Around The World – On His Path

Where We Work

India:

  •  Pastor sponsorship
  •  Vikmuthi School for children of lepers
  •  Nutrition support for widows • Microenterprise to save women from slavery
  •  Medical care and nutrition for lepers
  •  New clubfoot clinics

Liberia:

  • Aid to Ebola victims

Guatemala:

  • Homes for the homeless
  • Medical support
  • Food distribution
  • Wheelchair repair and distribution
  • Education and tutoring
  • Human trafficking shelter

El Salvador:

  • Clubfoot clinics and counseling for families
  • Healing hundreds of children each year
  • Bringing hope to families through the Word

Uganda:

God’s Mercy Primary School and Orphan’s Care Centre

  • Exceptional education programs
  • Nutrition support
  • Medical care and clean water
  • Microenterprise to bring the desperate out of poverty

Haiti:

  • Ministry through education
  • Street children saved from lives of crime and taught the Gospel
  • AIDS relief and care

Zambia:

  • Feeding program serving 290 orphans/day

Sierra Leone:

  • Ruth Vines Memorial School
  • Care and support for orphans
  • Clubfoot brace makers
  • Care and education for disabled children

Mexico:

  • Sponsorship of clubfoot clinic coordinators
  • Sponsorship of clubfoot braces

Around the World: INDIA

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A Tour of India

In January, On His Path Founder John Mitchell, MD Orthopaedics Medical Consultant Dr. Matthew Prihoda, and Water Our Thirsty World Director Todd Baldridge, visited several areas of India to meet with and receive updates from our partners in God’s work.

On His Path recently funded a new clubfoot clinic in partnership with CURE Interntional. The clinic, housed in Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, has been in operation for two months serving seventeen active patients with great hope for swift growth. The response to the Ponseti method of treatment has been excellent and the dedicated physicians and counselors working with the program are excited to not only provide healing through treatment of the clubfoot deformity but also to share the healing word of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Amid Christian persecution, the counselors are carefully trained to humbly share the love of Jesus.

The team was blessed to not only visit the new clinic but to also make a few home visits. As they left one family, they noticed a young girl named JyaShree or “Honey” walking home from market with a severe right clubfoot deformity. Scott Reichenbach, CURE International Operations Director, stopped the car  and jumped out to engage with Honey along with CURE local counselor, Kavya. In their discussions, JyaShree invited the team to her home to visit with her mother and grandmother. Invited in, they were surrounded by Bible passages on the wall and were graciously greeted by a faithful mother of Christ who works to provide for her family as a public relations director at an area hospital. Abandoned by her husband, she sought out local care that included surgery for her daughter that had obviously failed. Santosh, head of CURE, India, gave instructions for JyaShree to visit the clinic in early March to receive direction and advice for her complicated case. JyaShree’s mother cried tears of answered prayer as we gave glory to our “Just in Time” God.

Upon completing their time with CURE International in Hyderabad, the team flew to Rajahmundry to meet with Pastor Paparao of Mission to the Nations, our long-time and trusted partner. The first stop was the Vimukthi Children’s Home School sponsored by On His Path. Greeted by nearly 1,000 smiling faces, garlands of flowers, and the voices of angels singing songs to praise Jesus, the team was overwhelmed with joy and thanksgiving.

Since OHP’s last visit, the school has grown from 600 to over 950. A new school addition of four classrooms provided for by On His Path was dedicated with a ribbon cutting by Pastor Paparao, John Mitchell, and the head school master  Y. Krishna Swamy and his wife Raji. The gleaming light blue metal roof and clean, bright rooms on a solid elevated concrete platform has the look of hope and permanence. Touring the classrooms and witnessing the teaching, encouragement and proclamation of the word of God to these beautiful children of God was one of the trip’s highlights.

Future considerations including immediate need to remove a section of the existing building with collapsed roof and the addition of eight more classrooms to house the increased demand was discussed.  The following day, the team was graciously received at the Kakinada Community Church with over 400 in attendance, a great eight-piece band, and both an adult and children’s choir up front singing for over one hour before Pastor Paparao led an impassioned sermon on Matthew 28: 18-20.

