Dear Project Partners,
We so appreciate your hearts to come alongside us and be a part of the team that ministers to the people in Ethiopia who suffer from mossy foot disease. You also play a crucial role in helping to prevent and eradicate mossy foot disease and bring healing for eternity through faith in Jesus Christ. You are instruments in transforming lives. Thank you ever so much!
Shoes for Children
Recently Samaritan’s Feet International blessed Mossy Foot Project with a contribution of 13,000 pairs of good quality shoes for children.
Two weeks ago, Bruce Bodman, the Director of Logistics and Supply Chain for Samaritan’s Feet, visited Mossy Foot Project headquarters in Soddo to participate in some shoe distributions. Bruce was very excited to be part of God's plan for preventing mossy foot disease. Some of Bruce’s comments were: “Wow what a visit! Mossy Foot ministry is awesome!" Some press and radio people are going to be there!” Bruce expressed that his organization would like to continue to partner with the Mossy Foot ministry in supplying shoes for children. Yeah! You can read more of his experience in the blog post on the Samaritan's Feet website.
Visit to Sterling College
In April 2013, Chaplain Christian Dashiell Sterling College, Kansas, brought a team of students to Ethiopia to help at Mossy Foot. Recently, I was invited to speak to the Sterling College student body about the Mossy Foot Project ministry and to share about missions in a special chapel service held March 26.
It was a privilege to address the students and to challenge them to be on service wherever they are called. Also, I enjoyed seeing team members again and catching up on what is happening in their lives.
Thank You for Your Support
The schedule for the Operation Change video series has now been confirmed to begin on Monday June 23 on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The video featuring Mossy Foot Project will be third in the series. Please continue to share what Mossy Foot Project is doing with your friends and invite them to visit our website www.mossyfoot.com.
With much gratitude,Sharon Daly, Project President
In November and December of 2013, Sharon Daly, Mossy Foot Project President, spent five weeks in Ethiopia. During this time, much progress and important decisions were made. You can read full details in our attached newsletter on our website. Here are some of the key events of the last few months:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Sight is Coming to Blind Eyes
In Ethiopia, blindness is common in the rural villages because of poverty and lack of medical care. You will often see an adult being led from place to place by a young child. Because of The consequence of blindness for the adult is of course devastating for there is little work available for someone without eyesight. But the consequences for the child can also be drastic, eliminating any opportunity to attend school or enjoy free time with other children. Blindness for Zenebech, one Ethiopian widow with mossy foot disease, forced her to giving her youngest child away since she could not care for him.This need recently drew the attention of a friend of the Mossy Foot Project, who has generously offered a financial gift that will allow for 100 mossy foot patients to receive cataract repair surgery. Medical Missions International has an eye clinic affiliated with Soddo Christian Hospital where the surgery will be performed. They have offered to train 3 staff members of Mossy Foot Project to identify patients that qualify for this surgery. The three Mossy Foot staff will in turn train the health care workers at the 16 Mossy Foot Project clinics. The gift covers the expense of surgery for 100 eyes as well as overnight lodging in Soddo and food for each patient identified as in need.We are very grateful for the way God has moved to make this possible. Our approach has always been to treat our patients holistically, and this gift enables us do so in an even more complete way. And how wonderful to think that restoring sight to the blind will also restore childhood and the possibility of school to a boy or girl.
Monday, June 3, 2013
Sharon in Ethiopia: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Here is the latest update from Sharon reporting on development progress at the Mossy Foot Project property in Soddo, Ethiopia:
“I am really excited that we are starting to build on the Mossy Foot property! It will be a blessing not to have to rent property in town. Also, we will be able to install the right electrical wiring so that we can use all of our shoe making equipment. That will enable us to produce more shoes for the mossy foot patients at the clinics.This past week we got estimates on all the things we will need to build the rock wall, the guard house, and "shint bate" (out house). On Friday, materials were being delivered and by Monday a lot of work had already been done.It is such a blessing to have Mark Launder here overseeing the building, expediting the progress, and ensuring good quality. Since he is well acquainted with the culture and how things operate, he is able to navigate challenges that might stop someone else.
The work is labor intensive--with capstones being hand-hewn out of rock, cement mixed by hand, and large rocks being chipped by hand to go in the base for the wall. I tried breaking the rock with a mallet for about 20 seconds and that was enough for me."
This is an exciting report to write since I have just completed six weeks in Ethiopia and am now on my way back to the States. This extended trip has given me the opportunity to work with and encourage staff, visit the remote clinics, and see first hand the progress on developing property for future headquarters.
