Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Worried about my babies.

10/5/2016

I've really been struggling lately. For us, the adjustment to our Colorado mission has been fine, but my concern for our program in the Philippines continues to grow. We have several children without sponsors and we seem to accumulate costs through illnesses and emergencies constantly. 

It's a constant struggle for missionaries like us to raise money for ministry needs. To us, the pictures you see online are real people that we desperately love.  There is only so much we can do without your help and support. 

I'm not worried about the lack of resources. I know God has blessed our entire country with wealth beyond measure. What concerns me is how those resources are used. Everyday we are short of sponsors, these kids don't eat. 

If we do not feed them, love them, care for them, and minister to them, who will? 


These sweet, smiling faces have stories. Stories that not many of us can comprehend. Desperate stories that stem from deep poverty. Stories of young girls forced into prostitution, beatings, starvation, wounds that won't heal. Girls that have been stabbed or their parents attempted to drown them. Adults that never finished third grade. Mothers who lost little ones to easily preventable  or treatable illnesses. And that is just the beginning!


Jo: Before and after treatment in our care. Jo came to us weighing 9LBS at over a year old. He left over a month later weighing 18LBS - parasite and illness free! PRAISE GOD!!

We have babies brought to us dying. Children passing fresh blood multiple times a day because their little bodies were shutting down. They come to our program with parasites, UTI's, boils, malnutrition, pneumonia, lice, scabies, burns, bruises, and anything else you can think of. We want to help them all!

God is SO good. He is using us to minister to these babies; to these families. We can't continue unless the body of Christ begins to reach out to these people. Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Christ adores these people, the least of the least,  the uneducated, the unwanted, the unloved by society. He loves them fiercely. Please love them with us! Pray for them! Get to know them, their hopes and dreams - probably not so different from your own. Come on trips with us! Donate $5.00 when you can - it literally would cover a hospital bill and could save a life. 

Contact me if you have questions, have an interest in an upcoming trip or would like to sponsor a child or project. You can email me at sehodgie@gmail.com or shoot me a call or text at (email or Facebook message me for my number) I would LOVE to chat with you! 


Of course, you can always go to www.worldfamilymissions.com and check us out. All donations are tax deductible and because f a corporate sponsor who covers PayPal fees, 100% of your donation goes straight to where you want it! 


Sunday, September 11, 2016

URGENT PRAYER REQUESTS!

9/11/16

I'm hoping friends, you can help us share our urgent need for sponsors. Many have stories similar to little Natalie's, below.

Natalie's mom came to us a few weeks ago crying and begging for help. Little Natalie was vomiting blood and had a consistently high fever. This is a huge concern for her, because when she spikes a fever, her tiny body begins to seize. We immediately took her into a clinic where they prescribed some meds and conducted a urine sample to do further testing. They sent her home to await results. Later that evening, Natalie's mom brought her back to us. Her color began to darken and she struggled to breathe. After further testing, the doctors determined that she had a severe UTI. She was prescribed additional meds and sent home to be watched over. That is actually quite difficult for Natalie's family, because the three daughters are raised alone, by their single mom. Because mom must work so hard for such long hours, the eldest at around 6, stays home to care for her sisters while their mother is out working.  After being sent home, and her mother leaving for work, Natalie overdosed on her meds. She was now very susceptible to seizing and falling into a coma. At this point it was safest and wisest for her to be brought into the constant care of the baby house so that she would be in a clean and safe environment. So, the following day, Natalie came into our full time care until she was well.We helped administer the correct amount of meds at the right time, and monitored her in case the fever returned.

This is just one of the stories of our kids; the stories of how your prayers and donations help. Fortunately, Natalie had a sponsor step up. Without Formula for the Philippines, She would not have had the chance to heal in a safe environment, let alone receive the medicine that she needed.

We currently have 3 kids enrolled that do not have sponsors, and at some point, we will have to remove them from our program unless someone steps up to help. We NEED sponsors. One-time gifts are a HUGE blessing to us. Prayer, and letting us know you are praying, is also a huge encouragement to our staff in the challenging work they do. Monthly donations of any amount take a huge load off of our shoulders, by letting us know we have the regular income to care for these families. Not just physically, by giving them the tools they need to protect themselves from disease, but also spiritually, by sharing the love of Christ with them every day.

Please be in prayer for our families, our kids, our staff, and the impact the program is having. We never want to have to turn away kids like Natalie.

