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Cursed or Created in God’s Image?

Age makes it hard for Sakami,* an elderly woman in  Malawi, to get around on her own. Her family mostly ignores her needs. At night they lock her in a structure built for goats to keep her from wandering away. When a contact gave Sakami some bread, she was so hungry she bit into the plastic bag. On another visit, Sakami was found lying outside on a piece of tarp.

In a village in the Middle East, our staff members visited five one-room houses in an area that receives little outside help. The men inside each dark home were in their forties but had never walked. They tried to make do with rusty, broken-down wheelchairs.

As a child, Baysah Kollie from Liberia suffered from polio, which left his legs useless. He survives on his family’s generosity and occasional begging. Baysah used to have a wheelchair, but it was stolen. With no other way to get around, he dragged himself into the CAM office in Liberia, asking for help.

These stories reflect the plight of the handicapped in many parts of the world. Individuals with conditions like blindness, cerebral palsy, and mental disabilities are often disdained and have few opportunities to thrive. In some cultures, society views them as cursed, so families keep them hidden away. Other families do their best to provide care but have almost no resources. Their need for adult briefs, wheelchairs, walkers, or medicines is a constant challenge.

By providing items like these through the Hope for the Handicapped program, we seek to follow Jesus’ example of ministering to the vulnerable and forgotten. But beyond physical aid, supporters’ funds enable us to treat the handicapped as precious individuals created in God’s image.

Dignity: For Sakami in Malawi, funds were provided to build a latrine, restoring a bit of dignity despite being neglected by her family.

Mobility: Fatma in the Middle East used to get around by pushing a kitchen chair. She was thrilled for the gift of a walker with wheels that gave her a new sense of freedom!

Hope in Jesus: In Belarus, funds support believers who reach out to the handicapped by distributing food parcels, visiting the bedridden, and holding evangelistic services. Victoria, who suffers from cerebral palsy, attended one of these services with her mother. Afterward, her mother shared with our contacts, “There is such peace in my soul after these words and songs. We love to hear anything that has to do with God, don’t we, Victoria?” Her daughter nodded as well as she could.

Supporters, thank you for walking in Jesus’ steps, seeing the plight of the handicapped, and offering them hope.

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Abandoned Wife Grateful for a Wheelchair

Twenty-three-year-old Aleena* in the Middle East suffered a stroke-like episode several months ago, leaving her unable to walk or speak well. Her husband, seeing she could no longer take care of their two young sons, left her and married another woman. Abandoned and without a provider, Aleena and her sons moved in with her mother.

CAM staff members were touched when they visited Aleena and heard her story. Despite her severe handicaps, she was able to express her gratitude for the wheelchair they provided with Hope-for-the- handicapped funds. The visit also brought an opportunity for the staff members to pray for this young mother.

*Name is changed to protect identity.

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Life in Africa with blindness

Life in Africa, Christian Aid Ministries

Youngor Zayzay’s life in Africa has been anything but easy. Youngor Zayzay’s mother died soon after she was born in Liberia, West Africa. She was raised by her grandmother. Youngor met her father for the first time when he came to grieve her grandmother’s death. Later, her once-absent father became involved enough in her life to give her away in marriage to a taxi driver.

Youngor’s married life also brought trials. She and her husband had six children, but two of them passed away. Later, when her half sister came to visit, Youngor’s husband took her as a second wife.

Now, toward the end of her life, Youngor lives with her youngest daughter in a house built with wood and scrap pieces of zinc, the cheapest house you can build in Liberia. She does not know where her three other children live.

Ninety-year-old Youngor also faces another obstacle: blindness. One day while working in her garden, Youngor suddenly could not see anymore. Frantically, she called to her daugh­ter for help. They went to the hospital to try to find out why Youngor had mysteriously become blind, but the doctors had no answers.

In Liberia, blindness is an all too common trial. Some people became blind from shrapnel or other hazards during Liberia’s civil war. Others’ loss of sight starts with a minor eye infection. Because medical treatment is often unavailable or unaffordable for most Liberians, this infection can lead to blindness.

The plight of the blind in Liberia is sad and lonely. They are usually viewed as liabilities or burdens. Spouses, parents, and other family members often abandon them when they lose their sight. Finding the basics such as food, shel­ter, and clothing is a heavy burden. Many resort to begging, since there are few opportunities for them to earn an income.

Funds from supporters enable the Hope-for-the-Handicapped program to reach out to blind Liberians. Your generosity helped Youngor receive a 55-pound bag of rice. This helps meet an especially critical need since the price of rice, Liberia’s staple food, has recently spiked. The rising price creates a major food crisis, especially for blind people who depend on hand-outs or begging. Thank you for making it possible to help handicapped people in Liberia and other places!

