My name is Rajappa and my wife’s name is Rebecca. I was baptized in the year 2012 and my wife followed in 2014. We have 2 wonderful children ages twelve and ten. I currently work for a private solar company and I am so grateful to still have my job.

During the pandemic, I was unable to work for two years due to the shutdown, but our bills continued to come in and I was forced to ask for loans just to keep our family fed and our children in school. My salary has also decreased since the lockdown and although I have been asking for an increase they have not approved it.

Due to trying to pay back what we owe, my current salary is not enough for me to keep up with payments and provide food for my wife, children, and widowed mother. I have not been able to sleep properly due to a lot of worry for our future. I pray that you will find it in your heart to help us through what has been some of the most difficult times in our life.

Request: $1,000

Aruna grew up in a non-Christian household, but has been an amazingly faithful disciple for more than 20 years.

In the past few years she has suffered the loss of a daughter, and endured seeing her husband go through various near-death health challenges.

The financial challenges she now endures is heavy. The medical bills for her husband and the funeral expenses for her daughter have brought upon a tremendous amount of added worry.

She and her family are in need of assistance to pay down their debt as they persevere through the hardships of these past few years.

Thank you!

Request $1,000

My name is Beena and my family and I started attending church in 1996 and we have been a disciple for the last 26 years, Dad, Mom and 3 sister and a brother, we lived a very happy life in Christ.

In 2017, my father was hospitalized due to stroke and brain hemorrhage, he was bed-ridden for 2 years and then in 2019 he passed away. We have still not cleared the loans that we had taken for dad's treatment meanwhile mom fell sick.

My mother, Vineela, is in MICU in St John's Hospital, Bangalore. She was brought to the emergency with a complaint of low oxygen but later was diagnosed with pneumonia while she was being treated for lungs, she had a heart attack and her Oxygen BP dropped drastically, immediately she was put on ventilation.

As per Doctors advice she might have to be in the MICU for another two weeks and then ITU observation for 2 weeks depending on her recovery, the bills are going up and up.            

We have already paid large amount to the hospitals through loans from others.

In this situation whatever we get will be a great help for us, only my sister has a stable job and everyone else holds temporary jobs, her earnings will not be enough to meet all the needs and clear loans.

We will be grateful whatever help we are able to receive. Thank you!

Thanks to generous ETF donors, this need has been met!

My name is Mayavati. I got baptized back in the 2020. We are a total of 7 members of the Buddhist family. My mom and all my sisters also became disciples of Jesus.

Our daily expenses are increasing day by day and my elder sister alone is working and taking care of all of us with her $15,000 (rupees) salary as of now. 17 years back we left our village and moved to town (Bidar,Karnataka) for higher studies. Since then we have been staying in a rented house which costs $4,000 (rupees) per month, and my elder sister stays in a rented house in Hyderabad.

After the death of my dad, my mom became weak and fell sick often. The doctors are saying her Blood Pressure is low and she needs to care for herself. Not only that my health has also not been good for 2 years. I have suffered from Anemia and I also need to take injections continuously to increase my blood level. Due to this not able not focus on my studies.

Recently 2 months back my grandmother fell down and her leg broken. She is not able to walk anymore and she is staying with us. Because of pain she is crying and shouting and our house owner is telling us to vacate the house. We need to move to another place at the earliest. We need to pay our debts also. It is very hard to find houses because prices are very high and facing a lot of water issues in many houses.

All these issues make us disturbed and stressed. No financial support from relatives and no one supporting us because we became disciples.

We all are praying and hoping in God only. We are requesting $1000.

Thanking you Sister.

Mayavati From Bidar Church, Karnataka, INDIA.

Thanks to generous ETF donors, this need has been met!

My name is Pushpa I became a disciple in the year 2012. My childhood was very difficult so I married very early in life. After having one daughter, my husband passed away from a massive heart attack the same year I became a disciple. Sharon, my daughter, is 12 years old and enrolled in the 8th grade.

I work as an office assist at a nonprofit organization and earn a little less than $200 per month. Our economic situation is not good. I have to pay her school admission fees for this year, and I have a lot of fears about our future, my child's education, and keeping up with household expenses.

Please pray for us and also if possible, please extend your generous support, we will ever be grateful to you!

