Acts 435 Giving to anyone who has need

Success Stories

Paying of debt and giving hope

10th January 2018

This young man was being pursued for an unpaid electricity bill in his former room that he rented. We have been able to clear the debt and stopped him being harassed. We also managed to offer him more support - he didn't know how to use a washing machine, so the Associate Priest took him to a launderette and showed him. He is a pianist who writes his own worship songs. He has written a song which two local senior schools are going to sing. The school that sells most CDs will be declared the winner!
He has now secured a training post in another local town and will start his training in January. He has experienced the difference when someone cares and shows an interest!

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.

The alarm made all the difference

28th December 2017

Emma hadn't had a proper night's sleep for months because she was so afraid that her little boy might have a seizure during the night. As a single mum with two other small boys (one with mental health problems), she was at the end of her tether, exhausted with stress and lack of sleep. She was delighted to receive a seizure alarm, just before Christmas - it was the best present ever! When the Advocate called at Emma's home to hand over the alarm, Emma gave her a huge hug. She said that the alarm would make such a difference to the whole family, because when the little boy was asleep she will be able to sleep properly too, knowing that she would be woken up by the alarm if he had a seizure. She said that she will be better able to cope with the boys and have more energy to do things with them so the whole family will benefit.

natalie

27th December 2017

Natalie came to the ark for help when she heard from out side agencies that we may be able to help regarding certain items. She turned up and was emotional from the start of the meeting, to the time she left, she poured her heart out to us about her children and how she misses them. We talked and prayed a lot and then shared how Acts 345 could help her and we explained about how it works and how people are praying for her as well; she was overwhelmed. I put in a prayer request when I put in her application. At the time social services were saying that they were going to put her children up for adoption and she will not have them back. She asked us all to pray, and she is doing everything she can - going to classes, getting help debt help, doing all the parenting courses and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mental health support. At the hearing the judge said she will put her case back until April to see how she goes with the courses and classes she is doing and make sure all the things are in place at her home, then he may look at returning her children back to her. So thank you for the support and please keep praying for her. She will now have a cooker in place with your help.

A fresh start for single mum

27th December 2017

This lady came to us through a relative as she had come out of a relationship that was dominated by domestic violence. She had to start all again. Since she has come into contact with us and Acts 345 her whole year looks so hopeful! She has had help from both of us with a cooker food and Christmas toys for her son and some household goods.
She came to see us today and was so over the moon she came out of a relationship with nothing, only herself and her son, and she didn't know what to do. She is now thanking God for all that she has received. She is overwhelmed by it all and didn't know anything existed like this. She is amazed, and her son has had a good Christmas, which is the best thing for them both at this time. She had never prayed before she came into contact with us, and is now considering joining a group at our church.

Homeless man who now has a roof over his head for winter

5th December 2017

Darren was living on the streets due to his addiction. He had lost all chances of finding some where when he came to the Ark Project where we introduced him to Acts 435. He turned up with his bags a little bit late and so sadly he had to find a friends sofa to stay on, which was a miracle the his friend was at The Ark too. We then found him some where to stay but it wasn't available for 2 weeks and his friend agreed to let him just have the sofa for that time but no more. Dead on the date he had to move out and the flat wasn't ready so we had to find him another place to stay so we prayed with him made some calls and praise the lord he got a shared accommodation where he has a room the landlady agreed to just waver the bond and let him have his room for £120. His mum agreed to lend her pension for this and then the donation came from kind Acts 435 donors, the whole family were amazed. Darren is settled in his new room and doing well he is even thinking about a job. Bless you all as it wouldn't have possible without your donations. You are making a MASSIVE difference in so many peoples' lives.

How a vacum cleaner can help someone gain independence

4th December 2017

David is an elderly gentleman struggling with learning difficulties and surviving on a low income. He didn't have a vacuum cleaner & so struggled to keep his flat clean. Thanks to a kind donor from Acts 435, he was able to buy a vacuum cleaner & now cleans his flat himself. This has helped to give him an increased sense of independence & he is enjoying doing the vacuum cleaning so much that he's even been over to his neighbour's house to help clean her flat too!

Overdue Bills

1st December 2017

Our church member is bipolar and has physical disability. We applied for two grants totalling of £100 and £60, both of which were successful. Because of his mental health issues, he had overlooked the lapse of his Disability Payments and had not reapplied. This loss of income over a year meant that he had fallen into debt and was unable to pay ongoing bills. The two grants have helped to tide him over while he reapplied for the benefit which has now been awarded.

We put his situation on the prayer list and my impression is that he gained some hope as a result of the Acts 435 process. It inspired him to seek other help on his own initiative and in addition he has successfully lost two stone in weight. There is still a long way to go but, with God's help and his people, he believes there is a way out.

