Mrs. Juanita Mariano – Philippines

Juanita Mariano is a retired seamstress, and is a 77-year old disciple in the Makati Region of the Manila church. She was converted in 2018 after studying the Bible off and on for more than 28 years. Three of her children are faithful disciples, and are also married to disciples. Her late husband, who passed away a few years ago, died as a faithful disciple.

She also has three grandchildren who are baptized disciples. Coming from a staunch Roman Catholic background, Juanita has helped many senior citizens understand the Bible and God’s plan in its entirety.

Last Sunday, May 17, Juanita was found to be in septic shock and incoherent. She was sent to a local Level 1 hospital with no COVID-19 cases, but later the same day she had to be moved to a bigger hospital due to the complications of her sepsis and the related impact on her brain, heart and lungs. She is currently in the ICU and as of today, May 21, she is relatively stable and is scheduled to undergo a surgery to remove some urethral stones and to drain her infection.

Juanita has no insurance (which is the norm in the Philippines), and lives off of a small pension of about $30/month. Since her operation and subsequent recuperation will probably require another five days in the hospital, her family anticipates that the total of all of her medical care will be about $12,000 USD.

Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated, and please keep Juanita in your prayers.

Support our Brothers & Sisters in India

India is a country with a population of 1.35 billion people. The first church planted in India was in Mumbai by the Boston church in 1986 and the next one was in Bangalore in 1987 by the London church. Since then the churches have expanded to 5 nations – India, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka, and Bangladesh. We are now 6982 disciples in 66 cities. India has 56 churches, Pakistan has 4, Nepal has 3, Srilanka has 2 and Bangladesh has one.

With the coronavirus pandemic, we have experienced a nationwide lockdown for 50 days and it is continuing. This has affected the whole nation and our disciples. Many of the disciples are daily wage earners, some working in private firms and some even doing small businesses. Some of them have no work, they have lost jobs and many are uncertain whether they will get their salary. Some got They are unable to work and earn to support their family. Some have gotten a salary with a huge cut. Things are not looking that good for people. We took a survey of how many people in the church needed help so far we have helped 34% of our church members with groceries worth $20 and cash of $20. This will last for 10-15 days depending on the family size and needs. The grocery kit we provided had 15kgs of rice, 5 kg of wheat flour, 2 kg lentil, 1 kg sugar, salt, tea, and some Indian spices. Most of our members live on rent and that is also a big need that disciples are worried about how they will pay [each family pays an average of $100-$150 per month as rent].

The immediate need is for disciples is to help them with support for groceries, medicines, and also their rent. Any help would be appreciated to support the disciples’ families.

Dinesh George
India

Mombasa Relief Initiative

The Mombasa Relief Initiative is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2001 to support and enrich the lives of the children of Mombasa, Kenya. You are encouraged to go to the website at mombasarelief.org for more information and to see pictures and updates on the work being done in Mombasa.

Support is provided in the areas of health, education, and economic enrichment. Help us, help a village, raise a child!

Exceptional Sports in the Philippines

EXCEPTIONAL SPORTS is a free program in Manila where children with special needs (like Autism, ADHD, and other similar challenges) who are five years of age or older can participate in sports alongside their peers in an inclusive environment. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to empowering children of all abilities to reach their full athletic and social potential through the power of participating in football, basketball, martial arts, and fitness.

Our volunteers are specifically screened and prepared by professionals to ensure they will take excellent care of the children under their care. In every activity, the first priority of the organization is the safety of the kids enrolled, and each session is filled with fun activities as well as therapeutic drills to help build trust between the children and the adults supervising them. The volunteer to child ratio at an event is typically 1:1, and the family members of the children enrolled often leave as impacted and inspired as the children themselves.

Each monthly event typically involves 80 children, 80 volunteers, and a staff group of about a dozen people. The cost of providing one event of this type is approximately $2,000 USD, reflecting the facility rental, refreshments, and equipment. Therefore the cost to inspire one child, one family member, and one volunteer is approximately $25 USD. Any donation of $25 USD up to $2,000 USD would make a great impact and be greatly appreciated!

Medical Clinic in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America. The people are hurting and desperate and the needs are tremendous. Forty-three percent of the Nicaraguan population live in rural areas and 68 percent of them are trying to survive off just over $1 per day.

In one of these rural areas, is a small improvised village called Malpassillio, also home to the Malpassillio Church of Christ. Over the past few years, the church has grown to 85 disciples and has become a light and a beacon of hope to this once forgotten community.

Last year, prompted by the Holy Spirit, the Charleston Church of Christ in South Carolina, set out to raise funds and build a medical clinic in Malpassillio. Beloved young disciples had lost their lives unnecessarily over the past few years and the medical mission teams sent out by the Charleston Church came back to the US with shocking and appalling stories. Basic health care services is limited in this village and the quality of care is very poor. Residents are susceptible to many preventable diseases, and lack of proper sanitation and food are among the leading causes of illness and disease.

