Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

At Acts 435 we see how a small gift can make a big difference. Here are a few stories of people helped through Acts 435 and the difference it has made.

Acts in Action

19th June 2019

Acts in Action


"Recently we had a sermon in our church on Acts 3:1-10, about the crippled man who asked Peter and John for money. He received much more than he asked for- he was healed. He was enabled to walk, jump and praise God.

I had a similar experience when I sought help through Acts 435. I approached the advocates in our church for help following the failure of my fridge freezer. I could not afford the full cost of a replacement myself, but without it I was really struggling to look after my large family.

The money I needed was quickly raised through Acts 435, together with a contribution from the hardship fund in our church. However, owing to a carrier error, there was a delay with the delivery of my new fridge freezer. During the delay my kitchen developed a serious leak which necessitated the fitment of a new kitchen.  My Housing Association promptly arranged this, so not only was I blessed with a new fridge freezer, but also with a new kitchen as well- and the carrier firm gave me a complementary drinks cooler too!

So I just want to place on record my thanks for the generous support of Acts 435 and my local church. I feel I have been miraculously blessed with much more than I expected. Just like the story in Acts 3 in fact."

So close but so far

28th May 2019

So close but so far


Y was delighted with the good news when he heard the funds had been raised for a freezer, it gave him hope and a boost at a time when he was despairing that life will ever be normal again.

Y suffers from Post Traumatic Stress after witnessing a tragic event and was living on the streets last year. He moved from supported housing into independent accommodation and was making great progress including making future plans, doing voluntary work, and regularly attending church. However following a relapse Y now has severe agoraphobia and food shopping is a big issue for him.

It’s hard to imagine how awful it is for agoraphobia to prevent you from leaving your room when you live 3 minutes from the sea, with such beautiful weather and yet to be unable to enjoy it. From a practical viewpoint, the freezer will help him with food budgeting and healthy eating and take the pressure off the constant food shopping worry and hopefully help him to focus more on getting back to health. We are so grateful to Acts 435 donors for bringing love and hope.

More than just storage

16th April 2019

More than just storage

This single Mum of three children had to leave her job to care full time for her seriously ill daughter. During this time the circumstances also necessitated moving house. They were on benefits, but it took some time to sort these out and in the meantime they had to make use of the local foodbank. Their Acts 435 Advocate managed to source a few pieces of furniture for them, but they had no storage at all for clothes as the previous house had fitted bedroom cupboards.

The Mum was over the moon with the chests of drawers they were given, bought with the generous support of Acts 435 donors. They were of a good size and able to store all the family's clothing. She is quite a creative lady, and with one set she did a makeover and it looks fabulous! This in itself was a bonus for her because she found it really relaxing and therapeutic after all the stress with her daughter's illness. They still have some way to go, but the care and concern demonstrated by Acts 435 donors with this provision has helped enormously and they have made great progress as a result.

Precious family time

16th March 2019

Precious family time


This young family with two children have been through a lot over the past couple of years, but have been working hard towards providing a settled environment for the children. Dad is working but only receives National Minimum Wage, so after paying the bills there is nothing left to use for savings. I (their Acts 435 Advocate) thought that if they could have a table and chairs where they could sit down and eat together, and enjoy some quality time, this would further improve their situation.

The family were beyond delighted with the table and chairs bought for them with Acts 435 donations. They are now enjoying family meals together and other activities around the table. They express their gratitude every time I see them, and are so grateful for the help they received through Acts 435. The family are doing really well and are working well with family services who are continuing to support them. You have really encouraged them by your caring and giving. Thank you.

We saw God working...

27th February 2019

We saw God working...


Purely by chance, I met a lady who explained that her electric cooker had broken and for nine months, she had been managing to feed her children with just a microwave and a deep fat fryer. She is a single mother with a serious lung condition and is awaiting an operation. Both children used to enjoy baking with their Mum and were desperate to do this again - this and eat a proper cooked dinner.

I posted her request on the Acts 435 website and within a fortnight, the money had been raised. The lady and I then went on a shopping trip. We found the perfect cooker, right size and just what she wanted, for just the amount of money we had. The seller delivered and fitted it for free, so there was no extra cost at all! The lady’s family is so pleased that they are able to eat proper dinners and actually bake again and I am so pleased that I could see God’s hand at work throughout the whole story.

