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Birhanesh and her family were starving to death on full stomachs.
She, her husband and their three small children live in a poor mountain farming community outside Angacha, Ethiopia. The only food the family had access to were the roots from a plant they call "false banana." The food is filling but has no nutritional value. It was actually causing them to starve to death.
Hand of Hope, Joyce Meyer Ministries World Missions sponsors feeding programs and a full-time medical clinic in partnership with Crisis Aid International in Angacha, where Birhanesh first found hope for her entire family.
Before learning of Hand of Hope's feeding program in Angacha, Ethiopia, Birhanesh and her husband hadn't been able to provide their family with much nutrition at all. In their Ethiopian community of mostly farmers, they don't own their own plot of land and must rely on other farmers for work. Work is not always available and when it is, her husband receives only a little money and scraps of vegetables for payment.
This was the life for Birhanesh and her family…that is, until she found out about the feeding program.
Birhanesh, her twin baby girls and older daughter have been making a nearly three-hour trip from their village to Angacha nearly every Monday for eight months. But time really doesn't matter that much here in the mountains. All she knows is that her first trip to the Hand of Hope sponsored feeding program was when things started to change for her family.
The program facilitators immediately put the twins on Plumpy'nut, a peanut-based food that is used specifically for babies with severe malnutrition, and distributed enough wheat grain for the whole family. When the babies first arrived at the feeding program, they were three months old and only weighed 6.2 pounds (2.8 kg), less than half the healthy weight for children that age.
After nearly a year in the program, the health of Birhanesh's children has greatly improved. "God bless everyone who does this for me. Without this food, my children would die," shared Birhanesh as she hugged Asnackech closer to her chest.
Today, after the long journey Birhanesh and her children are back to receive the babies' weekly Plumpy'nut and the family's monthly supply of wheat grain and oil.
Many other mothers and fathers are already waiting patiently. About a dozen new families have been added to the program after being treated by medical/dental volunteers with the visiting Joyce Meyer Ministries, Hand of Hope medical/dental outreach clinic.
Birhanesh is not alone. There are thousands of other women just like her in the mountains of Ethiopia and all around the world struggling to provide for their children. We are helping to offset that struggle by feeding 6,000 people throughout Ethiopia on a monthly basis.
Your continued prayers and support as a partner can help us reach even more.
Hand of Hope is the missions arm of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Our goal is simply to help as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.