More Than Flowers and Candy

“…Love each other as I have loved you.” - John 15:12

In a week that is full of hearts and candy, we want you to remember something much more important: God loves you.

The love of God is greater than any other circumstances in your life. It is a perfect love that doesn’t depend on how you act or feel. God will always love you.

It is God’s love that motivates us at MAP to reach out to others. We know that the love we show others is just a small reflection of the love shown us.

So often we hear from people who have felt forgotten, alone, without hope—until they received the gift of healing through medicine. They tell us that this is a true sign of God’s love.

Think about that! The medicine you help provide through MAP is a sign of God's love for the people we serve. We are so very grateful that you are part of this ministry of love to others in need.

During the month of February we are concentrating on the many expectant mothers in the poorest parts of the world whose very lives are endangered by their pregnancy. Did you know that 500,000 women will die this year before or during childbirth? Even more babies will be lost.

Many of these deaths are due to lack of vitamins and nutrients that create life-threatening conditions in both mother and baby. And most could be prevented through prenatal vitamins. Because MAP purchases prenatal vitamins in bulk, we can provide one expectant mother a daily vitamin at a cost of $2.80 for her entire pregnancy!

Send Vitamins To A Mother & Child Today

We’ve set the goal of raising $60,000 this month to provide prenatal vitamins for the pregnant women who are in urgent need right now. It is an ambitious goal, but we know that lives are at stake—lives of both mothers and babies.

A mother’s love for her child is so great that many women living in poverty sacrifice their own health in order to have children. But so many women can be helped by prenatal vitamins. It is such a simple solution to a devastating problem.

For the cost of a Valentine’s card or a box of candy you can save the life of a mother and child.  Can you think of any better way to show love? 

Please, if you can, help save the lives of mothers and babies.

GIVE TODAY

With deepest gratitude,

Steve Stirling
President & CEO

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Health and Hope for Mother and Baby

Angelina, a pregnant mother of three, lives with her children in a slum near a large garbage dump in Guatemala City.

Her life isn’t easy. Toxic fumes and burning garbage threaten her family’s health and gangs threaten their safety. But in the middle of this horrific setting, Angelina and her family find hope at a clinic filled with medicines provided by MAP International.

Angelina’s youngest daughter, Charon, is just five years old and is already suffering from respiratory issues from
the burning trash at the dump. This family has no other option; this is their home. Living without hope was unbearable, but then they found the Heart of Love clinic. 

Heart of Love clinic, started by nurse Lelah and her husband pastor Saul (pictured right), provides Angelina and her children with medicines for their respiratory issues as well as vitamins free of charge.

“We are very grateful for helping this very poor community,” said nurse Lelah. “These medicines are helping a lot of people and bring so much hope. Even just one bandage comes in the name of Christ.”

Angelina represents the hope MAP International provides through its provision of medicines. Without prenatal vitamins provided by MAP, Angelina’s soon to be born infant would be at risk for blindness, malnutrition and other illness.

Angelina and her three beautiful children now visit the clinic weekly where she has been receiving prenatal vitamins. At the clinic Charon and her siblings are given medicine to help with their coughs and allergies. The team running the clinic said, “We are very grateful for helping this very poor community. These medicines are helping a lot of people and bring so much hope.”

This is the difference you make through your support of MAP International. Help us provide more mothers like Angelina with life-changing prenatal vitamins. Together we will help mothers and their children worldwide.

Send Vitamins To A Mother & Child Today 

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“Behind Each Face is a Story”

Can you imagine waiting hours in line for food at a grocery store? How about driving to your local pharmacy and finding out they don’t have the medicine you need for your sick child?

For the people of Venezuela, this has been their reality for years.  

Severe food shortages and hyperinflation have forced millions to flee the country. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine.  

In Venezuela, there are no visits to the urgent care center if you are injured or sick. Any type of sickness or injury can carry devastating consequences.This has prompted a national health crisis. 

Despite this madness, medical missionaries are there serving the neediest. And they are turning to MAP International to provide them with the medicine they need to serve those in need.

Topics: life-changing medicines Venezuela medical missions

How Magdelena Came to Shine

“It started with a small sore on my face,” remembers Magdalena. “But soon my entire face was                      swollen and deformed.”

