Ravindra Jadhav was unmarried and was staying with her married brother and his family. Things were normal till she started falling ill due to diabetes. Her sister in-law started grumbling due to Ravindra’s medical expenses and started mistreating her which made Ravindra feel insulted. 

She left her brother’s house and started living on the streets as a beggar. She started staying on the roads near her old house. She used to long to go back home but her brother was not concerned to take her back home.  She used to be fed by her old neighbours, sometimes she used to get sufficient food to eat and sometime not.  Many years she lived her life alone on the street as a beggar. Ravindra had a sorrowful and a lonely life. 

Then one day police saw her begging on the road and they removed her to the beggar’s home. Even in the beggar’s home, Ravindra was not happy because life in the home was challenging, lonely and no proper health and hygiene was available. Only once a month she would get her turn to take bath. She always thought no one loved her.

Ravindra was brought to the Home of HOPE in 2017. In the beginning Ravindra used to be very quiet and discouraged. But when she started to understand the love and the affection at the home, she started to be joyful and giving.  Her life was totally changed. She was happy at the home. She got food fresh food to eat, could take bath daily and she was given proper and clean clothes. Her needs were taken care of by the HOPE staff.

The HOPE staff used the have daily prayer time, with worship songs with all the aunties. They saw that Ravindra used to be very absorbed in singing and had learnt some songs also. There were times that others would not join the prayer time but Ravindra was first to join the prayer. Looking at her faith and heart to worship, some sisters from Virar sector initiated to read the Bible with her. The sisters saw that Ravindra was showing interest in Bible study and that’s when the sisters taught her about Jesus and salvation and on 23rd February 2018, Ravindra was baptized in Jesus. 

Now Ravindra knows that she has a true godly family and a God who protects her and will never leave her. Since that time, she is living a happy life and also shared that happiness with others. Ravindra is very good in serving and make sure others are taken care.

There are many women like Ravindra who need shelter and a loving home. They are deserted by their families to leave alone on the streets. They are lonely and many times stay hungry. These women need a family like the Home for Aged run by HOPE foundation.  HOPE would love to serve and take care of many aunties and women and give them a shelter and a home.

Request: $400

My name is Emile. I have been a disciple for 23 years. I married a wonderful sister who has been a disciple for more than 20 years and together we have 2 girls. The eldest is 10 years old and the youngest is 6.

I work at an NGO that provides humanitarian relief and my contract ended in September 2020. While I was working my salary didn’t cover all of our expenses so, my wife started selling food products (cassava, bananas) in order to make ends meet.

With the advent of COVID19, the price of food has increased, and her sales have taken a hit. My wife suffers from a cardiovascular problem that we have difficulty treating due to lack of funds and impedes her from working fulltime. This situation has weighed on me tremendously and I am doing everything that I can but, currently we owe rent, and tuition. Additionally, my wife recently had two deaths in the family and most of our savings were depleted as we assisted with funeral costs. Despite all these difficulties, we remain faithful and we hope that you may find it in your hearts to assist us as we work ourselves out of this financial situation.

Request $750

Hello, my name is Nadesha. My friend Trisha invited me to church in 1999 and I later on got baptized the following year. This year marks 21 years since I have been a disciple. I’ve assisted many with their walk with Christ and I will continue to do so. Kingston Church of Christ has played a huge role in my life and I am grateful for such a caring family. 

I am currently 36 years old and I have been working as an accounting officer for 13 years. In 2020 I began experiencing difficulties with my eyes. The ophthalmologist prescribed reading glasses for me at first, but my condition only worsened. My blood-pressure was extremely high and the doctor also told me that my sugar was high. On January 12, 2021, after doing various tests, it was confirmed that I have multiple sclerosis. I am requesting financial assistance to receive the treatment for M.S. 

Paty has been a faithful disciple in Tijuana for twenty-one years. Due to economic constraints, she currently lives with her granddaughter and great granddaughter. Sadly, both Paty and her granddaughter lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. At the moment, Paty and her family survive by working odd jobs whenever possible.

Paty and her family are in great need of support to makes ends meet. Your help to help them pay for utilities, groceries, and rent would be greatly appreciated during this very difficult time.

Our sister Luisa is a single mom of two teenage daughters in Guatemala. She has been a committed disciple for the last seven years and in July of 2020 Luisa received some life-changing news. They found tumor in her brain that need to be quickly removed. After months of waiting for an opening in the surgeons schedule, Luisa was finally able to have her surgery in October.

The surgery was only partially successful and she is now in need of radiation therapy, which is not covered by the public healthcare benefits in Guatemala. Luisa and her family are in great need of assistance to pay for her treatments. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

Results: $1,000

Our sister Nunudzai has been a disciple in Zimbabwe for 9 years. She was baptized in 2012 and three years later she lost her husband in an unfortunate car accident. Following her husband's death, she fell into a severe dysfunctional depression which strained many of her relationships and caused her to lose her job.

Thanks to much prayer, support, and medical attention she was able to work through her condition in 2019. Nunudzai is working to rebuild her life and care for her four children, but the pandemic has brought unforeseen financial difficulties that have deeply impacted her limited budget. Nunudzai and her children are seeking assistance to pay for the extra costs of online school materials, mental health services, and support for basic needs.

