India is a country with a population of 1.35 billion people. The first church planted in India was in Mumbai by the Boston church in 1986 and the next one was in Bangalore in 1987 by the London church. Since then the churches have expanded to 5 nations – India, Nepal, Pakistan, Srilanka, and Bangladesh. We are now 6982 disciples in 66 cities. India has 56 churches, Pakistan has 4, Nepal has 3, Srilanka has 2 and Bangladesh has one.

With the coronavirus pandemic, we have experienced a nationwide lockdown for 50 days and it is continuing. This has affected the whole nation and our disciples. Many of the disciples are daily wage earners, some working in private firms and some even doing small businesses. Some of them have no work, they have lost jobs and many are uncertain whether they will get their salary. Some got They are unable to work and earn to support their family. Some have gotten a salary with a huge cut. Things are not looking that good for people. We took a survey of how many people in the church needed help so far we have helped 34% of our church members with groceries worth $20 and cash of $20. This will last for 10-15 days depending on the family size and needs. The grocery kit we provided had 15kgs of rice, 5 kg of wheat flour, 2 kg lentil, 1 kg sugar, salt, tea, and some Indian spices. Most of our members live on rent and that is also a big need that disciples are worried about how they will pay [each family pays an average of $100-$150 per month as rent].

The immediate need is for disciples is to help them with support for groceries, medicines, and also their rent. Any help would be appreciated to support the disciples' families.

Dinesh George
India

EXCEPTIONAL SPORTS is a free program in Manila where children with special needs (like Autism, ADHD, and other similar challenges) who are five years of age or older can participate in sports alongside their peers in an inclusive environment. The staff and volunteers are dedicated to empowering children of all abilities to reach their full athletic and social potential through the power of participating in football, basketball, martial arts, and fitness.

Our volunteers are specifically screened and prepared by professionals to ensure they will take excellent care of the children under their care. In every activity, the first priority of the organization is the safety of the kids enrolled, and each session is filled with fun activities as well as therapeutic drills to help build trust between the children and the adults supervising them. The volunteer to child ratio at an event is typically 1:1, and the family members of the children enrolled often leave as impacted and inspired as the children themselves.

Each monthly event typically involves 80 children, 80 volunteers, and a staff group of about a dozen people. The cost of providing one event of this type is approximately $2,000 USD, reflecting the facility rental, refreshments, and equipment. Therefore the cost to inspire one child, one family member, and one volunteer is approximately $25 USD. Any donation of $25 USD up to $2,000 USD would make a great impact and be greatly appreciated!

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Miss Sovannadany Narita is 7 years old and is in the 2nd grade. She’s a loving big sister and an excellent student.

Narita lives with her baby brother Kevin and her parents Sovanna and Dany. A year after returning to their hometown in Cambodia from a scholarship in Japan, Sovanna and Dany were invited to church and became disciples of Jesus in Kampong Cham. Shortly after that, they had a baby girl, Narita, whom they named after the airport near Tokyo. Unfortunately, Sovanna strayed away from God’s teachings and left Dany to care for Narita by herself for several months at a time. Dany remained faithful to God in spite of the pain and challenges she went through. She continued to show unconditional love and forgiveness to Sovanna, and four years later he came to his senses and reconciled with his wife (August 2016). Today, Narita and Kevin are blessed with a loving family and wonderful, faithful parents.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Mr. Sokvisal (‘Visal’) is 6 years old, and with the help of ETF is now enrolled for the first time in a qualified international school. He is learning to thoroughly love school and is progressing quickly in his studies.

Visal lives with his older brother Reangsay (age 8). Their mother, Chanthou, started coming to church in 2013 and wanted to study the bible. She couldn’t read or write, so the disciples taught her how so she could understand God’s Word. Her family lives in a rough neighborhood and has many setbacks. After two years of studying the bible, Chanthou made the decision to make Jesus Lord and was baptized into Christ. Reangsay and Visal love going to the children’s class in church, and they constantly pray for their father to one day have faith in Jesus, too. Chanthou and her boys remain faithful and hopeful in God’s plan for their future.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Mr. Mao Sokreangsay (‘Reangsay’) is 8 years old, and with the help of ETF is now enrolled for the first time in a qualified international school. He is learning to thoroughly love school and is progressing quickly in his studies.

Reangsay lives with his younger brother, Visal (age 6). Their mother, Chanthou, started coming to church in 2013 and wanted to study the bible. She couldn’t read or write, so the disciples taught her how so she could understand God’s Word. Her family lives in a rough neighborhood and has many setbacks. After two years of studying the bible, Chanthou made the decision to make Jesus Lord and was baptized into Christ. Reangsay and Visal love going to the children’s class in church, and they constantly pray for their father to one day have faith in Jesus, too. Chanthou and her boys remain faithful and hopeful in God’s plan for their future.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Mr. Sam Kevin (or ‘KK’) is in the 2nd grade and loves school. He also loves to run, and like his older brother, has the makings of a future soccer player!

