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!

Elias and Angelina have been serving God and their community for over 30 years in one of the northern provinces of Mozambique. Nacala is a port city with great potential but is still quite rustic in many aspects. Elias and Angelina became disciples of Christ two years ago when they visited the church in Maputo. Through their conversion many of the people they ministered to before have also become disciples. Moved by the fellowship they encountered in the church, they offered up their home as a meeting place for the church. Over the years, the home’s structure has become unsafe: the roof has gaping holes and the stones walls are crumpling and falling down. Elias owns the land, but his congregation is very poor and they do not have the funds to repair their place of worship.

Some money was raised to help install a public bathroom for the congregation and repair the roof. But, the money ran out before repairs were completed. During the rainy season a wall collapsed and while making repairs, a den of snakes was unearthed. The church in Nacala along with Elias and Angelina are requesting $5,000 to complete the repairs. Donations would give their small church a place to meet, bathrooms, and a way to deal with the snakes. The whole congregation would benefit greatly from your support!

Thanks to ETF generous donors,

this need has been met!

Irma is a single mother and has been a faithful disciple for more than 18 years. At the onset of the COVID pandemic, she lost her job and she is currently unable to pay for her food, transport, electricity, or water. Due to her situation, she had to move in with one of her children. Her son, unfortunately, doe not have a steady job at the moment and needs major repairs done to the roof of his home in order to make it livable.

They are requesting assistance to meet their basic needs and repair their roof while they find stable jobs. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thanks to ETF generous donors,

this need has been met!

Hello my name is Die Konan Arnaud and I am a student at Nangui Abrogoua University in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. I was baptized just a little over five years ago on July 12, 2015. I come from a large family of ten children, four of which are currently enrolled in school. My mother lives in the village and grows food to feed our family. My father is a taxi driver, but due to his advanced age, is unable to earn enough money to cover the costs of all our education expenses.

I am currently living with my uncle who is helping me with school, but I face constant persecution from him because of my faith. The financial needs of my family are vast. I am working hard to learn about raising livestock to help our situation and I hope to have a business of my own in the future. A donation of $300 will help to alleviate some of the burdens my family faces and help us to move forward.

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