Medical Kits in Haiti

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American’s have had much ado over the years regarding healthcare and medical ‘goods and bads’, so to speak. We have this opinion, that opinion, this statistic and that one. But, the reality is …. we HAVE medical care and there are certain regulations that prevent the turning away of patients in dire circumstances… not so in Haiti.

Haiti is a world without clinics and hospitals in every town… a world without medicine, without prenatal care, without pediatric medicine, or assistance for the elderly.  Children and adults die daily from fully preventable or treatable diseases like malaria, cholera, and tuberculosis.

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.
  • Most Haitian people survive on $1 a day.
  • Haiti is the size of Maryland, but has double the population.
  • Haiti is less than 2 hours from Miami.
  • Poverty and devastation doesn’t prevent the people from praising God.

In the mountainous village of Montrouis, Haiti, there is no running water or electricity in homes. Water is retrieved from rivers with buckets and used for cooking, bathing, washing clothes, and drinking. Homes are made of cardboard, tar paper, and pieces of tin or plastic patched together. Medical care is a luxury but this month’s blessing, Life Connection Mission, does a great job at providing care both in clinics, as well as on the road through mobile medical units. Over the years they have provided care from basic clinic assistance to surgeries and life-saving procedures. The mobile medical trips are where we come in! We will be providing 33 medical kits for use in the field throughout the rural areas of the village. Giving much needed supplies as LCM volunteers head out to serve the people that are unable to reach the Montrouis clinic.

We’re so honored to be able to sow this little seed into an organization that has done so much, beyond just medical care, for the people of Haiti. May God continue to bless the hearts of those who serve in this ministry!

Check out their site for more information or to get involved: www.lifeconnectionmission.org

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! Striving to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits and participating in His vision to transform hearts! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others.

Serving Seniors

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They give more generously, donate the most volunteer time, have lived through some of the hardest economic times in the US, served their country unwaveringly, and contain enormous amounts of life wisdom. Our seniors are the heroes of our time and have paved the way for many of us to be where we are.

However, aging is not an easy road to walk and many times our seniors can eventually become the ‘forgotten ones’. Even in the best facilities, loneliness, anxiety and feelings of neglect are a primary cause of poor health among our older adults. No longer being able to choose what they want to eat, where they want to go, and many times what they want to do. This loss of freedom and independence can cause them to lose self-esteem, dignity, joy and love.

Jerry & Dorphia David

This months’ blessing devotes their time and energy giving back to our beloved seniors. Sharing the love and gospel of Christ to a segment of society who is nearing their time of departure. Matthew 20 illustrates that it’s never too late to know Christ and His plan of salvation, comfort and love.

Gentle Shepherd Ministries visits senior care facilities on a weekly basis where they provide one-on-one visits, church services, Bible studies, and grief support to those who struggle with despair, uselessness, or spiritual emptiness. They create a Christ-centered community and provide support, relationship and joy to many of them. The team of GSM reach 70 senior living communities, approximately 700 people a month, and has 70 volunteers ministering to the residents’ spiritual, emotional, and societal needs.

During the middle of last year, God had placed ‘seniors’ on my heart. I’m so pleased to bless this organization and be a part of what God is doing for our beloved elders.

Remember that one day; you will be a senior too 🙂 Lets’ show extra love and care!

God Bless your January, Sandy

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We become a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits. We participate in His vision to transform hearts and bring them His love! Each gift brings hope to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. We are blessed by blessing them!

Casa Dayspring Orphanage

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I was able to hear back from Casa Dayspring after the video was recorded so I thought there would be no better way to introduce this month’s blessing, except from the recipient himself! Hear directly from Roger (the director) below, on how much your blessing is going to impact their lives.

“Sam Lee had told me about your organization.  I am so thankful that you have considered our work at the children’s home. We started the home around 7 years ago and have grown rapidly once the news got out that we were there.  The needs are so great, and the children have had such a terrible past before they came.  Most come from a past of abuse and neglect and were placed with us by social services.  They will be with us until they are grown.  We operate a school at the home since most of the kids we receive have not been to school.  Many come at 8 – 12 years old and cannot read or write. We work toward getting the kids back into a public-school setting by high school.  We have three boys in college that were unable to read and write when they come to us 7 years ago. They also work at the house teaching the younger kids in our school.  We use a program from the government that takes the kids through middle school.

At the current time we have 23 children at the home ranging in age from 3 to 18, but we are so over capacity that we are having to turn children away every week.  Knowing the needs that our current children arrived with and the life they had before they came, it just breaks my heart to think we cannot help any additional children until we are in our new facility.  We are making great progress on the construction but as you noted the electrical service is still one of those needs that must be met before we are able to move in.  We spent the week painting and finishing up the wiring inside the building and are ready to connect to the power but need the service brought in from the highway and a transformer purchased and installed.  Your donation will help us do that.”