Please consider how you might be able to help. As little as $40 a month can provide a child with nourishing, life-saving food and medical attention. To donate you can go to the “give” page at: www.worldfamilymissions.com. To contact us, email me (Sarah) at contact@worldfamilymissions.com

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Colorado!

8/25/16

Weeks of preparation, a 24 hour flight, 8 days of chaos - and I mean literal CHAOS - a wedding, 21 hours of driving, a baby that thinks her parents are insane, puking and pregnancy nausea (did we mention baby #2 is on the way!?), and yes, we are finally here. Four short days we have been here, and we hit the ground running. Michael started training the morning after we got here, I started unpacking our cute, new little house, and then started training the following day, we've attending our CPR class, and we are sifting through hundreds of pages of paper work and training material. I sometimes wonder if God is chuckling at me for all of the times I told my mother I was bored. 

God has been so gracious during this process. Each time we hit a bump, He tells us to breath and He provides. Philippians 4 -or using my ability to read; Philippines 4- It says to rejoice, not to worry, and His peace will cover us. So thankful for this reminder! 

Both Michael and I have enjoyed getting to know the center these past few days. Introductions to staff and fellow employees have been made and relationships with the kids have begun. Some have recognized us from previous summer camps, so that's been fun. Among all of these new things and learning curves I have had to keep up with the ministries in the Philippines. Please pray for them as we still have babies and families with sponsors! 

As always, you can read more about our program at www.worldfamilymissions.com or contact us at contact@worldfamilymissions.com  

Eden says, "hi!"

Our new little apartment.  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

7/20/2016

Many of you have been on this journey with me since I was little. You heard 9 year old me talk about my big dreams to become a missionary. Not just a missionary anywhere, but a missionary to the Philippines. Many of you supported my dreams as 12 year old me sold cakes in order to earn the money to get here. You listened to me relentlessly talk about how I was going to make it to the Philippines and work with children on the streets. You probably laughed as I spent my summers taking lessons in Tagalog (Filipino language) and learned how to cook Filipino style. And then the day came. I graduated, turned 18, and a few days later I moved to the Philippines.
My first trip to the Philippines!

You prayed with me, watched me learn and grow, and you watched me achieve my dream. 3 years later, I'm still here-now with my husband and baby girl and God is still growing my dream to reach the Philippines.

This year we started a feeding program. We went from helping a family of 8 on the streets to reaching out and doing Bible studies with over 52 people weekly. God, unyielding in His will for my life, has placed a urgency in me to continue this work He has set before me. He has continued to bring families to us, He has continued to open the doors to reach out to them, and He has continued to supply the resources even when we were uncertain.
 One of our babies delivered while in the program.


One of our baby house kids.

He has used these three years and this program to train me, and to grow an ever changing passion for the Philippines in me.

With that being said, I can't wait to share with you our latest God-led adventure. At first it may contradict a lot of what I just said, but stick with me!

We're moving to Colorado! Over a year ago we got to lead a team of youth to Colorado with the purpose of working with inner city youth. In June we had the privilege of going for a second time, this time with Eden! We got to work alongside Springs of Life Church and take part in their ministry. Michael was offered a position to work mainly in their school-age ministry; along with worship ministry, youth ministry, and whatever else God works out. We accepted and are looking forward to this new chapter.
Our last team in Colorado up at camp. 

God, in His graciousness, managed to knit together two people's passions into one, crazy, adventurous life. He's taking Michael's talents and dreams and allowing him to work in an environment that will push him, train him, and fulfill his aspirations of ministering to families in the US. He's using me to continue the work He trained me for as a child, and he's using both of us to complement each other in both mission fields; the US and the Philippines. Yes! We are moving to Colorado. And, yes! We are continuing our work in the Philippines! We will continue to partner with WFM and I (Sarah) will specifically be traveling back and fourth a few times a year to continue growing the feeding program. We have a full time Filipina director that will be continuing the daily work here in the Philippines and Michael will get to join in on some of the trips once or twice a year. God has so meticulously began putting all of the details in place. Each step we have taken, He has opened another door. When we began praying about the ministry here, He put in place women to take over, whose hearts are so clearly evident for the Lord and for these babies. He pressed on our heart that this time in the Philippines was coming to a close and he began preparing us and those around us. Please rejoice and pray for us as we prepare to step into this next phase of life. Thank you for all of your support and your prayers for us throughout this exciting journey! 