After church, a very special trip was taken across the Godavari River by river barge to visit three churches with wells sponsored by Water Our Thirsty World. The nearly two hour car ride flew by as they were drenched with the raw beauty of the sights, sounds, and smells of rural India. The traffic was a symphony of chaos that included scooters, motorcycles, TukTuk 3-wheelers, bikes, water buffalo, and goats. Pastor Paparao’s new nickname was “Super Mario Cart” as he weaved, darted, braked, and honked (a lot). Brilliantly colored shrines and temples seemed to be at every corner and village. Fields of rice, fish farms, and more rice looked from a distance like executive golf courses. The faces of the people looked weathered, hard, but determined, content and with a ready smile. The team was escorted by MTTN sponsored pastor #49 who was beaten by Hindu extremists just a few months ago, still serving the Lord faithfully.

Three wells were visited but one simply stood out; well #51. Supervised by the “mighty” Pastor Daveedu Raju in the village of Vemavaram new Vilasa, this well has a story. The Pastor’s church has been burned to the ground on two separate occasions by anti Christian Hindus, fortunately without casualties. His church walls and ceiling are made of carefully stitched white rice bags covered with a thatched roof. Daveedu stands no more than 5-foot tall and as such, the ceiling height is equally low. Best entered on their knees, it sounded like the appropriate height for any church! Mighty Daveedu and his wife with two beautiful kids persist, despite not having support, and is one of 150 pastors who carry on the word of God without financial backing. He and Pastor Paparao’s impassioned pleas for help is hard to ignore. Over 50 people were there that night to both celebrate and plead for healing and miracles of their members. Two women wanted us to pray over their small bottle of oil so they could anoint healing on others in the congregation.

A humbling example of the power of faith and the execution of God’s love to members of the body as described in James 5:14. It was hard for the team to leave these faithful warriors but realized they are in great care of the mighty man with his sweet water well and his rice sack church.

The following day proved busy as the team had the privilege of sharing in one of Pastor Paparao’s most treasured possessions; a library of adoption portfolios, testament of an adoption program that he and his beloved wife ran from 1994 through 2001. Opening the cabinets and seeing all the files of children, both adopted and not, was like opening Pastor’s heart and mind to a vault of precious memories long tucked away. He knew every face and every story behind each child. Over the course of actively adopting children, he and his wife matched 249 children with families all over the world including the US, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy and of course, India. To this day, he keeps weekly updates with the courts of India and has all the required certified documentation. Sadly to say, virtually none of the matched families continue to communicate with Pastor or MTTN and none are currently financially supportive.

The rest of the day was filled with many visits, one of them a visit to the sewing center microenterprise which serves victims of sex trafficking by training them in a valuable skill to lift them out of poverty and servitude.

On His Path is currently working with these precious women to hopefully produce an accessory product for the clubfoot braces manufactured by MD Orthopaedics. There is also an opportunity for them to become involved in producing braces for the CURE clubfoot clinic in Hyderabad.

The leper colony was next and included watching the cleansing and bandaging of wounds, feeding over 200 people, and handing out blankets and food supplies. To see a special community of God, right next to a dump site amongst rooting pigs, at the footsteps of their own church was humbling. These people have no chance for occupation, virtually no family contacts, no religion that loves on them (with exception of Pastor Paparao), and no government support. Most notable are the children born to lepers who will be displaced from the families when they are able to go to school around age 5. They will go to schools like Vimukthi and stay with family members to give them a future and minimize their risk of contracting the disease. How very blessed we are. What problems do we have the truly compare?

That afternoon the team was taken to a thatched roof village on the fringe of Kakinada where MTTN provides a food distribution station. An estimated 200 widows from the area were gathered for the event. After a prayer of thanksgiving, the widows were served rice, potatoes and fresh vegetables. There was desperation on their faces and during the event, pushing and shoving started to take over the otherwise well-organized process. Control was restored and all were served with extras. 

