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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God Will Find a Way

For 48 years, Beatrice was unable to look people in the eye. Born in Rwanda with chronic foot deformities, she had crawled her entire life and could not stand.

Flip-flops protected Beatrice's hands as she moved around; she was forced to view the world from the ground up.   

Her parents were desperate to help her.

Life in their remote village in southwest Rwanda offered limited medical assistance beyond traditional healers. Her community ridiculed and marginalized the disabled. Beatrice and her family turned God for help; they believed He would find a way.

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Changing Lives: An Ecuador Medical Mission Success Story    

Meet Carlos. His beautiful smile is the result of the amazing work performed by surgeons working with our partner, Global Smile Foundation (GSF). His smile also reflects the trust you place in MAP International. 

For more than 20 years, MAP has provided the surgical supplies for GSF medical mission trips around the world. Equipping these skilled surgeons with sutures and other critically-needed supplies is what MAP does best. 

GSF alleviates the suffering of underserved patients born with congenital facial deformities with special emphasis on cleft lips and palates. 

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