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O little town of Bethlehem

Bethlehem, Christian Aid ministries

It is December, so the center of Bethlehem—Manger Square—is echoing with Christmas carols and crowded with tourists and local families. It is a time of celebration, even if the winter rains have started.

Bethlehem, the City of David, is filled with Bible history. Rachel was buried here, Ruth and Boaz lived among the wheat and barley fields, David was anointed king, Jesus was born, and the shepherds first heard the message of a Savior lying in a manger nearby.

It is a privilege for me to go to the wheelchair shop in Bethlehem each day to work with the Hope-for- the- Handicapped program. The shop is stocked with many sizes of wheelchairs, crutches, canes, walkers, and other medical equipment.

Our team hears about stroke patients, broken legs from falls or violence, and children who need wheelchairs to attend school. We visit these homes, where we are served coffee or tea, and listen to their stories. Within a month, we return with the needed equipment.

Wheelchairs, canes, or other items are the tools we use to share the love of Jesus. We often have opportunities to show empathy for families and their situations. From Bethlehem, we spread the joy of Jesus, the Babe born in a manger.

—By a staff member in the Middle East

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Happiness in a father’s eyes

happiness, Christian Aid Ministries

Eight years ago a gunshot to the head paralyzed Firas,* a Syrian father. Despite the injury, Firas found a way to earn an income by selling bread from a small shop. Then one day a fire broke out, reducing his shop to ashes.

Without a job, Firas spent many long days inside his home. Although he once owned a wheelchair, it had been destroyed when a bus crashed into him. He was left reliant on others to move him from place to place.

“The happiness in his eyes is indescribable,” believers reported after they delivered a wheelchair to Firas’s home. The wheelchair helped end Firas’s long, lonely days inside. “He thanked us with great love,” said the believers.

*Not his real name

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“Complete strangers, but you love us so much!”

love us, Christian Aid Minstries

God is opening doors in Belarus to reach disabled people with the Gospel through the Hope-for-the-Handicapped program. CAM works with contacts to provide food parcels, potatoes, and other items to disabled people and their families.

People in Belarus who suffer blindness, hearing impairments, paralysis, or other disabilities often require special care and feel forgotten by much of society. The meager pensions for the disabled create endless difficulties.

love us, Christian Aid Minstries

Believers in Belarus distribute aid to the disabled as a means of outreach. When recipients and their families gather for food distributions, Christians hold services where they sing, pray and preach. People are eager to attend these services and drink in God’s Word. One believer said, “We noticed tears and longing in the eyes of mothers who have been raising children with disabilities for years.”

This care is causing recipients to ask questions and search their own hearts. One recipient said, “You seem to be complete strangers, but you love us so much! We feel it.”

Touched by this love, some recipients express a desire to change their lives. Last year, three of these recipients repented and were baptized and discipled by local Christians. A believer described a time of Bible study and prayer with disabled individuals. “Someone’s blind eyes shed sincere tears,” he said. “Thank God for the work of the Holy Spirit!”

Christians in one part of Belarus organized weekly Bible studies for a group of blind and visually impaired people. They are forming friendships where they share life stories and needs. Together they lift their requests to God’s throne. Your support is enabling the Hope-for-the-Handicapped program to bring both physical and spiritual food to disabled people in Belarus. One believer passes on the gratitude of a recipient: “Give a huge thank you to all the good people who care so much about us!”

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Wheelchairs: Providing help, showing love

Wheelchairs, Christian Aid Ministries

Wheelchairs may seem like simple gifts. But to a disabled or wounded individual, a wheelchair is often a life-changing gift of love.

When Hiba* in Syria received a wheelchair from CAM contacts, she cried and exclaimed, “You gave me back my leg.” Hiba had lost her leg to an amputation. She thanked our contacts and said the wheelchair would change her life.

Akeem, who is disabled and requires extra care, lives in Yemen. His elderly father shoulders the heavy responsibility of caring for his family of twelve. When CAM contacts provided a wheelchair for Akeem, his father said, “I was praying that God would send people who could help me with . . . a wheelchair for my son. I thank God, who guided you today to support my family.”

Akeem told our contacts, “I always wanted to go out in front of the house to get some fresh air, but I couldn’t. After [you] provided me with a wheelchair, I can do this easily.”

New hope for the handicapped

Hiba and Akeem represent thousands of handicapped people who dream of moving around on their own. But without supplies like wheelchairs, this dream rarely becomes reality.

