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Fall 2013 Newsletter

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Human Race – A family event

As we gear up again for the Human Race on May 4th, I have family on my mind.    We have had a recent addition to our family last September (Alicia Mae Gellings), and it’s a little mind-blowing that the Gellings household is now a family of four.    However, it also reminded me that the Human Race is a true family event.    Of the many participants that will be running and walking, some will be pushing strollers, some will be bringing along the family dog, and some will participate in wheelchairs.    It is really an event for all.   

It’s so appropriate, because I think of the Medical Mission that this event will support for Mighty Hearts, and it’s also all about the family.     The children come through the clinic as a family…sometimes as an extended family if an aunt or a grandparent is the only guardian available.    In the clinic, in addition to taking photos for the files of the children, the mission team also takes a family photo for the family to take home with them.   This is a gift that the families really appreciate! 

In addition to paying attention to the health of the children, the medical team also helps the parents understand the importance of nutrition, hygiene and a loving home to the overall health of the children…..and gives them tools to provide healthy meals and a clean, loving environment for the children.    Family is very important to the mission of Mighty Hearts International……so I’m thrilled that the Human Race is such a family-friendly event…..so join the Mighty Hearts International team…..and bring the whole family.    After the “race”, there are brats and hotdogs for everyone.    In addition, this year, a portion of the Badger marching band will perform the 5th Quarter.    We’ll look forward to seeing you there!  



December 2012 Newsletter

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Octoberfest: Why we serve

The last few weeks I have written a lot about Octoberfest. The one thing I haven’t answered is “why do we serve?” And no, I don’t mean serving jambalaya either!

The question is why do we take our time and resources for a good part of September just for a one day event?

The answer is True Christmas. Mighty Hearts uses Octoberfest to raise money for the poorest children in Peru to have the best Christmas ever!

True Christmas involves a physical gift like a doll or a toy robot, a snack of Christmas cake called a panetone, games, singing and lots, and lots of fun! More important than the nice gifts is the real message of Christmas-That Jesus loves each of these children and he came to Earth just for them!

I had the honor of taking part in True Christmas in Peru in 2010. I witnessed, firsthand, how the love of the volunteers, the gifts, and the message of Jesus impacted each of the children.

Last year over 2,800 children were impacted by True Christmas. Our involvement in Octoberfest supports over 300 of them. Will you join us giving the gift of Jesus this year?

Please contact rlins@mightyhearts.org to volunteer

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Lamentations 4:4 - Because of thirst the infant’s tongue sticks to the roof of its mouth; the children beg for bread, but no one gives it to them. (NIV, ©2011)