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“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.” – Psalm 9:18
Manuela lives in the tiny, remote village of Chuticalbaj, Guatemala. She is the mother of six and grandmother of two. It takes a treacherous 4-hour drive to reach their scantily-constructed home in the mountains.
One of Manuela’s younger daughters, six-year-old Juana, was born with Down Syndrome. She needs special care. Though Manuela works vigorously for her family, she is unable to make ends meet. Little Juana slowly suffers from malnutrition. She is weak and lifeless.
Thankfully, FMSC’s partner New Hope Ministries (NHM) discovers the village. They recognize the family’s desperate need for food and immediately enroll them in the New Hope food program.
Fragile Juana starts eating FMSC MannaPack Rice every day. Slowly, she begins to improve and regain her health.
Her mother Manuela is deeply encouraged. Through the support of New Hope Ministries and FMSC meals, her daughter has new life again. Now she doesn’t have to worry as much. Her stress begins to fade away.
With a grateful heart, Manuela learns about the amazing love of Jesus from NHM. She can trust him. He gives her strength to continue caring for Juana in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances.
As a result of her new faith in Jesus, Manuela has become a leader in her community and started a small home church with her neighbors. She says, “Thank you for this life-giving nutrition!” You have changed her life and made a true impact.
Precious little Juana still relies on her mother to survive every day. This is a hard reality for families with children who have Down Syndrome. Thanks to NHM’s medical assistance and the benefit of nutritious FMSC meals, the family is learning healthier habits. Juana continues to improve. She loves to brush her teeth and adores playing with her favorite doll.
Through the gift of MannaPack Rice, funded by your dollars and packed by your hands, not only has Juana’s life been saved, but her mother, family and community have been fed and encouraged spiritually as well. This is why FMSC does this work, to feed God’s kids hungry in body AND spirit.
Because of your faithful support, FMSC continues to see incredible impact on families just like Manuela and Juana’s around the world.
Your giving is so important. You play a critical role in allowing FMSC to feed more kids just like Juana every day.
To donate to FMSC, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.
Treat yourself or friends to the perfect summer items from the FMSC MarketPlace. Each item purchased supports artisans like Marie Denise in Haiti.
Marie works for FMSC’s food partner Mission of Hope near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Mission of Hope (MOH) feeds over 90,000 children every day in over 400 schools and orphanages throughout the area.
After the devastating 2010 earthquake, MOH created a micro-business called 3 Cords which gives employment opportunities to men and women with physical disabilities, many of whom lost their limbs after being trapped in the rubble of the earthquake. Today, 3 Cords is stronger than ever, employing over 18 artisans and creating beautiful products.
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Marie Denise is one of these artisans who loves what she does. Her smile can light up a room as she works diligently to create the headbands and cloth totes purchased by FMSC. Marie is grateful for each sale she makes as the income she receives helps support her family of three daughters.
Marie and all of the 3 Cords artisans are thankful for the chance to provide for their families, and are joyful as they look forward to the future.
To purchase Marie’s beautiful cloth totes from Haiti and other items, please visit www.fmscMarketPlace.org.
Even in poor communities, kids will be kids. They are playful, silly, imaginative, and filled with dreams. Kids are the hope for the future.
These photos celebrate children and the hope they show us all.
Swaziland (left) and Nicaragua (right)
Poverty and hunger are thieves. They steal potential from kids, making it harder for them to be who they were made to be. And that’s why we believe in nutrition. Without nutritious meals, kids can’t be kids. Hope starts with food.
Since the first Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015, we have been working closely with our food distribution partners to assess how we can best help the people of Nepal.
Over the past few weeks, our partners have strategized their response and activated teams to meet the most urgent needs. FMSC has currently received food aid requests from at least three of our partners. We will be shipping meals throughout the month of May to assist with their disaster relief plans.
In the wake of the most recent earthquake on May 12, 2015, our partners are working hard to determine any new needs.
Please join us in praying for the people of Nepal as they deal with the aftermath of these devastating earthquakes.
In March I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti for a week-long mission trip with one of FMSC’s partners, Love a Child. This was my first international mission trip and I was nervous.
I tried to ‘prepare’ myself for the experience by gathering as much information as possible. I talked to peers that had been on similar trips and I carefully planned what I would need. Still, my head raced with questions. How would the people of Haiti receive us? Would we be intrusive? How would we communicate, especially with a language barrier?
Shortly before I left, two things reminded me I was already equipped with all that I needed. A friend texted me to say that God had already prepared the road, with everything else stripped away – I would see, feel and experience Him. The other reminder, as funny as it sounds, was a blog post about a special language I speak – motherhood.
The post was from a woman who was going to visit a dear friend, a friend who had just lost her 21-month old daughter. The woman was terrified of what to say – fearful she would fumble over words. The woman had two healthy children of her own and wondered how she could possibly comfort her friend. During the woman’s visit, amidst the pain and grief, her friend said something profound: you’re a mom, you know. The woman went on to describe the bond all mothers share and it struck a chord within me.
While I will never know what it is like to walk three miles with a five gallon bucket on my head to ensure my children have safe water, or embark on a two-hour trek down a mountainside to reach medical care like the mothers in Haiti do every day – I am a mom, and I know.
I know the deep love mothers have for their children. It’s the same reason I’ve spent countless nights sleeping in a chair with a sick child gently resting on my chest. No matter if you are a mother living in the U.S., a mother living in a tent in Haiti or a mother living in a mud hut in Africa – we all share the joy of children. Motherhood is a universal language. During my week in Haiti, I got to speak that special language and share God’s love. I placed boxes of FMSC meals into the weathered hands of mothers. I saw their eyes fill with HOPE and relief. Now they wouldn’t have to choose which child they would feed today.
I may not fully understand the pain of those difficult choices, but I am a mom, and I know. I know that I would do anything for the health and well-being of my children.
One of the greatest honors God has called me to be is a mother. God also calls us to support one another. We are brothers and sisters in Christ. On this day, and every day, I pray that mothers around the world get to experience joy in seeing their children grow and flourish. That we all can find some way, big or small, to support one another – the mother across the street, or the mother across the ocean.
Happy Mother’s Day!