I was baptized on October 2, 2019, after being I was invited by my daughter Danna. I am writing to you to request for your help. I am appealing to your infinite love and compassion as I thank God for allowing our paths to cross via this organization.

Let me explain a little but about my medical and economic circumstances, and what I am going through at the moment. I was diagnosed with diabetes 18 years ago, which requires that I use insulin and other medications. Due to my illness, I have developed many complications, such as dental and vision issues. My current the lenses are our of date and no longer help, and I have lost 3 teeth.

The income I earn is just barely enough to cover necessary expenses, such as rent, food so I am seeking your assistance to help with these urgent needs. Thank you very much and may God continue to bless your life.

Request: $1,000

Hello, my name is José. I am 47 years old, and I am single with dreams of one day starting a family. When I was born, the doctors had to work hard to revive me because I was not breathing or responding. It is a miracle that I survived and I am happy that I found God in my lifetime and became a disciple. I have been faithful now for 22 years.

When the pandemic started, I was fired from my job due to some preexisting medical conditions, some of which are exasperated by some of the complications of my birth. My employers were simply too afraid the that I would not have the strength to weather the COVID wave. I have faith in God that I will find something soon, but for the time being, I am seeking your support to help ends meet. Thank you so much!

In October of 2000 my wife and I were baptized. We have 5 children and 3 grandchildren and currently our 3 youngest children live with us at home.

Our youngest daughter, Andrea, suffers from epilepsy since the age of 4. Since then she has had several modifications in her diagnosis. Last June, after one of the most serious seizures in her life, she received the latest diagnosis of Lennox Gastaut Syndrome which resulted in an increase in medication

Sadly, the socio-political situation in Nicaragua and Covid-19 have affected our small dining business and sales have dropped considerably along with our family income. We are seeking your help during this very difficult time to pay for our child's medical needs. We thank you in advance!

Request: $1,000

Dear brothers, my name is Maru Gutierrez, I am 75 years old and I am a widow. I was baptized thirty years ago in Mexico City, God in his kindness allowed me to see my children and my husband come to faith, also my grandchildren are disciples of Jesus, I have had the privilege of serving my spiritual family in many ways as a hostess, receiving them at home to have meals, meetings, talks and celebrations. In recent years, I have suffered from cloudy, blurry vision with difficulty see at night and I find it hard to read. I have the diagnosis of cataract in my left eye and I need to have some lab work done before surgery and buy medications and treatment. My brothers and family have supported me but it has not been enough for all the necessary expenses. This is why I am pleading with you, my family in the faith to help pay my expenses of the operation, recovery and medications. I know other brothers who have received help and it has been a great blessing to them, I thank you very much for with all my heart, THANK YOU, God bless you always.

Request: $1,000

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are the Flores family. My husband and I have been disciples for more than 25 years each. My husband was invited to the church by the missionaries who came to plant the church in San José, Costa Rica. I was invited by a friend who also became a disciple. We both came to the church as singles. We have been married for 20 years and two children, Josue, 19, and Keilyn, 11. Keilyn was born with Down Syndrome, which was detected at birth. Our son, Josué, is a university student and works at toy store alongside his father.

For some while, we have suspected that Keilyn's developmental delay is unusual, even for a child with down syndrome. We went to specialists that the public healthcare system referred us to, however, they could not give us an explanation for our daughter's condition. With great efforts we have been able to visit a private specialists and recently managed to get a diagnosis for Keilyn's condition, which as it turns out, is related to autism. The doctor ordered specialized therapy sessions that we cannot afford, which is why we are requesting your help of to pay for a few of these sessions.

From the bottom of our heart we appreciate any help you can give us! 

Sincerely,

Flowers Family

Request: $1,000

I have been a disciple for more than a year, I was not baptized before due to lack of papers to be able to marry my husband, who also became a disciple at the same time as I.
About a year ago my 5-year-old daughter began to became very ill with very high fevers and the doctors could not understand why. My husband works as a service driver so we do not have medical service. Due to the level of her illness I had to take her to private doctors for extensive medical studies. Due to a lack of resources we have not been able to complete all of the medical testing that she needs to determine the type of bacteria she is struggling with. Today my daughter is under strict treatment along with a restrictive diet. As parents, we are desperately seeking your support so that we can help our daughter to get better.
That is why, brothers, I appeal to your good hearts for this help so that I can continue treating my daughter.
In advance I appreciate your great support to us as your family in Christ.

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

In 2014, I was baptized in the Tijuana Church of Christ. I was invited to church by a loving brother named Ricardo. He was very kind and he introduced me to his mother who later studied the bible with before passing away. I am so greatful to their family for all that they did for me.

At the moment, I am seeking your kindness in supporting my urgent need of an oral surgery. The procedure is outside of my budget. Unfortunately, the father of my children is no longer in the picture and I do not receive any support from him. Currently, I live with my daughter who is a single mother and works full-time. During the day, I watch her children to support her as she supports me. For this reason, I am asking for your help brothers and sisters, I wholeheartedly thank you in advance for your love.

Request: $1,000

Maria is a faithful sister in the church in Managua Nicaragua. She has been a faithful disciple for 7 years. Maria is an only child acts the sole caregiver for her elderly mother. Maria works full time but only earns minimum wage which doesn't cover much more than basic necessities.

Since her mother, Doña Adolfina, recently underwent surgery for stomach cancer she is in need of additional medical care including assistance during the day while her daughter works. Your support for Maria will help her to care for her mother as she diligently works hard to provide for her household.

May God bless!

Juana affectionately known as "Chusita", has been a disciple at the International Church of Christ in Guatemala for more than 13 years. From 2008 to 2019 she tirelessly worked as a children's ministry volunteer and she is a person who has shown fidelity and deep convictions.

About five years ago, Chusita suffered a fall and hurt her knee. Due to a lack of resources, she never went to the doctor and instead treated her injury at home with over the counter medications. Over time, her knee started to turn inwards and she began to suffer a lot of pain.

She is now in need of surgery to correct the injury to her leg. She is seeking assistance to pay for this much needed medical procedure. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Request: $1,000

Olfania has been a faithful disciple for the past 20 years. She lives in a modest home in Nicaragua, a country currently suffering greatly economically, and spiritually.

Olfania earns a small amount of money each month and recently she was told she needed an urgent surgery. She has been able to save some money, but is still in need of assistance to pay for the rest of her medical bills and medications.

Your help can help this loving sister to receive the immediate care she needs.

Request: $500

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