We will be donating finances to help with the electrical system within the new orphanage… Let there be light! Both in their hearts and in their building!

Check out their Website and Facebook pages!

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Every month, Be a Blessing looks for opportunities to bring opportunities! We strive to be a part of what God is doing across the globe through established faith-based non-profits. To participate in His vision to transform hearts, so that they may know Him! Each gift brings hope and love to hurting people and encourages organizations as they serve others. Join us today!

Espwa Berlancia – Malnutrition in Haiti

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“I will fight… what you were fighting.”

“Emano came to me in the late afternoon, the setting sun reflecting off the deep shadows of protruding bones. I gathered his 20lbs in my arms and something inside of me cracked.

I hold a lot of malnourished babies. Most of them live but many do not. I hold them and I meet their needs and I disassociate when I have to because if I didn’t I couldn’t do this. This “job” that doesn’t end at 5pm, this job that both fills and destroys my heart. Emano broke me wide open. I couldn’t stop the wave of love I had for him with all the strength of my flesh. Disassociation wasn’t an option. I knew that this was going to hurt like hell. I knew the pain that was likely, but I was powerless to hold it at bay.

I heard the news as I was sitting down to breakfast early on Sunday morning. The food we had prepared turned to sawdust in my mouth and it was all I could do to choke down the bite I had taken. I wanted to scream, to take out all my anger at the injustice of this world on a plate of eggs. I wanted to hate food. I wanted to throw it against the wall and curse it and blame it for the death of every baby I have held and loved and watched slip away.

Instead, I got up from the table where my own children filled their bellies and I collapsed into the corner of their tiny playroom off the kitchen, trying to stifle my sobs.

Emano was dead. Not a malnourished foreign child. Emano.

Once you have seen the shuddering and groaning and pain of starvation you will never forget it. Once you’ve watched it tear through the frail body of a 5-year-old child the image will be burned in your mind forever. Once you realize that thing you do every day without even thinking about is the thing that would have saved his life, you will never, ever be able to erase that from your mind and you will never, ever be the same. You will never be able to turn off that burning desire to kill what killed him.”

Learn more about Espwa Berlancia in Haiti!

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Action 169 – End Exploitation

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I had the privilege to attend the Justice Awakening Conference in Minneapolis with Action 169 the weekend before the Superbowl. It was an eye-opening night with great worship, prayer and teaching from those in the trenches giving their heart and soul to bringing an end to sexual exploitation. We sponsored a few survivors with the opportunity to attend this life-changing and healing weekend. Futures are reborn and destinies are changed when people feel God’s love for them; see what they can be, and know how they can help those from where they have been. These kind of blessings are more than just financial… they are pathways to hope and restoration. Your giving changed these ladies lives over the course of this weekend. It’s more than dollars that you are investing!

ACTION169 IS A SURVIVOR LED ORGANIZATION BUILT ON AN APOSTOLIC PROPHETIC FOUNDATION OF PRAYER TO END COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND SUBSTANCE USE THROUGH CHRIST-CENTERED PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND HOLISTIC RESTORATION CARE SERVICES.

Learn more about Action 169.

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Jacks Basket – Down Syndrome

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The rise of prenatal screening tests has significantly decreased the number of babies born with Down syndrome since the 2000’s. About 90% of babies testing positive for Down syndrome are being terminated in utero. According to the most recent data available, the United States has an estimated termination rate for Down syndrome of 67-90% (1995-2011); Europe as a whole is about 92% (2015). Iceland is leading the world in “eradicating Down syndrome births”, as they report only 1 or 2 births per year. I do understand the struggle and fear of the unexpected and even the disappointment at first, but it’s breaking God’s heart.

Chris and Carissa received the diagnosis at birth that their new born son, Jack, had Down syndrome. Thoughts and questions overshadowed their minds regarding what the future will look like. Will they be able to do this? How will this change their lives? Many of those early memories were positive but they also couldn’t forget the negative ones.  From the way the diagnosis was delivered, to the awkward pregnant nurse that was assigned to her room. They received an outdated binder filled with general information on Down syndrome including delays her child will experience cognitively and physically, and a bunch of blurry medical information that scared them deeply. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common and traumatic way of how this diagnosis is given. Instead of celebrating a new precious life, many families are often times treated like the plague and leave the hospital without even a congratulations.