The clinic, which is a nonprofit, is presently under construction and is hoping to open its doors to the public in the summer of 2017. Besides providing healthcare services, the clinic will also be able to hire a number of disciples as well as provide training in specific medical positions.

Donations are greatly appreciated. They will save souls and lives. Thank you!

Sovannadany Narita

Miss Sovannadany Narita is 7 years old and is in the 2nd grade. She’s a loving big sister and an excellent student.

Narita lives with her baby brother Kevin and her parents Sovanna and Dany. A year after returning to their hometown in Cambodia from a scholarship in Japan, Sovanna and Dany were invited to church and became disciples of Jesus in Kampong Cham. Shortly after that, they had a baby girl, Narita, whom they named after the airport near Tokyo. Unfortunately, Sovanna strayed away from God’s teachings and left Dany to care for Narita by herself for several months at a time. Dany remained faithful to God in spite of the pain and challenges she went through. She continued to show unconditional love and forgiveness to Sovanna, and four years later he came to his senses and reconciled with his wife (August 2016). Today, Narita and Kevin are blessed with a loving family and wonderful, faithful parents.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Mao Sokvisal

Mr. Sokvisal (‘Visal’) is 6 years old, and with the help of ETF is now enrolled for the first time in a qualified international school. He is learning to thoroughly love school and is progressing quickly in his studies.

Visal lives with his older brother Reangsay (age 8). Their mother, Chanthou, started coming to church in 2013 and wanted to study the bible. She couldn’t read or write, so the disciples taught her how so she could understand God’s Word. Her family lives in a rough neighborhood and has many setbacks. After two years of studying the bible, Chanthou made the decision to make Jesus Lord and was baptized into Christ. Reangsay and Visal love going to the children’s class in church, and they constantly pray for their father to one day have faith in Jesus, too. Chanthou and her boys remain faithful and hopeful in God’s plan for their future.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

MAO SOKREANGSAY (M, age 8)

Mr. Mao Sokreangsay (‘Reangsay’) is 8 years old, and with the help of ETF is now enrolled for the first time in a qualified international school. He is learning to thoroughly love school and is progressing quickly in his studies.

Reangsay lives with his younger brother, Visal (age 6). Their mother, Chanthou, started coming to church in 2013 and wanted to study the bible. She couldn’t read or write, so the disciples taught her how so she could understand God’s Word. Her family lives in a rough neighborhood and has many setbacks. After two years of studying the bible, Chanthou made the decision to make Jesus Lord and was baptized into Christ. Reangsay and Visal love going to the children’s class in church, and they constantly pray for their father to one day have faith in Jesus, too. Chanthou and her boys remain faithful and hopeful in God’s plan for their future.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

SAM KEVIN (M, age 6)

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SAM KEVIN (M, age 6)

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Mr. Sam Kevin (or ‘KK’) is in the 2nd grade and loves school. He also loves to run, and like his older brother, has the makings of a future soccer player!

KK lives with his brother Makara (16 years old), sister Rosica (8 years old), and his parents Sam Sokchea and Siden Kun (known as ‘Huy’ among friends). Sokchea and Huy went through a lot early on in their marriage – from Huy battling with cancer to nearly getting a divorce. Huy’s two sisters and brothers-in-law are disciples, and they all prayed for Sokchea and Huy to find God and become Christians. Shortly after the birth of their second child (Kevin, or ‘KK’) their marriage was on the brink of collapse. It was then that Sokchea decided to study the bible. He repented and made it right with Huy. Huy forgave him and also studied the bible, and they were soon both baptized into Christ.

Only a few months after becoming disciples of Jesus, they joined the church planting to Battambang, Cambodia. Their faith grew deeper and stronger, and it was then that Sokchea and Huy decided to welcome into their family, Makara – Sokchea’s son from his first marriage, whom he did not meet until Makara was 12 years old.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books and uniforms.

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Sam Rosica

Miss Sam Rosica is 8 years old and is in the 4th grade this school year. She loves to study, sing, and is an excellent student. This past school year she placed first in her school’s English Program.

Rosica lives with her brother Makara (16 years old), brother Kevin (6 years old), and his parents Sam Sokchea and Siden Kun (known as ‘Huy’ among friends). Sokchea and Huy went through a lot early on in their marriage – from Huy battling with cancer to nearly getting a divorce. Huy’s two sisters and brothers-in-law are disciples, and they all prayed for Sokchea and Huy to find God and become Christians. Shortly after the birth of their second child (Kevin, or ‘KK’) their marriage was on the brink of collapse. It was then that Sokchea decided to study the bible. He repented and made it right with Huy. Huy forgave him and also studied the bible, and they were soon both baptized into Christ.

Only a few months after becoming disciples of Jesus, they joined the church planting to Battambang, Cambodia. Their faith grew deeper and stronger, and it was then that Sokchea and Huy decided to welcome into their family, Makara – Sokchea’s son from his first marriage, whom he did not meet until Makara was 12 years old.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.