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!

I was baptized on May 28, 2017, but my story began many years before, when a group of Mexican missionaries came to Nicaragua to evangelize my country and make disciples of Jesus. That first year of the mission in Nicaragua (2007) my brother was invited to a Sunday service and he invited all of us. I remember we were very happy because we were praying for a church that would live true Christianity. My sister Gema and my mom Dolores, were baptized within a few months of visiting the church, but my brother and I decided to wait (our hearts were hard). Three years after our first visit, my brother Carlos was baptized (both he and my sister served as interns at the Church for many years). Over the years, God surprised me when my wife surprised me that she was going to study the Bible and for God's honor she decided to be a disciple and was baptized on August 17, 2014 (she is 7 years old in the faith). While looking at my family with admiration, my heart was not ready to accept the call, until a circumstance (a gallbladder operation) made me reflect on how fragile life is, led me to ask my brother to give me studies. Months later, God changed my heart and I was baptized in honor and glory of God on May 28, 2017.

God has changed life, but it has been years and years of struggle with my Ulcerative Colitis disease that has led to the deterioration of my liver and even Cirrhosis. This time it has not been easy for my family, I lost my job because I no longer have the strength due to the medications I have to take. I am fighting to stay hopeful and praying for physical recovery. Your love and generosity is a blessing!

We are the Hernandez family, my wife Berenice and I were baptized at the Mexico City Church 24 and 27 years ago respectively. We are currently living in Merida, Yucatan. We have two kids, Hernan (14) and Dante (10).
Last year, my son Hernan was diagnosed with a disease named multiple osteochondromas (bone tumors cover by cartilage). On September 2020, he had a 5 hour surgery in which several tumors were removed from his legs and surgical plates were settled on his knees and surgical screws were settle on his ankles.
Nevertheless, he´s been experiencing pain and lack of complete movement on one of his arms. He has tumors on his wrist. He needs a new surgery to remove these tumors, to help him reduce pain and recover complete movement of his hand. Also to remove the plates and screws from his legs. This surgery must occur on the first week of October. Our business, that is our source of income, has been heavily affected by the COVID pandemic and our family income has been drastically diminished.
For this reason we are requesting an economic support to cover the expenses of clinical tests before surgery (blood test, MRI, CT scan) and the surgery itself.

Request: $1,000

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings of peace!

We, sisters by blood and in faith - Jennie Botor-Dominguiano, Tina Botor-Gonzales, and Jona Botor-Quita are disciples of ICOC Philippines for 21 years. We would like to humbly ask for your help.

Last August 05, 2021, our 74-year-old father, Pedrito "Pete" Botor, had Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgery at the Philippine Heart Center. He's still being closely monitored at the ICU since the surgery due to the rise of different complications. After his AAA surgery, he had 3 additional surgeries because of internal bleeding and blood clots. He's also had kidney impairment which requires him to undergo dialysis almost everyday. (He never had dialysis before this event.) He also developed Pneumonia and severe blood infection.

A month ago, our family got together virtually to talk about and prepare for our father's then upcoming AAA Surgery. By God's grace and provision, each of us was able to pledge financially and helped our father complete the funds for the surgery package that the doctors offered. But due to additional medical procedures, costly medicines, and extended hospital stay, our medical bills have been accumulating and is now over PHP1,510,835.67 as of September 03, 2021. We have also been going to different government agencies for support and some have responded with help. We had also created a fundraiser through social media but the donations given by relatives, friends and some government agencies have been quickly depleted due to expensive cost of needed medicines, and medical examinations day by day. We are pleading on your good hearts to help us raise additional funds for our father's ongoing medical costs. We will appreciate any amount coming from your generous hearts to help extend our father's life, that he would still have a chance to come to know the wholeness of God's love and Jesus, His Savior. Thank you so much for your support!

Request: $1,000

This is Abeer from Egypt

Abeer is a dedicated wife and a mother of 2. She has been a disciple for 28 years, and has faithfully serving God’s kingdom. She is a hard worker and a loving sister who has impacted a lot of lives and served many. Abeer has always faced the trials and hardships in her life with hope in heart.