During my time in Soddo, I hosted a team from Sterling College, Kansas led by the school chaplain. In addition to spending time at Mossy Foot headquarters helping with sewing the special large shoes for patients, the team traveled to Shanto to help with the building of a home for a widow with four children. Two of the widow's children abandoned her because of her mossy foot disease. She was living in a little hut that had big open gaps in it that did not protect her family from the rain.
The team arrived to an exuberant welcome from the neighbors and church workers. Team members worked on the house, nailing on poles, making mud balls, and throwing them up to the mudder. Birhane was profoundly touched that a new house was being built for her.
In addition, I was able to spend time working with a builder who will oversee construction on the property for new Mossy Foot headquarters! With the new construction, we will be able to install the right electrical wiring so that we can use all of our shoe making equipment, which will let us produce more shoes for the patients at the clinics.
I was also able to attend two important meetings in Addis Ababa. One was the Federal Ministry of Health Symposium from June 12-14 regarding treatment options for podoconiosis. The following day, the National Podoconiosis Action Network (NPAC) met to discuss options and future development in disease prevention and treatment.
I am so grateful for the our faithful supporters whose compassion allows this important work to continue to bless and bring healing to those who suffer the effects of this debilitating disease.
The Mossy Foot Project continues to serve the outcast sufferers who are afflicted with Mossy Foot disease. This story is part of a recent report sent by Sharon Daly, president of Mossy Foot. Sharon will be traveling to Ethiopia next month to spend time with the staff and clinic workers and ensure that they are able to effectively continue with the program.
Can you imagine enduring a terrible, painful foot disease that makes you a social outcast without any medical care? This was Ato (Mr.) Anjulo’s situation until he discovered a Mossy Foot Project Clinic. I will let Anjulo share his story with you.
"I was a pastor in a church when I developed mossy foot disease. As my feet swelled and large, bumpy growths appeared on my toes, I began to experience discrimination from the church elders. They no longer wanted to eat with me or wash their feet in the bucket in which I washed my feet. I was insulted and humiliated by my friends and family. People who knew me did not want to walk on the road where I walked. When I realized that I was being cast out, I began to consider a decision that I never thought I would make. I wanted to stop serving God.Before I developed mossy foot disease, I was a well-known farmer. All the time I farmed I never wore shoes. None of my parents, brothers, or sisters before me had mossy foot disease. It all started with me. I didn’t know what caused it. My feet were so big that they wouldn’t fit into the largest shoes sold in town.For eight long years I went to many places people suggested seeking treatment from clinics and cultural doctors. None of the places were able to help me.One of my daughters got married. Her husband asked if anyone in her family was a mossy foot patient. Fearing that he would send her away, she told him that no one in her family had mossy foot. After her husband’s question, my daughter came to my home and took me to a new mossy foot clinic that had just opened in Bale town.At the clinic things happened that made me smile. They gave me soap, bleach, and Whitefield ointment. As I faithfully followed instructions, came regularly to the clinic, and wore shoes, the size of my feet slowly improved. Soon I was able to wear size 46 shoes. Month after month the bad smell and growths on my feet got less and less. Two years after I started attending the Mossy Foot Project Clinic, I was able to fit into a size 41 shoe, then size 40 and, finally, I was able to wear normal shoes sold in the market.I was highly motivated to start a business but did not have the funds to do so, so I asked a neighbor to loan me the money. He leant me money, but at a high rate of interest. When I did not earn enough to pay him, he took my only milk cow, which I had raised for hard times.When I heard that the Mossy Foot Project gave interest free self-help loans to their patients, I decided to ask a clinic worker. After hearing my story, and because I volunteered for Mossy Foot, they decided to lend me 1000 birr (about $58.00) without interest. They told me to return 10% of the loan every month. This made it possible for me to buy food and clothes for myself and my children. Now in place of the milk cow taken by the other man, I have a milk cow and many sheep and goats.Other people are surprised by how my life has changed and ask me what my secret is. I tell them that it was God and the Mossy Foot Project. When I encounter people with mossy foot disease, I take them to the Mossy Foot Clinic. I am a changed man both physically and spiritually. My neighbors respect me and I am again serving at my church as a respected pastor.”
Thank you so much for being a partner in radically transforming the lives of mossy foot patients. They are so grateful to you. Communities watch and see the change, and God’s name is glorified.
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