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

When we think about resilience we think about Nour. Not only does she love Jesus, but Nour was literally willing to die for Him.

She escaped Syria when her parents found out that she does not accept her inherited religion and believed instead in God and savior Jesus Christ. She came to Lebanon, met her husband and had 2 boys, while still searching from church to church for the body of Christ that she believed in and read about in the scriptures.

Things took a turn in Nour's life when one of her boys was diagnosed with autism. It was a difficult to accept, but the greatness of our Lord, is found in trials. Nour met one of our church members through our special needs ministry and got baptized.

Today, Nour and her family are in need of your financial support since they are going through really tough times with all the bills adding up and the situation getting worse.

Please note that we cannot post a picture of Nour for safety reasons.

Request: $1,000

Meet Susanna. She is a 24 years old and grew up attending service. She has fond memories of her kids kingdom classes and the teen ministry. As a teenager she began to study the Bible with some girls from church. At the age of 20, she decided to become a follower of Christ and now she, her mom, and aunt are all members of the church in Egypt.

Susanna is known for her serving heart and love for the kids in the church. She is a great daughter and a loving sister to her younger brother and sister.

Her family's health was deeply affected by coronavirus and other health complications in the past year. Her dad, the only working member in the family, suffered from a bleeding from his brain. Since his diagnosis, he has not able to work a fulltime job, or to provide what is needed for his wife and kids. Susanna is appealing on behalf of her family for assistance as they work to regain their footing.

Thank you for your support!

Request: $1,000

My name is San Juana. I am 76 years old and I have been a member of the International Church of Christ in Monterrey for 21 years.

I am a widow and I have 2 children, only one of whom can help me with some expenses when he can, but unfortunately he isn’t able to contribute enough to cover some of my biggest expenses.

I have thyroid problems, high blood pressure, blood circulation problems, and pain in my bones on my hip and right arm. Therefore, it is necessary that I buy medications that are very expensive in my country.

Due to the weather that the city has recently presented, my roof and one of the walls have considerable structural damage. So I am asking for your support to fix my home, where I can sleep and stay dry during rainy season and I be able to buy my medicines.

Thank you for your love and consideration. May God bless you!

Request: $1,000

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, my name is Eka G. I have been a disciple of Christ for 25 years. I was baptized in Moscow thanks to the loving disciples who reached out to me and studied the Bible with me.
For the past three years, I have been unable to work due various health challenges. I have no insurance, pension or social assistance. I have very limited mobility due to a spinal disk hernia and vision is very limited so there are very few options for me to earn an income. At the moment, the only livelihood that I have is cat breeding, which generates a small amount of money, but not nearly enough to cover my medical costs or groceries.

Your financial support would mean so much to me. Thank you so much for your loving hearts!

Request: $1,000

Dear brothers and sisters first of all, I want to thank the heart of each and every one of you for your help! I have been a disciple for more than 6 years, I was invited by a sister named Paulina.  I am so grateful to her for studying the Bible with me and helping me start my life with Jesus.

I now have three daughters, two of which are disciples and part of the campus and teens ministry. Our oldest daughter is a single mother and she currently lives with us. During the pandemic, our business dwindled, and we were forced to shut it down. Our economic situation has been very difficult, and we are in need of financial support while we recover from this difficult time in our lives.

Request: $800

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

Karina has been a disciple for more than 20 years. She is a hard worker, and has been able to sustain herself and two children as a small business owner for many years. Like many other business owners, Karina's business suffered greatly during the pandemic.

Since then, she and her family have been unable to make a full comeback from the set back they suffered. She and her family are asking for help to buy food and other necessities while they work to reestablish their lives.

Request: $900

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