-Sarah


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Short video

7/21/2016

Hey guys! We wanted to share with you the living conditions of our families and some of the struggles they face on a daily basis. 

According to UNICEF, there are over 250,000 street children in the Philippines. 

An estimation of 12.8 million children under the age of 15 live under the poverty line. 


PSA reports that 1 out of every 10 Filipino children do not attend school.

We desperately want to help these families. To ease the load so that their children can attend school and someday get a job. To educate and guide them on basic hygiene to prevent disease and death. To minister to the families and introduce them to Jesus. We NEED your help.



We would love for you to watch this short video in order for you to see where and how our families live. Maybe God will place the same urgency on your heart as He has placed on ours. Our hearts ache for these little ones.


Currently, we have 3 little ones needing us to step in! We also have a waiting list of kids begging to become part of our program. Unfortunately we can't assist until this last group of kids has sponsors. We simply do not have the resources. 

A monthly commitment, a one time gift, simply letting us know you are praying. These things are always a huge encouragement and blessing. We KNOW God has sponsor families for these babies.

To meet kids needing sponsors: http://www.worldfamilymissions.com/

To read about our program: http://www.worldfamilymissions.com/


To contact us: Email Sarah Jones at conatct@worldfamilymissions.com





Thursday, July 7, 2016

Meet our newest little ones!

A number of you have already heard of our "Formula for the Philippines" program and the work we've started with little Princess. Some of you have also contributed to the effort and for that we are so grateful! There is such great need here, though, that we recently welcomed six more children into the program. We will need your help to sponsor these children so that we can continue providing them with food, medical care, and spiritual support. Here are the latest children we've welcomed into our program. More specific details about sponsorship follow at the end of the post.

Babies that still NEED sponsors: 

(Our babies cannot continue in our program unless they are sponsored, so PLEASE carefully consider helping one of these children.)

LAILANI: Sponsors needed: 1 monthly sponsor


Lailani is 3 years old and incredibly smart. She lives with her mommy, daddy and baby sister. Lailani's mother works hard in order to provide for them and pay for her own tuition fees; she hopes that by getting an education she will qualify for a better job.

This family lives near the river in a small home. The houses in this area are continually flooded; conditions that contribute to various medical conditions. Lailani is currently dealing with parasites and a UTI and so she needs a one time sponsor of $40.00 to provide for medical services. She also needs a monthly sponsor so that she can have a steady and nutritious diet. Lailani is so bright and sweet - she can not wait to write her sponsor a letter! 
                                       
                                                         




RAYNE: Sponsors needed: 2 monthly sponsors 

Rayne is Lailani's baby sister (pictured above) Rayne is fully on formula and needs someone to provide that for her. With mom and dad working so hard both o provide for the entire family and to pay tuition fees, there is very little left over to meet every basic need. Rayne has had water and coffee substituted for milk when her parent's couldn't afford formula.

Rayne needs 3 monthly sponsors (at $40 each) to cover the cost of her formula. OR 1 sponsor willing to commit to $120 a month. She also needs a one time donation of $40 to cover her stay and medical care while she is living at our baby house. Rayne is very sweet and very cuddly. She would be happy for someone hold her 24 hours a day and rock her to sleep every night. If God put Rayne on your heart, please contact us and let us know! Like her sister, she is excited to draw pictures for her new sponsor families. 

                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                   



EPHRIAM: Sponsors needed: 1 monthly sponsor 


Ephraim is the oldest of three siblings. His daddy has a hard time finding consistent work as a handyman and his mommy is busy taking care of all three children. (The youngest of whom is just 3 months old) When Ephraim came to us he was vomiting and repeatedly running to the bathroom. He really needs a one-time sponsorship of $40 to cover his medical costs so that he can feel better.

Ephraim also needs a monthly sponsorship of $40 a month in order to pay for the weekly food bucket that will enable him to remain in our program. With his daddy having a hard time finding work, food can be hard to come by for this little man. Please pray about sponsoring Ephriam!

                           
          





IRENE: Sponsors needed: 3 monthly sponsors  

Irene is the younger sister of Ephraim. At one year old she is malnourished and fully reliant on Formula. Irene needs three $40 monthly sponsors to cover the cost of her formula. OR one monthly sponsor that can give $120 per month. Also, a one time gift of $40 will cover all of her medical costs and food as she stays at the baby house and begins to get used to a consistent flow of nutritious foods.