The reference to “widows in distress” in James 1:27 was clearly observed this afternoon and was a powerful reminder of our calling “…to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

The evening was spent visiting both the Government Hospital in Kakinada and the Foundation Hospital run by MTTN. The contrast was stark. The tour began in the government hospital newborn area first and they were able to distribute fresh fruit, knitted hats made by Johnna Stultz from Faith Baptist Church and prayer dolls by Marcia Baldridge and friends. The orthopedic ward was jam-packed with victims of accidents, primarily from motorcycles. The area was dark, the walls had peeled paint and mold, along with the smell of raw humanity. The bandages were clean and the care by the doctors looked appropriate. Family members hovered around each patient, in charge of all aspects of their care otherwise. They truly appreciated the fresh fruit.  Going to the foundation hospital was a breath of fresh air. The area was clean, well-lit, bright, and very well staffed. They were impressed to see the addition of the elevator provided by OHP that allowed use of all three levels of the hospital that are fully operational. The pharmacy is right up front and very well-stocked and managed although the need for funds to purchase IV antibiotics was repetitively mentioned. The doctors were very pleasant, had excellent training and were extremely dedicated to the mission of the hospital, all provided voluntarily. The need for up-to-date equipment was apparent and it was amazing how much they were able to do with so little.

How fortunate we are to live where we do; to not truly know want or desperation. How blessed we are to worship freely and to have access to the necessities of life. How called we are in our abundance to follow Colossians 3:12:

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Serving the crippled, poor, hungry, thirsty, and lost is our greatest calling.

Around the World: Guatemala

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Muxin Morales Family

The Muxin Morales Family receive support with a food bag. The living conditions of this family have not been easy due to a lack of resources in home. Marco earns money by working in the fields while his wife takes care of their nine children: Randy (15), Daniel (13), Nehemias (10), Marvin (9), Julio (7), Doris (5), Esdras (2), and Sulma and Jesica (6 months). Since life for this family has been difficult,the two oldest boys have left school in order to help their father with the household expenses. Combined, they make $105 a month which is not enough to cover all of the family expenses. Marcos and his sons are doing everything possible to support their family, but they often do not have work and will only have a little to eat those days. Bethel Ministries International (BMI) has helped the Muxin Family with the construction of a home that is much better than their previous small room built of wood and scrap metal. We also gave them an extra bunk bed for children to sleep on, and gave them nutrition drinks and KAH meals to help improve their health. The family now has three meals a day as well. We are glad to see how their living conditions and health are improving. The family is very grateful for all of the support that they have been receiving from BMI.

Submitted by Donna Mooney, BMI

Sharing God’s Love through Education

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Sharing God’s Love through Education

In a small, impoverished Haitian village on the shores of Lake Azuei, receiving an education used to be considered a luxury.

In Haiti (as in many developing countries), you have to pay to send your children to school, and for this community, the nearest school was very far away. Though these parents work very hard to provide for their families, most barely make enough to feed their children. Therefore, many adults in this village have never attended school and until 2013, most of the children had never had the chance to go to school.

To help break through the cycle of poverty by way of education, Operation Blessing built a school in this village called Ecole Nouvelle Lac Azuei (ENLA) School. On His Path began supporting ENLA in 2014, to help fund operating expenses so that these impoverished children can thrive. Today the ENLA School consists of two separate kindergarten and primary school buildings, a kitchen, water cistern, latrines and a food depot. It serves more than 300 children with a traditional Western education, Bible classes, summer camps and bi-annual health screenings. Students receive two nutritious meals each day at the school, with special attention given to children suffering from malnourishment.

Adult literacy classes are also provided for the adults in the village, including lessons from reading the Bible. One adult student, Suzette, is grateful to the ENLA School on behalf of her four children and herself. Suzette and her husband don’t have regular jobs; they make their living by fishing. Before her children attended ENLA, experiences such as learning, eating well and having regular health checkups were non-existent. Now, Suzette and her children benefit from the school’s programs.

Suzette cherishes her newly acquired knowledge. Through the adult literacy program, Suzette has learned how to write her and her children’s names, and she is growing more and more confident in reading. “I couldn’t write,” she said. “I was very happy when they taught me the letters of the alphabet because even though I can repeat a lot of words, I never knew how to write them.”

The education and nutrition opportunities provided to students at ENLA removes barriers to growth often experienced by families in impoverished communities. The hope given to Suzette and 600 others in the village is a step toward breaking generational poverty, helping families improve their lives and have bigger dreams for their futures.

Submitted by Ronda Sherman, Operation Blessing

Around the World: Nepal

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A New Life after the Earthquake

Sita has seen more than her fair share of tragedy over the past few years, but she is determined that she and her daughter will have a better future.

Two years ago, her husband traveled from their remote village in Nepal to India in search of a medical procedure he badly needed — but he fell into a dangerous trap and was killed by organ harvesters. The next year, Sita’s home and most of her village was completely destroyed when a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal.

With nowhere to turn, Sita took her five-year-old daughter and made the long trek down from the mountains to the capital of Kathmandu, hoping to find shelter and supplies. Today, she lives in a camp with hundreds of other earthquake survivors.

As she waits for her village to be rebuilt, Sita must provide for her little girl,but the camps can be dangerous for women on their own and jobs are hard to come by. Single women are at risk of being preyed upon by opportunists and sex traffickers, so she must be careful to protect herself and her daughter.

Operation Blessing teams were working in these camps, providing food, safe drinking water and supplies, when OBI staff met Sita and learned about her situation and the needs of countless women like her.

In response, Operation Blessing developed a special training center where single and widowed women could come to learn a marketable skill and effective business practices. On His Path provided support for this training center so that vulnerable women could learn cooking or cosmetology skills and lessons on how to turn those skills into a profitable business. The Blessings Training Center helps each graduate to start their own business, or gain employment in one of six “Blessings Food Centers,” or two “Blessings Beauty Salon” businesses. In keeping with the Nepalese cultural interest in helping each other, each Blessings business hires graduates from the training centers, and the women take turns, rotate roles, and work different schedules to manage the business. The average salary in Nepal is around $60-$70 per month. In the Blessings Food Centers, every woman working is producing profits of around $5 daily, which is at least $100 per month for women who did not have any previous means of income.

After an intense training, Sita graduated from the program and received all of the tools she would need to launch her very own business. Throughout the months that followed her graduation, Sita continued to receive support from the Operation Blessing team as she worked to carve out a new future for herself and her daughter — a future of dignity and success.

Submitted by Ronda Sherman, Operation Blessing

Tutoring Schools

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Through our tutoring schools, many children have benefited. Bethel Ministries International has three tutoring schools which are located in the area of Chimaltenango and Técpan.

The first tutoring school located in El Tejar, Chimaltenango has 26 children attending. Maynor Castillo is the teacher of this area and he has been able to help these children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. He is in charge of grades Preparatory through 9th grade. Every child that is attending tutoring school is getting better grades than before receiving tutoring classes. The children’s parents are very glad to have a person that supports their children in their studies.

The second school is located in Técpan and has 14 children that come four times in the week. Mrs. Flory is the teacher that helps these children with their homework, crafts, and also by answering questions in the different subjects. Mrs. Flory has children from 1st grade to 9th grade and things are going well in the school. Children that are attending come from poor families and some have to walk around 25 minutes to be able to receive help with their homework; Bethel also provides computer and internet access for these students for free.

Our third tutoring school is at Panabajal, Técpan which is located 30 minutes from the main road. Mrs. Sara is the tutor who is helping 15 children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. Panabajal is a village where very poor people live and many children don’t have the opportunity to attend school or pay for someone to help them with their homework. Currently, children receive tutoring classes from Monday to Friday evenings and this has been a great help to the children. Thanks to this help, they are improving in their studies, have good grades and above all, they will continue achieving their dreams to become professionals in the future.

Bethel is so privileged to continue helping with education and tutoring school for many children that come from poor families around Guatemala. Now these children have the opportunity to have someone help them with their homework because sadly, most of the parents of these children can’t read or write due to never having the chance to attend school.

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International

Haiti for Christ

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very much.” As I said this, I wondered why the Haitian man who had once stolen from us offerered such a sacricial gift. I lifted potatoes, turnips, spinach and watercress from the piled high basket and admired each o ering; it was a beautiful and expensive gift for a poor truck driver with a family. “

Charles nodded and grinned, “When a man is healed he must go back and say, ‘Thank you for what you did for me. Thank you for healing me.’”

Immediately I knew Charles was referring to the ten lepers in Luke chapter 17. Jesus heals the ten lepers but only one comes back to thank Him.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:15-19

Charles lives in a two room concrete house with a tin roof on the Kenscoff Mountain. His brothers and mom have similar homes nearby. On Thursdays, peasant merchant women with heavy hand woven baskets balanced on their heads walk for miles to the market near Charles’ home. With the help of another merchant, the women lower their baskets to the ground and arrange lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and other produce on a burlap sack or piece of carton spread on the packed earth and then they squat in a deep knee bend behind their wares as they wait for customers.

