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In a tiny Zimbabwe village, Thembani was weak and sick. At 11 years old, his health was struggling due to a poor diet. His mother, Portia, was out of options as a single parent. With no choice but to leave the village in search of work, she left Thembani and his two siblings in the care of their grandmother while she took a job in the city as a housekeeper. She hoped this would help her to provide for her family.
Portia hated being separated from her children, and tried to visit them as often as possible. Every time she saw them, they would tell her how much they missed her and how poor their diet was. This broke her heart. She loved them dearly, yet there was nothing she could do. She didn’t have a place for them to stay and could not afford to provide for her three children.
One day Portia was offered a small job by a member of a local church. She began going to church, heard about FMSC’s partner Children’s Cup, and told them about her situation. The staff at Children’s Cup urged Portia to bring her children to the city. Once they arrived, they began receiving FMSC MannaPack Rice.
Thembani’s health has incredibly improved! He has gained noticeable weight, now attends school and is able to smile again. Portia and her family are together. They are healthy and happy because of the compassion of our partner, Children’s Cup, and the provision of MannaPack Rice, packed by YOUR hands.
Portia, Thembani, Thembelihle and Ncuncu say “THANK YOU” for making such a huge difference in their lives!
I am thrilled to announce that Feed My Starving Children has packed 1 BILLION MEALS! What an exceptional milestone!
We did the math—through your commitment to feeding God’s precious children, more than 4.2 million volunteers have hand-packed one billion meals for malnourished children in nearly 70 countries.
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Because of your two hands, God’s rich provision and blessing on FMSC, and an exceptional network of missions and humanitarian organizations, lives have been changed all around the world.
You are truly the difference between hunger and hope.
It is such a blessing to do His work! From the bottom of all of our hearts, thank you for helping us reach one billion meals! We couldn’t do this without you.
We look forward to another billion life-saving meals and to the day when ALL are fed!
The Hope For Life Children’s Home in Gressier, Haiti receives, cooks, and serves their kids Feed My Starving Children meals.
“We started receiving the [FMSC] meals in August 2013,” Hannah of Hope For Life told us. “Its been incredible to see the difference in the health and energy of the kids in a year’s time!”
Thank you from the Hope for Life Children’s Home!
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds
for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
– Psalm 107:8-9
Kid sits listlessly in his mother Myrel’s arms. His tiny ribcage protrudes from his chest. His frail, spindly arms and legs are unable to support him. In their scanty seaside home located in a slum community of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines, Myrel and her husband Roger work raggedly. They do everything they can to support Kid and his 16-year-old brother, Wilmer. But their very best efforts are not enough.
Roger risks his health and safety every day—his work is located far away in a gold mine, where he barely earns $10 per month. This wage is insufficient to feed and provide for their family. They cannot afford to send their older son to school, and their baby boy, Kid, is malnourished and struggling.
Though Myrel plants vegetables and gathers shellfish for work, she is unable to make enough money to purchase basic necessities and watches helplessly as her children go to bed hungry, day after day.
FMSC’s partner International Care Ministries (ICM) discovered the family and quickly referred them to ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program—a nutrition and feeding initiative for malnourished children. The family began receiving FMSC MannaPack meals. Suddenly, they had hope.
As a result of the feeding program, Kid has vastly improved. His skin looks healthier, his arms have developed muscle and his legs are strong enough to support him—he is now able to stand and walk! The MannaPack meals provide the nutrition he needs to sustain his body, grow stronger and laugh and play with other kids. What a miracle!
“I am happy because I get full with the MannaPack and also I am happy for my brother that is now healthy and able to walk,” said Wilmer.
Because of you, Kid stands! Your passion for those in need enables children just like Kid to gain the strength and opportunity to rise above starvation and gain a bright and beautiful future!
The fight is real. No child should starve. No parent should have to watch helplessly as their child slowly fades away. There are many other children in the same situation around the world, starving and without resources.
Your kind-hearted, generous giving restores the lives of children like Kid, helps our long-term partners like ICM sustain their already established feeding programs, and enables FMSC to continue to provide aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
To give, visit fmsc.org/donate.
It is amazing to see how far God’s reach is, especially when He is caring for His people in need.
Mark Crea (Executive Director/CEO), Jeannine Aquino (Regional Program Coordinator for southeast Asia), and I are in far western Thailand, directly across the river from Myanmar. It is a tough place to get to, only accessible by one road that twists, climbs, and descends through an endless span of steep mountains and deep valleys. One of our objectives this year in FMSC’s Department of International Programs is to learn how to better serve our partners working with people in the most remote and underserved places. We picked the right spot to visit to learn this.
Yesterday, we were part of a time of worship and food distribution to the poor and hungry Myanmar people who braved a four hour walk in a hot and steamy jungle, crossed a swollen river, and sought help from people that only God could have called. Our FMSC Distribution Partner, Venture Expeditions, has been helping the Myanmar and Thai poor and displaced for years by gaining experience and the trust of local partners, leaders, and governments.
People came by the hundreds, sang songs of praise and left with boxes of FMSC food strapped to their backs or balanced on top of their heads. We watched them go as they made their way back to their distant homes in unmapped places. Most were smiling.
This is the 34th country I have visited and in all my travels, I have to say that I deeply admire the work being accomplished here. It is like seeing God’s hand fully extended, fingers outstretched to touch the lives of hundreds that would otherwise be untouched. We get to be part of this great extension of compassion.
Please know that our partners appreciate all that FMSC’s donors, volunteers and staff do for them. Without FMSC MannaPack meals, the effectiveness of outreaches like this would be drastically reduced.
Please continue to pray for all those still needing to be reached. They are there, but never beyond His fingertips.