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Thursday, February 17, 2011

With Hunger, Without Parents

After several years of working with A.H.M.E.N. as mission team leaders, Danny and Brenda Arnold decided they wanted to do more.  Instead of spending their Christmas vacation in Chicago with family, they took a solo trip to ask Honduran communities what they were seeking from God, for their community. 
They asked and they received!  

A concerned Limonian told Danny and Brenda that she had been praying for a solution to the hunger and malnutrition rampant in the  large population of children orphaned by the effect of HIV/AIDS. Within a year the Limon Nurture Center was founded, but the story the Arnolds returned with ultimately changed the vision of A.H.M.E.N. from one based on American assumptions to one based on Honduran needs.

Serving First Meals in 2006: Michael Franklin, Justin Carroll, Caden Camp, Corbitt and Brianna White

What started out as a feeding kitchen serving 3 meals/week to 30 kids has slowly become a community staple. As of right now A.H.M.E.N., through partnerships with Cruzadas del Evangelico (a local Protestant Church) and the community leaders of Limon, is facilitating the serving of 5 meals/week to 50-60+ orphans who have no place else to go for a meal, let alone a nutritious meal.

So, why am I telling you?  Rev. Dale Capron of Christ United Methodist Church in Jasper has organized a system, with several other area churches, to permanently fund the Limon Nurture Center.  We invite you to join in the effort of ensuring these children still know the comfort of a loving hug and hearty meal!

Limon's Future

Hunger and malnutrition are no joke.  In Belaire, another community welcoming A.H.M.E.N., 3 children died recently from malnutrition.  Funding for LNC will run out this March, and we have to find a way to continue this vital community staple until the general orphan-poverty-malnutrition-disease cycle is broken.

I am inviting you to come as my guest to learn more about this project that has encouraged hope in Limon.  I invite you to tell your friends and family about what we are trying to do.  I am asking you to take this email to your church.  Please pass this request on to whomever you think might want to get involved. Most of all, I invite you to pray for this mission.

What do you
need to do?      Come to a free dinner to learn more about 
                                what you can do to help

Where?             Christ UMC
                                  Jones Dairy Road
                                  Jasper, Al 
                                  For directions, Call 205-387-7603

When?              Feb. 25th
                                  6:30 p.m.

Let me know if you are coming.  We'll make room for you!

Bring a  
friend?             You Bet! Childcare will be provided too!

How much does
it cost?             Nothing, I am paying for your coming as
                                 my guests.

What will 
we do?             Eat gourmet BBQ
                                Listen to two speakers talk about the 
                                Limon Nurture Center and the greater goals
                                of A.H.M.E.N.


What can you do to help a child smile?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why I Work With A.H.M.E.N.

     This year I will turn 26 years old, but I'm not the only one having a birthday. A.H.M.E.N. is turning thirteen! As of this year, I will have spent exactly half my life working with the Alabama Honduras Medical and Educational Network. It has been truly amazing to see A.H.M.E.N. grow from a single, ten-person team of curious volunteers to over a dozen teams of committed missionaries.

      Many people have volunteered one time, three times, or even the last ten years of their lives and are the bread and mayonnaise for A.H.M.E.N. However, the tomato slices making that sandwich what it is are the dedicated missionaries supporting A.H.M.E.N. 24/7 trying to make it work better for the people of Honduras. Neither of these ingredients are at their best without the other, and after thirteen years I can truly say what gives A.H.M.E.N. so much potential as an international, interfaith-based project is its network of one-time, yearly, quarterly, and daily missionaries.

      It is as apparent as the destitution we saw in Limon that first time to say everyone has their own reasons for seeking social and economic justice as a reality in Honduras. I only know mine. The reason I have continued to make my life a part of A.H.M.E.N. for so long, when interests like playing soccer and training to be a space ranger flew by the wayside, is because A.H.M.E.N. is not about me. We work in Honduras, plan fundraisers for and involve our neighbors in A.H.M.E.N. because it is how we believe a world community should function. Our relief and development efforts reciprocate a deep unity to humankind. We work to eliminate poverty, disease, and malnutrition in Honduras because there is no reason to do otherwise.

      Serving with volunteers and missionaries from around the planet to help make it a healthier and more sustainable place to live is the goal. Everyone has a role in making it happen. Everybody's ideas are integral to empowering the Honduran people, and A.H.M.E.N. wants to hear them! Join us for an investment truly worth time and energy. In the words of Saint Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours.”