Many have no choice but to lie in bed for hours. Some move around by crawling on their hands and knees, at times wearing flip flops on their hands to protect them from the hard ground. Others depend solely on family members to carry them wherever they need to go. This puts strain on parents and siblings.

A wheelchair is often life-changing for a disabled child or adult. “The wheelchair is the window or door for the disabled to communicate with the outside world,” says a CAM contact in Syria. Wheelchairs allow people to better perform daily tasks and interact with others around them, easing their caretakers’ heavy loads. A doctor in Romania said that people often respond to the gift of a wheelchair with “the feeling of coming back to life.”

Wheelchairs also help to restore dignity and respect for the handicapped, who are looked down on by much of society. In Syria, a contact said, “[Wheelchair recipients] feel that their humanity and dignity are preserved.” Wheelchairs help lessen recipients’ dependence on others and give them a sense of freedom.

At a glance:

Average cost per wheelchair: $130
Goal for 2022: 3,000 wheelchairs
Countries of distribution: Romania, Israel, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, and others

In Syria, years of fighting left thousands of people with wounds and handicaps. One contact reported, “During our visit to shelters or slums, we met children who lost their legs in the war due to bombings or mines.”

Wheelchairs, Christian Aid Ministries
Wheelchair recipient, Middle East

Ahmed is one war victim. He lost his legs when a bomb exploded in his community. Ahmed was sent to a neighboring country for treatment but had no family or friends to care for him. He resorted to crawling everywhere he went.

Ahmed was overjoyed to receive a wheelchair from CAM contacts. “He . . . shared how he regained his hope because he felt like he was not . . . a burden, but had the freedom to move around and live, what seemed to him, a normal life,” said our contacts.

Words from Psalm 147 say, “[The Lord] gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” These verses show God’s heart for people like the handicapped, “the outcasts” in many societies.

Throughout this year, we would like to send wheelchairs to Romania, the Middle East, and other places. If you want to help show God’s heart of compassion to the disabled in providing wheelchairs, your support will be a blessing.

Christian Aid Ministries | February 2022

*Names in this mailing are changed to protect identities.

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“Why should I be discouraged?”

discouraged, Christian Aid Ministries

Martha Espinoza fell off a moving train when she was seven years old. As this Nicaraguan girl lay helplessly on the tracks, the train ran over her, dismembering all four of her limbs.

After our staff delivered a new wheelchair to forty-two-year-old Martha, she shared, “I am not discouraged and don’t despair of life. I can care for myself, brush my teeth, and sweep the floor. Why should I be discouraged? I can do many things using a wheelchair. And with God’s help, I’ll keep on enjoying life.”

Hope-for-the-Handicapped helps supply food, wheelchairs, health kits, and other aid to disabled individuals, mental institutions, and homes for the elderly and handicapped. The program operates in Nicaragua, Liberia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, and various other places.

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Showing mercy to the forgotten

Disabled, Christian Aid Ministries

Handicapped. Disabled. For thousands around the world, these diagnoses bring humiliation, rejection, and poverty. Many people who suffer from blindness, cerebral palsy, or other disabilities are abandoned by family and shunned by society. They are often left to fend for themselves. Many resort to begging.

Much of the world seems to have forgotten the desperate needs of these precious people, but God has not. With the help of supporters, CAM’s Hope-for-the-Handicapped program seeks to follow Jesus’ example of showing mercy and compassion to these forgotten people.

In the Biblical town of Bethany where Mary, Martha, and Lazarus lived, we provide supplies to a home for the handicapped. This facility cares for disabled individuals, some of whom would likely be abandoned otherwise. The local culture tends to hide less than perfect aspects of life, and handicapped family members are often considered a shame to their relatives. Many families bring the handicapped to this facility to remove the shame from their family.

This home for the handicapped is a haven of care for sixty-five physically or mentally disabled individuals. Some residents stay for only a short time, but many remain there until death. Staff members at this facility provide loving care and rehabilitation for the handicapped. This requires time, effort, and funds. The food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, and adult briefs from caring supporters provide much-needed assistance for this home to continue its work.

Numerous other places around the world benefit from our generous supporters. Thank you for touching the lives of suffering, handicapped people with mercy and compassion.

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Bringing smiles with wheelchairs

A smile slowly spread over Milagro’s face as he sat in his new wheelchair. Then he started making truck noises. This new gift was an obvious treasure to Milagro, a six-year-old boy from Nicaragua who has Down Syndrome.

Milagro’s parents use a wheelchair to take him to church and other places, but his previous wheelchair was worn out and too big for him. Through the Hope-for-the-Handicapped program, CAM was able to give Milagro a new wheelchair just his size! His sparkling eyes and shining smile are the best kind of thank you.