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One of our favorite things is getting to share the impact that FMSC meals have on kids around the world.
This update features an adorable boy named Kid from the Philippines. When we first told you his story, he was getting strong and just beginning to stand, thanks to the consistent meals of MannaPack Rice he received from FMSC’s food partner International Care Ministries (ICM).
We are thrilled to tell you that after one year on MannaPack Rice, Kid has gained 19 pounds and has grown several inches taller! His skin looks healthier, his arms have developed muscle and his legs are strong enough to support him. He now stands, walks and runs around—he is a very playful, active boy!
“FMSC MannaPacks gave Kid the breakthrough he urgently needed.” –ICM
With the simple addition of MannaPack meals, the family is now healthy. The money they used to spend on medicine is now available to buy food. Kid’s parents Myrel and Roger have recently moved into a new home and are working hard to ensure their children are always fed.
“We are really thankful. If it wasn’t for you, Kid would still be malnourished. MannaPack played a huge role in helping Kid and us as well. His health is restored. We will do our best to make sure Kid will never go back to being malnourished again.” – Myrel and Roger
Praise the Lord! This is the reason we do this work.
Your hands packed the food that nourished Kid’s body. Your donations paid for the meals and enabled them to be shipped to the Philippines. Your support makes this process incredible. You should be smiling huge right now, because we definitely are!
Keep growing, Kid!
Saturday, June 20 is World Refugee Day. Over 50 million people worldwide are refugees, internally-displaced peoples, or seeking asylum. This instability results in a myriad of problems, often including hunger.
Feed My Starving Children meals reach refugees worldwide. Our partners work tirelessly to bring nutritious meals and clean water to families and children in need. Watch this new video to see how FMSC meals are feeding refugees around the world.
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For more on FMSC’s work with refugees, check out these stories:
- “Saving Lives In Eastern Ukraine“
- “FMSC Meals Reach Syrian Refugees“
- Read about our work with refugees along the Burma/Thailand border.
- Read about our work with refugees from Southern Sudan and The Democratic Republic of Congo.
One of the greatest privileges of my life is that two little children know me as “Daddy.” It’s a title I don’t bear lightly. Fatherhood is a glorious thing. When God taught us to call Him “Father,” He elevated our role as earthly fathers. Through us, our children should catch a glimpse of the character of God. Fathers are to be a living object lesson in God’s love, patience, and holiness. Of course, we all know that fatherhood in our broken world is—when it’s at its best—a faint shadow of what it should be. Yet, if you look hard enough, you may see something beautiful. I saw it last year in Batey 106.
Batey 106 is a poor community in the sugarcane fields outside of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. It is a sweet spot for a lot of us at FMSC. We see a lot of poverty in the work we do; rarely do we see a place where poverty and hope coexist so unmistakably. Being with the people of Batey 106 will either break your heart or cause it to overflow with joy.
When you pull in to Batey 106, one of the first things you’ll notice is children. I can’t imagine you’d ever miss them. Children in the fields. Children on the dirt road. Children running toward your bus. Children getting very close to your still-moving bus. Children climbing on you as you step off the bus. Children chasing a donkey. Children carrying other children. Children everywhere.
Being a father, I love seeing so many children. Being a father, I also love seeing other fathers, who happen to be harder to spot. Where are the Dads? Most are out working the sugarcane fields. You can tell it’s grueling work, because the older men bear marks of it on their bodies. They’re worn down and bent over from long days in the sun, chopping and hauling sugarcane.
You can learn a lot about children by asking them about their parents. It can be dangerous though, so you have to be careful. One day, a five-year old boy was spending a lot of time hanging on my left arm. He called himself “Little Jaime,” I think because I told him my name was Jaime. Feeling adventurous, I decided to ask, “Tell me about your Dad.” He didn’t answer. Instead, he took me by his hand and led me to his house.
By that time, I had already visited a few homes in Batey 106, so I knew what to expect. Little Jaime’s house resembled the others: dirt floor, small bedrooms divided by hanging bed sheets, one or two pieces of furniture and a back room with a stove. But, the way Little Jaime talked about his home was different than others.
We stepped through the door, “Papa built our house. He built many Batey houses.” He showed me his bed, “This is the bed my Papa built.” He sat in a chair, “This is where my Papa sits after work.” He showed me a three-stringed guitar, “Papa plays this.” He pointed to a Creole Bible, “This is Papa’s book.”
I never met Little Jaime’s father, but I think my question was answered. Little Jaime has a Papa who provides shelter and rest. His Papa helps those in need. His Papa works hard–and worships hard! I don’t know if his Papa can read, but I know he values the Word of God.
In a small village, tucked away in a field, the glory of Fatherhood is on display. Do you see it? It’s cloaked in poverty, so you have to look carefully–the character of God shining through an anonymous sugarcane harvester and his boy. Little Jaime may not have much materially, but he has a good father, resembling the Heavenly One. I want to be a Dad like that. When my children see the Lord face to face, I hope they will say, “Oh, that’s where Daddy got it.”
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12
As Father’s Day approaches, FMSC would like to honor the many inspiring fathers we have the privilege of working with around the world. We often hear stories of sacrifice, hard-work and dedication by fathers and grandfathers who persevere for their families in-spite of incredibly difficult environments they encounter day in and day out.
FMSC began partnering with Singing Rooster Coffee in the spring of 2012. We were inspired by Singing Rooster’s mission: to pay coffee farmers a fair wage in Haiti. While Haitian coffee farmers on average receive $1.90 for a pound of coffee, Singing Rooster pays farmers anywhere from $3.50 – $4 a pound. Molly Nicaise, the president and co-founder of Singing Rooster Coffee Co., started the non-profit in an effort to support the livelihoods of farmers who were often paid low wages for their beans.
Molly told us, “We return 100% of the proceeds of coffee sales back to the farmers and their communities in the form of projects that support coffee production, land management, and small business development/entrepreneurship.”
One of the many coffee farmers Singing Rooster works with is Pastor Molvert Sylverin. Pastor Molvert comes from a long line of coffee farmers in Haiti’s southeast mountains near Thiotte. His dream, like many fathers, has always been to send his children to school so their lives may be productive and healthy. With no public funded education in Haiti, Pastor Molvert’s family harvests coffee as a means to pay school tuition for his children, nieces and nephews.
In his father’s three-room house, two of the rooms are used for coffee storage during each harvest. When there is no room left for coffee, Pastor Molvert uses the nearby school for extra storage space. He is very resourceful! His community survives on coffee and value its environmental impact as well. “Coffee agriculture is good for Haiti’s mountains. The root structure holds the soil and provides the gift of education,” Pastor Molvert told us.
Each bag of Singing Rooster coffee sold supports fathers like Pastor Molvert who work hard and use the surrounding they have to empower their children. The chocolaty-sweet coffee with mellow citrus highlights is sure to start your day off right. Thanks to these inspiring fathers, Haiti and many other countries around the world have real HOPE in their children’s generation. The love and dedication of fathers today is creating a brighter future tomorrow.
To purchase Singing Rooster Coffee from the FMSC MarketPlace, please visit fmscMarketPlace.org.
World Hunger Day is about raising awareness for the millions who don’t have enough to eat. Every person – mothers, fathers, children, cousins, grandparents, friends and strangers – is worth fighting for. People matter greatly.
Feed My Starving Children exists to completely eliminate hunger and instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need. Things are certainly getting better, but there is still work to do. Every time you pack meals at FMSC, you are changing the world. Thank you for helping turn hunger into hope.