Charles drives a Mack truck up and down the mountain delivering sand and gravel for concrete construction projects. His salary provides for his children’s education and daily needs; the family is healthy and well fed. For ve years before his job as a truck driver, Charles drove a pickup for our mission Haiti for Christ. His happy go lucky, jovial face was always a welcome sight at the mission of ce; unfortunately his exuberance was a mask hiding a dis guring and deadly leprosy. (Leprosy is often a symbol of pervasive, addictive sin in the bible.)

One day my husband Joel left the mission checkbook on the pickup dash while he went into the of ce; Charles was in the driver’s seat. Hours later Joel discovered an entire page of checks missing from the checkbook! (Employee theft is rampant in Haiti.) We knew

our only option was to dismiss Charles immediately and pay his severance with no accusation or charges. Haitian law is Napoleonic Code thus to accuse someone without absolute proof, the checks in his hand, would jeopardize our mission. Since we did not have that eyewitness proof we knew the process was to send him home without explanation and stop the missing checks.

When Joel red Charles later that day, the driver did not object
or question the action; he knew why even though it was never mentioned. We did not see Charles for years after that but we often thought of his smiling face and warm greeting. Our forty years in Haiti have taught us to be wary of thievery but our hearts are always pained for the sin that enslaves Haitians.

Charles knows the gospel; he knows what we stand for as does all of Haiti. We host and produce Haiti’s favorite television show, a Creole Christian travelogue shot on location; it is our powerful pulpit to the nation. We lm a different Haitian village in each episode and show the beauty of the country and her people and then Joel ministers

a word from the Lord often about repentance from leprous sin. To date we have produced eighty-six shows and La Bonne Nouvelle, The Good News, is aired on eighty stations throughout Haiti, the Caribbean and Haitian markets in Montreal, Boston, New York

and South Florida. Our estimated viewing audience is two million Haitians every day!

Last month as we sat down to dinner, the doorbell rang; after years of not seeing him, Charles was at the gate. Joel went out to speak with him. Charles greeted him and said, “I have been watching your television show every day and it has changed me.”

Joel came to get me. “Yvonne, come and see this!” I went to witness the wonder my husband was so excited about.

Charles sat on the low wall beside our driveway, next to him
was a basket over owing with produce; he greeted me with his customary wide smile and strong hug. “Charles,” I said, “Look how fat you are!” (In Haiti, weight gain is a sign of prosperity and to notice it is a compliment.)

Charles beamed and pointed at the basket, “This is for you and Pastor Joel!”

I asked about his wife and children. “Everyone is ne; God is blessing us,” he happily assured me. Charles helped us carry the heavy basket into the house and then he again shook our hands.
“I am healed because of what you did for me.” He said, “Thank you.”

As we returned to our dinner table, Joel asked, “Can you believe what just happened? God healed him of his sin and he came back to thank us for it.”

I agreed. “It makes it all worth it. If he was the only one that got right with God, he just made it all worth it. Forty years of praying and preaching I would do it all for one soul, glory to God.” But to myself, I thought, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?”

Yes, Christ is using us; yes, souls are being saved every day but until we get to heaven and see Jesus face to face, we cannot imagine the transforming power of the gospel – The Good News – that we practice and preach every day. We cannot imagine the convicting impact of our soul winning television show watched by young, old, rich, poor, voodooist, drug dealers and even politicians, but on that day we will see them in Heaven!

Our driver Charles was a thief, but now he is a blood- washed saint with his name written in the Lamb’s book of life. He is brand new, born again; old things are passed away and all things are new. I have often told friends, “When you get to heaven, I will be sitting in the Haitian section!” Now we are assured that happy go lucky, once leprous Charles will be there too!

Submitted by: Yvonne Trimble of Haiti for Christ

Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop

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Since May 2013, On His Path has been supporting the Sierra Leone Clubfoot Brace Shop through grant funding and, most recently, supplies for brace making. The original funding was provided to allow the brace makers to secure the rental of a workshop, equipment, and supplies.

