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Medical Mercy Sees The Difference

The Medical Mercy team continued to serve children in our programs today, and Dr. Beyda shares the difference sponsorship can make for children in poverty.

Whatever the reason, life comes at us from directions unexpected. Today I expected to travel on a bumpy road, to a project with significantly impoverished children who longed for a decent life. That is not what happened today.

We travelled to our clinic site, saw about 185 children, identified a number of children in need of advanced care, and participated in the feeding program watching the children eat their meal that is given to them by One Child Matters daily. We noticed that because of this program, the children were much more nutritionally on target for their age as compared to the children yesterday.

And here is where the expectations turned to the positive. Since we were in a locale much poorer than where we were yesterday, I expected to see children who were sicker, more malnourished, more impoverished. The children were in fact a little sicker, more impoverished but relatively well nourished and well-adjusted despite the conditions they lived in. They were happy, content and interactive.

The two projects that the children came from today embraced a holistic approach in giving the children what they needed and deserved in order for them to experience life to their fullest potential. It is because of the dedication of the teachers, the project leaders, the pastors and the local One Child Matters leadership, that the children were moving in the direction of personhood and worth.

One child who was born with a significant discrepancy in leg length had surgery a few months ago that One Child Matters financially supported through our Children's Crisis Fund to correct his gait. He walks without a limp now, is self-confident and plays with the other children. It is things like this that make what we do worthwhile. Giving a child a chance to be a child.

The team worked flawlessly. After yesterday nothing could slow us down. Everyone made the most of their individual talents and served the children. We leave tomorrow for another remote area and will be there for a few days. I'll wait to see where the road takes us. No expectations this time. I'll go where the road leads us and trust that it will end in a safe haven for children who have had little and now have something. Love and caring.

We are so grateful for this medical team and for all of you who make sacrifices to improve the life of a child and ensure they know they have tremendous worth in God's eyes.

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