Replacement Window

27th November 2017

Mum is a single parent to three little boys under the age of 6 years. Her front room window was smashed one Saturday evening by a group of young people who were going down the street throwing rocks at windows. Mum was very scared and she immediately left the home with her three young boys. Mum stayed in temporary accommodation whilst waiting for the window to be repaired, the family would not have been able to pay for this if hadn't been for the kindness of Acts 435. The children were very unsettled and Mum was so worried about what she was going to do. Thank you you so much to Acts 435's kind donation as this has made it possible for Mum and the children to move home and not have to take any loans to get the window repaired. It has taken a huge burden off her shoulders and enabled the family to be home and get ready for Christmas.

Published a book

10th November 2017

This donation went to support one of our people who has had an incredibly difficult life. She was addicted to many substances and working the streets 6 years ago when we first new her. She is now well on the way to a more stable life and that has meant that dreams that she has held are coming to fruition. With the help of a lot of people through crowd funding, Acts 435 the kindness of a publisher and in illustrator Liz has now fulfilled one of those dreams by becoming a published author of a children's book. We're so grateful to Acts 435 donors for their support.

Brenden's Story

3rd November 2017

Brenden moved into the area when his previous flat was vandalised and all his belongings destroyed and stolen. His new flat was unfurnished and the money from Acts 435 helped to buy him a bed and microwave so he could cook and sleep.

This has elevated his depression and give him some self-worth. Thank you again for your help which is greatly appreciated.

One very smart boy.

25th October 2017

What a joy it was to take this mum and son out and purchase all that was needed for him to start school. There was much excitement from both mum and son. The money covered enough for him to have a special lunch box too!
Thank you to all who supported this request.

Double Blessing

24th October 2017

P was left homeless after being institutionalised and the council repossessed his flat. Of Italian descent he had no family to sort out his belongings so they were "dumped" and he was left with literally nothing.
He was overwhelemed by the kindness of strangers who responded to his Acts 435 request,and was given Asda vouchers so he can choose goods which are a priority to him, and choose the designs etc. This is so empowering to someone who has been powerless for two years.That is blessing number one.
The second blessing is he has asked to be directed to the nearest church as he wants to offer to volunteer and to seek to know more of God. Heartfelt thanks to the donor (s).

Activity regained

23rd October 2017

C had a stroke and from being very active found herself extremely restricted. Through help and encouragement she is regaining her confidence and is not letting her problems hold her back. She tried a friend's scooter and felt she would be confident enough to have one. Through the help of Acts 435 donors, and help from the church we bought her one. Her life has been revolutionised. She is whizzing about shopping and visiting and is a joy to behold. Thank you so very much.

ACTS 435 made all the difference

18th October 2017

M, an elderly lady of 76, lived with her daughter but was threatened with homelessness when the landlord sold the property. Because of financial difficulties, she was not able to continue living with her daughter who was moving into a motorhome. At the last minute she was offered a bungalow which needed decorating, which we did. However, it had a concrete floor which was cold and dusty. This wouldn't have helped her severe asthma. We applied to Acts 435 who generously donated £120 for carpets which were then fitted to the living room, bedroom and hallway, transforming her little bungalow into a warm and comfortable home. Thank you to those who gave so generously. I only wish you could see the difference it has made to her.

An answer to prayer

11th October 2017

This CAP client, J, had only £160 available to cover her heating, food (gluten free) and general living expenses for a month. She had no heating oil in her tank. She is a believer. She was therefore grateful for my offer to post a request on the Acts 435 website. The next day she read from her daily reading /prayer box Philippines 4 v 4 and v 19 - 'Rejoice in the Lord always' and 'My God will supply all your needs'. A little while later she was delighted when I rang her to tell her that the money had been donated and we were able to order a supply of oil and she was able to buy gluten free food.

Starting School

4th October 2017

Our client's children faced a new school year without full uniform, due to a problem with family payments being stopped during a time of re-assessment. The decision to suspend payments all together whilst the family payments were adjusted downwards had a huge knock on effect as money planned to be spent on school uniforms towards the end of school holidays was unavailable. The policy to suspend payments for weeks at a time put enormous financial and psychological pressure on this single parent. This current policy around benefit calculations also meant one of our client's children started high school without the proper school uniform, having a huge and negative impact on what should have been a significant and exciting transition from primary to secondary school. The money donated through Act 435 meant that all the children now have full school uniforms, proper fitting shoes and most importantly higher self esteem through the generosity of Acts 435 donors. God bless you!

Car Repairs

2nd October 2017

I would like to say a massive thank you to those who have helped me again.
I got my car fixed so am able to take my boys to school.
I could not of done it without the kindness of you.
I am so very touched at how kind and caring you are and I hope that day I am in a position to help others the same as you have helped me.
Thank you to Lewis for asking for the help for me I am forever grateful.
God bless each and every one of you.
Kirsty and family xx

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