Just before the war, Natalia suffered the loss of her husband and was left to care for her two teenage daughters on her own. When the war started, Natalia knew it would be difficult to keep her family safe in Kiev, but by the grace of God they have been able to stay safe. Their hope is to move away from Kiev in the near future, but for the time being they are in need of immediate assistance for food and mental health services for the girls, who are enduring the affects of PTSD.

Mario and Maria are very committed and helpful disciples. They have been followers of Christ for a little over two years and since that time, they have become a source of great encouragement to the church in El Salvador.

Last year, was very difficult for their family economically. Mario had to find a new job and it has been difficult to recover financially. They have two children and need help with food. Your help will allow them to buy the groceries they need for them and their two children.


Boris and Cindy have been followers of Jesus for 10 and 15 years respectively. They are incredible servants in our new church in Santa Ana, El Salvador. They have a 2-year-old son and when they were asked to help they eagerly left their home to move to Santa Ana to help the church.

When Boris moved, he was promised a new job in Santa Ana. Upon arriving, things changed, and he no longer had a job to support his family. Boris and his family urgently need food assistance to support themselves and their young son.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Request: $1000

My name is Sveta Vozniuk, a disciple from Kiev Church of Christ. I was baptized in 1999. Currently, I and my two daughters; Diana -8 and Vika - 5 and my father who is 72 years old took refuge in Poland due to war in March 9 which without the help of other disciples from Kiev won't be possible. I am truly grateful to God and the disciples who are taking care of us. When we arrived to Warsaw after all the unfortunate events my dad started studying the Bible.

I cam to church at the invitation of my sister Haydee. When she was in college she became a disciple and my mother and I made the decision to follow Christ shortly after. At some point, I left the church, got married, had three daughters and I ended up separated from my husband. Sixteen years after leaving the church, I was restored and rejoined the church community.

In 2021, my seven year old daughter, Mariel, was diagnosed with cancer. They removed her right kidney, part of her liver, an adrenal gland, the appendix, and four nodes that were around the kidney. Since then, she has undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and now requires a feeding tube and medications.

Our medical bills are continuing to grow every day and there is no end in sight. We truly need your help my dear family. We pray that you will be moved to contribute to Mariel's health and we thank you so much in advance for your love.

Request: $1,000

Mozambique is ranked the third poorest country in the world according to the World Population Review results for 2022, with a Gross National Income of $460 per year. In the 3rd week of March, a cyclone hit the city of Nacala, Mozambique where there is a small church of about 30 disciples. The larger church in Maputo is organizing relief for several families of disciples who have suffered massive damage to their homes, as you can see from the pictures. The church leaders in Maputo request the amount of US $5,000 to distribute among various families of disciples after assessing individual situations. This money will be used to make repairs to their homes, ensuring they are structurally sound. Other needs, such as food, medicine and water are being provided locally.

Thank you in advance for you kindness and desire to serve the brothers and sisters in Mozambique.

This is our sister Marina with her mother and her son. They are finally in Warsaw. Unfortunately, Marina and her son have Russian passports, and they do not qualify for refugee assistance in Poland.

Marina can get an assistant status for her disabled mom, which will will help her and her family to stay in Poland legally. Their plan is to go to Gdańsk and find an apartment and job.

The ongoing war has devastated the lives of many. Brothers and sisters in both Ukraine and Russia are faced with the choice of remaining in an active war zone or fleeing and leaving everything they know behind.

We are humbly asking for your support to directly help disciples as they brave these terrible circumstances. Your support now, means more than ever.

Request: $1,000

Meet Paul, a faithful disciple, member of our choir, and someone known for his serving heart & love for Jesus and his children. His story shows a wonderful God, the power of prayers, and that "all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"

On the 12th of March 2017, Paul was hit by a car and it almost killed him. God had other plans, and Paul was able to wake up and walk again. Paul saw the miracle and started studying the bible at the hospital until he was baptized on 6/16/2017. Due to the severity of the accident, he had to undergo a series of operations, one of them went wrong leaving him with a torn ligament in the shoulder and many sessions of physiotherapy before undergoing another surgery. He was trying to save for the operation when he got injured severely on August 4th by the Beirut Blast and again survived because of the church prayers. 

Today, Paul is suffering from his shoulder and cannot postpone the surgery any longer and is in

need of your help. 

Thank you for your generous hearts

Request: $1,000

As always, we thank you for your kind hearts!

The war that Russia launched against Ukraine in February has shaken the world. Our brothers and sisters in the region are suffering tremendously, not only in Ukraine but also in the neighboring countries. As our sister Tatiana explains in the video below, financial support is needed to help our brothers and sisters to escape war, to gain access to life-saving medications, and much more.

Hundreds of families are in need of help, and each has their own unique circumstances. Some are trying to relocate to avoid harm, some are trying to reunite with their children and family members, some are trying to buy insulin and others have had their bank accounts frozen.

These needs are well aligned with the ETF mission because:

  1. The funding supports our brothers and sisters with urgent needs.
  2. The funding utilizes a network approach that allows support to get not only into the country but to those who are most in need.
  3. 100% of the funds are given too disciples in need.

Thank you for your consideration. Please pray for our ICOC family in Ukraine and the surrounding region.

Hello, my name is Cesáreo. I am 69 years old. My wife, Aidas, is 65 years old and we have been disciples for just over 25 years, at the Church of Christ in Monterrey, MX.

Currently, we are going through a complicated phase in our health. My wife has diabetes and has had many difficulties, the worst thing at the moment is that her feet hurt and she suffers from extreme fatigue that sometimes does not allow her to get up.

On the other hand, I have problems with my kidneys. They have confirmed that I require surgery, although before they can move forward with that they have to do more tests to rule out any other problems - including cancer.

And it has been very difficult for me not just because of my health but also financially. My wife used to make meals and sell them, and I am a house painter by profession, but currently I have a catheter, which does not allow for me to work. Please allow us to be in your prayers and may our Father grant us healing! If you could support us, we would greatly appreciate it.

Request: $1,000

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