Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

Nowhere to lay their heads

14th June 2018

As a church we have been serving the local Asylum Seeker and Refugee community, and regularly hear of significant needs. Recently we heard that a Sudanese family with several young children were living in a small high-rise flat with no bedding at all. We visited them and spoke with them about Acts 435 - they were delighted to have the church apply for funding, and when we arrived with bedding for the entire family their beautiful smiles lit up the flat! Our friendship with the family continues to grow, and we thank God for the opportunities past and future that we have to love them in His name.

Fresh Start

25th May 2018

J was a good chef but drinking came with the lifestyle and he became an alcoholic. He lost his job, partner and young daughter. He hit rock bottom, and so he sought help from Adaction. Jesus then came into his life through Christians Against Poverty. He turned his life around and is an active member of a local Baptist Church and a Street Pastor. He came to Acts 435 because he had found work so was off benefits but wasn't getting any pay until he had worked the first month. He was so grateful for the donations to get him through this time.

Encouragement of a bus pass

3rd May 2018

D suffered serious burns to her face following an accident in her home and had been in hospital for some time. As D and her husband J were starting to engage with CAP due to debts it was difficult for J to afford the daily bus fare to visit his wife in hospital. Through Acts 435 an Advocate was able to apply for funding for a week's bus pass to allow J to travel for free for 1 week to go and visit D in hospital. This meant that he didn't have to apply for a crisis loan through his benefits which would have led to his benefits being reduced.

The good news is that D is recovering well following her skin grafts and has now been discharged. J started coming to church the Sunday after D was admitted to hospital and has been every week since. He has witnessed the practical love of the church in action and this has impacted them both deeply.

Every blizard has a silver lining

3rd May 2018

The snow made it impossible to get the car off the drive. The Priest, walking to work, found a couple huddled up in a bus shelter where they had spent the night. If she had been driving that morning, this meeting would not have happened. Acts 435 donors stepped in to pay for emergency accommodation for the couple. The hotel owner was very helpful and introduced Michael to a potential employer, who took him on, and a flat was found for them. Without the money for the hotel, none of this would have come about, and with God's help they will now be able to live a relatively normal life.

Beautiful smile

13th April 2018

"A massive thank you from me and my boy, I no longer need to worry about Gas or Electric for a good few weeks, and I can spread my other money about better. Once again thanks!"

This man's shoulders looked lifted up, as if a weight had just been taken off them, and he had a such a massive smile on his face. He said to his son who was with him "see I told you people care". His young son said "but they don’t know us, why do they care?". I told him about Acts 435 and that he was a V.I.P, which then put a beautiful grin on his face- it definitely gave his dad and I tears in our eyes.

Hope Giver, Lifesaver

29th March 2018

This single dad who is unemployed, struggling alone to look after his 21-month old daughter with the help of the charity Action for Children, was referred to us for some financial help.

His health isn't good - he has chronic back pain, and struggles to walk or even sit easily - and has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Despite that, he was refused PIP (Personal Independence Payment, to help people who struggle with mobility or to look after themselves without support) - and he is awaiting a tribunal to appeal this.

At the time of the request, it was one of the coldest weeks of the winter, he had only £20 in his account, and couldn't afford food or to top up his heating. He was also worried about £80 he owed Welsh Water and he didn't want this accumulating any further.

Thanks to ACTS435, we were able to provide his with £80 to pay off his water bill, and we topped up his gas with a £26 voucher.

You could just hear the relief in his voice, as we called him to tell him that we had just paid off his water bill. "You've been a lifesaver," he said. "You've really helped to pull me out of a bad place, and I am very grateful - Thank You so much."

No longer apart

27th March 2018

L's eldest daughter aged 13 has Autism, anxiety and psychosis as well as learning difficulties. Her psychosis is so severe she has been taken to an assessment unit over 300 miles from home for 3 months. As her main carer her Mum is on a limited income and is finding it a struggle to afford the petrol money and cost of a room at a Premier Inn to visit her daughter. She was referred to Acts 435 by Cornwall Children's Services who did not know how else to source the money needed. I put 2 requests online at 5pm and before bedtime the full amount had been donated! I was able to pay her the next day and she has gone to see her girl. She was so amazed and grateful to the donors. I have never had a request met so quickly. I love being an advocate and events like this show me how worthwhile it is.