Irene is adorable and wants to constantly be held. She is all smiles when you hold her and pay attention to her but does not believe anyone else deserves as much attention as she does. Irene loves to explore and  to get into anything that she is not allowed too. She loves sneaking away and busts up laughing when you catch her. Please pray for Irene and her family and consider becoming one of her sponsors!




              



JOVELYN: Sponsors needed:  FULLY SPONSORED! 

Jovelyn is a firecracker. She's very sassy and knows what she wants. She has a spunky personality and is absolutely beautiful. Jovelyn is the oldest of 2 children. She lives in a very dangerous area of town and her house is in constant threat of flooding. Her favorite person in the world is her Lola(Grandma). Most days, you can find Jovelyn spending time as Lola's close buddy.

Right now Jovelyn is struggling with a painful mouth infection. She is having a hard time eating and needs immediate medical attention. This requires a one-time sponsorship to cover the cost of her medication and stay at the baby house is order for her to feel better and be able to eat healthily. She also needs a $40 monthly sponsor ; this will provide a weekly food bucket for her and her family.








AILYN: Sponsors needed:  FULLY SPONSORED!  



Ailyn is just learning how to walk and explore. She is breastfed, but is now beginning to eat table foods. Unfortunately Ailyn's mommy and daddy have a hard time providing for her growing appetite.

Ailyn is the younger sister of Jovelyn. (Pictured above) Right now, Ailyn is dealing with a parasitic infection and needs immediate treatment. Please consider providing Jovelyn with a 1 time gift of $40 USD to cover her medical treatment, or a monthly sponsorship so that she can receive a grocery bucket each week.








*names are now being changed to protect the privacy of our families*

How our "Formula for the Philippines" program works:


Each child is specifically chosen for the program. They are from the poorest families in our area. The child's age and overall heath determines which of the program's three phases they are placed in:
  • Age 0-1 receives strictly formula; (formula is necessary due to the low rate of breastfeeding in the Philippines - some health practitioners even discourage mothers from breastfeeding saying that it is likely they won't be able to do it. We provide mothers with breastfeeding education and support so that they will be better able to provide wholesome nutrition to future children.)
  • Age 1-2 receives a mixture of formula and coconut milk; (to assist in fighting parasites and in overall health)
  • Age 2 years and up receives a weekly food box.

Details of sponsorship:


    We have divided the cost of providing food and services into sponsorship "units", as follows:
    • One time medical sponsorship: Most children considered for our program come to us with serious medical needs. After we sign them up, children may spend up to two weeks with us (and several other care providers) receiving treatment for things like parasite infestations, lice, or injuries. They are given 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, clothes, diapers and anything else they need. For this stay they need a one time sponsorship of $40 USD

    • Age 0-1: Due to the cost of formula, each child in this group requires three sponsors - each making a pledge of $40 USD/month.
    • 1-2 years old: Because all of our children struggle with parasites, when they turn one year old we begin to add coconut milk into their diet. Coconut milk is a natural parasite killer that we have seen work firsthand. For this age group, we are asking for two sponsors per child to pledge $40 USD/month.
    • 2 years and above: At this age, we begin to officially wean them off of milk. Children 2 and up receive a food box once each week that includes 4 kilos of rice, 6 eggs, 2 cans of sardines, 2 cans of meatloaf, 2 cans of corned beef, 2 packets of noodles, 2 packets of powdered milk, and almost half a kilo of fresh chicken for the day. One person pledging $40 USD/month can provide for a child in this phase of the program.
      It is also our goal to educate mothers about how to breastfeed and care for their children so that we never have a return "client". When a baby graduates from this program, the mother should have a sufficient knowledge of hygiene and other information to keep her child/children safe from illness and disease.

      Getting involved:


      If you want to sponsor a child, we would love for you to feel personally involved! To sponsor a specific child, please contact Sarah with the child's name AND your address, so that we can send you a letter or a picture every once in a while! You can contact us at: contact@worldfamilymissions.com



      Monday, June 27, 2016

      Colorado Springs

      6/26/16

      3 weeks ago we traveled back to the States. It was a surprise trip, and we kept it under wraps so we could surprise our families. We also knew we would have just a few limited days to spare on either side of our mission trip, so we tried to keep other plans to a minimum. As it turns out, we were unable to spend even a Sunday in church.