Request: $650

My name is Lazarus. I am 47 years old and live in Omaha, NE, USA. I was born in Bentu, South Sudan. I contracted polio at the age of 7 and have been unable to walk since then. I grew up in a time where civil war and unrest was prevalent. Due to religious persecution, at the age of 17, I had to crawl for 9 months to Ethiopia where I spent the next 15 years in refugee camps.

I migrated to the US in 1998. Since living in the US, I have made several trips back to Africa to preach and teach. I started a house church in my home in Omaha, connecting to many Sudanese refugees.

I have spent most of my life working as a missionary in the Presbyterian tradition I was brought up under. In 2017, I made a missionary trip to Sudan, where I was given a flesh-eating bacterium. Ultimately, this required sixteen months of convalescent care. The bacteria took all the fingers of my left hand and left significant scarring up my left arm.

I was held hostage for almost two years in Sudan and Ethiopia on my last missionary trip, returning to the US in very poor health in January of 2021. My wife had decided to leave me during this time and left me with a lot of debt, including over $12,000 in back rent to the Omaha Housing Authority.

We have been able to secure some outside assistance, and the church in Omaha has really stepped up to support me. I got connected to the church in Omaha in Aug of 2021, and became a disciple, as outlined by God’s word, on September 2, 2021, when I was baptized into Christ.

I continue to connect with my former house church members and share with them the entirety of the good news and connect them to the church. Please pray for our planting and watering of God’s word.

I know the Omaha church will participate in helping my rent needs. I am faithful that God will continue to open doors for us here.

Thanks be to God.

Request: $10,000 for outstanding debts

Jagdish and Shobha have been faithful disciples since 2001. They live in Bangalore, India. At the age of 2, Jagdish was infected by polio which affected his overall health and mobility.

Despiste the challenges they have faced over the years, Jagdish and Shobha are happily married and have 3 children: Natalia (13 years old), Melonia (12 years old), and Samuel (9 years old).

When Jagadish was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, he quickly slipped into critical condition and he was hospitalized for many months and his condition left him in a unfit for work.
Jagdish still has medical conditions that have not been treated due to financial restraints and his health is an ongoing concern.

Jagdish is the only bread earner of the family. At present, his family is surviving thanks to the generosity provided by the brothers and sisters in the Bangalore Church. However, resources are limited and they are seeking assistance to help them get through this difficult time and address medical necessities so that Jagdish is able to regain his ability to work. Your kindness is greatly appreciated!

Request: $900

In 2003, a group of disciples opened a home for elderly women in response to the increasing need for housing for older women without support or a place to live.

Currently, there are 14 women staying in the group home. Before joining the home, many of these women were sleeping on the street without food, access to healthcare or anyone to even talk to. Thanks to the love and care that the disciples have provided, 9 of the women in the home have become Christians.

Sadly, there are still many more women in need and it is the dream of the sisters that run the home to expand and provide services for others in need. There are many needs for our sisters who currently live in the group home. They are in need of support for their meals, healthcare costs, and other basic needs. Your financial contributions will make a big impact for our sisters that have already endured so much!

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

Leena and her husband Vijay are a vibrant part of the church in Mumbai. They have served in many ministries and they have two lovely daughters. They are hard workers, but despite their endeavors, they live in very poor conditions in a slum outside Mumbai.

Leena suffered a terrible fall in the shower and severely injured her back. To deal with the pain, Leena took painkillers, but they only masked the injury and now her back is much worse. During the COVID outbreak, Leena lost her job and she and her family do not have the means to pay for her healthcare. Given her worsening condition, it is possible she may need surgery. Leena and her family are seeking your financial assistance as they endure this incredibly difficult time.

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

There are more than 56 baptized members in the Churches of Christ in Vijayawada, Penamaluru, and Nunna, India. The faithfulness of our brothers and sisters in these areas is inspiring as they gather to worship together despite the prosecution that some of them have faced because of their faith. The living conditions that many of them endure are difficult to imagine, but their faith and conviction is unwavering regardless of their circumstances.

The world pandemic has made the situation for those who were already struggling to survive unbearable. This is a very trying time for many in our family of believers in these regions. The Church of Christ is asking for assistance to purchase every day food such as rice, millet, pulses, masala, and oil to help the families in its church with dire needs. Your donation will make a world of difference to these families and are greatly appreciated.

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