"Is this all there is to Christmas?" All the shopping, wrapping, mailing, returning; more and more gifts we don't need.
What if you could make a difference in the life of someone you will probably never meet, but who is hungry, homeless, sick, or struggling? Would you do it?
Christian Mission Aid asks that this year, you re:gift your abundance - that is, REspond to God's greatest GIFT - Jesus. Donate to those who are truly poor and needy in Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan. Re:gift to pass on the love of Jesus. Re:gift and respond to God's greatest gift.
Music: Angels We Have Heard On High, by Canopy Climbers (Audiosocket Track #76211)
36 year old Grace Atieno lives in Nyanza Province in Western Kenya. Her home sits next to a large sugar cane field owned by a Kenyan corporation. You could say that Grace and her family face a grim future. To say that, might be understating things.
Grace is a single mother to seven children, and she has also taken in two orphans to care for as her own. She was left widowed in 2007, another of the many women of Nyanza victimized by the AIDS virus. Grace too is HIV positive.
When she's left weak by the opportunistic diseases that attack her body's immune system, she has to stay home and is unable to make the small wages she sometimes receives. Her children are left hungry. Grace's eldest daughter is 14 and attends school when she can. Because of her mother's circumstances, she is often sent home from school because she can't pay her school fees.
Grace's biggest concern is the state of the house that she and her children are forced to live in. The home is literally crumbling around them. "This house is cold and wet. It's almost like being outside." Grace fears the house will collapse, and she and her family will be left homeless. Portions of the thatched roof have caved in and the mud walls are deteriorating and the rains that fell in April impacted the structural integrity of her home.
Grace rarely receives a decent night's sleep. Worrying that her home will collapse is bad enough, but her fears over her children's safety make it impossible. You see, sugar cane fields are home to big snakes who often come out at night and slither into the house. Grace has awakened many times to find one of them close to her children.
You can help turn around Grace's future and help give she and her children a secure structure to live in. For just $10,000.00 Canadian, Christian Mission Aid can construct a home, called a "Unit of Hope" that Grace and her children can build a better future in.
These two room homes are secure, safe and comfortable for the AIDS widows who receive them. They have a concrete floor and walls built from specialized mud. The roof is made from corrugated metal and has a rain catchment gutter system, along with a water tank to collect the heavy Kenyan rains. A pit latrine provides hygiene and sanitation for the home. Widows are also given a bed and bedding along with garden tools and seeds to help the widows with nutrition and give them a way to help support their family.
A committee of community leaders has identified Grace as the next recipient of a Unit of Hope because of her desperate circumstances. Now it is time for us to respond.
Will you help Christian Mission Aid build a Unit of Hope and provide a home for Grace? She is waiting on you.
The Unity Self Help group is a group of ladies, between the ages of 58 and 90. They’ve met every Tuesday and Thursday for the past seven years to weave products, mostly out of waste paper and plastics and other recycled materials. Essentially, this group of widows is making beautiful table cloths, purses, bags and jewelry out of someone else’s garbage!
The members have spent most of their lives living in abject poverty within the Kuwinda slum, one of many slums that can be found in and around Nairobi. Between them, the group members take care of 60 children whose parents have died, mostly of HIV / AIDS. At a time of life when these ladies should be spending their “golden” years getting together to knit and sip tea, they’re caring for orphan children and wondering where their next meal will come from.
The Karamoja region in northeastern Uganda is home to approximately 1.2 million people from various tribes. The land is plagued by drought, and international relief to the region is minimal in relation to the vast needs that exist. At Christian Mission Aid, we are trusting God to open up doors for us to train the local pastors and community leaders in Karamoja so they are better equipped to help their own people - to lift them out of poverty and share the love of Christ with them.
Will you join us? Visit cmaid.org for more information.