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Shared by Cindy May
What were you doing in 1986?
In 1986, I was 16, and looking for a part-time job. At 51st and Bell Road in Arizona, Swensens Ice Cream Parlour had opened. I wanted to apply for a job, but that massive building (haha) might as well have been Donald Trump’s high rise in my eyes.
I was intimidated.
Not to worry, Dad to the rescue. My dad went to the interview with me, met the manager, and helped me land a job that I held for 5 years. Looking back, what manager wouldn’t hire the teenage girl who brings her daddy to the interview with her?!
In 1992, a bouncing baby boy was born on the other side of the world. Francis. Different color. Different language. Different circumstances. Much different circumstances. By the age of 1, both his mother and father had died of AIDS. His uncle took him in for 2 years, but abused him, even putting his little hands in fire to burn them. Francis still bears the scars.
He was then taken into an orphanage….which eventually folded due to the economic downfall following Sept, 11, 2001. Then came Bethel orphanage…which also eventually folded due to financial troubles. We had met Francis in 2006, so when Francis was no longer able to stay at Bethel, the Defender of the Fatherless moved us to help him complete nursing school.
And now there’s 3 years of medical school at $2,000 a semester (which includes room and board, tuition, books, etc). There’s no mom and dad to help him fill out applications, cheer him on, give him a warm bed and food or go to interviews with him. Unlike America, there are no jobs available to students attending school. So there is no way for him to earn his own money while completing medical school.
We’re finding we need help supporting him through medical school. And wondering who’s next in God’s line-up of care for Francis? We certainly only have been a small part of his story.
If you’d like to contribute once or if you’d like to stand with Francis during the whole 3 years of school, if you’d like to give a little or a lot, we’d love to have you join us. Will you let us know by emailing us at: Cindy@irememberthepoor.org?
So thankful for the body of Christ, and for Christ himself, the head, in whom the whole body is united and held together by every ligament with which it is supplied. As each individual part does its job, the body builds itself up in love. (Eph 4:16)
Shared by Cindy May
Thank you to all who have given to the Rafuna family during their time of need. Naser has recovered from the tuberculosis and has been cleared to return to work.
We had hoped to provide a few months of rent, but through your generosity were able to provide more than 7 months’ worth of rent to see them through this difficult time.
Pictured below are Naser and his wife Kosovare, and their three children, from right to left: Shemsi, Reola and Nerona—5 of the nicest people who grace this planet.
Their gratitude spilled out in abundance each month to all who contributed. They thank God and you. Our hearts’ desire is to see them come to know and worship Jesus. Thank you for helping us show them in a tangible way the love of Jesus.
Shared from Experito
It is indeed a Happy New year!!!!
You cannot imagine how the year ended on our side. It all began in October on our way from Kochgoma. It was heavily raining and it made the roads so bad that travelling was near impossible. Our car reached a point where it slid off the road and was stuck so that it could neither move forward nor backward. We could not easily obtain help because there were no people around to push the car. Darkness fell and when help was not forthcoming, I left my wife in the car with Carissa, Melissa, and Vanessa and went into the village to get some help. It was mainly elderly ladies whom I met because all the young people had gone out for booze. It was late in the night when drunkards begun returning home. I asked them to help me push the car. It was a very desperate situation because the car had hit a big stone and the fuel tank was damaged and fuel was gushing out. The drunkards could not make any considerable success. To make matters worse the area had no signal strength for any mobile phone network. Upon seeing that no solution was reachable the drunkards decided to quit. At that time I noticed the fuel had emptied and the drunkards had left us in the deep jungle for the night. The girls were now hungry and there was no food anywhere to buy. I got emotional. I cried soooo loud, possible as loud as Joseph when he made himself known to his brethren. This crying miraculously touched the drunkards that they reconsidered not to abandon me until the car was pushed away. They finally succeeded. When I drove away I forgot my phone with the drunkards because I had given it to them to flash beneath the car to see where they had to clear. I packed the car and went back to look for them. Thankfully, they were still available. At that time my wife was crying and the kids as well. I came and drove. As I was driving I noticed a deep ditch full of water. While trying to cross it water swallowed the entire vehicle and even the engine went off! It was was a nasty experience. That dirty water made its way in the car and all of us got wet. This dirty water affected Mellissa and my daughter so much that she contracted a diseases which even medical doctors failed to cure. We had to resort to intense prayers. Praise be to God that she is recovering. This disease affected her face and the picture below is one of great improvement from the original onset of the disease. Three quarters of her face were breached and contorted!!! It was a nightmare!
Martina’s, the widow we built the house for, son has been hospitalized for over two months and hasn’t been able to be home. So even when the rain stopped we could not do work on her house since we couldn’t have workers on the premises when she was not available. Soon work will restart.
The work for the dorm was started and the foundation was raised. Thank you so much for helping us to start.
Rent for our house was paid up to February 2014. We are so much overwhelmed with gratitude for the money-gram.
Our car had serious mechanical damage owing it to the harsh terrain which it operates. Both the crankshaft and the camshaft broke and replacing them was not cheap. It has been in the garage for over a month. I have used this money-gram sent to get the car out. Now we have the car to use again!!! HALLELUYAH WE ARE SOO HAPPY. WE HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION. WE HAVE BEEN BORROWING HERE AND THERE. May God abundantly reward your kindness always and all ways.
