Our May meetings were not quite as busy as some months. We did hand out a moringa tree to every family from a special offering that we had received. The Embrace children receive a small amount of moringa powder (made from the leaves of the moringa tree) that is to be put in their food everyday as a natural supplement and boost to their health. By having their own tree, they can take advantage of the full benefits that the moringa tree offers; through the use of the leaves, the flowers and the seed pods that it produces and they will have plenty for the entire family to use. Lidia gave a “talk” about the benefits of the moringa tree to help the families understand its usage and encourage them to care well for their sapling to get it to a state where it can bring health benefits to their families. It is a very fast growing tree and they should be able to start trimming off leaves within no more than 6 months.
We were having trouble finding some of the seeds for our “Gardens in a Bag” and so we have put off distributing those until our June meetings. They had one rain storm recently but the rains have not begun sufficiently to plant their crops and so putting off the gardens a bit should not be a problem.
We completed our home visits for the 53 new families that have come into the Embrace program for the last year. Every family received a toilet brush for the cleaning of their latrines in May; this is something we do once a year.
Abner gave a devotional from Matthew 6 on “not growing weary” and also had a teaching on personal hygiene. We are putting together our tallies on how much has come in for the MYB (Middle of the Year Blessing) to see how we can move forward for providing shoes for the children this year. My last report brings us “very close” to the amount that we need to assure that every child will receive their new shoes. The children will be sized for their shoes in June and each family will indicate whether they want tennis shoes, school shoes, boots or sandals. Shoes will be handed out at the July meetings. Our sincere thanks to all of the sponsors who reached out to support this outreach; YOU make it possible for the children to receive this very special blessing!
We appreciate our amazing and faithful Embrace sponsors; you are making a difference in the life of every Embrace child!
We want to give you a better look at just what the Embrace program can do to change the life of a child. We found Sergio in December 2018; he was brought to our registration to find new children to sign up for the Embrace program. Sergio has 6 other siblings in his family; he is also a special need child. Sergio’s biggest issue was that he was emaciated; he was six years old and he weighed 15.6 lbs! That is the weight of a child less than a year old, even here in Guatemala! He was truly nothing more than skin and bones. The mom allowed us to take some pictures, away from the view of others, without his shirt; to see his true condition. As much as the Embrace program provides; we knew that this was a special case where MORE was required! Thanks to a sponsor who took Sergio on and was willing to send extra; we were able to put Sergio on Pediasure milk and also on a product, called Plumpy Nut; that we make from peanut butter, oil, powdered sugar and powdered milk. Sergio had never walked in his 6 years; strictly due to the fact that he had no strength or muscle development to allow him to do so. After only 19 days of being on the “extra assistance” that we gave him; Sergio took his first “assisted steps”, with his mother holding his hands. In just six months, Sergio has more than doubled his body weight! On the nutritional chart that we use to evaluate the children; he went from extreme dark red (which is critical malnourishment) to coming into green (which is a healthy level of nutrition for a child in proportion to their height and weight)! Sergio is building his confidence to begin to walk on his own and strengthen the muscles that are finally developing for him; due to the proper nutrition and assistance that he has received! It has been a pure joy to see the transformation of this child and to realize the difference that can be made; as we give that child their needed nutrition. It is a testimony to the Embrace program and to 100s of sponsors that we have that make that change available to the children that they are helping. We praise God for the change that we have seen in Sergio and hope that it has impacted you as well. Help us to find more sponsors to begin to make that difference in the life of other children! The children are “out there”; we just need people who want to reach out to them and see that transformation happen!