Your support for our widowed sister and her children is greatly appreciated.

Request: $300

Luz has been a follower of Christ for the past 22 years. She is a beloved member of the Church in Tijuana and she is requesting assistance to pay for urgent dental procedures needed for her to eat normally and alleviate pain.

Luz has endured several small procedures in the past that caused complications and it is now imperative that she receives treatment as soon as possible. Your donations for our sister are truly appreciated!

Request: $1,000

Art Franklin is a 54-year-old brother in Christ who in 2003 was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. After his diagnosis, he and his family (wife Nora and two boys) moved from Atlanta to Statesboro GA to take care of his elderly Mother-In-Law. In 2014, Art’s condition progressed to where he now requires a wheelchair in order to be mobile. The reason we decided to start a private donation fund for Art is to raise money to acquire a wheelchair accessible van with adaptive controls which he can drive with just the use of his hands. In addition to giving him the freedom to be able to get around, an adaptive controls vehicle would also provide therapy by engaging motor functions and sharpening hand-eye coordination.

Despite the challenges Multiple Sclerosis has thrown at him, Art manages to remain a positive and encouraging inspiration to his family and friends. Art is known and well-loved by many and is a respected member of his community where he has been involved for many years. He grew up playing soccer in Florida and in 1985 he received a scholarship to play at Georgia Southern where he was a four-year Letterman. His talent then led him to play semi-professionally for the Arizona Cotton (USISL). Art has continued to follow his passion for soccer by coaching at Statesboro Highschool. He was also a Coach and Director for the Statesboro United Soccer Club.

Art’s passion for soccer is only surpassed by his love of God and his family. He ALWAYS makes time to serve others and offer friendship to those in need. Those that know him can attest that this selflessness has always been the hallmark of his character. That is why when we learned of this need it was a no-brainer to try to help this man who for so many years has given so much of himself.

We have set a goal of $30,000.00 in order to equip Art with a reliable mode of transportation that will enable him to have the freedom that we so often take for granted. We want to thank you in advance for contributing and for bringing this simple joy into Art’s life. God Bless!

Six-year-old Ryder had a traumatic start. He was injured at birth and diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, HIE for short. Later, Ryder was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. When Ryder was eight hours old, he had his first seizure. At 24 hours old, he was transferred down to Joe DiMaggio children’s hospital, and when he got there they hooked him up to all of their machines, and he was in a constant seizure state. It took them three days to get him to come out of it. Ryder was sedated and on a few different medications trying to get the seizures under control. The right cocktail was found, and Ryder did not have any more seizures. When Ryder was discharged from the NICU, he was only on one seizure medication. Ryder’s levels of Keppra has increased over time and has allowed him to remain mostly seizure-free. Today he is a happy and extremely loved little boy. As a six-year-old Ryder receives physical therapy, occupational therapy, neurofeedback, and speech therapy provided through insurance and several therapies that are not covered by insurance. Many of the therapies that can help most him are not covered by insurance, so to give Ryder every opportunity to advance, his family is now trying to raise support for his care.  His family is super grateful for all of the emotional, physical and financial support they have received from family and friends. They could not do this alone. Any amount that could be contributed will be greatly appreciated.

Request: $5,000

Brothers and sisters,
I hope The Lord is allowing you to feel His mighty love in every blessing in your lives. My name is Jose and I have been a disciple in Guatemala for the last years.

I would like to share with you what happened on March 09, 2020. I had a motorcycle accident when I was getting home after work. I hurt my hand, arm, shoulder and the worst impact on my right knee. Our social security is deficient and our national hospitals are not assisting this kind of illness.
On Friday, August 14th 2020, I managed the reception of a donation and, as usual, I was counting, carrying, and unloading. While doing this I injured my right knee on the tailgate of a freight pick-up. This made the pain and mobility on my knee even worse. I could afford for the MRI scan and this allowed me to have the diagnostic: meniscus tear and partial tear of posterior ligament. An expert has evaluated my case and his best solution is a knee Arthroscopy and meniscectomy, unfortunately the cost of these procedures are higher than my possibilities.
I have been looking for a trauma orthopedics-surgeon. Therefore our sister in Christ Pamela has been interceding for me by finding a specialist who decided to donate his experience, time and willingness, so now he is only charging 40% which is $1,600.00 out of the total cost.

The necessity of the surgery is due to constant pain, swelling, limited mobility and the bone damage caused during these 6 months without treatment on the mentioned knee. The surgery is vital for mobility and my ability to continue working for the nonprofit that I serve in Guatemala, Having the surgery will allow me to restart working and help serve with the medical brigades, receiving donations, bringing food supplies, helping and supporting the ill disciples or any other necessity, and many other assignments.
I would like to share with you my deep desire to keep working in service of our brothers and sisters in Guatemala as I have been doing especially during this difficult time, but it is difficult for me because of the present situation. I know God never leave us and he always surprises us through His amazing love. Therefore, I come to humbly and plead for your support with this situation. I know that globally there are enough resources to cover up all necessities, but I would really like to have this surgery so I can recover and keep working to serve The Lord and our brothers and sisters in need.
Again, I want to thank our Lord first, and to all of you as well for your attention and generosity.

Thanks to ETF generous donors,

this need has been met!

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