Iris has been a loving sister in the Church of El Salvador for more than 20. Throughout the church she is known for her servitude and strong spiritual character. During the economic downturn that the pandemic caused in 2020, Iris lost her job. Since then, she has been unable to find a stable job and things have been really difficult for her and her family. She has two daughters that depend on her and she is asking for your help to pay for rent, groceries, and basic needs for her and her girls.

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

Special need in Cambodia

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

The Middle East is a beautiful region rich in natural resources, history, and culture. Its significance to many has created unseemly never-ending wars and conflicts that have caused the displacement of over 20 million people. Research on the needs in the region show that nearly 35 million require daily humanitarian assistance. (Pew Research Center)

The hardships that follow from living in a conflict zone spare no one and many of our brothers and sisters in this area are in urgent need of our help. The financial instability that our spiritual family faces is grave. Toppled governments and civil unrest makes it nearly impossible to earn a living, especially when the valuation of your country's currency is on a steep decline.

Below are the present needs for 10 disciple families/individuals. As always, 100% of your contributions will go directly to assist our brothers and sisters. God bless!

Request: 10,000

Hello brothers and sisters, my name is Deyanira. I have been a follower of Christ since my baptism 25 years ago and I am an active member of the Church of Christ in Monterrey MX. My husband, Jorge, and I have three-year-old twin boys. We feel blessed to have them and we are so grateful for the support we have from the church.

The past year has been a very difficult time for my family. My husband lost his job, and I was hospitalized due to COVID. I have been suffering from the long-term effects of COVID for months and my husband is having a difficult time finding permanent work.

We are really behind on our bills. We are asking for your support to pay our electric, water, and housing bills so that our boys can have a safe place to call home.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

Lito and Raissa have been faithful disciples for 28 years. Their commitment to God despite the many challenges they face is truly admirable. Lito has had a very difficult year. He is diabetic and recently had to endure surgery, a heart attack, dialysis, and worst of all – the loss of his eldest son to Covid.

Lito has been a hardworking leader and is part of our ministry in Paranaque.  His faith has been a beacon and inspiration to so many.  Sadly, their financial condition has worsened despite his business and the church’s help.

Their family has incurred over $30,000 in expenses and they are dire need of assistance. Your support for this incredible family will make a world of difference.

Request: $1,000

My name is Sylvie Paco. I am a mother of 3 children, and a disciple of Jesus Christ in the International Church of Christ of Kinshasa.

My husband, who is a disciple of Jesus Christ, worked in a restaurant in town. His work would allow us to buy groceries, pay the rent and school fees for the children. Due to the Covid19 Pandemic, the company has decided to reduce the workforce. My husband lost his job. We are currently in financial difficulty paying for our children's schooling. I call on you my brothers and sisters to support us during this difficult period that we are going through.

We are requesting $1000, to help with us during this time. God bless you.

Margaret lives in Eldoret, Kenya. This is in Rift Valley part of Kenya. She attends the Eldoret Christian Church. Margaret was reached out to in 2005 and baptized on 1st March 2005. She has helped three souls to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. She has two sons. One is a disciple and in his high school studies. 

Margaret is a victim of Covid-19 enforced challenges. She has casual employment and the onset of Covid-19 infections saw her miss pay for four (4) months. It has made it very challenging for her to pay rent and buy food. Her household has two members, herself and her son. 

She plans to use the financial support on rent and food. She is in need of $300. 

Hello family,

My name is Aracely and I have been a disciple for 12 years. I have two sons. Anderson (age 7) and Whilber (age 9). As a family, we have gone through many difficult situations due to the few employment opportunities available in our country.

We live in a marginalized area in our country, and we are requesting special support for our children’s education. Specifically, due to the pandemic, my boys will continue to have online classes this year. We have tried to use cell phones to complete their online courses, but it is nearly impossible for them. We are in great need of two personal computers to allow my sons to complete their studies remotely, but we lack the resources to buy them.

The price of a laptop in Guatemala is approximately $500. We are asking for $1,000 to pay for the computers the boys need. Your love and financial support will provide so much hope for my children and encourage them to work hard to improve their future.

Request: $1,000

My husband and I came to church in 1992, at the invitation of my brother. By the end of August 1992, my husband and I got married and we were baptized in Christ. Since then, we have served in the children's ministry, the worship team, and the media team for the last 20 years.  Unfortunately, my husband contracted COVID and I tested positive 4 days later. He is diabetic, hypertensive, and has already developed complication such as pneumonia. He is in a delicate state and the costs of the medicine he has been prescribed is completely out of our reach.  

We are asking for your help as our family copes with this illness. Your assistance will go a long way to help us get the medication and healthcare we desperately need at this time. Thank you so much for your help!

Request:$1000

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