Mia was born on May 4, 2015, weighing only 4 pounds; prior to birth Mia was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, 2 holes in her heart (ASD and VSD), and an intestinal obstruction (Duodenal Atresia). Mia was hospitalized for the first 23 days of her life in the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. On her second day of life she underwent major surgery to correct the obstruction in her small intestines, realign her large and small intestines, and remove her appendix. Following surgery, Mia received all of her feedings via tube for the first 2 weeks of her life then slowly began receiving 1 teaspoon of formula at a time.
In her short life, Mia has also been diagnosed with conductive hearing loss resulting in additional surgeries to drain fluid from behind her ears. She has global developmental delays and has received speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy every week, since she was 6 months old. However, regardless of all that Mia has endured, she is one of the happiest children we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Mia exudes a love for life and a care for others that can only come from God.
On Sundays, our family attends and serves at 12 Stone Church in Buford Georgia, but one particular Sunday seemed different. While visiting another church, just like any other Sunday, Mia was welcomed and greeted by many, and stopped numerous times just to say hello and give someone a healing hug. After three years of doing this, we are used to Mia stopping to hug and share her love with the people in our community. However, on this day, Mia stopped at an elderly man who was probably in his 80’s, to share with him her love including a smile and a hug. The older gentleman had tears in his eyes, from the show of love that he received from Mia. He looked up at us, grateful and said, “God told me in my dream that he was going to send an angel to comfort me. My granddaughter died in her sleep at the age of 3, and I was never able to tell her goodbye. My granddaughter used to hug me just as your daughter just hugged me, and for a brief moment I thought I was hugging my granddaughter. After I opened my eyes, I realized that it was the angel that God had promised he would send to comfort me.”
In appreciation of Mia’s love and our love for Mia, my loving wife and I have decided to start MIA’S World, Ministries In Action (www.miasworld.org). MIA’S World, Ministries In Action, is a non-profit organization and ministry that serve families and individuals who have been affected by Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, substance abuse, mental illnesses, domestic violence, hunger, and/or financial issues. Our first goal with Mia’s World is to raise funds so that MIA’s World has no debt. We have begun building MIA’s World with a thrift store that opened on February 15, 2019. Once the thrift store becomes financially stable, Mia’s World will begin providing proceeds to support those in need of services for developmental disabilities, food, mental illness. domestic violence, and financial assistance.
Our community is facing problems that MIA’S World is trying to aid. While we are actively working within our community, we need your help to make our efforts go further. MIA’S World relies on funding from a variety of sources including corporations, foundations, individual donors, special events, clothes donations, furniture donations, and automobile donations. MIA’S World does not operate to build wealth or revenue. The main goal of MIA’S World is to generate funds and volunteer assistance to help further the ministries.
You can help MIA’S World, and your support is crucial to the efforts. If you are able, we would love it if you could make yearly clothes and other items donation and/or a financial one-time donation, or weekly, monthly, or yearly to help Mia’s World achieve its missions to provide aid and ministries within the community.
Finally, in our building, we plan to have a Donor’s Room, so please send your prayers, letters, cards, and pictures of your donations and words why you chose to donate to display in our Donor’s Room and to show your support for MIA’S World.
Here are several ways that you can make a contribution to MIA’s World, Ministries in Action:
2) You can make donations online at www.miasworld.org; or
3) Call us at 678-787-9454
Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go toward our efforts.