No More Wash Day Blues

21st March 2018

This lady was having to put her washing into a black bin liner, hike it to the bus stop, get on and off the bus and walk to her daughter's house to use her washer. She felt under valued and not independent, relying on the goodwill of her daughter and family, sometimes feeling in the way only to turn around and carry it all back home again. We can often take it for granted when we put our washing on, not thinking of someone like this when it has been so cold and snowy. This lady believes this was really an answer to prayer and was so overjoyed when we gave her the news. Her response was "I've been praying for this! God is faithful in the little things as well as the big things. My next thing is a car."

Preparing for new baby

19th March 2018

A & K are soon to have a baby. Social Services had a number of concerns as the young couple have struggled in the past and neither has worked for some time. A has been determined to support his partner and new family and has done all that Social Services have requested. One thing was just beyond them financially, a carpet that Social Services said had to be bought for their main room. We were able to help find a carpet fitter who could help, but even so it was going to cost £260 in total. A was able to earn enough from some extra work to raise £160. The £100 given through ACTS 435 supporters made this last hurdle a reality. A & K are delighted and very thankful, they have achieved so much in the past few months and this helping hand has encouraged them so much more on their journey.

A new beginning

1st March 2018

S is a lovely gentle lady in her 70's with psychiatric problems. We have been working with her through the food bank to try and address the issue of why she has had no power for 3 years. Her psychiatric team finally gained access to find her cold and emaciated and in appalling living conditions. She had an electricity problem which had turned her power off, and combined with a leak from her toilet things had really gone downhill. She was hospitalised for pneumonia and during that time, with her consent, her flat has been stripped of all the damp mouldy items, and the local community have been donating towards her fresh start. The £120 we received from Acts 435 has paid for a kettle, toaster and iron, and many of the kitchen and bathroom essentials that she needed. She is in a B&B until the end of this week, when a new cooker will have been fitted, and is looking forward to coming back to a clean, warm home. The psychiatric team felt that another two weeks and she could have been found dead. We are so thankful for the generosity shown by donors. Acts 435 is an amazing lifeline and brings such hope to people who are often at their wits end.

School uniform success

26th February 2018

A teenage girl joined her family in the UK and was supported to receive a place at a local school, in spite of being part way through the school year. The family managed to purchase some parts of her school uniform, but not the whole package. She was desperate to start, but needed a few more items before she would be allowed to begin her schooling. With the help of donors, the family were able to purchase the rest of the items and she began at school. She's learning English quickly and the whole family is overwhelmed by the generosity of strangers. Thank you for making her transition so much smoother!

Cold Snap!

26th February 2018

We were contacted by a local school. One of their families had no money, a broken boiler and had just ran out of electricity! They needed £30 to get them through until they got paid, so that they could have the electric back on. We were just about to have the coldest week of the winter and this family had no way of keeping warm... until the donations from Acts 435 came and made all the difference!

The family were amazed by the generosity of people that they don’t even know. Grateful doesn’t even touch how they feel! Acts 435 has potentially saved 3 children (2 toddlers) and their parents from freezing! Thank you so much for your quick response to this need! “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me!” Thank you!

Thankyou

23rd February 2018

J has had a distressing year since her son was born. She has found herself in a position of having her son placed in special guardianship with a family member as she was not able to look after him. She is now working with several agencies including a local young parents charity. Through this work she is addressing areas of her life she needs to change. She has been working so hard attending several different appointments each week on a voluntary basis. She was coping really well until she was hit with serious money troubles. She was receiving housing benefit and income support as well as child related benefits. Since she no longer has care of her son these payments have been removed and she faces a cut to her housing benefit for the spare room subsidy as she is now deemed to be under occupying. This lead to a serious drain on her finances. She was having to choose between eating cold meals or using her electric. We have supported J with budgeting skills and she continues to make great progress. The £20 toward her electric bill was a real help at a time where she felt everything was going against her. This generosity has given her faith in the kindness of strangers and she has asked me to pass on her thanks to those who kindly donated.

