was able to be a part of while in Schaumburg. The Pastor from this church was heading to a place called Feed My Starving Children with the school’s fifth grade class and invited my dad to tag along. My dad shared with us that FMSC has volunteers come in six days a week, five sessions a day to pack food for starving kids all around the world. These meals were shipped to Haiti, Mexico, the Ukraine, the Philippines and Uganda. Uganda! And it that moment my heart softened.

My family had been to going to Uganda every year for the past few years to work in orphanages, slums and feeding programs throughout the country. While I had never worked with the FMSC food before, the fact that they served in Uganda blew my mind and made me want to know more about them.

In that moment I all of the sudden didn’t really mind the thought of moving. It was as if God was saying, “It’s going to be alright…I have good plans for you.”

My dad took the job and before we knew we were living in Schaumburg and volunteering at FMSC every couple of months. A couple of weeks before my 18th birthday my dad’s secretary had received an email from the Schaumburg FMSC site saying they were hiring and asked if we knew anyone who would be interested.

I took that flier home right away and started filling out the application. I was so nervous I had to scrap my application a few times because I couldn’t event fill out my correct birth date! I faxed in my application and within a few days I was being interviewed and was hired as a team leader. I was so excited and had a great start thanks to good training.

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I was seven months into team leading and I was loving every second of it.

We received an email saying a local MobilePack™ needed a couple of site team leaders to help work the event. I had heard many great things about MobilePack so I jumped at this opportunity. I arrived at The Feed The Need MobilePack and was blown away, amazed, and overwhelmed all at the same time!

The staff was amazing, the event was awesome, and I instantly wanted to join the MobilePack team. To be able to travel across the U.S. and see people change the world and feed kids… well I was all about that! I went home that night and applied for the event team leader position out of Aurora. I was hired a couple of days later and have been loving it ever since!

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Working for Feed My Starving Children is something really special! You are part of a bond and a family that stretches across the globe! When I look back at how scared I was to move to Chicago and how badly I wanted to stay where I was… it is crazy.

God’s plan for our lives is always so much bigger and better than what we could ever imagine.

God knows where we need to be and when we need to be there. Trust in God! He might let you bend, but he will never let you break. He’s got you in the palm of His hands. Follow after Him with passion and love. You never know, you might end up traveling the world, turning hunger into hope and feeding his precious kids in body and spirit!There is nothing else I rather do!

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Thank you to everyone who came to Target Field for Pack at the Park!

We had a GREAT time, but even better, we fed 1,075 kids for an entire YEAR!

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YOU Changed Despair into HOPE

Tears ran down Paul Evens’ face. His tummy was severely bloated from malnutrition and hurt terribly.

At almost two years old, Paul Evens weighed only 17 pounds. A healthy boy his age should weigh at least 25 pounds.

His parents and three other children live deep in the mountains of Haiti in a dusty home of rocks, tin and clay.

Paul Evens’ father grows beans, corn and bananas. His mother sells whatever is harvested. But they barely earn $5 a day. Feeding Paul was the hardest. Babies need so many nutrients. They couldn’t feed him enough.

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Paul was going to die.

His father desperately carried him down the mountain to Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH), one of Feed My Starving Children’s food distribution partners. The only clinic available for miles, RHFH was their only chance. If they couldn’t get help for Paul, they would soon bury their baby son.

RHFH diagnosed Paul with kwashiorkor, a painful form of malnutrition that causes intense swelling. He was very sick with a fever, diarrhea and vomiting. He needed nutritious food—immediately.

Paul began eating FMSC MannaPack Rice daily. He slowly gained weight.

“Paul Evens was very sick when he was first admitted to the center,” said Licia Betor from RHFH. “We weren’t sure he was going to live. It took him several weeks to recover enough where he could even sit up on his own.”

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When he was first admitted to RHFH’s clinic, he never smiled. Paul has become a joyful little boy who loves to play with his friends. He likes colorful toys that make noise and enjoys stacking blocks.

Because you faithfully fund and hand-pack FMSC meals, Paul recovered. He now weighs 23.5 pounds! What an incredible transformation and answer to prayer! You are God’s hands in action.

Licia said gratefully, “Paul’s family is so excited to see him healthy and happy.”

Without you, Paul’s story would not be possible. From the bottom of our hearts, we simply say, “Thank you.”

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In Liberia: Right on Time

Villagers in this town in Liberia were left without food, clothing or shelter when their town burned down.

Our partner, International Children’s Fund, was able to deliver more than five pallets of MannaPack Rice™.

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The victims of the fire were encouraged and said they were so happy and thankful for the timely response.

“The food was very great blessing and right on time,” International Children’s Fund reports.

A note about Liberia

Liberia was among the most severely affected countries in the recent Ebola outbreak. The country was declared Ebola-free this past January, but the country has had small flare ups since. The last reported case, a 2-year-old boy, was declared Ebola free in May, according to the World Health Organization.

Throughout the epidemic, FMSC was able to support our partners on the ground by meeting the food needs of the communities where they work.

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