During my time there, I have seen many of these wonderful people deteriorate right before my eyes due to the simple lack of knowledge of a very treatable disease, Diabetes. As a Type 1 Insulin-Dependent Diabetic myself, this obviously hits home hard for me. Diabetes can unfortunately become a life threatening and debilitating illness very quickly without proper care. These poor patients need urgent help for what has become a massive problem. They are currently being told to eat as little as possible, and to come into the clinic only ONCE EVERY THREE MONTHS to get their glucose checked and receive a shot. If you are at all familiar with Diabetes, you know that glucose levels should be checked multiple times EACH DAY, with shots given daily, not every few months.
I am in the process of purchasing (and asking for donations of) glucose monitors and test strips, so that the people of the Philippines don’t have to die prematurely from this treatable illness. My goal is to bring medical personnel with me to help educate these patients on how diet and nutrition impact diabetes, and how they can properly managed it with the regular routine care which we will help provide.
One of my related ministries is eye glasses. I have had hundreds, if not thousands of used eye glasses donated each year which we reconstitute for children and adults to help them see. We also have onsite eye exams and a Phoropter Machine. This alone makes a huge difference in the lives of these thankful people.
As you can see, my heart is truly with the people of the Philippines, and I have sold my home and all my belongings to go minister to them as often as possible. If I could afford it, or with full time sponsorship, I would not hesitate to be there all year round. As of now, I am raising funds to stay for 3 months at a time. The cost is approximately $12,500 to help as many orphans, diabetics, and others as possible during my stay. There is much work to be done, and it is my greatest joy to do it.
Please consider making a contribution to help me help these wonderful people. No gift is too small.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this great work to bring the help and hope of the Lord to the Philippines. God bless you.
- Dale Hayes
- Erik Larsen
- Guthrie Zaring
- Joy yazell
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