We are tracking special giving that we received, through a family that set up a “foundation” to use for their charitable giving and we want to show you monthly how that is being used. For the month of February, we were able to do the following:
a. Continue to hand out over 2,000 lbs. of beans extra; providing every Embrace family with 10 lbs. extra over and above what they receive from their normal sponsorship.
b. Four families received new roof covering through our Samaritan Project (those marked with an *)
c. The school supplies that were purchased last month were made up into school packs and are being distributed and placed into the hands of children who desperately need them.
d. We are preparing to make some more latrines for some of our Embrace families.
A special gift came in for our pastors and what a blessing it was for them! Each pastor received a new eco stove, approximately 700 lbs. of food for their family, barrels to store the food, and a new study Bible. With the recent loss of the second planting for everyone, due to hurricane damage….this extra giving was very timely!
I was able to secure some funding while I was on my southern fundraising trip in May. Thanks to a ladies Bible study group from the Crossville United Methodist church, we have enough to order the filter replacement parts that we need to distribute to our Embrace families who are due for a change out at our July meetings. We also were able to buy 12 filters for children who are on a waiting list and have not received their water filters yet. I cannot stress enough the importance of these filters. A huge percentage of chronic sicknesses in this area are due to having poor water to drink. Having clean water that does not cause sickness goes a long way for improving people’s overall health.
Some people have had some issues with the gaskets on their filters or the valve where the water is dispensed. We have ordered replacement parts for those as well to assure that people have their filters in good working order.
Our next distribution of filters and their replacement parts is in December and we begin now to look for funding to continue to make the “gift of clean water” a reality for these families. If you want to help, please let us know and we can walk you through the steps to make these water filters available to more families.
We have been doing very well on our sales for moringa; both in the US and in Guatemala. I sold about $800 worth just on my trip to the US and we continue to have on-going sales in Guatemala; both from people who seek us out, sales through our ministry clinic and with what the Embrace program is using. This is a tremendous blessing to the pastors, to provide a supplemental income to them to be able to care for their families, as they grow the trees and produce the moringa leaf powder.
We have created a “Reorder Form” for ordering moringa (in powder or capsules) through our MI office and you can find that on our webpage. There is a button at the bottom of the Home Page of the ministry’s webpage (https://www.servantministries.net) that will take you directly to that order form. You can print out the order form, fill out what you want and send your check to cover the cost of the moringa plus the S&H that is listed to the MI office, where your order will be processed. In responding to a suggestion that we had, we will be making available, starting in August, 1 lb. bags of the moringa leaf powder. For people who have started taking it and know that they want to continue taking it, we are making this larger bag a more economic buy for you and we only have one bag to fill instead of 4 of the ¼ lb. bags. Please continue to let us know how the moringa is working for you. We continue to get some wonderful testimonies on how it is helping people in so many different areas.
Servant Minstries has been involved in a reforestation project since 2001. This immediate area was placed in a "red alert" for food shortage in this timeframe. This area is known to be in drought 3 out of every 5 years. The area has been extremely deforested due to people's need to have daily firewood with no thought of replenishing the trees. The lack of forestation affects the rainfall. The people live off the land and so lack of rainfall means little or no harvest. Without a harvest there is no food to care for their families. Without that food, the children are the first that are affected, becoming malnourished and dying. This was the problem that occured in 2001. Many relief organizations came to hand out emergency assistance. Although necessary, it was a bandaid measure because it was short term and didn't make any lasting changes. Servant Ministries has worked since 2001 to bring lasting changes.
Experts say that we need 10 million trees planted in this area to really bring it to a healthy environment. We are at almost one million trees to date. We work in a number of ways to run tree nurseries with the assistance of the local people. We also look for trees that will provide something for the people to use, to add to their food supplies above just working toward changing the environmental status. It is a long term plan but we continue to look for ways to improve this area.
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