“I was abandoned… but they came to help.”

Before the local church stepped in, Ukume Boltana’s life looked bleak. After her husband died, his family cast her out with no inheritance, leaving her with absolutely nothing. With unpredictable work, she struggled to feed and provide for her son for nearly two decades. Even paying the 50 birr ($2.30) rent for a one room house was difficult.

The only asset she owned was a 6 x 20 metre plot of land she had bought many years ago. She had never thought to construct a house on it. It seemed utterly impossible.

But then the impossible happened.

A local church, called by God and supported by donors like you, had been receiving training from Tearfund in church-based community transformation. They noticed Ukume and her struggles. In response to the Biblical mandate to care for widows and orphans (James 1:27), they saw Ukume’s living condition and supported her with grain, edible oil, and cash. Moreover, they promised to help build her a house on the land she owned.

“From our training, we have learned that we are all called to serve the needy regardless of religion and denomination. We have to show the love and compassion to people outside the church. We assess the needs of the community. We raise funds every month to contribute to specific projects, for specific beneficiaries. We collect not only cash, but grains, clothes and shoes to give to the needy within our community,” one congregant passionately exclaimed.

Thanks to donors like you, Ukume talks with joy seemingly bursting through her smile. “While I’m not a member of their church, they came to help my problem,” said Ukume. “I am now able to continue supporting my son and send him to school. I now have good relationships with many people at the church. I am now not a broke person, rather I am a woman with an abundance of hope.”

There are so many churches in Africa and Asia eager to transform their community. Will you help them?

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