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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."

A good night's sleep all round

25th January 2019

A good night's sleep all round


A young mum and her 2 year old daughter had to be re housed after an awful relationship breakdown. Neither had slept properly for a long time, the babe had outgrown her cot a long time ago and they could not afford a new Toddler bed (due to severe eczema they could not have a secondhand mattress). The referral came to me and I put an application on to Acts 435 on Thursday evening. When I woke up on the Friday morning the need had already been met, to be able to call mum and tell her the bed is ordered and on its way was amazing. Mum and babe are finally going to be able to have a comfortable good night's sleep and that will make everything else seem easier. Mum says thank you, the generosity means more than you can ever imagine!

Turned around life

11th January 2019

Turned around life


SW came to us a broken woman, crying and feeling she had no hope in her situation. In just 3 months, we have been able to do a Debt Relief Order thanks to Acts 435 donations for the fees. She is now trying to keep focused on moving forward, and feels she would have been on the streets before Christmas without your help. She had no way to turn but now feels she can go on- Acts 435 donors gave her hope for the future!

A Christmas Gift

4th January 2019

A Christmas Gift


S hadn't seen her dad for a while - he was in hospital in London and she was struggling financially, so much so that she was using her local foodbank, so finding the money for the train was out of the question. S doesn't have a car nor anyone willing to take her to see him. The money raised via Acts 435 meant that S and her children could see her Dad during the Christmas holidays- a really special Christmas gift for them all!

A fridge freezer and independence!

18th December 2018

A fridge freezer and independence!


M has been through trauma, war, serious injury and loss of family, but has now found the healing love of God and a place to call home.

M fled violence in the Congo. Due to a tragic accident this lovely, gentle lady has been left with a severe disability affecting her mobility. Now she has a permanent residence, surgery may be an option to help. M tried very hard to equip her new home but was in desperate need of a fridge freezer.

Acts 435 donations towards a fridge freezer were a huge blessing and relief, enabling her to live a more independent, healthy lifestyle and even host friends herself! As we visited M with the donations her whole being transformed- smiling, she kept saying "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you God". The kindness of strangers and the provision of our faithful God has helped instil a sense of pride and self worth that cant be bought. We are believing for another step forward in her journey of faith and healing. Thank you, Acts 435!