Before the local church stepped in, Ukume Boltana’s life looked bleak. After her husband died, his family cast her out with no inheritance, so she didn’t have a mere penny to her name. 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 through a donor-supported Tearfund CCT initiative called the Nehemiah project, a local church was awakened and visited this poor women living in the community. 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.
“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 there is a possibility he might join a university preparatory class in the next year. I now have good relationships with many of the people at the church. I am not now a broke person, rather I am a woman with an abundance of hope. Thanks to God and what He is doing through Tearfund and the Abela Faracho Kale Hewet Church.”
Our God is a God of restoration and He is truly using your donations to restore lives. Thank you for your incredible support of this project. 100% of CCT work is supported by individuals like you.
Photos of Ukume’s home being built: