Friday, October 5, 2012

Life Saving Donations

When we moved from Knoxville, we loaded a 20 foot trailer with supplies to live in Ghana for a minimum of two years.  Much of the space was filled with donations for the people here.  One of the donations we brought with us was a huge amount of baby formula that had been donated to Feeding the Orphans.  Case upon case was unloaded from our trailer then, later, into our vehicle to be donated to the West Africa AIDS Foundation.

All of the formula was given to babies whose mother's have AIDS.  These women can not breastfeed their newborns.  We have learned that the donations of formula have saved the lives of two babies here in Ghana!  Isn't that amazing?  Two children are alive because of the donations of formula you sent.  Thank you!

 Recently, we visited a new orphanage and met a little baby named Benedict.  He was eight months old and weighed only about 10 pounds.  I held him for a long time and the entire time I held him, he was lethargic with very little responsiveness.  The little guy was light as a feather and teeny, teeny tiny.

Upon learning the need, Feeding the Orphans supplied formula which Reid and I were able to deliver to the home.  Most of the formula was liquid so we immediately opened one of the jars to feed little Benedict.  There was no bottle available so I held him like one of my own boys and attempted to pour the formula in his mouth.  He gulped down the entire 2 oz. jar in less than 10 seconds!  It was unbelievable.  Benedict was so thirsty and hungry.  Heartbreaking.  I opened a second bottle, held it to his lips at a slight tilt, and again, he gulped it down like there was no tomorrow.  We left the formula at the home with instructions for him to receive it and sharing why it was so important for him to have it.

We have learned little Benedict is doing remarkably better with the nutrients from the formula.  He is growing and more engaged with his surroundings.  Additionally, the Aunties are now giving him bottles instead of pouring it in his mouth.  We are thankful his suckling instinct is being met.

If you have any formula, please consider donating it to Feeding the Orphans.  The babies over here could definitely benefit from the gift of nutrition early on.  Who knows?  Your gift may save the life of a child.

Please pray for the children like Benedict.  
Ask God to "supply all their needs according to His riches in glory..."

“Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
Even these may forget,
    yet I will not forget you.

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..."
Isaiah 49:15-16a

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