She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and has to go through 3 months of chemo sessions since it is spreading beyond the ovaries, after which she will undergo surgery. Her immunity is dropping and relative medication, tests, and monitoring are urgently needed.

There is still a long way to go, but she is handling it with a lot of faith and acceptance. 

Abeer and her daughter are the only providers for the family.

The Church of Christ financial committee sat with Abeer’s husband, Ramez, to lay down the needs and came up with a financial plan and an estimated figure that will cover the first chemo sessions and part of the operation fees. The total amount needed was around $10,000 to be divided equally between her husband, the local church in Cairo (which is over its budget) and the Middle East council. 

Although every member of the church is helping, hospitalization and her treatment are very expensive and a lot remains to be done.

Your support is highly appreciated.

Request $1,000

My name is Tendai Murove and I am 44 years old. I was born and bred in Harare Zimbabwe.

I came to the church in November 1997 and I was baptized on January 1998.

I had a great marriage with my beautiful wife Gertrude but unfortunately in April 2008 a few days after giving birth to our first-born son Kutenda my wife suffered a post-natal stroke and she died on the 7th of April 2008 leaving me and a 5-day old infant.

Ever since my wife passed away I have been raising my son on my own with the help of family members including my sister who played has been like a mother to him.

It has not been easy to provide for my son since I am usually only able to secure temporary jobs or contract work.

Your assistance will help me pay school fees for my son and my medical expenses since I have type 2 diabetes.

Any assistance you can grant me and my son will be greatly and deeply appreciated.

My name is Thabeth Moyo. I was baptized as a disciple in 1996. I am 87 years old. My life is for christ. I wish to imitate him till he calls me home. I pray to be faithful all the days of my life. These days, clinics and hospitals are unable to help me because they do not provide free medication for people with preexisting conditions like myself. I suffer from many ailments and I am seeking your support to purchase medication and basic needs.

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

We greet you with the love of Christ the hope that you and your precious families are in the best of health in these difficult times.

Mt name is Froylán, I am 36 years old from Culiacán, Sinaloa and I have lived in Mexico City since February 2012. I was baptized in Culiacán on April 27, 2008. My wife is called Ester, she is 41 years old, she was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca and has lived in Mexico City since 1994. She was baptized on February 11, 2001. We were married on December 28, 2013 and we have a 6-year-old daughter named Sofía.

In the Church, God has allowed us to serve in different ministries, and we feel so blessed to be a so closely tied to the body. Unfortunately, on June 26 we suffered a car accident on our trip from Mexico City to Culiacán.

My wife and I were hospitalized for two weeks. And now we are buried in expenses for our aftercare. The brothers and sisters in our region have been generous and loving, but we have many expenses and we are in great need of your support.

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

On June 30, 2019, I was baptized in the Church of Christ in Tepic Nayarit (Mexico), my sister Karla and my brother-in-law Carlos, disciples of the Tijuana church, shared the Word with my mother and I. Miraculously, she was also baptized at the age of 95 before she passed away 6 months ago.
From a very young age I suffered from seizures (Epilepsy) until about 15 years ago God gave me the blessing of having my health. But as a result of those seizures, my teeth became uneven, my jaw is contracted and because of these things I have suffered hearing loss in both my ears accompanied by buzzing and throbbing.
At the moment I do not have an income. I am separated from the father of my children and he does not provide me with any financial support. Currently I live with my son who is single and he is the one who supports me during this time.
The bill for my much needed maxillofacial dentist is very high and for this reason I dare to ask you from my the bottom of my heart, brothers and sisters for your help if it is possible for you to do so. Thank you!

Shortly after a group of brave brothers and sisters embarked on a mission trip launched from the capital of Myanmar, COVID began to spread throughout the world. Since their mission team began, many have learned about the truth of Christ. The team is still faithfully spreading the Word, but they are in need of assistance. Civil unrest, job loss, and COVID cases have made things increasingly difficult to pay for basic needs. The couple named above leads the team and their entire team is courageously serving those in need. Any support is appreciated!

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