You can help one in a million

By November 22, 2011

USA (MNN) — If you thought you could help a ministry save one million people with as little as $2.35, would you give it? What if you thought you could have an eternal impact on one million people…would you get involved then? That's what Medical Teams International is doing through their One in a Million Campaign.

President of Medical Teams International Bas Vanderzalm says as Americans celebrate Thanksgiving and everything God has blessed them with, many people around the world aren't as fortunate. "We think of people in places like Guatemala where there are children who are struggling to get enough food to eat, or children in Uganda who are struggling with HIV or AIDS and who are alone and need help."

There are millions of these stories around the world. Vanderzalm says that's why they've started the One in a Million Campaign. "In the next few months, we hope to touch the lives of one million children and mothers who are struggling in 16 countries. And it cost so little to help these children. It's about $2.35."

As you give to Medical Teams, your gift will be doubled. Vanderzalm explains, "We have a special donor who has very generously offered to match every gift up to $200,000."

Vanderzalm adds, "This Thanksgiving, what a wonderful way to express our appreciation and gratitude to God for His blessing by taking a moment and sharing with someone who is struggling and needs our help."

Helping physically is importantly, but so is helping with spiritual needs. Vanderzalm says, "We work with Christian partners in places where we are serving; we want to make sure that what we do is in keeping with our mission of demonstrating the love of Christ with people affected by disaster, conflict, and poverty around the world."

That takes at least two different forms. "We can pray with those people who ask us to pray with them and share this great hope we have that drives us to show this compassion. When Jesus came, He came both teaching and healing. That's what we want to do."

If you'd like to help Medical Teams International, click here.

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