My name is Elisha aged fifty one years and will be turning fifty two in October this year. I was baptized in  1992 in the Harare International Church of Christ. 

I used to work for an organisation called Warehouse Wholesale Industries (WWI) a Canadian based company. My boss would constantly ask me to go and start a branch in another city  (Mutare) and would refuse saying there was no church of disciples in that city. One day she came to me and said "Elisha why don't you get some guys from your church and go and start a church in Mutare and at the same time open an office for business". 

In short l went with two brothers to Mutare (297km from Harare) in 1995, and we met in my rented room for our church meetings Sundays, and it became a brothers church and later as we grew we rented a hall in town where we were meeting for services.

It was a men's ministry until 1997 when l got married to Ella who was baptised in 1991 in the Harare International Church of Christ. 

The ministry grew to about 30 disciples, marrieds, and singles, and I and Ella continued to lead and we were not in full time ministry. 

I  was self employed and Ella being a typist/secretary for a specialist physician then. 

Ella and I have four children, 3 girls and 1 boy. 

As years passed by some disciples moved to Harare and Bulawayo, other cities, and some left the church so we are much smaller now.

Our economy performed badly and life became challenging and paying of rentals for residence and a place to do business in town became even tougher. We experienced challenges in payment of school fees for our children as well.

As the COVID 19 pandemic affected the whole world we were not spared either, when our government introduced lockdowns and we were to stay home for long periods - rental bills still await us monthly, school fees as well. Our eldest daughter who has just finished high school, has had to forego going to school this year because of no funds. We have had times where we even struggled to put food on the table for our children. Consequently we are in need of financial support to meet our month on month life expenses.

I am still self employed, but my wife's employer (the physician) retired in 2020 so now she is unemployed. We hope that your help will allow us find our footing while we restructure our lives to provide for our family.

Request: $1,000

Hello church family, my name is Ruben. I have been attending church with my parents since I was seven years old, but I did not make the decision to follow Christ until I was twenty-seven years old. Now I am married to a wonderful woman who loves God and together we have three daughters.

Earlier in the pandemic I contracted COVID and now I have developed various complications that have resulted in several overnight stays at the hospital. I am in great need of financial assistance to pay for the medical care costs that have accumulated over the past year.

My family and I would be incredibly grateful for your love and support.

Request: $1,000

Jomaa is a 30 years old brother. He is the oldest of a family of 7. He has 4 brothers and 1 sister in north Sudan and his father lives in South Sudan. 

He was met in Juba 7 years ago and got baptized there.

He then moved to Egypt to study, work, and help his family financially. He enrolled in the school of business at a public university where he can get the education he needs to earn enough to support his family.

He is a very loving brother. He loves God, and his siblings deeply. He is always willing to help and serve his brothers and sisters. He is asking for your help to pay for school, and living expenses while he studies and continues to support his family.

Request: $1,000

When we think about resilience we think about Nour. Not only does she love Jesus, but Nour was literally willing to die for Him.

She escaped Syria when her parents found out that she does not accept her inherited religion and believed instead in God and savior Jesus Christ. She came to Lebanon, met her husband and had 2 boys, while still searching from church to church for the body of Christ that she believed in and read about in the scriptures.

Things took a turn in Nour's life when one of her boys was diagnosed with autism. It was a difficult to accept, but the greatness of our Lord, is found in trials. Nour met one of our church members through our special needs ministry and got baptized.

Today, Nour and her family are in need of your financial support since they are going through really tough times with all the bills adding up and the situation getting worse.

Please note that we cannot post a picture of Nour for safety reasons.

Request: $1,000

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ETF has chosen to support the Ukraine Relief Network established by the Ascend Mission Fund. Please use the links above and below to go directly to their site.

The Ukraine Relief Network is well aligned with the ETF mission because:

  1. The fund supports our brothers and sisters with urgent needs.
  2. The fund utilizes a network approach that allows support to get not only into the country but to those who are most in need.
  3. 100% of the funds are given too disciples in need.

Thank you for your consideration. Please pray for our ICOC family in Ukraine and the surrounding region.

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Your consideration is greatly appreciated!

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Your consideration is greatly appreciated!

Not sure who to support? Let us help you! By choosing this profile you allow a local ETF Coordinator to meet a need that is either very urgent or unsuitable to be posted on a public site (this is actually very common). This option also allows you to receive a personal thank you for your gift informing you how your donation was applied.

Your consideration is greatly appreciated!

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