On Sunday, November 1st, we will celebrate our birthday as a church family. To celebrate, we'll collect a special offering and 100% of the collection will go to 6 global initiatives that are directly linked to Ethos family members. One of these global initiatives is in Guatemala — specifically the organization, Health Talents, International.
The mission of Health Talents, International (HTI) is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus through teaching and healing ministries. We carry out this mission by providing holistic Christian health care and education to the people of Central America. Julie Obregon (Ethos family member) works for HTI and has a passion for the people of Guatemala to know the love of Jesus and experience healing. HTI serves over 40,000 patients annually for primary medical, dental and surgical care. The ABC Program for sponsored children and our Scholarship programs promote formal education and health education among the Christians of Guatemala. Volunteers from the USA and many members of the Ethos family participate on one of HTI's 16 annual mission teams where they are the hands and feet of Christ, sharing His healing touch and message of hope with the people of Guatemala.
A story from Health Talents, International:
It had been many years since HTI's Executive Director Rick Harper had the opportunity to visit mobile medical clinics with HTI's regular medical providers so he was happy to hit the road each day with these teams during the September 2015 mission trip. On Wednesday, while in La Campesina with Dr. Patricia, Rick was able to attend a special home visit to a little girl named Maria. Dr. Patricia calls Maria her star patient because she has been treating her for some time now and has grown accustomed to seeing thirteen year old Maria at her clinic each week. This sweet child has dermatitis and a sensitivity to the sun which causes her to have rashes, sores and irritated skin any time she is directly exposed to sunlight.
After meeting Maria, Rick came back to Clinica Ezell and told the group about her at our devotional time. Rick called her Heartbreak Maria, she earned this name because when Dr. Patricia first treated her, she asked for a hug prior to sending her to our pharmacy station. Perhaps you are asking yourself right now why a hug would earn a child the name of Heartbreak Maria, well it is because when Dr. Patricia first went to hug her, Maria didn’t seem to know what to do. After standing there awkwardly for a moment she told Dr. Patricia, “my mother has never approached me for a hug.” In her own family Maria is an outcast with a mother who is embarrassed and disgusted by her condition. And so our hearts break for this little girl, weighing only 48 pounds and carrying a burden upon her shoulders no thirteen year old should ever have to carry.
Maria’s story only begins with sorrow and sadness for as it says in Psalm 145:9 “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.” and Maria is no exception! Perhaps Maria will never have a happy home or a loving mother but God has given her a new family, the HTI family. Dr. Patricia has treated Maria with compassion and medical care so that her skin is greatly improved and regularly protected from the damaging UV rays as she learns to receive hugs and acceptance. Maria was also added to our milk program which provides her with vitamin and protein fortified milk to help her gain weight and improve her health. There are many other ways in which we are able to help Maria but the most important thing we can do is to love her with Christ’s love, to teach her about the truth of his resurrection and to invite her to be a part of his family. We will continue to serve Maria, to be Jesus’ arms of love embracing this child of His.
Each year HTI spends more than $100,000 purchasing life saving medicines and vitamins. Ethos' partnership with HTI will help provide as many as 3,000 patients with an opportunity for healing and with the message of Jesus' love. To help carry the medicines and the Message to Guatemala contact Julie Obregon at or visit our website, www.healthtalents.org, for information about joining a mission trip or sponsoring an ABC child.
On November 1st, we get the opportunity to join with all those working with Health Talents, International to bring healing and hope to Guatemala. 7.5% of our Birthday Offering will go to provide medical supplies for more than 3,000 patients in the HTI Clinic in Guatemala. Be praying today for the people who will be healed and hear the Good News, and pray how God is inviting you to be a part of it. If you'd like to give online to our special offering (100% is going to 6 global initiatives), you can give here. Please choose "Awaken a Movement" as your designation.
For more information about Birthday Sunday 2015, go here.