Raquel, the mother of 10 children, has been a disciple of the Church of Christ International Rio de Janeiro for 25 years. She baptized by her eldest daughter, Tania. This 70-year-old sister always took her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to church. Over the years, she assumed guardianship of 5 underage grandchildren after one of her sons was murdered by Ja drug trafficking gang in a neighborhood where she previously lived with her whole family. Since the mother of her grandchildren was chemically dependent, she lost custody of the children. Thankfully Raquel stepped in successfully fought for guardianship. Sadly, after she had taken in the children, Raquel passed away a few months later. Her daughter Tania, a single sister in the church, then took on the responsibility of caring for her nephews as her own.

Tania is now in the process of rearranging her life to accommodate the needs of the children. The church has rallied behind her to aid her as she looks for an adequate home in a safe neighborhood away from drug violence. The local churches are doing their best to provide financial support, but with limited resources, they are still in need of funds to secure housing for this family. Your help for Tania and the children are greatly needed and appreciated!

Request: $1,000

I was baptized on May 28, 2017, but my story began many years before, when a group of Mexican missionaries came to Nicaragua to evangelize my country and make disciples of Jesus. That first year of the mission in Nicaragua (2007) my brother was invited to a Sunday service and he invited all of us. I remember we were very happy because we were praying for a church that would live true Christianity. My sister Gema and my mom Dolores, were baptized within a few months of visiting the church, but my brother and I decided to wait (our hearts were hard). Three years after our first visit, my brother Carlos was baptized (both he and my sister served as interns at the Church for many years). Over the years, God surprised me when my wife surprised me that she was going to study the Bible and for God's honor she decided to be a disciple and was baptized on August 17, 2014 (she is 7 years old in the faith). While looking at my family with admiration, my heart was not ready to accept the call, until a circumstance (a gallbladder operation) made me reflect on how fragile life is, led me to ask my brother to give me studies. Months later, God changed my heart and I was baptized in honor and glory of God on May 28, 2017.

God has changed life, but it has been years and years of struggle with my Ulcerative Colitis disease that has led to the deterioration of my liver and even Cirrhosis. This time it has not been easy for my family, I lost my job because I no longer have the strength due to the medications I have to take. I am fighting to stay hopeful and praying for physical recovery. Your love and generosity is a blessing!

We are the Hernandez family, my wife Berenice and I were baptized at the Mexico City Church 24 and 27 years ago respectively. We are currently living in Merida, Yucatan. We have two kids, Hernan (14) and Dante (10).
Last year, my son Hernan was diagnosed with a disease named multiple osteochondromas (bone tumors cover by cartilage). On September 2020, he had a 5 hour surgery in which several tumors were removed from his legs and surgical plates were settled on his knees and surgical screws were settle on his ankles.
Nevertheless, he´s been experiencing pain and lack of complete movement on one of his arms. He has tumors on his wrist. He needs a new surgery to remove these tumors, to help him reduce pain and recover complete movement of his hand. Also to remove the plates and screws from his legs. This surgery must occur on the first week of October. Our business, that is our source of income, has been heavily affected by the COVID pandemic and our family income has been drastically diminished.
For this reason we are requesting an economic support to cover the expenses of clinical tests before surgery (blood test, MRI, CT scan) and the surgery itself.

Request: $1,000

I was baptized on September 29, 2019. Becoming a disciple saved my life. Before knowing God, I was going through a very rough phase in my life. However, thanks to the grace of God, not only was I saved, but so also my wife, mother, and sister! God is amazing!  

Today I come before you, to ask your assistance to pay for my son's laptop which broke before I could finish paying the installments. Due to the pandemic, my son is in great need of this computer to pursue his studies and I currently cannot afford an additional payment. Your assistance to our family would be an incredible blessing! 

Request $900

Hi everyone, my name is Lissette. I am 19 years old and I have been a disciple for 4 and a half years. I am requesting help because these past few months it has been very difficult to carry out my studies. My sister and I have to take turns using the one laptop that we own as a family. Since I am majoring in digital media, my files also take up a lot of space and it is very difficult for us to do our work quickly.

With COVID still being a great threat, my school is currently providing virtual sessions and having a dependable laptop is more important than ever. Your help towards my education would be incredibly helpful. I thank you so much for your support!

Request: $1,000

I came to the church at the invitation of my mother who is also a disciple. I was looking for a deep peace and a love that I never found in the world until I met Christ. I was baptized on September 29, 2019.

Currently my 3 children and I live with my mother. It can be very difficult for a single parent like myself to find a safe and affordable house to rent. The father of my children is inconsistent with his responsibilities to support our children, but I am working hard to make things work. My need at the moment is to fund the construction of a safe home for my family on the land I inherited. I am requesting your help with the initial cost of $ 20,000 pesos (aprox $1,000 USD) thank you so much!

We greet you with the love of Christ the hope that you and your precious families are in the best of health in these difficult times.

Mt name is Froylán, I am 36 years old from Culiacán, Sinaloa and I have lived in Mexico City since February 2012. I was baptized in Culiacán on April 27, 2008. My wife is called Ester, she is 41 years old, she was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca and has lived in Mexico City since 1994. She was baptized on February 11, 2001. We were married on December 28, 2013 and we have a 6-year-old daughter named Sofía.

In the Church, God has allowed us to serve in different ministries, and we feel so blessed to be a so closely tied to the body. Unfortunately, on June 26 we suffered a car accident on our trip from Mexico City to Culiacán.

My wife and I were hospitalized for two weeks. And now we are buried in expenses for our aftercare. The brothers and sisters in our region have been generous and loving, but we have many expenses and we are in great need of your support.

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

On June 30, 2019, I was baptized in the Church of Christ in Tepic Nayarit (Mexico), my sister Karla and my brother-in-law Carlos, disciples of the Tijuana church, shared the Word with my mother and I. Miraculously, she was also baptized at the age of 95 before she passed away 6 months ago.
From a very young age I suffered from seizures (Epilepsy) until about 15 years ago God gave me the blessing of having my health. But as a result of those seizures, my teeth became uneven, my jaw is contracted and because of these things I have suffered hearing loss in both my ears accompanied by buzzing and throbbing.
At the moment I do not have an income. I am separated from the father of my children and he does not provide me with any financial support. Currently I live with my son who is single and he is the one who supports me during this time.
The bill for my much needed maxillofacial dentist is very high and for this reason I dare to ask you from my the bottom of my heart, brothers and sisters for your help if it is possible for you to do so. Thank you!

Inés is a faithful disciple of many years. She is a cancer survivor and was recently widowed when her husband, who was a disciple, died due to COVID complications. She is elderly and currently has no source of income, and is in need of some assistance for food and rent while she seeks a permanent solution.

Your prayers and financial assistance are greatly appreciated!

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

This need has been met!

Daniel and Kewry Linares are a young couple with three children. Their last daughter was born with cerebral problems and it has been a big challenge for them. Their daughter requires constant medical attention so Kewry had to quit her job to become her full time care worker. Daniel and Kewry are loving and giving individuals happy to give to others whenever they are able. At the moment, they are in great need of assistance to pay for their daughter’s medical expenses and basic needs. Your help for this family is greatly appreciated!

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

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