      We arrived back in Boise very late on Monday, June 6th. All we had time or energy for was sleep. We spent the next morning surprising our families and then began preparation for our mission trip. On Friday, we got to meet our team for the first time at the pre-trip church lock in! It was made up of a great group of youth ranging from 11-17 years old, (Eden) and several adult chaperones.

      That evening we spent some time in training and worship, and then the boys and girls separated to their respective rooms to get some sleep for the following day. Come 6:00 am the next morning we set out breakfast, packed up our vehicles and hit the road.

      Pastor Greg praying for our team on the bus.

      Our team!

      We traveled for two days, around 8-10 hours each day. The first evening, we stopped in Wyoming at a church who hosted us for the night. Somehow, after just a few hours, each and every one of these kids began to weave their own little space in my heart. 

      Worshiping in Wyoming.

      Bus ride!
      Which is surprising, because usually, I'm not typically someone that attaches to people. I'm very cautious about who I trust with my silly personality and the intimate details of my life. As of the second day of our trip, we were getting closer, but all still figuring each other out. The majority of our team attend the same school and knew each other pretty well, but we also had AWANA alumni, and a few odd balls like us. No one knew us too well! (In fact, a comment was made the first night we met the team along the lines of, "What youth group are they coming from?")  We were all a bit out of comfort zones, but quickly getting to know one another after almost 24 hours in close proximity. 

      After breakfast the next morning, morning , we packed into our bus and truck and set out on our way.  Much to the delight of our team, around 4:00 pm, we arrived in Colorado Springs, CO. Squeals sounded as we pulled in. After a quick tour of our hosts facilities, (cut short by a lightening storm), we continued up the mountain to the camp we would be serving at for the next week. 

      Listening to Pastor Dan and his wife Cheri, the owners of Hope Rock Ranch (the camp) and also our camp directors. 

      Eden and her adopted auntie Charise. 

      Girls sleeping arrangements.


      The first few days at Hope Rock Ranch were spent cleaning up and making everything ready for the young campers who would be arriving soon. My kitchen crew was up and making breakfast by 6 each morning, and by 8, all hands were on deck in order to clean, organize, saw, hammer, and haul.

      Daniel and Josiah wooding.

      Miss Olga, always keeping the kitchen clean!

      The girls working on getting the garage clean enough to cook meals and eat in.

      Boys moving stuff. 
      On day 3, 38 excited campers, arrived at Hope Rock Ranch. Our team met them with an equal amount of excitement and anticipation. Our own youth quickly made the transition of being the "kids" on our trip, to becoming assistant leaders. Campers ranged from ages 8 to 13 years old; primarily inner city kids from the lower springs area of Colorado Springs. Their stories were full of divorce, addiction, death and incarceration, and our kids were desperate to share Christ's heart with them. The next few days were full of hikes, lessons, worship time, crafts, games, dessert and camp fires. 

      Charise (one of our kids-left) and one of the campers (right) 

      Danny (one of our kids-left) and one of the campers. (right) 

      A boys team praying.

      One of the hikes.

      Jeff (one of our kids-second, top, left) with his team.

      Eden and Miss Lorna.

      Kids learning new worship songs.
      By the end of the week, 11 precious souls gave their lives to Christ! Several of our team had the privilege of being the one to pray with them and lead them to Christ.

      As the camp came to a close, goodbyes were said, and our entire team met for one of the last times to talk about where they had seen Christ working that week.

      I saw Christ in Miss Olga as she shared with me her testimony and made running a small kitchen for nearly 80 people incredibly easy. She served sweetly and cheerfully as she washed dishes and wiped down counters. 



      I saw Christ in my kitchen staff when we all had to drag our behinds out of bed at 6:00 am after an exhausting day and late night. 

      Every morning these three helped me! 
      I saw Christ in the generosity of each of our kids; their willingness to help and the tender spirit they had toward the campers. I saw Him in the gentleness of Kendra, the quietness of Ella, the silliness of Gracie, the willingness of Matt, the boisterous attitude of Danny and the sweetness of Channing.

      Pictured left to right: Kendra, Gracie, Ella, Danny, Matt, Channing.

      This team encouraged me, inspired me, challenged me, and DEFINITELY grew me. I love each and every one of them, and am proud of who they are and who they represent-Christ. I may not be someone who quickly attaches to people, but these kids have all found a place in my heart.

      I have no words. 

      Eden ADORED Marcus.

      Matt became my griller for burger night.

