Love need not be blind...

He lived hours away from the clinic in Huatulco, Mexico. The elderly gentleman entered the clinic hoping for a miracle. He was completely blind.

At 70 years old, the man could no longer see due to cataracts. It pained him to be a burden on his family. He prayed the long journey would prove fruitful.

His prayer to God was simple – that his sight would be restored. He was among many in prayer that day. So many people waiting just to see the doctor...

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Surviving Leprosy: A Story of Grace

Sunday was World Leprosy Day, a day that aims to raise awareness of a disease that many people believe to be extinct. The global elimination of leprosy  (i.e. a prevalence rate of less than 1 case per 10,000 people at the global level) was officially announced in 2000In reality, approximately 210,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and some believe millions more are living undiagnosed.

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Medicine

Imagine your child is sick but the closest clinic is days away. That is the unfortunate situation for many people in developing countries. So when illness strikes they often turn to nearby traditional healers or unregulated “pharmacies” where medicines are dispensed.

Without the scrutiny of an organization like the FDA, or the infrastructure of regulated pharmacies, many countries have little control over medication sold on the street, over the internet, or even in so-called pharmacies. As a result, the “medicine” is often useless powder or worse, a compound that is watered down or inappropriate to the illness.

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Friends Working Together to Improve a Life

The beautiful child almost blended into the sea of happy faces as volunteers distributed rice and food. He was smiling along with his mother and fellow villagers gathered that day. But unlike the other children, his smile was different. Born with a cleft lip and palate deformity, he had never been treated and needed medical attention.

The volunteers visiting the remote village in the highlands of Vietnam that day might have missed him. He might not have gotten a second chance.

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Stories from the Field: The Best of 2017

We received countless stories from the field that touched our hearts in 2017. Stories came in from medical mission teams visiting communities around the world sharing their experiences of transforming lives through surgery or by providing life-saving medicines and supplies. MAP shares many of these with you through our Health and Hope blog, while others appear in our newsletter.

The resilience of each patient was palpable. Their gratitude immeasurable. Here is one of the best from 2017…  

The 19-year-old girl from Qinyang, China wished for simple things: to feel the sun on her face, to laugh with her friends, to meet a boy, things most teenage girls enjoy without thought. Born with spina bifida and clubbing of both feet, she was unable to take more than a few steps or stand without support.

Her parents prayed for a miracle and wondered what the future would hold. There were no easy answers. Imagine if this was your child or grandchild.

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Restoring Health and Hope: 2017 Disaster Relief Update

It's been more than 100 days since Hurricane Maria shattered the homes, livelihoods, and day-to-day normalcy of thousands of people in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean.

Our hearts broke as we witnessed another hurricane devastate the lives of so many following the destructive paths of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Unfortunately, 2017 was an unprecedented year for natural disasters around the world. It is through the generous support of MAP International donors and partners that life after these events was made a little easier for those affected...

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A Record Year of Serving Those Most in Need

Our hearts are full and the MAP International team is deeply humbled by the tremendous support offered in 2017.   Because of your compassion ‘for the least of these’, MAP was able to serve more people in 2017 than ever in one year. This means more people received life-changing medicines because of you. 

For the many who offered gifts, your timing could not have been better...

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A Time to Stop and Ponder

As we hurry to finish last minute Christmas shopping, it’s easy to get caught up in all the ways this sacred holiday has become such a blur of activities.

I hope you can take a moment to stop and read the biblical version of the Christmas story as told in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 1-20:

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New Sneakers for America

New sneakers will be on the Christmas list of many children in the United States this holiday. With so many types to choose from - running, soccer, basketball, volleyball, football - it seems every sport has their own unique shoe.

For children in many resource-poor communities, however, feet deformities prevent them from ever wearing sneakers, let alone what is trendy. Could you imagine if this was one of your children or grandchildren? Consider the story of this bright, energetic, six-year-old girl living in Pereira, Colombia. 

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A Miracle Through the Eyes of a Teenager in Peru

Jose walked into the waiting room of a local hospital in Lima, Peru with a swagger that matched his trendy clothes. Like most teenage boys, his slicked-back hair tried to convey an older, cool vibe while in reality, he was still a boy. Behind his confident, happy-go-lucky demeanor, was a health issue that had plagued him since birth.

He had heard medical mission teams visited the hospital offering surgery for people like Jose.  Gaining the courage to do something, he arrived at the hospital praying there would be a medical missionary doctor who could help him.

Jose was hoping for a miracle.

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