From addiction to education

12th February 2018

After coming out of a Christian recovery and rehabilitation facility, Alex was looking for options for how he could proceed with life. After hearing about a local Christian college that offered taster courses, he decided to give one a try to see if it was the kind of thing he might want to do full-time. With a little help from a donor on Acts 435, Alex was able to pay the fee required and start the course. He is now two sessions in and loving every minute - and he's also talking about how things would look if he did the course full-time! Thanks a lot Acts 435!

Thank you for your kindness

20th January 2018

Liz has suffered greatly from serious health problems over the years. Having a heart attack that almost killed her about 5 years ago, more recently an operation on her ankles to help become more mobile last year. Then later, just before Christmas she needed dental work doing that would in turn help save her from further heart problems. The kindness showed to her via Acts 435 donors has meant a great deal to her and she can not express her gratitude enough. She is now able to lead a more active life and continue the work she does in her church for the community.

Fresh Start after Fleeing Persecution

17th January 2018

Zeinab has been on a long journey after fleeing from Egypt 2 years ago. After she became a Christian, in Egypt, her house was torched and her husband was abducted. She has never seen or heard from him again.

She arrived in England with 3 young boys 2 years ago and was eventually granted right to remain in August 2017. God led her to Oldham where she has been supported throughout her long ordeal by members of East Oldham Methodist. Prayers have been answered - she is now in permanent tenancy near to the Church and the school which her children are attending.

Acts 435 donations have been an invaluable help in supporting Zeinab to start her new life in her new home.

Help within hours

12th January 2018

I'd only just been approved as an Advocate when I met a young woman who really wanted to cook healthy food for her two children. She was struggling with her gas bill and really needed a slow cooker, so I thought I would put a request on Acts 435 and see if I got a response.

Within hours we had enough money to buy this family a slow cooker. When I phoned the young mother she just cried, she couldn't quite believe that someone who didn't know her or her children could be so generous.

Amazing and truly heart warming - thank you :)

Counselling sessions for a mother and baby in foster care

9th January 2018

This money went towards 6 sessions of therapy for S, who is currently in a mother and baby foster placement, and it was looking like she might have to give the baby up for adoption, however, her Counsellor wrote this in her report: "I have seen a real difference in S since we started the work. With the limited amount that we could do in 6 sessions I think we were able to touch upon some of her attachment blocks and troublesome mindsets."

Even this short term contract has helped S to turn around and change 'enough' regarding her placement requirements; resulting in her assessors re-evaluating their decision and passing her. This has saved a baby going into care at this stage; a remarkable and very positive outcome.

We are looking to continue to support S and her baby in the future.

Thank you for making this huge difference to two people's lives.

Creating a virtuous cycle.

9th January 2018

The recipient was shocked at first to find complete strangers had given money to help in their hour of need. The look on their face was one of shock, joy and happiness. The recipient wanted to give £20 back as a donation to support other people in need. After trying to refuse I had to accept £10 donation back to us. Such generosity from someone in dire straits was very touching and humbling.

It was such a privilege to pass on the kindness of strangers to someone who really needed a helping hand.

Fresh start after being released from prison

28th December 2017

This man spent 35 years in a secure mental health prison hospital and he is really struggling to adjust; after being told what to wear, what time to get up, and what time to eat. But he is determined to learn how to adjust to life.

With your support and the funds he has gone for the first time in 35y ears to the shops for some new clothes. Without support he was really worried but he is determined to cope. He couldn't believe that he got help, and when I met with him to pass on the gift he was overwhelmed, He didn't think he would get any help, he felt that it was just words. His response was so valuable. He now has hope and contact with people on the outside. The last time I saw him he wanted to go back to the secure prison as he wasn't coping so we prayed and he gave his life to Jesus. This time he was really looking forward to going shopping and learning how to do it. He also asked me to ask you all to pray for him to adjust to being free on the outside.

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