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Feed My Starving Children meals have reached the hungry in eastern Ukraine. Our new distribution partner Mission Eurasia has received and distributed over 272,000 FMSC meals to refugees and families.
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“The food is going mostly to the elderly, disabled, and families with small children,” Mission Eurasia told FMSC. Here are some new pictures of the FMSC meal distribution.
Valery and Anna were living close to where the violence erupted in eastern Ukraine. Valery took his pregnant wife and two children to a different village. While a bit safer, their new home was still only five kilometers from some of the heaviest fighting. Valery was unable to find a job and grew more discouraged.
Mission Eurasia and their partners learned of the family. They visited the town with meals and care packages. Filled with gratitude, Anna immediately began cooking the FMSC meals for her children.
“Not only was this family filled with a delicious meal,” Mission Eurasia reports, “they were also reminded of God’s great love and provision, even in the midst of darkness around them.”
Sergey Rakhuba, President of Mission Eurasia, wrote in an update, “I hope you will be encouraged to know that your partnership is making an eternal difference in hundreds of thousands of lives in my struggling homeland. Thank you again for standing with us to impact Eurasia for Christ.”
To donate to FMSC, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.
After you pack meals, how do they get to the hungry? The meals are usually transported by truck and then boat, but once they arrive at their destination country, things can get interesting.
Getting meals to the hungry isn’t always easy. To reach families and children in the mountains of Honduras, the deserts of Somalia, or the jungles of Thailand requires creative thinking.
Check out these amazing photos to see some ways our meals have reached the hungry.
Cuba (after Hurricane Sandy)
Kenya (left) and Cambodia (right)
FMSC has shipped more than 1 billion meals in our history! Over 99% of the meals shipped have successfully arrived at their intended destination. We attribute this success to our resourceful partners and to God’s protection.
A shipment of Feed My Starving Children meals has reached the hungry in Sierra Leone. Due to the ongoing problems caused by the Ebola outbreak, FMSC has shipped additional meals to our partners in West Africa.
Our partner Salesian Missions sent these photos and reports, “The families were full of joy upon receiving the rice.” The meals are saving lives.
To donate to our ongoing efforts in West Africa, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.
“From hopelessness, the work at Nica HOPE has transformed me and now I have a sense of empowerment. I can think of new things to create and then I can sell them to support my family,” Marisa tells me as we stand in the small Nica HOPE shop in Niacragua. Marisa worked at the municipal trash dump of Managua, known as “La Chureca,” starting at the age of 13. She, along with many others, would spend the day sorting through the trash looking for recyclable items they could sell, earning little more than $2 a day.
When Marisa met the owner of Nica HOPE and was offered a job making jewelry, her life was changed forever.
Marisa has now worked at Nica HOPE for 5 years and has become the president of the cooperative. She enjoys her jewelry work and uses the money from selling her jewelry to support her two young children.
As we spoke of her jewelry, you could sense her passion for Nica HOPE and their work. She likes being creative and thinking of new designs. She was very proud to show me the necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments she has made–and she should be proud! The pieces are beautiful!
Marisa now has 21 artisans who work in the cooperative. From the earnings of their jewelry work, the artisans are able to provide the basic necessities for their family: cooking oil, fruits, vegetables, and cookware. The women of the cooperative, Marisa noted, are more than just coworkers, they are their support network. Together, they work through the struggles of life and maintain a hopeful future for themselves, their family, and their community.
Nica HOPE jewelry has been available in the FMSC MarketPlace since 2009 and, this month, there is a new addition! The Nicaraguan Statement Necklace was hand-crafted by Marisa and the other women at Nica HOPE. The necklace is made with seeds, wooden beads, and colorful stones which are available in 6 stunning colors.
The purchase of this necklace supports the creative, hard-working artisans at Nica HOPE and provides 196 FMSC meals!
To purchase a necklace, please visit fmscMarketPlace.org.
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” – Psalm 9:9
The race is on to save lives in West Africa. Ebola is still wreaking havoc in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, but amid this crisis looms an even bigger problem—hunger.
Whole communities of farmers have been either wiped out by Ebola or quarantined. Crops lie abandoned. An entire planting season will be lost. Without a harvest, West Africa will have no food.
“As the disease continues to affect so many in West Africa, an additional crisis is arising…the lack of food.” – Chris Dudley, disaster services response director with FMSC’s partner Convoy of Hope
Musu is 8 years old (pictured left). Her mother, a health care worker in one of the hardest Ebola-hit areas in Liberia, contracted the disease while caring for victims & died. Musu was suddenly an orphan, left alone to fend for herself.
Thankfully, a church affiliated with our partner International Children’s Fund heard about Musu’s situation and took her into their care—she now receives nutritious MannaPack™ meals daily.
Musu’s story is not the first. Or the last. It is being told over and over again.
Ebola has taken a toll on the women of West Africa. They are on the frontlines, courageously bearing the brunt of the disease—they selflessly care for the sick at home and in overcrowded health clinics. Mothers continue to fall ill and die, leaving their children alone, without help and without hope.
Please pray for the children who have lost everyone they know.
Because of your servant heart, FMSC is able to respond immediately. More than 8 million meals have already been delivered to West Africa. We expect food needs to intensify in the coming months. We are working closely with our partners to get MannaPack meals into their hands immediately.
In the midst of chaos and crisis, our partners are banding together to reach many towns that have been quarantined—and children like Musu who are in the most heart-wrenching situations.
Mark Gaither, of FMSC’s partner Global Aid Network (GAiN), says, “People who receive aid often ask, ‘Why are you doing this? Why are you risking your life to help me?’ GAiN’s response is, ‘I’m doing this because I work for a Great Physician, and His name is Jesus. He has told me to bring you this aid.’”
What a powerful statement. This is truly the core of FMSC.
Thank you for your passion to fill the bellies of God’s children with nutritious food. You enable us to support our partners and provide meals, love and HOPE to those who need it most.
Together, we are the Body of Christ in action. Together, we can turn around a crisis.
To make a donation, please visit www.fmsc.org/donate.