Lives Being Changed in Mexico - An Update on Manos Hermanas05-13-2015

Ashworth Road Baptist has had the privilege of supporting and working alongside the Manos Hermanas ministry in Guadalajara, Mexico for a number of years.  Drew and Melissa Harden are providing an opportunity for folks to go see in person what God is doing through Manos Hermanas as they lead a mission trip to Guadalajara August 11th to the 15th. Please read the most recent update and testimonies about the work happening in Guadalajara and consider joining Drew and Melissa as they partner with Manos Hermanas in August.

Manos Hermanos Update, First Trimester 2015

HUNGER RELIEF

1. ALFAFA CONCENTRATE PROGRAM WITH LEAF NUTRIENT

Our joint project with Leaf Nutrient, Inc., has trained families in La Loma, Jalisco, to efficiently use and maintain their set of alfalfa extract equipment. They have demonstrated their ability to utilize the extract for their regular diets.  They are also continuing well with their ecological family gardens.  We will soon be able to let them continue on their own with periodic supervision.

Our second alfalfa extraction program has begun well in Ajijic, Jalisco, as well as their ecological family garden.

Both communities also have weekly free medical clinics by like-minded teams that are supported by donations of medicines received by Manos Hermanas. 

Dr. Noe Alfaro and Professor Ramses Toro continue work with us as the principal teachers in this program. 

POVERTY RELIEF / DEVELOPMENT    

1. FAMILY GARDENS:

Professor Ramsés Toro, agronomist, and Gregorio Cobián, Manos Hermanas Administrator, are currently leading workshops in: Tonala, Jalisco, Los Cantaros, Tlajomulco, Jalisco, Santana Petitlan, La Loma, Jalisco, Ajijic, Jalisco, and as second group in the community of Ajijic. 

All communities also have weekly free medical clinics by like-minded teams that are supported by donations of medicines received by Manos Hermanas. 

The 90 participant families during the first trimester of 2015:

1. Now have the necessary tools to start family gardens and to improve the ones they have. 

2. Are able to work with the plants for more and better produce and to extend production term.

3. Can prepare available land for planting and compost for fertilizer production.

4. Have experience in seedling and garden production of healthy foods for their families and neighbors.

3. PROSTHESES FOR LEG AMPUTEES:

We have fitted nine patients in the 2015 Second Stage of our project with Limbs International (LIMBS.ORG), six men and one woman. Three lost their legs from complications of diabetes.  Five lost theirs from accidents.  One lost his from electrocution.  Rehabilitation is taking the time that we anticipated.  We currently have ten candidates waiting for the next shipment of prostheses.  Dr. Hiram Navarro continues to lead the project with a widening network of participants. 

Three of the amputees fitted were detected through the Manos Hermanas family garden and alfalfa workshops. 

4. MEDICAL:

Manos Hermanas continues to receive substantial donations of medicines to support free clinics of our Baptist hospital and another like-minded non-profits.  Each of our family garden workshops is currently backed with a free medical clinic for the community. 

5. ECOLOGICAL OUTHOUSES:

We have 28 ecological seats available for a project in El Bautismo, Villa García County, Zacatecas. Due to current unrest in the area, we will postpone the trip planned for August to work with the communities.

We continue to share our plans for ecological outhouses and squat plates through requests from people working in different parts of the world.

Testimony:

Sara Lizbet: La Loma, Jalisco

The family garden course had changed my life for good.  I have learned that we can produce much of our own food at our own home.  This has saved us a lot of money.  We have learned to use different methods of growing food.  It is stirring to watch other families have their own gardens, too.  Not only have we learned to grow our own food, but to have great fellowship in our community.

The alfalfa concentrate course was very useful as we learned all the steps in the process to produce the concentrate.  The handbook we were given was very clear about all we needed to do.  The recipe book was also very useful.  It gave us ideas for other delicious dishes for the alfalfa concentrate cook-off. 

My experience was very pleasant.  The workshops for the family gardens and the alfalfa concentrate will be most practical and useful for our lives.  Having our own vegetable production and knowing the thousands of benefits from the alfalfa helped get us ready for the cook-off we had.  We learned many new recipes, from a simple alfalfa-lemonade to elaborate dishes such as chicken in green sauce and deserts. 

My transformation: Understand and apply the knowledge gained from both workshops to utilize them daily and to enjoy a much healthier diet.

This would not have been possible without the enthusiastic participation of Manos Hermanas; I give them all my thanks.  I urge them to continue with these type projects, which are a great blessing to the community.  I also thank the University of Guadalajara for providing the information about the preparation and the utilization of alfalfa. 

Testimony:

Isaias Chable: La Loma, Jalisco

Thank you for bringing us the courses for family gardens and alfalfa concentrate processing.  I have always been interested in gardening with ornamental plants around my house.  Now, I also have other pot plants with them:  different beans, squash, chilies, broccoli, cabbage, three types tomatoes, green onion, chayote, two types oregano, lemon grass, romero, and cilantro.  Although small, my garden also has flowers, medicinal plants, and others.

I had heard about using the alfalfa concentrate but knew nothing about the process.  But even when I observed the process and participated in the preparation, it was hard for me to imagine eating it.  But, after tasting the different dishes, I was convinced that it was good.

I have used the concentrate in chilaquiles, gelatins, milkshakes, cakes, and multiple Mexican dishes.  Also, I use the left over juice to fertilize my garden.  Even though I don’t understand how it works, my plants are much greener now. 

On the other hand, we now have a community garden in the Mission Mount Horeb.  The instructors helped us prepare the growing beds where we planted radishes, prickly pear cactus, bananas, chilies, and other plants.  We also prepare the alfalfa concentrate to share among the participants. 

The classes have helped us to become close friends with our instructors and among our own group by working together on these community projects.  I would like to continue with another project in another area of town.  Thank you for all your help.  May our Lord bless you every day as you continue this ministry.