K2K’s “Seeds of Hope”

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Recently, many of you know, Capt. Norm experienced some heart problems. When he returned home, Virgie, our bookkeeper brought him some Moringa Oleifera to try. Moringa Oleifera is being dubbed the “Miracle Tree” for all of its nutritional and medicinal properties.
Researchers at John Hopkins and UCLA Medical Centers as well as other places have been testing it and the findings are amazing. To make a long story short, the Captain was taken off a Blood Pressure medicine within a couple of weeks after leaving the hospital. He has energy, feels great and is looking forward to years of serving the poor in the K2K Missions.

The “Seeds of Hope” Project is very simple. Moringa Oleifera grows well in tropical and semi-arid climates making it possible to cultivate the trees in K2K Missions of Guatemala, Mexico, the Texas/Mexico Border, Uganda and Nigeria. The plan is to educate village leaders and especially the women on how to care for the trees, harvest the leaves and seeds and utilize this Miracle Tree to Grind out Malnutrition beginning in the Americas – Guatemala, Mexico and the Border Missions.

We need funds to purchase the seeds, cultivate, educate and harvest.
100 seeds averages at a cost of $50.00. We are going to need a lot of seeds. We will be taking some products of Moringa Oleifera with us to Guatemala to introduce the idea and begin the process. The products we use for ourselves can be obtained by visiting http://www.mariakaesberg.myzija.com The Captain and I use the Smart Mix which is a powder that we simply mix with cold water and drink every morning.

Moringa Nutritional Values

The Moringa oleifera tree is an outstanding source of nutrition, especially in areas where other food sources are scarce or seasonally unavailable. Trees can grow in a wide range of tropical and semi-arid climates, making it a viable solution for areas affected by food shortages and populations susceptible to malnutrition. The leaves, stems, and seed pods of the tree can be prepared in a variety of different ways in order to provide solid nutritional value. Also known as a drumstick, the green seed pods are typically prepared in much the same way as green beans and have a characteristically asparagus-like flavor. The seeds themselves can be roasted or boiled, while the roots are used to prepare a horseradish-like condiment or sauce. When pressed, the seeds produce edible oil that can be used for preparing food. Even the flowers and leaves can be consumed. The leaves are especially nutritious and are eaten raw or served as a boiled greens dish that resembles spinach. The dried powder can be stirred into soups or sauces as a thickening agent or used to brew a healthful drink. Moringa leaves, pods, and roots contain large amounts of protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and provide valuable nutrition for populations in remote areas that may suffer from food shortages and lack of protein sources in their local environment.

Moringa Oleifera has very high nutrition values, this positions the plant high in the table of the “Healthy Edible Plants & Vegetables” as an important source of Vitamins & Minerals essential for our health. In the present time many aid programs & NGO in Africa are training and assisting the local population growing Moringa as an answer to malnutrition, especially in children and breastfeeding mothers due to the effect of milk production and quality. In addition Moringa is being used to feed cattle and live stock to achieve better results in milk production and body mass.

Comparing Moringa Oleifera to other plants and food: 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges, 4 times more Vitamin A than Carrots, 4 times more Calcium than Milk and Twice as much Protein. 3 times more Potassium than Bananas, 3 times more Vitamin E than Spinach and 3 times more Iron than Almonds.

Moringa leaves web size

Information about Moringa nutritional values: 

 

Vitamin Contents

Along with a healthy portion of amino acids and protein, the leaves, seed pods and roots of the Moringa tree deliver a wide range of necessary vitamins that can ensure health and provide balanced nutrition. While these vitamins are especially important in underdeveloped areas where malnutrition is a major risk, they can also serve as a source for organic vitamins and proteins in more developed countries. The tree is an environmentally responsible way to produce a number of vitamin products including Vitamins A, B complex, C and E; beta carotene is especially abundant in Moringa trees. The plant’s ability to grow in a wide range of climates and survive in low-moisture conditions makes it an ideal source of these vitamins in areas where other sources are difficult to cultivate and maintain. The vitamin content of the leaves is retained even after they have been dried, allowing the dried-leaf product to be transported and stored safely for months for later use.
Guatemala is the poorest of the Latin American countries and has the highest rate of Malnutrition! K2K has been providing food and vitamins for the hungry children in Guatemala for years but we have to do more. We believe this may be what we have been seeking for a long time.