Support to a grieving son

26th February 2019

Support to a grieving son


S lost his mum a little over 12 months ago. At the time things were very difficult, and there was some conflict within the family. S was not as involved in the funeral as he would have liked, and struggled to deal with his emotions. Some months on, he sought support around his ongoing grief and feelings of loss, and was able to talk to a chaplain and pray with her, which helped to some extent. With the anniversary of mum's death approaching, the chaplain talked with S about visiting his mum's grave. He seemed to have mixed feelings about this, and with further exploration it became clear that he felt embarrassed about not being able to afford to take what he saw as an appropriate floral tribute. He felt that visiting without this would be in some way disrespectful, but also recognised that he was not financially in a position to spend what would be a significant proportion of his income from benefits on this. Through the generosity of Acts 435 supporters, he was able to choose a £30 bouquet of flowers which reflected his mum's personality and favourite colours. He made a visit to mum's grave with these and laid them there, where the family had recently had a headstone placed. he also took photographs to create his own memorial. This appears to have had real benefit for him in processing his grief and coming to terms with his loss, and has helped him to feel closer to mum and to repair relationships with other family members.

More than just money

16th February 2019

More than just money


"My name is K, I have spent most of my youth and adult life in jail or on drugs- I am not proud of it but thanks to the church who never gave up on me and always helped me things are different now. I finally got contact with my son but the relationship was not good; I suffered from depression which broke my family. I have turned my life round and now I can have my son overnight because a stranger from Acts 435 donated the money for me- we can go to the park and play football like a real dad does, and then we can have proper cooked food! Whoever you are please believe me when I say you’ve changed my outlook on life."



A wonderful resource

8th February 2019

A wonderful resource

It's such a pleasure when we're visiting clients and are able to help practically when there are such glaring needs - I'm a debt coach for the national charity Christians Against Poverty.

Our client was so worried about paying his bills, and being able to get this money so quickly through Acts 435 has seen him through a difficult patch whilst we get going sorting his finances. It's hard to think about budgeting when your heating is just about to go off, and he really was despairing about his situation.

I'm so grateful we can lean into the generosity of our wonderful Acts 435 donors and help bring hope into clients' lives.

Thank you!

Small gift, big difference

6th February 2019

Small gift, big difference


B has severe combination ADHD, difficulties processing sensory information and is very sensitive to sound. Cutting out background noise is hard and makes it difficult for her to focus. This is so overwhelming and leads to such distress that B ‘shuts down’ (can’t process what she needs to do in terms of activities of daily living e.g. that she needs to eat). She isolates herself as a coping strategy.

With the generous help of Acts 435 donors, we were able to purchase B some noise cancelling headphones- something should never have afforded herself with her limited income. The headphones have made such a difference in enabling her to manage sensory stimuli. She is able to feel much more comfortable doing everyday activities and has even joined a woodland wellbeing group which she has really enjoyed. Having the headphones has opened up so many opportunities to S and made a huge difference to her life.

Warm for Winter

5th February 2019

Warm for Winter


K is a young teenager with severe mental health issues. She was taken to a place of safety with her father who lives nearly 300 miles away. Her father's flat is very small and cramped, and all she was able to bring with her was one bag of clothes. She needed clothes for the winter, a coat, boots, jumpers and especially thick pyjamas as her father's flat is cold and damp. They are supported by the Foodbank as there is no money for food as it all goes on the electric card for heating to keep the mould down.

When K received her gift from Acts 435 donors she asked to us to send this message: "Thank you so much!! It is brilliant of you, I'm so very, very glad, thank you so much. I was only able to bring to Cornwall one bag of clothes and that was packed in a hurry, so I didn't really have a chance to think what clothes I might need in the future. The weather was ok and so I just bought things I needed for then. I was promised that the rest of my things would be given to me, but they never came. Thank you so much as when it got freezing I was able to buy boots, gloves and a coat with a hood and went to a charity shop and got 3 thick jumpers. I am now set up for the winter! You have really made a difference to me, to show that in bad times there are lovely people like you who help. Thank you."