      Goodbyes were hard on everyone when our trip finally came to a close. After another two days of traveling, we arrived back in Boise on June 19th. Michael, Eden and I flew back to the Philippines on June 22nd-a whirlwind trip for sure!

      Saying goodbyes.

      Miss Olga hugging Jesse. 
      So... that's all we've been up to for the past few weeks! ;) How about you?

      The dream team. 
















      Tuesday, May 31, 2016

      Newest additions

      A number of you have already heard of our "Formula for the Philippines" program and the work we've started with little Princess. Some of you have also contributed to the effort; and for that we are so grateful! That being said, we have welcomed 4 new babies into our program (praise God!), and are currently looking for sponsors. We need your help to sponsor these children so that we can continue providing them with food, medical care, and spiritual support. We thought you'd like to hear more about the program and the new babies who are a part of it.

      How our "Formula for the Philippines" program works:


      Each child is specifically chosen for the program. They are from the poorest families in our area. The child's age and overall heath determines which of the program's three phases they are placed in:
      • Age 0-1 receives strictly formula; (formula is necessary due to the low rate of breastfeeding in the Philippines - some health practitioners even discourage mothers from breastfeeding saying that it is likely they won't be able to do it. We provide mothers with breastfeeding education and support so that they will be better able to provide wholesome nutrition to future children.)
      • Age 1-2 receives a mixture of formula and coconut milk; (to assist in fighting parasites and in overall health)
      • Age 2 years and up receives a weekly food box.

      Details of sponsorship:


        We have divided the cost of providing food and services into sponsorship "units", as follows:
        • One time medical sponsorship: Most children considered for our program come to us with serious medical needs. After we sign them up, children may spend up to two weeks with us (and several other care providers) receiving treatment for things like parasite infestations, lice, or injuries. They are given 3 meals and 2 snacks per day, clothes, diapers and anything else they need. For this stay they need a one time sponsorship of $40 USD

        • Age 0-1: Due to the cost of formula, each child in this group requires three sponsors - each making a pledge of $40 USD/month.
        • 1-2 years old: Because all of our children struggle with parasites, when they turn one year old we begin to add coconut milk into their diet. Coconut milk is a natural parasite killer that we have seen work firsthand. For this age group, we are asking for two sponsors per child to pledge $40 USD/month.
        • 2 years and above: At this age, we begin to officially wean them off of milk. Children 2 and up receive a food box once each week that includes 4 kilos of rice, 6 eggs, 2 cans of sardines, 2 cans of meatloaf, 2 cans of corned beef, 2 packets of noodles, 2 packets of powdered milk, and almost half a kilo of fresh chicken for the day. One person pledging $40 USD/month can provide for a child in this phase of the program.
          It is also our goal to educate mothers about how to breastfeed and care for their children so that we never have a return "client". When a baby graduates from this program, the mother should have a sufficient knowledge of hygiene and other information to keep her child/children safe from illness and disease.

          Getting involved:


          If you want to sponsor a child, we would love for you to feel personally involved! To sponsor a specific child, please contact Sarah with the child's name AND your address, so that we can send you a letter or a picture every once in a while! You can contact us at: contact@worldfamilymissions.com

          Babies that still NEED sponsors: 

          (Our babies cannot continue in our program unless they are sponsored, so PLEASE carefully consider helping one of these children.)

          JO: Sponsors needed: FULLY SPONSORED!
          Jo is 18 months old and is the baby that inspired this program to begin with. When we met him over a year ago he was drinking a bottle full of sugar and water because his mama could not afford milk. Last week he became an older brother to a tiny baby girl. We are excited to announce that mama and baby are breastfeeding well and will NOT need our program for this newest addition! Because Jo is no longer in need of milk, he needs a monthly sponsor to provide him with a weekly food bucket. He also needs a one time sponsor of $40.00 to cover his stay at the baby house where he is receiving medical help and a steady diet as he recovers from an illness, boils and parasites. Please consider sponsoring Jo! He would love to color you a picture!

          To inquire more about Jo's full story, feel free to email Sarah at contact@worldfamilymissions.com
                                                 
                                                                   




          NATALIE: Sponsors needed: FULLY SPONSORED!

