A Flower Blooms in Cambodia

For 62 years Chantou hid her face.

Shunned by her community, Chantou spent the majority of her life alone and socially isolated.

Born into one of the poorest communities in northern Cambodia, she suffered from the cleft palate that left her face deformed. Unable to attend school, she lived most of her life as a farmer on her family’s land and never married.

Growing up in a resource-poor community, the lack of consistent healthcare her entire life meant there were no treatment options. There was never enough money. Her parents struggled. The pain they felt not being able to help their daughter was unbearable.

For six decades, Chantou waited for God to answer her prayers.  

Topics: Medicine for the World medical missionaries cambodia

Relieving Pain and Providing Hope in Belize

Fevers are a miserable part of any illness. Thankfully, for most of us, a simple aspirin or acetaminophen is never more than an arms-length away to relieve our symptoms. But imagine if it wasn’t. Imagine if you couldn’t get a fever reducer.

Topics: Medicine for the World medical missionaries fever reducers

Rebirth and Renewal: Happy Easter from MAP

During this Holy week, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who died for our sins. It is a story of unimaginable pain and suffering resulting in rebirth and renewal. 

Rebirth and renewal were on our minds when we read the story of Marisol, a shy little girl from rural Honduras. Born with a severe club foot, Marisol was orphaned by her parents and left in the care of her grandmothers. At six-years-old, Marisol has never attended school – she rarely leaves her home. 

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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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