There was a quarantine on animal movements from the place where we were going to purchase our animals for plowing. Once it is lifted we will buy them straight away.
We are excited about farming this year. There shall be increased acreage. Thank you for standing with us to produce food and feed and the starving and the vulnerable.
Inspite of the challenges we’ve experienced, we have managed to have a Christmas party for the least advantaged. The church also raised some bread to give to as we visited homes. Glory to God!
Thank you for being available for us.
Happy new Year. May every break up become a makeup in 2014.
Hugs and Love,
Shared by Andrea Thiele
Please note our mailing address has changed:
Remember The Poor
9524 W. Camelback Rd. Suite C-130 PMB #419
Glendale, AZ 85305
On behalf of Remember the Poor, Frank & Cindy, Bryan & Andrea and the RTP board, we would like to extend our deep gratitude to Jenell Te Velde for serving as RTP’s book keeper for about 5 years. Jenell, you have worked hard caring for the ministries we serve in Uganda and Kenya. Your loyalty and commitment will be missed in so many ways. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it has been a blessing to work along side of you.
|Steve and Jenell|
We would like to introduce to you our new book keeper, Ron Amstutz. Ron is excited to continue on the task of caring for RTP’s ministries in this manner. To get to know Ron Better, read his bio on the Remember The Poor web site.
|Zona and Ron Amstutz|
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Galatians 2:10
Shared by Seggy
“Uncle Seggy, I am so delighted that God has heard my prayers and am at a loss of words,” said Sarah’s mother when I approached her to let her know that a family in Canada wanted to support her daughter in any way possible.
Fast backward, in October 2013 Tom McDougall traveled —for the first time—to Uganda on a baseball mission. He arrived as a stranger but within days we became good friends. We chatted in the car and as we drove around Uganda I shared with him information on the New Dawn Africa foundation and what we did there.
Then on Saturday morning he joined me and my wife (An) at the Foundation and he volunteered to pack the food packages and play with the kids. There was this outstanding little beautiful, charming girl who kept close to Tom and asked him a lot of questions. Later that evening Tom asked me about Sarah, though I didn’t know much about her family.
On his return back to the comforts of Canada, Tom still felt connected to Sarah and wanted to help out. Tom’s wife, Christy and kids, were excited and they fell in love with Sarah even though she lived thousands of miles away from them. They then asked me to find out more information about Sarah’s family and this is what I found out (which was very touching to me):
- Her Mother is called Stella and she has 3 boys ( 20yrs, 18yrs, 12 yrs ) and 2 girls ( 16yrs, 10yrs ).
- She is HIV positive and lost her husband to AIDS in 2006. Her husband’s family treated her badly after his death and chased her away together with the children. The family has not been supportive in any way.
- She has struggled a lot to have her children go to school and be fed.
-She works at a flower company which is located about 2kms from New Dawn.
- She earns $24 per month working all seven days from 7am to 7pm.
-She said that Sarah is very much discriminated by their neighbors because she has HIV/AIDS.
-She struggles to have time with her children yet at the same time she has to work.
-At the moment she has problems with her eyesight and she believes its due to the chemicals she uses to spray on the Rose Flowers at the company.
Fast forward, to right before Christmas.
The McDoughall family decided to give a treat to Sarah’s family. They provided them with new mattresses, blankets, clothes and 2 pairs of shoes for each family member. They also provided them with chicken, beef, and lots of food to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Happiness engulfed the family upon receiving these gifts, at a time they much needed them and less expected them.
In Ugandan culture Christmas is much celebrated and it’s a time when parents must buy new clothes for their kids and feed them well. Beef, Chicken, and soda are a big treat here. Many people only get to eat them on Christmas or at wedding parties. They praised God for such a blessing from afar.
Sarah is now assured of joining a better school this year and will enjoy life just like any other kid. We at New Dawn are moved and humbled by such acts of pure love; these are some of the things we are thankful for in 2013.
We don’t need lots of money to make smiles, we don’t need to know people before we help them, we don’t have to wait for Christmas to give a gift, all we need is to ACT in any way possible at any time and share the LOVE.
Shared by Frank and Cindy May
Our dear friend, Naser Rafuna, originally a refugee from Kosovo (Eastern Europe), was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. He and his entire family are Muslim. His sister, Flora, has been keeping us apprised of his well-being (not good), and we have had the opportunity to text back prayers of Scripture and prayers for healing.
Naser has a Kosovon wife and 3 small children, and live in a 2 bedroom apartment at 67th and Bethany Home in Phoenix. His condition is so serious that doctors have warned him not to work for the next 6 to 12 months. He is back home now, out of the hospital, but unable to be with his children. Flora told us he is “crying every single minute having no way to pay rent.” Their rent is $698/a month. We are asking God to supply those six months worth of rent – that Naser and his family would see, in a physical way, “the salvation of God.”
If anyone feels led to visit Nasar, we cannot begin to tell you the encouragement that would be to his heart and to his family. The doors are wide open for ministry in this family right now. May the beautiful feet of the body of Christ bring his family the good news of peace, happiness, and salvation!
If you have $698 (or more or less) that you can contribute for rent, utilities, etc., please send the donation to RTP (link to donation page marked “Rafuna Family”) or email Audrey Schultz, Frank’s Assistant, at MayTeamHomes@gmail.com. 100% of all donations will go directly to Naser’s family’s expenses.
Praying you are richly blessed today!