2021 -These are their stories ...
This next testimony comes from Atascadero. We will call her Catherine. In this southern California town we became aware of a woman who will be turning 70 in February. She has a tiny wage through Social Security that does not even cover her rent. To add to her meager wage she housesits, and does animal sitting. Her main job was cleaning a B&B after guests vacated. (A few weekends here and there.) The B&B was closed down due to the pandemic. It reopened for a short time only to have a pipe break which flooded the downstairs. So, now there has been a couple of months with no guests; construction continues on the damaged home. Unfortunately, Catherine was left without her normal income … which was meager in the first place. When I spoke to her she had carefully saved her pence to pay her rent, water, and electricity; but she had no money for food. She wasn’t complaining. In fact, her words were, "We have the privilege of suffering, because it is then that we get to see the hand of God bring our relief." She is a faith-filled woman. We sent her $100 to ease some of her need. But, honestly, she could use more. We share these stories in hopes of inspiring others to donate to this cause. If you would like to help us help, please donate using our physical address or the donation button. No amount is too small; every little bit helps! Thank you.
No Other Place was able to help 445 children! By providing food for the orphans and their caregivers fifteen orphanages in the Democratic Republic of Congo received delivery of rice, cooking oil, sugar, canned tomatoes, biscuits and washing soap.
No Other Place is providing for the needs of the poor from East to West Africa. Our focus during 2020 has been in helping young women become entrepreneurs.
Rehema has made it through school and is now out on her own. She rents a room in the poorer side of the city. She wants to continue her education, go to the university, but for now she just needs a way to pay rent and buy food. We set her up making pastries and coffee to sell in the neighborhood. She will be able to pay for her rent and food beginning in November and as the schools start to reopen, she will be looking toward attending classes part-time.
Tabitha has been given a sewing machine and is showing her skill and creativity. She is a single mother raising 2 young children and is sharing the sewing machine in order for others to prosper also.