Our church here in Manta, Ecuador has started some new ministries which we are calling, "Love in Action". Right now the focus is on getting a Food Pantry off the ground. We gave our first boxes of staple foods to families in need on May 2, 2015. This ministry is called, "Bendecidas para Bendecir" because we have been blessed we can bless others.
We also have a ministry dedicated to reaching out to new Mom's at the local clinics. It is called, "Bolsas de Bendición" or Bags of Blessing. We are also involved in working with Senior Citizens at the clinic, providing monthly craft classes, and there are people who are meeting with young teens twice a month.
100% of our profits from Memory Mosaic is going to the Love in Action Ministries.
BENDECIDOS PARA BENDECIR
"Blessed to Bless", because God has blessed us we can bless others. The goal of this ministry is to reach out to families in need in our community and give them a box of staples once a month. In addition to the staple foods, we try to add some fresh vegetables, and something "extra", to the box.
These boxes are costing about $25 each. People in our church helped by donating some of the products. We helped 20 families on the first day we started! At this time we are reaching out to 80 families each month. Here are some photos to give you a glimpse into what is happening in this ministry.
BOLSAS DE BENDICIÓN
The women's ministry at Iglesia Bíblica Bautista started to reach out to new mothers. Unlike the experience that women have in the US, here in Ecuador, women do not receive anything from the hospitals with they have a baby... there are no free samples of formula or diapers. No baby products at all. In fact, it is the families responsibility to provide all the things the mother and baby will need during their hospital stay.
So we got the idea, to make small "diaper bags" and receiving blankets. The women in the class are donating newborn diapers, and other products that are sorted out and shared in the bags. Each bag gets 4 diapers, a receiving blanket and one other item. There is a little rattle that is attached with a tag. The tag reads, "Congratulations on your new baby!" on the front, and on the back, "This is a gift from Iglesia Bíblica Bautista".
We started out giving them to new Mom's at the local "Social Security Hospital" here in town. We were invited to go there once a month. We have also been asked to go to a government Health Clinic in a poor neighborhood once a week. There we have been asked to share a message and hand out the bags. Since there are children of all ages in this clinic, we are expanding our outreach to include multiple ages, and giving the bags to Mom's with new babies and also to expectant Moms. We would like to have a small gift to give out to all the children and their Mom's who listen to a brief gospel message. Doors are opening up and we are stepping through them. I honestly don't know how we will keep up with the demand of going weekly, BUT, I am trusting God to provide. We have enough for this week, and I know that God will provide exactly what we need when we need it.
These bags and the receiving blankets are costing about $3.00 each for the fabric. The women are donating their time and talent to sew them. The other items are all donated.