Campaign Update #5

We mentioned in our last update that we have thankfully reached our goal to sponsor the Nginja family from Zimbabwe. We also stated that our next recipient would be located in Guatemala. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we must push the pause button on that assignment…for now. Hopefully, we will be able to revisit that household soon. Nevertheless, the show must go on.

To that end, I’m thrilled to announce our next stop: South Africa, my “other” home. We are currently collaborating with Fiona Nthoroane, a South African citizen who has been providing local support on her own since the start of the pandemic. To our delight, she and her husband Samuel have also joined the Global Growth Ministry Family. Stay tuned for more details. In the coming weeks, we will update you on the ultimate impact that your prayers and support have had on Owen.

We are yet trusting God that the latter part of this race will be greater than the former. We would love for you join us in our effort by clicking here to contribute towards our next sponsorship recipient, who we will profile in the coming weeks. 


Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. (2 Corinthians 9:10-11) 

Campaign Update #4

WE DID IT! HALLELUJAH!

The blessings just keep on flowing! With only $450 left to achieve our goal, I intended to write that we anticipate smooth sailing from here. Little did I know that before I could post this update, I would discover that in just over 2 weeks, we MET OUR OBJECTIVE OF RAISING $1,000! We are so excited about what God is doing through this effort.

In the coming weeks, we will update you on the ultimate impact that your prayers and support have had on Owen. Meanwhile, we are moving on to our next stop – Guatemala. Stay tuned for information about that campaign coming soon.

So, as you can see, God is doing great things for Global Growth Ministries’ Helping Hands program. It’s not too late for you to be a part of this humanitarian-aid effort. Any tax-deductible financial contribution you provide will make a world of difference in the lives of the beneficiaries. However, If you cannot donate at this moment, we would love for you to partner with us in prayers.

Confess  your  faults one to another and pray for one another, that ye may be healed.  The  effectual  fervent  prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  (James 5:16)

We are trusting God that the latter part of this race be greater than the former. If you feel moved in your spirit to be a part of answered prayer, please click here to donate to our next sponsorship recipient and please remember to share. I can’t wait to report what God is about to do next.

Campaign Update #3

The following update was posted on April 13, 2021. Shortly after publishing this post, more donations propelled us beyond the half way mark.

God is so awesome.

We are approaching the half way mark!

I’m so excited! God just keeps on blessing us! We have raised almost half our goal in less than two weeks! We only have $550 left to achieve our goal. How exciting is that!

The donations we’ve received are making an impact already. Upon learning about how we are trying to help, Owen has written a special message of appreciation. Here’s what he had to say:

“My name is Owen Nginja from Zimbabwe. I find it such a blessing to be taking my time writing to amazing people like you to express my heartfelt gratitude. It’s our prayers continually with my wife that the Lord who is great enough to bless and take care of you that he will richly bless, prosper and keep you from all harmful things that life and the enemy throw at people to destroy them.

“You may be a hard-working young man with big dreams in your heart that you want to achieve during your lifetime. However, then sometimes life throws certain situations and problems that will hit you so hard. Then you fall to a level where you can’t lift yourself up. But when you cry for a hand that will lift you up, it only takes compassionate and loving people like you to help.

“Yes, it’s true. It is me who cried for help. I’m so glad that though you don’t even know us, you chose to show love and stretch your hand forth at a time that I was going to be homeless with a 1-year nine months baby.

“Sometimes, establishing something that enables you to provide yourself a living, especially here in Zimbabwe, Africa, is not easy for economic and political reasons. Even more so, with two previous lockdowns, some of us cannot afford the costs yet. This is why we need help.

“But the most important thing here is to thank you so much for what you did for us. Your help gave us more time under a roof and more days with food in our bellies. So, on behalf of my family, we just want to say thank you so much. You gave us tears of joy. We will forever be grateful in our hearts to you. Thank you for being used by God to keep and save us.”

Please consider helping us reach our goal. I ask that you prayerfully consider sowing a financial seed to ensure one household’s stability and assist in helping them re-establish themselves over the last six months. These contributions will go far towards helping these families to regain their financial independence. If you cannot give, you can still contribute with your prayers.

I so look forward to hearing from you. Please click here to donate, and please remember to share. I’ll keep you updated at least once per week on the campaign’s progress, as I initially promised.

Again, many thanks for your support.

