September Embrace meetings brought us our 3rd quarter of birthdays to celebrate; recognizing 55 children who have their birthdays in July, August and September. They received a small birthday gift, a coupon to use at the clinic store, were sung to and prayed over and everyone got to enjoy some cake and refreshment. We continue to do our annual Family Interviews; to update our records and have current information to pass along to our sponsors for their new Family History Sheets. We have completed about 65% of the families. Dental service resumed after a break that our dentist took. It was nice to see our new dental equipment put into usage; 75 children were seen…doing both cleanings and fillings. We finished our last push for latrines; blessing 11 Embrace families with a latrine for their families’ usage, from some “extra funds” that came in. Abner did a devotional on Romans 3 and also gave a “Health Talk” to the families. We did a survey and 90% of our families have had success with their home gardens, are enjoying the harvest of vegetables that they are receiving and excited about this project. The Christmas Blessing letters have been sent to our sponsors and orders are beginning to come into our ministry office. We are believing to have a good response so that we can reach out to every Embrace child this Christmas and to let them know and feel people’s love expressed in a tangible as they celebrate this Christmas. Let’s work together to make this be a very special Christmas for all of our Embrace children!
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!