Hilda is a faithful member of the Caracas Church and unfortunately, she recently suffered a second stroke in early March. The health system in Venezuela is very unstable which makes it difficult for someone like our sister Hilda, who currently has no health insurance, to receive critical care.

By the grace of God and the kindness of a neurologist at a private clinic she was able to receive care and is currently recovering at the facility. However, her medical care at the clinic and the aftercare she will need is very expensive.

Hilda is humbly requesting your support to pay for critical aftercare and current medical bills.
The church in Venezuela and her family have all helped them as much as they can, but their limited income prevents them from being able to afford her healthcare costs. Your donations are greatly appreciated!

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this need has been met!

My Name is Nkosilathi and I am a disciple in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. I am 39 years old, married, and I have two daughters.  

In 2017, I was diagnosed with severe chronic kidney failure and hypertension. Presently, both my kidneys are failing and I am undergoing hemodialysis at Mpilo Central Hospital. A few days ago, the catheter they placed in my heart for dialysis, began to cause me issues and I need to undergo an immediate AV fistula surgery. If I miss a dialysis session, my health suffers greatly so I am humbly requesting your immediate assistance to pay for this urgent surgery.

Request: $750

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John Doe, a person in need that prefers to remain anonymous, is a well known member in the church of Battambang, Cambodia. He presented with a difficult head injury that could not be treated at the local hospital and was transferred to another hospital. The amount of $2,150 was required to pay for the surgery.

Andy is a young man in his twenties, and he has been a member of our church for seven years. Andy is an active member of the congregation and currently serves in the worship ministry. From a very young age, Andy has suffered from vision problems, but in the last two years his eyesight has deteriorated greatly.  After a series of examinations and lab work, the doctors diagnosed him with a disease called Keratoconus. The disease has significantly progressed and Andy has lost 80% of his visibility in the right eye and 20% in his left eye. Due to the aggressive deterioration the disease has caused, Andy’s doctor is urging him to undergo surgery within 30 days to avoid full detachment of his cornea and to lose his sight completely.

Your assistance to help our young brother to retain his sight is urgently needed and profoundly appreciated. Your love and generosity will have a tremendous impact for this brother’s life.

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José works from time to time in construction. Two years ago, Jose suffered a serious injury to his back and leg which has prevented him from being able to keep a regular job. Jose lives alone in a house that has been lent to him, but it doesn't have running water or electricity. The house is barely livable and needs countless repairs, but he is unable to afford anything else at the moment.

Jose is in need of assistance to cover his basic needs like clean water and food as well as urgent repairs to his house. Jose's needs are pressing and any assistance you are able to provide would be of tremendous value to our brother!

Request: $1,000

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this need has been met!

Esmeralda’s husband of 47 years suffers from several serious medical conditions including diabetes, renal failure, and a tumor in his colon.  Every week he receives dialysis treatments and currently needs oxygen to survive. The doctors think that he will likely need chemo treatments in the near future.

He has been the sole provider for his family for many years, but given his increasingly delicate condition, he will no longer be able to work. Esmeralda has applied for disability benefits on her husband's behalf, but it has been more than three months since they have had an income and they are still waiting for the disability benefits to come in.

Your support for this family would be greatly appreciated as they work through this very difficult time.

Request: $800

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this need has been met!

Greetings dear brothers and sisters, my name is Martha, and I had the joy of being baptized five years ago.
I have suffered from severe headaches and fatigue for a very long time, so recently I had some lab work and CT scans done which resulted in them finding a cyst in the left frontal region of my brain. The diagnosis has been very difficult to deal with because the tumor is located in a very delicate area of the brain and the only course of treatment is surgery. However, it did explain why I constantly suffer from headaches, dizziness, imbalance and falls which resulted in me breaking both my wrists.

The church in our region has been incredibly supportive to me and my family. Whenever possible they have provided financial help and made us countless meals. However, the cost of my surgery far exceeds the amount of support that the brothers and sisters here are able to provide.

I kindly request your financial help to move forward with my surgery and change my life.