KK lives with his brother Makara (16 years old), sister Rosica (8 years old), and his parents Sam Sokchea and Siden Kun (known as ‘Huy’ among friends). Sokchea and Huy went through a lot early on in their marriage – from Huy battling with cancer to nearly getting a divorce. Huy’s two sisters and brothers-in-law are disciples, and they all prayed for Sokchea and Huy to find God and become Christians. Shortly after the birth of their second child (Kevin, or ‘KK’) their marriage was on the brink of collapse. It was then that Sokchea decided to study the bible. He repented and made it right with Huy. Huy forgave him and also studied the bible, and they were soon both baptized into Christ.

Only a few months after becoming disciples of Jesus, they joined the church planting to Battambang, Cambodia. Their faith grew deeper and stronger, and it was then that Sokchea and Huy decided to welcome into their family, Makara – Sokchea’s son from his first marriage, whom he did not meet until Makara was 12 years old.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Miss Sam Rosica is 8 years old and is in the 4th grade this school year. She loves to study, sing, and is an excellent student. This past school year she placed first in her school’s English Program.

Rosica lives with her brother Makara (16 years old), brother Kevin (6 years old), and his parents Sam Sokchea and Siden Kun (known as ‘Huy’ among friends). Sokchea and Huy went through a lot early on in their marriage – from Huy battling with cancer to nearly getting a divorce. Huy’s two sisters and brothers-in-law are disciples, and they all prayed for Sokchea and Huy to find God and become Christians. Shortly after the birth of their second child (Kevin, or ‘KK’) their marriage was on the brink of collapse. It was then that Sokchea decided to study the bible. He repented and made it right with Huy. Huy forgave him and also studied the bible, and they were soon both baptized into Christ.

Only a few months after becoming disciples of Jesus, they joined the church planting to Battambang, Cambodia. Their faith grew deeper and stronger, and it was then that Sokchea and Huy decided to welcome into their family, Makara – Sokchea’s son from his first marriage, whom he did not meet until Makara was 12 years old.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Mr. Phan Makara is 16 years old now and moved from Siem Reap province to Battambang in 2012 to be with his father and his new family. At that time he had a lot of adjusting to do, including changing his attitude, doing his share of house chores, and attending school regularly. With financial assistance from ETF, Makara is now in the 9th grade. He is a star soccer player for both the church’s youth soccer team and his school. He also plays the drums for the church band every Sunday and Wednesday. He’s been studying the bible, and prayerfully will soon become a Christian.

Phan lives with his sister Rosica (8 years old), brother Kevin (6 years old), and his parents Sam Sokchea and Siden Kun (known as ‘Huy’ among friends). Sokchea and Huy went through a lot early on in their marriage – from Huy battling with cancer to nearly getting a divorce. Huy’s two sisters and brothers-in-law are disciples, and they all prayed for Sokchea and Huy to find God and become Christians. Shortly after the birth of their second child (Kevin, or ‘KK’) their marriage was on the brink of collapse. It was then that Sokchea decided to study the bible. He repented and made it right with Huy. Huy forgave him and also studied the bible, and they were soon both baptized into Christ.

Only a few months after becoming disciples of Jesus, they joined the church planting to Battambang, Cambodia. Their faith grew deeper and stronger, and it was then that Sokchea and Huy decided to welcome into their family, Makara – Sokchea’s son from his first marriage, whom he did not meet until Makara was 12 years old.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Miss Rattanak SomPrathna (‘Prathna’) is a 9 years old girl and is in the 4th grade. She loves playing and studies hard to get good grades. She has a bright smile and far more energy than the average kid.

Prathna lives with her sister Nan and their mother, Ouk Sisandap, who is a hard-working and persevering single-mom. She became a disciple in Phnom Penh in 2009. She then reached out to her younger brother, and both of them joined the church planting to Battambang in 2012.

The funding goal noted above is intended to fund this child’s educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met! 

Miss Samath Viranan (‘Nan’) is 15 years old and is an 11th grader this school year. She loves to sing and serve at church and was just recently baptized into Christ (August 2016).

Nan lives with her sister Prathna and their mother, Ouk Sisandap, who is a hard-working and persevering single-mom. She became a disciple in Phnom Penh in 2009. She then reached out to her younger brother, and both of them joined the church planting to Battambang in 2012.

Samath's family is asking for assistance with child's educational needs for a one-year period including tuition, books, and uniforms.

Thanks to the generous donations of ETF contributors,

this need has been met!

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