Update

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God is Good!

The need in Guatemala continues to grow, so we keep collecting to help supply the needs that Bethel Ministries International uncovers! With God’s calling and the obedience to that call by our network of volunteers, we keep filling containers!

2014 was a banner year, we shipped 4 containers from 3 states.

2015 looks to beat 2014. In May, our Louisville shipping point (strongly supported by Murray, KY) shipped a container. That same week we shipped one from the MD Orthopedics warehouse in Wayland. Here is what we have coming up.

California: First container is being prepared for shipment late August.

Iowa: Container to ship in September.

Kentucky: Container planned to ship in fall.

Pennsylvania: Container tentatively planned to ship in December.

God is good! I am constantly amazed when I think we hit a dry spell, the calls come in that chairs are being collected or donated. Prayer does work! As the need is constant, we must be diligent in our collection efforts. We have a constant prayer to establish partners in other areas to collect. In Iowa, we really only have the core in SE Iowa. We would love to see groups in the Des Moines and Waterloo areas that can collect and eventually transfer equipment to SE Iowa. Our eventual goal is to have collection partners in every state. We have wonderful volunteers in many states, but gladly want to welcome more.

Just as I was compiling this update, we received word from Bethel Ministries in Guatemala. It reinforces the huge need for our efforts! Donna Mooney writes, “A praise report – KY container arrived! There were delays in customs, but it arrived safe and sound and food and vitamins are being loaded onto our truck to head to Rio Dulce tomorrow! Yea God! We had run out of wheelchairs, the Kids Against Hunger food, and vitamins, so we are very thankful for this container! We had actually laid off a few of our workers temporarily since there were no chairs to restore! Thank you Mission Mobility team players for all you do!!” I am thankful we have the Iowa Container right behind the Kentucky container. Please consider joining us in finding wheelchairs to help fill the need.

Submitted by Rick Fulton

WHS/KAH Event

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One Scoop at a Time

On His Path teamed with the WACO junior and senior high student body on Friday, May 1st and packaged 38,760 meals in just two hours. That is an average of 323 meals per minute! These meals were sent to Guatemala a week later along with used medical equipment donated by local individuals. Through these kids, world hunger is being fought one scoop at a time!

Music with a Message

Music rang through the Washington County Fair Grounds on Wednesday, July 22nd. On His Path had the privilege of sponsoring a Christian concert featuring bands Rapture Ruckus and Josh Wilson during the annual county fair. One theme that carried throughout the evening is that God, the creator of Heaven and Earth, made YOU – He made you unique and special and with a purpose – what you are called to do may not look like what others are called to do, but do it anyways and through that, God will receive the honor and glory!

Update from El Salvador Clinic

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Successful Training, El Salvador Clubfoot Program

The 4th Annual Ponseti Training in El Salvador was held in San Salvador on July 25, 2015 in partnership with Ponseti International Association. The two trainers were Dr. Martin Rosales with Mexican Clubfoot Foundation and Dr. Mario Sequeira with Miracle Feet Nicaragua. Along with these two reputable Ponseti method trainers, 7 doctors and two physiotherapists attended the training where they gained additional skills to effectively treat children with clubfoot throughout El Salvador.

During the training, we had the chance to present the statistics of clinics by Dr. Gomez (San Miguel clinic), and the main problems to give follow-up to Ponseti Method in El Salvador by Dr. Castillo (Benjamin Bloom Hospital), the tips of Ponseti casting and importance of keeping a database. As part of the training, 20 children with clubfoot were assessed and some of them casted. They are already under treatment in the five clinics of the program supported by On His Path.

On His Path will continue to support this clubfoot program by offering clinical training, abductions braces, pads, plaster casts, counseling and the promotion of the program within the healthcare system and to the public to increase the number of children reached. Our goal is to eradicate clubfoot as a disability in El Salvador.