Request: $1,000

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Karla and her husband Carlos have been disciples for 14 and 22 years respectively. They have been a true blessing to the church in Tijuana, and their family. After years of reaching out to her, Karla was able to baptize her mother, Inés, in 2019 at the age of 95!

Just one month ago, our faithful sister Inés, passed away peacefully. Karla had a burial lot prepared for her, but unfortunately it has gotten very rundown over the years and requires some repairs before it can be used.

While trying to cope through her grief and finding solutions for her mother's burial lot, Karla received news this week, that her sister passed away from COVID.

Karla and her family, are in urgent need of assistance to cover the costs of both her mother and sister's funeral expenses. Your assistance for this family is greatly appreciated!

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this need has been met!

Eduardo and Lety are a married couple that are members of the CDMX Church-Santa Monica Region. They have been disciples for 23 years and have always served as ministry leaders.
The two were infected with coronavirus last week, but Eduardo has a bigger problem, one lung is affected 75% and the other lung is affected 45%.
Eduardo requires 16 hours of oxygen daily and the expenses are being very high. He stopped receiving his salary because he did not show up for work due to illness.
Lety continues to read the Bible to Eduardo and they have remained faithful to God. We ask our brothers and sisters to support us with $750 dollars for the cost of oxygen and medicine for this week which is critical for Eduardo.

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this need has been met!

Karol and her Mom

Hello Friends, we are asking for prayers and donations for Karol and her 83-year-old mom while Karol recovers from her stroke. She was denied short term disability due to a prior history of breast cancer and has no form of income until her long-term disability insurance starts in 6 months.

Please read this message from her daughter:

On January 16 my mom woke up to walk her elderly mother’s dog. Upon waking, she recalls feeling some numbness in her left arm but brushed it off as to sleeping funny. She had just recovered from COVID and had spent the last two days back at work. She was anxious to get back to her job as a social worker at Baylor hospital because she knew there were people there that needed her help and that was her calling. Karol is a giver and her relationship with Christ has only deepened that calling over the years. From working as a house cleaner so that she could be there when my sister and I got home from school, to working as a special education assistant, my mom has never stopped thinking about her role in helping others. But as she descended the staircase that Saturday morning, she knew something was not right. She reached out to her good friend Tracy after losing her balance and falling and scraping her knees and elbow and told her that she thought she might be having a stroke. As she waited for her friend Tracy to bring her to the hospital, her symptoms began to worsen quickly and she found herself unable to walk without falling. She quickly called 911 and was taken to Plano Presbyterian hospital by ambulance. At the hospital, her symptoms began to worsen and she could no longer feel the entire left side of her body and her speech became almost intelligible. My sister and I rushed to the hospital and sat with Tracy in our cars, feeling powerless and calling upon God for peace and healing. After running several tests, it was determined that Karol had suffered from a stroke. To make things more difficult, because of her still positive COVID test, no one was allowed to visit her.  Over the phone, I remember her slow and altered speech pleading with my sister and I to “Take... care... Granny.” Even in her own tragedy and pain, she was STILL thinking of others, her own mother.  My mother’s condition stabilized over the next couple of days and she was transferred to the rehabilitation center to begin PT and OT. She has expressed to me and my sister and friends that she knows the road ahead will be hard but she had said in a text to us:

I know this could be so much worse. Being here is awesome as I am surrounded by so many that love me and are praying and want to help. I have the most incredible friends that I would not have made it this far this year. My girls are the best part of me and I know this will shape them for the better. I am thankful to God for all this and so much more. So, on the hard days you can remind me. But know it is never far from my heart the gratitude I have for all of you and for the God that I knows loves me despite any circumstances.

Karol has never stopped giving and has advocated for so many people both professionally and personally, now it is our turn to give back and to take some of the financial stress of recovering from a major accident. She doesn’t want your pity, because she knows God is in control. However, the coming days will bring pain and discouragement and her friend and family want to be able to tell her that for once, “we got this”!  Your help will allow Karol to focus on healing her body and will take some of the financial stress off of her and her family as she is the primary caregiver for her elderly mother.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you aren’t able to give financially, God hears our prayers too! 

Love, Sarah

Thanks to generous ETF donors,

this need has been met!

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