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Letting Go

It’s official; Tracy and I are ‘empty nesters’. Within the past year, both of our children married the men God chose for them. As a father, I couldn’t be more pleased with our two new sons—they love the Lord and know they are accountable to Him as husbands. As I sit here this morning over a cup of coffee (at Starbucks, of course), I really wonder how time has passed so quickly.

Did we as parents do everything we were supposed to do to prepare our girls for adult, married life? To be honest, the answer is no. We did the best we could and will continue to trust God to take it from here. We are grateful for all the resources and people God placed in our family’s lives along the way. We needed help and it is that fact that helps drive our passion to do the same for many other parents through Mighty Hearts International. 

Over the next few weeks, I will carry on this theme of raising children by contrasting the differences of doing that in the U.S. and developing countries. Through your help, we at Mighty Hearts hope to forever change the path of hundreds of kids so when their parents ‘let go’, they can be at peace.

Thank you and God bless,

Bryan

MHI 2012 Presentation

View the 2012 Mighty Hearts presentation here.

Turning the page on one of the organization’s firsts

As we prepare for the Human Race Fundraiser on May 5th, I thought back on how fund-raising for Mighty Hearts has evolved over the past few years.     The Human Race will replace our Brat Fry Fundraisers as the primary fundraiser for the Medical Mission Trip.  The Human Race is an event that is family-friendly, it provides an opportunity for lots of people to be involved, and it is web-enabled, allowing visibility across the globe to the actions of our little community in Appleton, WI.    It’s an extremely exciting change of events.   

I admit, however, that I’m a little nostalgic about the Brat Fry fundraisers.   After all, our very first fundraiser was a brat fry.    I actually enjoy roasting brats and burgers over a charcoal grill.   Call me crazy.  

Change is always hard, but it’s also exciting.   I’m looking forward to seeing what the Mighty Hearts volunteers and donors can do in the Human Race fundraiser.  I’m excited about how our organization is maturing.    Most of all, I’m excited about all the vitamins and supplies that $4000 can buy for the medical trip if we reach our goal.    Turning the page in this way is a sign of growth for our organization, and it’s absolutely the right thing to do.

If you’re interested in joining the team in the Human Race Fundraising, it’s really easy.   Just follow the link and join the team or donate to the cause.    You don’t even have to walk to raise pledges….you can be a phantom walker! 

http://humanrace2012.volunteercenter.net/2012/MightyHearts/

Tasting Success…

I’ve got Medical Missions on my mind.   Last Thursday, I attended the UNOs Chicago Grill Peru Gathering and Fundraiser.   It was great to see all kinds of people passionate about Peru…as well as those that wanted to share some good pizza for a worthy cause.    Our next big fund-raiser, “The Human Race”, will be held on May 5th on the Thrivent grounds.  

All of the proceeds of both will benefit this year’s Medical Mission trip in late July.    The medical team will bring many different supplies, including a very large supply of children’s vitamins with iron.  You might be asking yourself why a medical team would bring vitamins on a medical mission trip.   That’s a good question!   Many of the issues that the medical team deals with at the temporary clinic are a result of malnutrition.   One of the biggest problems with the children has been iron-deficiency.   Poverty induced diets lacking meats and key vegetables make for problems with low iron.   Symptoms of iron deficiency include fatigue, inattentiveness, irritability, and dizziness.  

One of the ways that Mighty Hearts helps families in this area is to provide a supply of children’s vitamins with iron to children that visit the clinic.    In February of 2011, each child visiting the clinic received a 2-month supply of vitamins.    On top of that, guardians received training on low-cost alternatives for iron-rich and fiber-rich meals.   Visitors to the clinic also received a nutritious snack.    

When I hear stories that some of the children in the Mighty Hearts program have gone from low in their class to the tops in their class, I get excited.    It’s pretty tough for children with iron-deficiency symptoms to achieve such high levels of success in the classroom.   One of our goals is to provide every child in the program a year’s supply of vitamins.    It all starts with some pizza with friends!    What a tasty way to change the lives of children in Peru!

Medical Missions

I’ve always taken my good health for granted. On a normal year, I might visit my doctor once for the annual check-up. It was only when I needed it that I appreciated the blessing of quality health care.  Since last year, chronic illnesses have led me to see an army of doctors, nurses and specialists. All of these professionals are highly skilled and highly trained….providing some of the best care in the world, which is all available to me.


Contrast this scenario with the typical medical care poor children receive in Peru. Until their participation with the Mighty Hearts’ Medical Missions program, many poor children in Callao, Peru had never visited a doctor. Many of those same children didn’t even have a birth record! Without access to basic medical care, preventable health issues can become chronic conditions. Low iron levels, worms, and birth defects are just a few of the preventable conditions the Mighty Hearts Medical Mission helps treat.


Join Mighty Hearts in providing basic medical care to some of the poorest children in Peru. Your monetary gift will help support the children's health through medical check-ups, vitamins and ongoing care. Or consider joining us on the Medical Missions trip this Summer. Click here to learn more:

http://www.mightyhearts.org/projects/medical_missions

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