Jeff is the rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, MA. The church supports Mil Milagros through its Mission Outside the Parish grant program. In addition, Jeff and his family, which includes a son adopted from Guatemala, are monthly donors.
Like so many who are involved, we first learned of MM from Margaret Blood. It immediately sparked a connection and call to me and my family, as we have strong ties to Guatemala through adoption.
The ripples of the work that one dollar makes possible are impossible to number. It is not just a meal, or a toothbrush, a lesson or a book; it is structural change in local communities that begins with that meal, toothbrush, etc. It is the restoration of the dignity of those who lack the basic resources we take for granted. It is the empowerment of women to be the leaders of change in their local context. Very rarely have we seen so little become so much through the hard work and ingenuity of the MM staff, Mother Leaders, teachers and children.
Seeing up close the power of transformative love and being a part of change that is measurable. It has a lasting impact and is able to be duplicated.
The question facing many of us with the great need in the world is “What can one person do?” MM has come up with an answer to that question. One Mother Leader can train another. One meal can change a family’s sense of worth. One dollar can come together with others to change a community. One miracle can lead to a thousand others.
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As a mother of two children adopted from Guatemala, and having visited Mil Milagros, Ellen understands first hand the poverty that many children experience in Guatemala. After meeting Mil Milagros’ founder Margaret Blood eight years ago, Ellen was moved by her passion for helping children and families and wanted to help. When she made the trip to Guatemala with her family, she experienced MM’s work in its partner communities.