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, El Salvador Clinic Coordinator

On His Path Commemorates World Clubfoot Day in El Salvador

World Clubfoot Day, which takes place annually on June 3rd to honor the work of Dr. Ponseti, pioneer of the non-surgical technique for clubfoot treatment, was a special time of celebration in our five clinics in El Salvador with patients, parents, nurses and doctors. We celebrated the hard work of the doctors and collaborators in the program; we also wanted to honor parents who make many sacrifices to take their children to the clinics for the treatment. We celebrated it with snacks, balloons, candies, as well the distribution of bookmarkers, informative materials to raise awareness of clubfoot and the Ponseti Method; the TV Telemas channel broadcasted a note of the celebration in the Dr. Villacorta Mazzini clinic in Sonsonate. Indeed promoting awareness of clubfoot to others and through media can bring a meaningful transformation in the lives of children. Global Clubfoot Initiative requested to all the organizations around the world that work with clubfoot to submit a photo that captures a highlight of the past year of work or what the organization stands for. Thankfully, the photo submitted by On His Path was chosen as the most representative of the hope that we all must have to see a world free of disability caused by clubfoot. It was certainly a special day to celebrate!

Submitted by: Mayra Arteaga, El Salvador Clinic Coordinator

 

Kids Against Hunger Meals Impact Guatemala

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Aura is 45 years old and has been a widow for many years. Since her husband passed away, she has been doing everything possible to move forward with her three children. Aura works collecting trash from the dump, which is the only way she can support her family. For almost two years now, Bethel Ministries International of Guatemala has been able to support this family with a food bag every month. They are grateful to God for all the help they are receiving. They are also very grateful for the house and bathroom that was donated to them.

On His Path helps make this possible through grant funding and donations received from the On His Path community. Kids Against Hunger meals packed in Wayland, Iowa are an important item included in these life-giving food bags. When blessings are shared with the needy, God receives the praise and glory!

Testimonial submitted by BMI, Guatemala

Bangladesh Clubfoot Project

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On His Path Helps Children With Clubfeet Worldwide

Worldwide, about 200,000 children are born with clubfeet, a condition where the foot is twisted downwards and inwards. If untreated, the deformity leads to pain with walking and is disabling. Ponseti clubfoot treatment, developed in Iowa, is a largely non-surgical method of correcting clubfoot by a series of manipulation and carefully applied casts. Usually 5 casts correct the deformity. The child wears a brace at night to prevent relapse until the age of 4. Treated children and adults enjoy lifelong freedom from pain and full function. On His Path is helping children born with clubfeet worldwide. In Bangladesh, On His Path is donating teaching models to Sustainable Clubfoot Care in Bangladesh (SCCB). SCCB is a Canadian government funded initiative to fi nd all children in Bangladesh born with clubfeet and treat them with the Ponseti Method. SCCB will train village health workers to screen for clubfoot deformity and refer children with deformed feet to clubfoot clinics, where specially trained doctors will correct the feet using the Ponseti Method. On His Path is donating 23 sets of clubfoot teaching models to SCCB, one for every public medical college, to help future doctors and surgeons learn about clubfoot and how to treat them. On His Path also helps children elsewhere, but in a different manner.

On His Path is providing support to the University of British Columbia as it works with the World Health Organization and others in developing guidelines for the management of clubfeet so that Ponseti treatment can be provided in the most consistent and effective manner.

Submitted by: Dr. Shafi que Pirani, BC

Testimonials from Orphans

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Brenda Nafula’s Biography

My name is Brenda Nafula and I am in grade 2 at God’s Mercy Orphanage School. I used to live with my father who is HIV positive. My mother died a few years back and left me with my father who is seriously sick up to now. I have suffered much and I used to work in gardens to get food to eat and I had no way to go to school as my father was sick and poor at the same time. My grandmother lived with us but she passed away two years back. I want to thank my sponsors for helping me get an education. Even though I am almost grown up, I am determined to stay in school and get a good education. I am well fed and also have a good time with my best friend, Phiona Auma, and other children. I would love to be a teacher at our orphanage school to help teach my fellow orphans. My best subjects are English and Social Studies. I like playing netball and skipping games. Thank you for paying my fees, feeding me, clothing me, and giving be accommodations at the orphanage to provide my basic needs. Please help other kids who are still in the life I used to live. Please, I am praying for my sponsors daily to help me get education, know God, and also be happy with other children at school. Even though my mother died of AIDS and my father has AIDS, I have been tested and I don’t have the disease. I am so grateful. My teachers are very good to us and we love them. We love our Director at the school, too. Thank you for your kindness and love to me.