One of the challenges faced was procuring good quality leather at an affordable price. Most of the time, they found themselves using ladies handbags to make the braces. This is another example of how Americans are so blessed; we have the ability and means to buy whatever we need, whenever we need and without difficulty. Once On His Path heard of this challenge, we went to work communicating with the brace makers to determine exactly what was needed. The leather was sent to England to be hand delivered by a visiting physician to alleviate any issues with customs and potential theft. Upon receiving the supplies, the brace makers were able to produce 175 braces of different sizes as requested by the national clubfoot coordinator. They were also able to produce three abduction braces for difficult cases as requested by the specialist for the clinics.

“God is our helper, we have incorporated some orthopedic work in producing Ankle Foot Orthoses (AFOs) for bigger children with clubfeet and an orthopedic boot for an adult with high shortening which was well fitted. We have also continued in normal shoe making work.”

The workshop has also recruited two street boys who are willing to learn and who are now in training for the production of braces and orthopedic devices.

Tutoring Schools Guatemala

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Through our tutoring schools, many children have benefited. Bethel Ministries International has three tutoring schools which are located in the area of Chimaltenango and Técpan.

The first tutoring school located in El Tejar, Chimaltenango has 26 children attending. Maynor Castillo is the teacher of this area and he has been able to help these children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. He is in charge of grades Preparatory through 9th grade. Every child that is attending tutoring school is getting better grades than before receiving tutoring classes. The children’s parents are very glad to have a person that supports their children in their studies.

The second school is located in Técpan and has 14 children that come four times in the week. Mrs. Flory is the teacher that helps these children with their homework, crafts, and also by answering questions in the different subjects. Mrs. Flory has children from 1st grade to 9th grade and things are going well in the school. Children that are attending come from poor families and some have to walk around 25 minutes to be able to receive help with their homework; Bethel also provides computer and internet access for these students for free.

Our third tutoring school is at Panabajal, Técpan which is located 30 minutes from the main road. Mrs. Sara is the tutor who is helping 15 children with their homework and by answering questions in the different subjects. Panabajal is a village where very poor people live and many children don’t have the opportunity to attend school or pay for someone to help them with their homework. Currently, children receive tutoring classes from Monday to Friday evenings and this has been a great help to the children. Thanks to this help, they are improving in their studies, have good grades and above all, they will continue achieving their dreams to become professionals in the future.

Bethel is so privileged to continue helping with education and tutoring school for many children that come from poor families around Guatemala. Now these children have the opportunity to have someone help them with their homework because sadly, most of the parents of these children can’t read or write due to never having the chance to attend school.

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International

Bethel Homes Guatemala

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Luisa Sical and her children

Luisa is 36 years old. She has been a single mother for 3 years since her husband abandoned them. She has three children: Yesenia is 12 years old and currently studies in 4th grade, Diana is 6 years old and is in kindergarten, and José Manuel is 1 year old. Although they have a very low income, Luisa does everything possible to give her children what they need. Their old house was built of scraps of wood and metal, and when it was the rainy season, their house would get flooded. BMI was able to build them a house that is more secure and watertight! Luisa said: “Thank you for helping us with a new house, it’s a great support for my children. Now, we have a home that is much better than our previous house! We don’t have a way to repay you for this support, may God bring many blessings upon every person who made this great help possible. Thank you very much.”

Maria Marcela Gonzales Hernández

Maria is 27 years old and a single mother after her husband abandoned her after the birth of her 5th child. Maria’s children’s names and ages are as follows: Jaqueline is 12, Josefine is 11 and is studying in 3rd grade, Katherine is 7, Angeline is 3, and Jonathan is 8 months old. Maria makes tortillas for people and her eldest, Jaqueline, takes care of the children. The money she earns is not enough for all the household expenses as well as education which is why only one of her children attend school. Their house was built of scrap metal and wood with pieces of cloth and plastic covering some of the holes. It was in really bad condition and flooded every rainy season. We are glad to see that the house they received changed their lives because now they have a warm and dry place to be. Maria said: “Thank you for helping and giving us a hand in times of necessity. Thanks to You, I have a house where I live with my children now. My children and I can’t repay you for all you have done for us. Thank you for all your support.”

Submitted by: Donna Mooney, Bethel Ministries International