Sergio was dying. First he was hit with a massive heart attack, then with myasthenia gravis, a breakdown of normal communication between nerves and muscles that results in many severe health problems, such as difficulty breathing.Read More
Patti’s 2015 Video Report: In My Words [A Critical Medical Needs Ministry Mini-Update]
In January, each of Heaven's Family's 21 Focused Ministry Directors gave a short, 10-minute presentation about their accomplishments in 2015 and their upcoming goals for 2016. We're excited about what the Lord has done, and what He has in store for the remainder of this year!Read More
Critical Medical Needs Ministry
Exactly what is a critical medical need? Most of us think it's a debilitating or lifethreatening condition, and that is true. But for many of the world's poor who lack qualified doctors, clinics or the means to pay for them, a simple toothache, left untreated, can grow into something that prevents them from being able to provide for their families—or worse, can end their lives.Read More
Angel of Light
The security guard barely noticed her in the deepening darkness—just a poor neighbor throwing her trash onto one of the neighborhood garbage heaps, he concluded. His thoughts drifted to other matters. It was a normal beginning to his nightly watch at one of the residences on the outskirts of Mombasa, Kenya. It was March 26, 2006, and this security guard's shift would prove to be anything but normal.Read More
Pain Free…We Praise Thee!
A couple months ago I received an email from Kevin, a Christian brother in Uganda, asking for help from the Critical Medical Needs Ministry. He told me about Akumu Janifer, a young 23-year-old woman living in great pain. Akumu slipped from her mother's arms when she was just 6 months old, but her mother never sought medical care for her and she seemed to get better.Read More
From Pain to Peace
My husband and I were in Kitale, Kenya, earlier this year, enjoying a wonderful church service with the congregation of Pastor Cleophas Makona. Afterwards, I began meeting people who had medical needs. In that line was a young man named Mark. My heart was immediately touched when my eyes met his—that's because his eyes were red, swollen and watering profusely.Read More
I get so excited meeting people who have been helped by the Critical Medical Needs Fund! And on my recent trip to Kenya, I was blessed to meet my friend Alice Nakhumicha. Alice has podiconiosis (also known as mossy feet), a disease of the lymph vessels of the lower extremities that is caused by long exposure to irritant soils, and is characterized by prominent swelling of the lower extremities. Untreated, it leads to disfigurement and disability.Read More
Critical Medical Needs Fund
Tin Suh was 43 years old and 9 months pregnant, and both she and her baby were in trouble. For some reason, her blood pressure was dangerously low, and her baby was positioned feet-first. But because of poverty, the safest alternative—a hospital birth—was out of the question. So Tin Suh and her husband, an indigenous missionary in Myanmar, prayed.Read More
Healthy New Year!
Victor Siniyu, along with his wife and children, are happy to see the end of 2014. That's because this year has been filled with doctors and hospitals and treatments—and fear. It all started 8 years ago in Bungoma, Kenya, when Victor was 23 years old. He noticed an open sore on his chest. Medicines didn't heal it; instead, it just got bigger and uglier. There were no doctors near his village and traveling to the nearest hospital was financially impossible. So Victor just made the best of it and tried to keep living a normal life.Read More