-Brenda Nafula

 

Benjamin Oketch’s Biography

My name is Benjamin Oketch, age 10 years and in grade 2 at God’s Mercy Orphanage Primary School in Busia, Uganda. My biological parents died of AIDS disease when I was 4-years-old and I stayed with my grandmother who was so sickly and old. As young as I was, I could help my grandmother sell fruit to get some money to feed us in our home. I helped my grandmother wash plates, sweep the house and do some cooking. I also woke up very early in the morning to fetch water from a swamp for cooking our meals. I grew up in a very difficult situation without any parental care as all my parents passed on. I thank the Lord and my sponsor for helping me to get an education besides knowing God. It was one day when the Director of God’s Mercy visited us to pray for my grandmother and to find a way for me to be taken to the orphanage school to get an education. From the time I was admitted to the orphanage school, my life has greatly changed and I thank the Lord because I am fed well, wash my clothes, and study. My best subjects at school are mathematics and science. I want to become a doctor to help treat people who are sick. My best friend at school is Josia Asiimwe Clever. Pray for the orphanage and my grandmother too who is still sick and old. I love to play soccer at school. Thank you for helping me to get a good education and good health. There are many orphans in my village who are passing through problems as I used to in my village. I pray that the Lord may provide for them so that they can get an education.

Thank you

Benjamin Oketch

 

My Missionary Trip to Iowa, a Land of Plenty

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Praise the Lord for all He does. He is worthy to be praised.

I was invited to go to the United States to speak during the On His Path Donor Appreciation Dinner in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. I flew from Entebbe International Airport on April 9th and arrived on April 10th; a trip which took many hours. I thank the Lord that I arrived well at the Cedar Rapids Airport and was received by the Founder of On His Path, John Mitchell, who is a wonderful servant of the Lord. We drove a few minutes and arrived in his wonderful home. I was welcomed by his beloved wife, Jean, and their daughter, Isabella. I was joyful for having met together in their home.

The next morning, I managed to visit the offices of MD Orthopaedics and On His Path where I met wonderful people including Executive Director, Emily Ferguson. I had a wonderful tour, met staff and interacted with dear ones. I was so shocked and humbled in the way the Lord used John Mitchell and his wife Jean to build such a wonderful complex. I was also blessed to stay at their home whereby they gave me a wonderful hospitality. I was challenged to see that their home was full of food and multiple fridges for a house which only had three people. I had an opportunity to eat what I wanted at their house and among the best meals I had was porridge, which was my favorite and what I loved most among all food stuff. We had wonderful fellowship with Brother John in prayer, fellowship in the Word, visited several churches and I was much blessed to interact with the Saints of the Lord.

The state of Iowa is so beautiful, full of cornfields and many other kinds of cereal grown everywhere. I had the opportunity to visit many farms like piggery, dairy, and turkey farm. All were a challenge and eye opener to me and I got to know and learn the best method of rearing those animals and birds above. We had a time of leisure going fishing which I enjoyed together with Mr. John. I also managed to visit the so-called poor people who actually, in my sense, are not poor. They have almost everything they need; a house, a car, etc. compared to a poor person in Africa who has nothing. We visited, too, the Iowa State Capital. It was an amazing time to me and fellowshipped with Mr. Joseph Mitchell who gave us a tour of the facilities. While I was there, I did interact with men and women of God who were really a blessing. We prayed and studied the word of the Lord together. I also shared dinner with Emily Ferguson and her family and we had a wonderful fellowship and sharing together as Saints of God. Everything in the USA is done on time compared to the African way of doing things at a slow pace.

I was challenged in many ways while I was with the Mitchells. The way they live, their wonderful hospitality to me and how Godly they are in their family / home. The day I was waiting for came, which was the Donor Appreciation Dinner. This was a wonderful time to meet men and women who are prayerful in their support of On His Path and financially to see to it that the work of caring of the needy and preaching the Gospel is expanded. I thank the Lord for having participated in this wonderful ceremony. I want to thank the Founders and staff of On His Path and MD Orthopaedics for having me visit them and challenging me in many ways. I came back home blessed and with a new perspective of how men and women of God who have love, have the power to change the lives of the helpless to hopeful. All you guys do have a special place in our hearts. What a blessed journey to and from and back home to Uganda. Thanks for being part of what the Lord is doing in Uganda in caring for the poor, the needy, and advancing the Gospel to nations and communities in Uganda. Be blessed.

Submitted by: Pastor Francis Makoha, Uganda