          Natalie is the sister of one of our other current baby house babies; both sisters came into our care because mom was struggling to provide for them. Natalie age 3, her 5 year old sister, and their baby sister (pictured below) are being raised by a single mom. Normally, while their mom works all day, Natalie and her baby sister are watched over by the 5 year old. Because of these special circumstances Natalie's older sister is also staying at the baby house to be cared for; although she is not part of our program due to age. Natalie needs a 1 time sponsor for her medical needs and stay at the baby house and a monthly sponsor to cover her weekly food bucket


          To inquire more about Natalie's full story, feel free to email Sarah at contact@worldfamilymissions.com  

                                     
                    




          ABIGAIL: Sponsors needed: FULLY SPONSORED!

          Abigail is the youngest of 3 sisters. They are raised by their single mom. Abigail's mom is trying her hardest to provide financially but is having a hard time doing so. Abigail is a sweet, smiley little thing-as are her two sisters. Please consider sponsoring Abigail so that she can remain in our program! Abigail needs a 1 time sponsor of $40 to cover her stay at the baby house and a monthly sponsor to cover her weekly food buckets. All three sisters are suspected to have some form of epilepsy and will be seeking medical advice as soon as they are sponsored.

          To inquire more about Abigail's full story, feel free to email Sarah at contact@worldfamilymissions.com  



                        




          ANNA: Special need:  FULLY SPONSORED!

          Miss Anna was born May 28th 2016 healthy and safe! World Family Missions was able to cover the cost in the moment but we are now needing a sponsor to cover the cost of her birth and supplies as we have more births coming up. Anna and her mother stayed for 3 days at the baby house to recover and establish a good, healthy breastfeeding relationship. Anna was able to latch on correctly and they will not be needing our assistance for nourishment. PRAISE GOD! Anna is the youngest sibling of Jo who is currently in our program. The complete cost for Anna's birth, supplies, meals and newborn screening was $100.00 USD. Please consider a one time gift to cover Anna's birth!


          *names are now being changed to protect the privacy of our families*

          Saturday, May 28, 2016

          5/29/16

          I have literally sat down to write a blog post at least 6 times in the past few weeks. I am usually half way to completing it before something calls my attention. A pile of wet laundry to hang, a baby to feed, a mama in labor, a meal needs cooked, errands need run,-you get the gist. So, rather than attempt something lengthy and great, I am going to go with short and sweet.

          Eden:

          Eden is doing well. She is finally parasite free and has tested clean the last few weeks. (PRAISE GOD) She has learned to clap, scrunch her nose and sniff really hard, and knock or pull down anything that is hard to clean up. (aka water and trash) She is figuring out how to stand on her own and we are having a super hard time keeping up with her lightening fast hands! We've also discovered that she ADORES being in water. In the last few month she's spent many days swimming in the ocean and in pools for baptisms and fellowship time. Talk about a little fish! She already holds her breath and kicks!

          Immigration 


          Tuckered out after swimming

          Sarah:

          Sarah is doing excellent as well. She is incredibly busy with attempting to keep up with the house work, Eden and the baby house activities. This Monday, May 30th, the baby house staff is welcoming 7 new families in to the program so she will be busy with doctors visits, finding sponsors and working through details of the program. She typically has a flurry of injuries, births/prenatal check ups and small errands to attend to.

          Tending to boils

          Precious little Jhay Anne

          Proud birthing team!

          Michael: 

          Michael is busy with keeping things running while Sarah is busy and filling in when he needs too. He's on baby duty when both Ate Anna and Sarah are busy and need someone to look after the kids. This Sunday he is going to explain the gospel to all of our program families as we lead a short worship service in our baby house. He continues to work with FCAC and the youth at the church. He is Sarah's hero as he is on constant roach and worm killing duty. (Praise the Lord for husbands) Hopefully soon he and Jaden will tile the bathroom at the paradise church as one of their short term projects. 

          On our way to baptisms! (Jaden's sleeping-Sorry Jaden!)

          Daddy's best friend


          Jaden: 

          I'm not sure how many of you know about Jaden; but he is our latest addition to the family for a few months. Jaden came over with a short term team and is staying with us until August. Like Michael, Jaden is keeping busy by filling in when he needs too. He works alongside the FCAC youth and fills in when we need help at the baby house. (He's probably experienced more babies than he had planned too since moving out here) 

          Baby time!

          Puerto Galera

          Thank you ALL for your prayers and continued encouragement. Like I had mentioned before; we are adding new babies to our program. We will be looking for sponsors for our babies so please keep that in your prayers as this next week brings a week of craziness!!