Last week we started up our Little Hearts feeding program again. We had taken a break for a while because of a lack of funds. Now we have 4 pregnant women and one who has just given birth to a baby boy. For those of you who aren't familiar with the process, what we do is, once a week, provide nutritional groceries for pregnant women who are faced with an unwanted pregnancy and are living in extreme poverty. In Mongolia, many women in this situation opt for abortion because they think it's the only way out. But when we help in this way many of them feel secure and decide to have their baby after all. Some of them are unwed mothers and some of them are married to abusive/alcoholic husbands who pressure them to abort. Some of the women have planned pregnancies but are poor and cannot get proper nutrition.
When the ladies meet me to pick up their groceries we go over any questions they may have and then, have a time of prayer for the developing baby and for any problems the woman might be facing. I also check their blood pressure and, hopefully, soon will be able to monitor their hemoglobin (need the equipment!), glucose and protein levels (medical care here does not include these basics!)
It does not cost very much--$7.00 a week will provide for 1 pregnant mother. I haven't been to the States in a while but I think that's about the cost of a meal at McDonalds'. I'm still trying to raise funds for this on-going project so if anyone would like to help save lives and give babies a better start, please just send your donations via Paypal (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org) One dollar a day is already making a difference for 5 women and their babies!