Magdalena lives in rural Haiti, far away from a clinic. So she suffered as inflammation on her face spread and her pain became almost unbearable. “It was very painful,” she says, “but I was also ashamed because I looked so ugly. No one wanted to look at me.

“I had terrible headaches and I couldn’t sleep because of the pain. Because of that I couldn’t work or care for my family. I thought I would die and I worried what would happen to my children.”

One day a mobile clinic came to Magdalena’s village. Her neighbors encouraged her to go but she felt so hopeless. Eventually, she gathered her courage and went to the mobile clinic where they welcomed her.

And most amazing, they told her that they had medicine, supplied by MAP International, that could heal her.

For  Magdalena  it was a miracle. “After taking the medicine I looked in the mirror and I couldn’t believe it! I looked normal again,” she says. “My entire family praised God for my healing.

“I am so grateful to MAP for sending this medicine,” she says. “Now I am normal again. I can provide for my family and I have hope.

Watch video of Magdelena's incredible story here.

Read more stories of hope and healing in our Winter 2019 Newsletter. Let us know your thoughts!

Read The Full Winter 2019 Newsletter 

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Devastating Rain & Winter Chill Adds to Suffering of Syrian Refugees

Imagine living in Tennessee or North Carolina when a cold front dumps freezing rain on your town. Now imagine if you lived in a tent or make-shift hut with no heating and that same cold front blew through your city. Or worse, the rains swept your tent away. 

Topics: life-changing medicines Syrian Refugee Crisis

We Pause to Reflect on You - Our Most Faithful Supporters

As we begin a new year, we want to pause and reflect on you, our donors who sustain MAP’s work worldwide. Through the comments you send and through the gratitude from those whom we serve, we pause with profound humility for the work MAP is able to perform in God’s name. 

These comments are the encouragement we need to continue to advance MAP’s mission of providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to the world’s neediest.

We want to share some of these donor comments with you as we begin a new year. These comments come from donors near and far, many expressing their gratitude and support of our mission.

Topics: life-changing medicines Donors Prayer

The Fruits of Your Support

How does MAP International touch so many lives and provide so much help? None of it would be possible without the generous support of donors like you.

In 2018 alone, medicines from MAP touched over 13.6 million lives. That means nearly two million pounds of medicine was distributed in 104 countries. The medicine included antibiotics, wound care, oral rehydration solutions, pain relievers, decongestants, deworming pills, vitamins, and other life-changing treatments.

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A Year of Record Disasters and MAP’s Unparalleled Response

When Hurricane Michael roared across the Florida Panhandle and into Georgia, the homes and livelihoods of thousands were wiped away. No one will forget the images of the destruction in Mexico Beach; our hearts broke with every news report.

It’s hard to comprehend losing everything overnight. Many lives will never be the same.

Hurricane Florence caused similar damage throughout the Carolinas as it dragged slowly across the Southeastern US with record rainfall. 

Thanks to you, more than 30,000 Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) were distributed to devastated residents following these storms. Critical health supplies were also provided in MAP/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Medical Mission Packs which contained over-the-counter medicines including much-needed bandages, analgesics, gauze, multivitamins, and other health supplies designed to prevent the spread of illness.Together, these hurricanes rank as two of the most catastrophic storms in U.S. history.

Topics: life-changing medicines disaster relief

Unconditional Love Then and Now

The father’s love for his daughter was apparent from the moment he walked into the busy clinic. Despite the worry chiseled on his face, the clinic staff could tell that the larger-than-life man dearly loved his little Gladys. No matter how imperfect she may appear, he loved her unconditionally.

Born with a severe cleft lip, she habitually buried her face in her father’s chest. She didn’t want people to stare. At 12 months, Gladys already understood that she was different.

Born in the mountainous region of Santa Maria, Colombia, Gladys had been abandoned by her mother. Exasperated by the care required for a child with cleft lip, and embarrassed by her condition, her mother left Gladys in her father’s care. He was the only family she knew.

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“Where Healthcare Doesn't Exist” in Rural Uganda

You can throw a rock from almost any street corner in America and hit a drugstore. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, finding a CVS, Walgreens, or other pharmacy isn’t difficult. In fact, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 90 percent of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy.

But could you imagine if you didn’t live within 20 miles of a pharmacy? How about 100 miles? How about if there was no pharmacy at all within three days of your home?

Topics: life-changing medicines uganda medical missionaries

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