You can send donations for seeds and supplies for planting, cultivating, harvesting and educating villagers to

K2K Mission – “Seeds of Hope”   20 Morgan’s Point Blvd. Morgan’s Point, Texas 76513.    You can also use the PayPal Donate button on this website or call 254-421-4480 to use your credit card.

When asked, “when did we feed you when you were hungry?”

Jesus replied, “When ever you did it to the least of my people, you did it to me”

Thank you for caring and sharing!

Cool, Clean, Mountain Water

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Guate Junior High Naciemento etc 095 No more contaminated well water to drink and cook with. The Pipeline from the mountain top now delivers cool, clean water to the villagers of Lagunita Salvador in Guatemala.

Thank you to everyone who shared their prayers, time, and gifts to make this happen. The villagers are very grateful. The children sing and praise God for all of you!Guate 2013 017

 It took a few boat loads of pipes and cement, rocks and sand. Then the village men hauled it all up the mountain on their backs. This was a lot of work but they were Joy-filled as they did it and they are grateful!                                                         Guate 2013 135
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The Holding Tank took the longest to build and cure before connecting the village homes. Pipes were running all through the village and across the Lagoon. It was amazing!

 Filomena  and Carolina send their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given them a better life with clean water, a pila (sink) which all the ladies love and a better home than they ever imagined.

The Health of the villagers will certainly improve now as a result of this water from the mountain. When the rains come the Rain Water Collection systems will work in conjunction with the pipeline.

Anita and family in cayuc Those of you who helped with this Clean Water Project made a lot of poor families very happy.                                                                  God Bless you all!

Village to Village Sweet Water Project

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VILLAGE TO VILLAGE

Sweet Water Project

Lagunita Salvador,  Guatemala

There is a mountain stream where fresh clean water runs 24/7. A little over two kilometers away is a Q’eqchi Village of beautiful loving people who desperately need this precious gift of potable water as the rains have not come as regularly as they once did and the Rain Water Barrels are dry causing the villagers to revert back to the contaminated dirty wells for their water.

Children in Lagunita as well as adults are having to deal with illness including Scabies and Fever, diarrhea, nausea and skin infections due to the poor quality of the wells.

Missionary engineers from Temple, Austin and Dripping Springs, the Tres Amigos, have calculated the cost of putting in a pipeline from the mountain stream to the village costing $25,000.00 U.S.

With the help of many good caring people here in the U.S. who choose Christ and put their Faith in Action, this life-giving water line can happen and make life better for His “Little Ones” for many years to come. We need your help now!

 If you are reading this its most likely because you heard missionaries speak at your church, club or school. You can be a part of something that will make a positive difference in the lives of beautiful, fun-loving kids whose giggles make your heart soar and your smile broaden even though you may not understand a thing they are saying. Their joy and His love are infectious. Looking at these beautiful kids is like seeing the face of Jesus.

Our Lord Himself, said: If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then truly I tell you, he will most certainly not go without his reward!

May the Lord Bless you and those you love with good and clean water!

Girls, Girls, Girls, Just want an Education!

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K2K Mission Hope’s Starfish Education Program is helping kids and young adults in school. Presently there are three girls, two from Mexico and one from Uganda who need sponsors to help them continue to grow and follow their dreams of becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant, a Registered Nurse and a Doctor. WOW! There young ladies who want to serve in ways that will help mankind through health care. Noble dreams these are but they can’t do it without help. Classes begin soon and we need to get them all enrolled and ready. Please consider helping Aranet (Physical Therapist Assistant), Grecia (R.N.) and or Joan (Doctor).

Donations can be made through PayPal, or check to K2K Mission Hope 8602 N. Hwy 317, Belton, TX 76513 or call 361-543-6511 and use your credit card over the phone.

Aranet said to me at the end of last semester, “I don’t know what I would have done if you didn’t help me. I didn’t think I would ever be able to go to college. I am so grateful. Thank you so much!”

Aranet, Grecia and Joan thank you in advance !

Anna Maas’ Art Gift

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Anna Maas' Art Gift

Anna sent this beautiful drawing to us recently. She also sent a letter which thanks everyone for supporting her and her sister in school. However, they are worried now because the school launch which has been taking them to school in Fronteras has become unavailable. We do not know the reasons but are checking into it. In the meantime we have 117 kids in school in five countries. We ask you to continue to pray for them and support them with monthly gifts that provide for all their needs. Thank you and God Bless you!

New Website and Blog

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We now have this new website and blog where I can bring you news of our mission. Please use the pages listed above to view the work of the Kids to Kids Mission Hope.

Watch this space under the Home button for all the latest news.