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

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

Isabela is a super talented young woman and a great disciple. She has been a faithful follower of Christ for the last two years. Her parents are going through a very difficult time and their finances do not allow them to pay for Isabela's college tuition. She is requesting your support so that she does not have to stop her studies.

Please consider supporting this bright young lady! Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Request: $1,000

Rolando, along with his wife and two young boys, just moved to Managua to lead the church. They are a loving family, eager to serve and quickly becoming a vital part of the church community. Due to the school system in Nicaragua, his children are unable to enroll in the public schools without being held back an entire year. His family is in need of funding to pay for private schooling until his boys are able to join the public school system in Nicaragua next year. Your support for this loving family would be a tremendous help!

We thank you for your love and generosity!

Request: $5,760

Good evening my name is Mikline. I am married and I became a disciple in Port Au Prince but we decided to move to Les Cayes for more safety. I have been a disciple for 6 years and I love being a part of the worship team and sing and give glory to God.

I have operated a small business selling lots of small items, but it's not easy to keep it alive because I also have to manage my time to care for my 3 children Debora, Job and Shama. Our biggest challenge as a family is to keep food on the table and pay for tuition. 

I am always praying for God’s compassion on us. If it is possible for you to help us with $800 that will be a big miracle in our lives. Thanks in advance for helping. God bless!

Request $800

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

Hello Family. My name is Jean Tjock. I am married and have 2 boys. I work as a carpenter. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am struggling to even pay the kids school fees. Due to this they have been out of classes for 2 months now. I am reaching out and asking for $750 to help pay their school fees. God Bless!

Hello there. We are Felix and Christine Madeira. We were baptised in the South region of the Harare international Church of Christ, Zimbabwe. We are not gainfully employed currently. I Felix, am working at a local company as a general hand but am not getting much. Our daughter was knocked down by a car and stayed in hospital for about 2 months. She is out of hospital now but still using walking sticks. As such we are forced to transfer her to a school which is closer to our neighbourhood where she can walk to since i do not have a car. We currently are failing to raise the school fees and buying new uniforms which require about $800. We are appealing for assistance to raise this amount. Thank you and God bless.

My name is Shameyou Mutambariko and I am a disciple in the Harare International Church of Christ. I was baptized on the 14th of February in 2020. I am at a phase in life where I would like to start college but I am financially incapacitated. I do not have parental support as I lost my mother back in 2012 and my father remarried and has other families he is taking care of. I stay with my brother and his wife and things are not stable on their side. I am kindly asking for assistance to raise $1000 dollars to be able to start college.

My name is Janette, I am 9 years old in the faith and I have 2 children. My husband died in March. I find myself a widow with two children who still go to school. I worked in an NGO which terminated my contract because of some difficulties encountered. I am asking you for help of $750 dollars for my rent and to provide food for my family.
Be blessed in the Name of our Lord Jesus!

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