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Twinkling Eyes and a Thankful Heart

A CAM contact from Malawi met Namelango sitting outside his tiny mud hut with a worn stick in his hand. This elderly man cannot walk or crawl, so he scoots on the ground to get from one place to another. Namelango lives alone and relies on relatives to bring him food and water.

Our contact used funds from Project Good Samaritan to buy food, a change of clean clothes, soap, and roofing plastic for Namelango. “He had such a twinkle in his eye,” she said, “and a show of thankfulness for the things that were given him.”

On a later visit, when our contact learned that he hadn’t eaten all day although it was 3:30 in the afternoon, she gave him some instant cereal. She plans to periodically visit Namelango and bring him needed items.

Project Good Samaritan funds enable our staff and contacts in various countries to respond to unique needs or emergency situations they encounter. This includes providing hearing aids, paying for cancer treatments, covering funeral expenses, supplying roofing material, and more. Supporters, God bless you for being “Good Samaritans” to people across the world!


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Compassion for Paulina

Compassion, Christian Aid Minstries

One evening in Kenya, as Paulina was coming home from work, she was attacked by several assailants. They left her with a severed thumb and serious injuries to her foot and kneecap.

Paulina and her husband do manual labor to earn a living. These serious injuries presented a challenge for them: With their limited income, how would they pay for the care Paulina needed? Kind neighbors pitched in to help pay for Paulina’s foot surgery but were unable to cover the following two months of hospital care. Funds from Project Good Samaritan covered the remaining hospital bill and provided a walker to help Paulina as she recovered.

Project Good Samaritan is a favorite program of our field staff, yet often does not receive sufficient specified funding. Funds from supporters enable our staff to respond with Christlike compassion to cries for help. Donations of $2,500 or above are assigned to specific cases, and donors of that amount or more will receive brief information about recipients.

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Help for neighbors in need

neighbors in need, Christian Aid Ministries

Project Good Samaritan helps our poverty-stricken neighbors in need cope with their pressing burdens that arise from medical emergencies, house fires, or other unexpected crises. The program operates mostly in countries where CAM has ongoing projects or field staff.

 Introducing a few recipients

Middle East 

Ahmed* is 42 years old and has diabetes and hypertension. He helps his elderly parents with their expenses, on top of caring for his own family. With $287, CAM purchased medications for Ahmed’s treatment.

Romania  

Florica’s husband abandoned his wife and six children, leaving them without a breadwinner. The family lives in a house with no kitchen. We provided $639 to help buy some building materials to expand their home.

Kenya  

Jeremiah faces various health issues. He is bedridden and occasionally develops bedsores. CAM provided a special mattress to help prevent bedsores and assisted with medical testing.

*Name is changed to protect identity.

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Kindness shown to a Liberian widow

Liberian widow, Christian Aid Ministries

Liberian  widow Nyowah catches fish to sell to buy food for herself and her grandchildren who live with her. Nyowah struggled to meet her family’s financial needs after her husband died. She moved from a remote Liberian village to a community that shows kindness toward her. The town chief graciously gave Nyowah a piece of land to live on, but she could only afford a small shelter with little protection from the elements.

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After

Recently, caring neighbors joined together to purchase items for a new house and mix mud to plaster the walls. The community nearly accomplished its goal of completing the house but fell short of the money needed to purchase material for the roof. Nyowah was grateful when CAM provided the tin to finish the house. A Liberian staff member shared, “The family is very happy to have a secure place to live.”

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Man’s life nearly claimed by hippo

hippo, Christain Aid Ministries

On the night of his mother’s burial, Isaac went outside after dark and thought he saw a cow. Instead, he came face to face with a wild African beast—a hippopotamus. The hippo’s rage resulted in multiple injuries.

hippo, Christain Aid Ministries
Isaac, survivor of hippo attack.

Thankfully, Isaac escaped. But he faced a long recovery from a dislocated hip, a four-rib fracture, an injured spine, and multiple wounds, some around two inches deep.

Isaac endured an eight-month hospital stay and had no money for another surgery coming up. With supporters’ funds, CAM helped pay the hospital bill for him.

When emergencies like Isaac’s occur, poverty-stricken families and individuals often find themselves destitute. Project Good Samaritan reaches out to people with pressing needs in various countries, bringing hope and help to people in a critical time of need.

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A deformed leg, surgery, and hope

leg, Christian Aid Ministries

In our August 2018 newsletter we featured the story of Esther, a Haitian girl enrolled in the Haiti School Program. Esther developed a bone disease when she was a baby. Although surgery was performed, Esther’s parents could not afford the proper follow-ups, so the bone in her leg became deformed. The means to correct her leg seemed impossible to find in the impoverished country of Haiti.

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CAM staff in Haiti discovered Esther’s needs after she began attending a CAM-supported school. Esther loved school and nothing could stop her from attending, not even a 45-minute walk on a crippled leg.

Through Project Good Samaritan, CAM staff found a surgeon and paid for surgery to correct Esther’s leg. She still faces many follow-up appointments, but the almost impossible, life-changing procedure has been accomplished—by supporters’ funds and God’s provision.

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After

Project Good Samaritan reaches out to poverty-stricken families and individuals who suddenly find themselves faced with medical emergencies, house fires, and other unexpected needs. Often, these people cannot save for such emergencies and are destitute when they occur.

Our field staff members assess each Project Good Samaritan case and give help accordingly. Sometimes the aid is small, like providing money to help a needy widow buy medicines for her heart problems. Other times the help needed is more significant, like a family whose home has burned to the ground. No matter the amount of aid given, our supporters’ generosity is helping to meet critical needs. Thank you for touching people’s hearts and pointing them to the ultimate Good Samaritan, Jesus.

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A ray of hope for Thinji

ray of hope, Christian Aid Ministries

Thinji, a 74-year-old man in Kenya, sat in a small, dark room. His dislocated hip and his right knee, which is locked in a sitting position, leave him unable to walk. He and his wife had been estranged for more than fifteen years. Overcome by depression, and not having a ray of hope Thinji believed he would die alone in his little room.

Our staff in Kenya found out about Thinji and his deplorable needs. They made contact with Thinji’s estranged wife who agreed to help care for her ailing husband. Thinji was moved from his lonely room to an apartment, where our staff supplied him with a bed, chair, and table. They also gave him a Bible course to study. Now they are working with a nearby hospital to find a solution to his hip and knee problems. Their dream is that he could someday walk again.

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Thinji and his wife

“Have you ever seen anything like this?” Thinji shared in amazement. “They got me a bed and a chair and a table!” Instead of dying alone in his room, he is reunited with his wife and receiving the help and hope he so desperately needed.

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Helping a bedfast father to again provide

bedfast, Christian Aid Ministries

Maksim is a thirty-six-year-old father in Ukraine who had been bedfast for six months. His body doesn’t produce the necessary fluids to keep his joints lubricated. He needed two knee replacements and turned to CAM for help.

CAM provided $966 to enable Maksim to purchase the knee implant for his left leg. Later Maksim had surgery to replace his right knee. Due to his condition and his desire to provide for his family, CAM also provided $1,000 to help pay for this surgery.

When CAM staff members visited Maksim later, they found him happy in spite of his difficulties. He can now work as a driver, earning about $165 per month.

Thank you, supporters, for making a way for bedfast Maksim to get the help he needed. Thanks to “Good Samaritans” like you, Maksim can now provide for his wife and growing family.

Project Good Samaritan (formerly called Special Needs Fund) provides funds for situations like medical emergencies, house fire destruction, or funeral expenses. Donations of $1,000 or more will be assigned to a specific case(s) and sponsors will receive information about those they helped.