It was out of this life experience where God spoke to Carissa’s heart. What if a family would be congratulated and presented with a gift?  What if it set the tone of that day, a chance to celebrate a beautiful baby?

Jack’s Basket was created out of a prayer and dream that all children beautifully created with an extra special chromosome in the Twin Cities (and beyond) could receive a loving welcome. Their mission is to ensure that every new and expectant parent is provided resources and avenues of support within the community and aims to educate medical providers on how to discuss the diagnosis in an unbiased way. Each basket contains a personalized letter and picture of their family and two others that are raising children with Down’s, Jack’s favorite rattle, a couple of toys, an adorable onesie and helpful resources. “The family might not be ready to accept this gift at first, but to hear the news, ‘CONGRATULATIONS’ would be something they would reflect and be thankful for when their child steals their heart” – Carissa.

October is Down syndrome awareness month and Be a Blessing will be purchasing baskets this month to give to these precious families. We desire to honor their big day and spread smiles on their faces in recognition of this new gift of God in their lives. The Word of God clearly states that all life is given by the Father and all life is precious to Him.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:13-15

Read their full story at Jacksbasket.org and learn how they are impacting families across the state and nation!

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Be a Blessing is a fun and fulfilling way to touch lives all across the globe! This movement provides the opportunity to impact various people and causes every month. Each gift increases effectiveness and is used to bring hope and love to hurting people, and encourage organizations as they serve others. It takes 2 minutes to Be the Difference. Join the movement today!!

Dental Drive – for Papua New Guinea

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June is Dental Blessing month! Last May I was in Papua New Guinea with a medical team. We treated people with everything from minor surgery to headaches, stomach infections and back pain. Everyone was so grateful for anything that we could do even though we wished we could do more. We made it through the line of people and in the process we handed out a few tubes of toothpaste. To my surprise after all had left, there were people still standing around kind of looking inside the clinic door. I remember hearing someone ask if they could help them and the guy pointed to the few tubes of toothpaste that we had sitting on the counter and said “Colgate?” I turned around and more were coming to the door all asking for toothpaste. 🙁

My heart was so moved at that moment with the realization that I’ve been cleaning my teeth since I was a toddler, going to the dentist every year, and buying toothpaste because it’s a normal thing of life. Here were these lovely, kind-hearted people who wanted to brush their teeth. My heart seriously sank.

That moment after 12 months still hasn’t left my memory and that’s why we need to send toothbrushes and toothpaste to PNG! It’s a simple tool, an easy expense, but a world of relief for them.

We’re doing a Dental Drive this month and I need you all to dig out those toothbrushes you get free at the dentist, even though you use an electric brush. You know who you are! I do it too… every time… because you just never know when you’ll need one, right? Well, we need them now… as many unused toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste as we can get. Ask your dentist, ask your family, ask your neighbors, share this post and let the word out. Let’s put those brushes and tubes to good use and bless the sweet people of Papua New Guinea with clean teeth!

We’ve set-up a drop off center at New Creation Church in North Mankato, MN for you to take your donations to or you can mail them to PO Box 1806, North Mankato, MN 56002. You can also click here to donate funds to help us purchase supplies in bulk from a wholesale dealer.

A friend will be going to PNG in July, so we will be sending our June blessing along with him.  Of course, we’ll get pics so you can see the joy you bring to their hearts… and their mouths!!

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Water4Life – UPDATE!

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Hi guys! I just received this message and update from Rudy at Water 4 Life Ministries. Below is a message from Lonny who just delivered 80 water filters to families in Peru. We’ll be getting more photos and stories from his other partners in Peru soon.

“Rudy, we stopped at the house that is serving as a distribution center and unloaded food and supplies. The mothers of the community gathered around and I showed them how to put the filters together and use it either with a bucket or a water bottle. These women were very excited to have filters. The flooding had severely contaminated their drinking water. They were having to boil their water or use tablets. They were out of tablets and their resources for boiling the water were extremely limited. They were so happy to use the filters to provide clean drinking water for their families.

We also went to a village where we helped set up a first aid clinic. This clinic will serve 2000 villagers with emergency medical situation. The water quality was questionable so we taught them how to use the filters. The nurse running the clinic was very relieved and excited to have the filters for her clinic.

We went to a women’s organization that was working together to improve their community. When I explained what the filter was they immediately saw its value and were so grateful for your generosity. They will use the filters to help teach the importance of clean water to the rest of the community.

Thank you again for your support!  Lonny”

I love hearing straight from the field! This is where our May Water Filter Blessing will be going… so fun to be used to shed smiles on others. We need a few more filters to meet our goal of 25, so if it’s possible for you… send a filter to Peru!

Blessings to you, Sandy