Embrace Entries Updates for August 2019

August’s meeting had a little less to deal with. We began our annual family interviews; to update the info that we have on file for each child. We review all of the information and make whatever edits or revisions are needed. This information will be part of the Family History Sheet 2020 that will be sent to our sponsors. It takes us 3 months to complete all of the interviews and then all of the data needs to be entered into the files and prepared for sending electronically to the sponsors.

The topic for our talk with the families this month was “The Importance of Health”. There was a devotional given on “Loving your Enemies” from Matthew 5:44-48.

All of the children and the parents who wanted it, were given the bi-annual parasite treatments. This is so important to control any parasites that the children pick up.

Corn was again part of their food bags this month and the families continue to receive the benefits of their home gardens.

 


Ready to Take the Next Step???????

  1.  If you have selected a particular child that you would like to sponsor, then please write me at nancy@servantministries.net to give me the code number, name of the child and your intent to sponsor.  I will have the webmaster put a “hold” on that child while we await your payment.
  2. Decide whether you will be providing the basic benefits or want to add on either the transportation or meat package to your monthly sponsorship.
  3. Send your first payment(s) to the Michigan office.  Checks should be made payable to “Embrace” and sent to:
    Servant Ministries
    PO Box 596073
    Fort Gratiot, MI 48059
    (Make sure you have the child's name and code number on the memo line.)
  4. The child will begin to receive their benefits after your third payment.  Many new sponsors opt to send in 3 months of payments initially so that the child can begin to receive their benefits as soon as possible.  The child will always receive those extra two retroactive months at the end of your sponsorship but it gives a cushion to not interrupt the child receiving their monthly benefits.
  5. After your payment(s) are received, you will receive communication from our Directors of Sponsors’ Communication that will give you options for future payments and answer any questions you have in regards to your sponsorship.
  6. Thank you for making the choice to make a difference in the life of a child!

A Personal Profile

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!

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For further information on how you can participate in sponsoring a child contact either:

Doug and Sandi Reed

or
Nancy Sheldon