Dear Friend of FMSC,
"Without a dream, the people perish,” says the writer of Proverbs. The dreams of children die easily in places like Liberia, racked by civil war. But they can be resurrected—and it starts with food.
When Matthew Joe was seven years old, his aunt took him to a witch doctor to be infected. Yes—infected on purpose. If Matthew became sick, she desperately reasoned, she could get a medical visa to leave Liberia for a better life. The treatment worked and a severe infection took hold in Matthew’s leg. But no visa came through, and Matthew’s aunt abandoned him, near death.
A medical missionary found Matthew, got him treatment—sadly, amputation was required—and found a home for him at My Brother’s Keeper, an orphanage and school. Operated by International Children’s Fund (ICF), My Brother’s Keeper functions only because of donated meals from Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
Matthew regained his health eating regular MannaPack Rice meals. He began to gain self-confidence—not only getting around on one leg, but playing soccer and basketball with his friends! Now, five years later, he's earning straight A's in his seventh-grade class and has big dreams for his future.
"I want to get a new (prosthetic) leg, and I want to be an airline pilot!" he says.
Global economists agree: Nutrition is the No. 1 solution to world problems. Why? Because it’s the foundation for everything else—health, education, and jobs. For every $1 spent on nutrients for children in the developing world—children like Matthew—there is a $30 economic pay-off."
Food was first on Matthew’s list of needs. With nutritious meals from FMSC, he’s getting a strong education leading to a job —perhaps as a pilot! Yes, the pay-off is economic. But it’s also spiritual. In Matthew’s restored dreams, he senses God’s love and purpose for his life.
You can rebuild nations like Liberia—one child at a time. Your investment in MannaPack meals yields more than a full tummy for a day. It builds a lifetime of hope and opportunity for communities in Liberia—and nearly 50 other countries where our food will reach this year.
Praying for our food's pay-off,
Mark Crea, Executive Director
P.S. Watch children at City of Dreams predict their futures!
“Only 2% of charities we rate have received at least 7 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Feed My Starving Children outperforms most other charities in America,” said a letter from Ken Berger, Charity Navigator’s President & CEO in early November. “This ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates FMSC from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.“