Love & Blessings,

Sharon Williams

If you would like to join our new family of humanitarian relief suppliers, please click on the button below to contribute.

They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, 
you did not do for me. (Matthew 25:44-45 NIV)

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Campaign Update #2

The following update was posted on April 8, 2021, one week after the campaign was launched:

First Milestone Met

Studies show that campaigns that reach 30% of their goals during the first week are most likely to attain those goals. I’m so excited to announce that we’ve reached that milestone! Out of our $1,000 goal, we have already raised $300.

I want to give a shout-out to Ben Benni, Cynthia Read, and the anonymous donors who graciously supported this effort. I don’t have the words to express my gratitude. I can already see the fruit that your seeds have produced. 

But there’s still quite a way to go. With four weeks left, all we need to meet our campaign goal is $700. Wouldn’t it be a cause for celebration if we could raise those funds in half that time? I’m excited to see what this week will bring.

For those of you who haven’t contributed yet, there’s still time. I ask that you prayerfully consider sowing a financial seed to ensure at least one family’s stability for at least six months. These contributions will go far towards helping these families to regain their financial independence.

I so look forward to hearing from you. Please help us by donating, and please remember to share. 

Again, many thanks for your support.

If you would like to join our new family of humanitarian relief suppliers, please click on the button below to contribute.

Be generous, and you will be prosperous. Help others, and you will be helped.
(Proverbs 11:25)

Campaign Update #1

On March 31, 2021, Global Growth Ministries launched its first ever humanitarian-aid program designed to support households in areas where a lack of governmental support intensifies desperation. Over the next few days, we will post updates in the order they were posted on our GoFundMe Charity page since the campaign inception. Future updates will be published here directly on a weekly basis until the campaign concludes. The following update was posted on April 1, 2021 which was only one day after the campaign was launched:

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We are so thrilled to report that we have raised more than 12% of our goal within 24 hours of this campaign’s official launch. Kathy Dwulit and the anonymous donor, from the depths of my heart, thank you for kicking off this campaign with such generous donations! Your support will go far in sponsoring families like Owen’s. You rock!!!

To all other readers: You are cordially invited to join in this endeavor by simply clicking donate and contributing to this important cause. Your donations, large or small, provides a glimmer of hope to so many impacted by this pandemic.

If you would like to join our new family of humanitarian relief suppliers, please click on the button below to contribute.

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10 NIV)

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Giving Tuesday Alert: Fundraising Update

Last week, Global Growth Ministries announced the launching a humanitarian mission designed to support households in areas where a lack of governmental support intensifies desperation. Our objective is to create sponsorship programs for pre-selected households that are in dire straits.  This project focuses on raising funds to provide relief for impoverished people internationally – those who have sunk beyond despair.  

We introduced our readers to Owen Nginga, our first aid recipient. Owen is a 31-year-old Zimbabwean who was a full-time Bible School student and vendor prior to Zimbabwe’s first national lockdown.  Owen and his family have found themselves struggling to climb out of what seems like a bottomless pit. Before Covid-19 hit, they were able to manage to sustain themselves. Two national lockdowns have left them destitute, unable to provide even their basic needs.

Project Goal:  To raise enough funds to equip Owen and families like his with food, housing, and other necessities to sustain them temporarily. With hopes that the tide will begin to turn and this plague will have subsided long enough, we endeavor to support Owen, and others like him, until they can get back on their feet. $1,000 will sustain families like Owen for up to six months, providing them with hope for the future.

In only 5 days, we managed to raise $265 towards our $1,000 goal. Studies show that campaigns that raise 30% of their goals are typically successful in reaching those goals. That leaves just $35 to reach our first milestone, thus increasing our odds of succeeding in our efforts.

For those that have grown accustomed to making donations on Giving Tuesdays, we humbly ask that you click here to contribute to this cause. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Please, help us to help others get through these trying times.

Many thanks in advance for your kind consideration.

And to those who gave, words cannot express our appreciation for your generous donations. You have been a tremendous blessing to this ministry and the families we endeavor to assist.

Healing From Loss: Pulane’s Story

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me…  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. (a, 3)

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On February 27, I shared Mbulelo’s story of being healed from the grief of his first born child. Now I’d like to take the opportunity to share this story from Pulane’s perspective in her own words.

 

PULANE’S STORY:

In April 2009, I discovered that I was pregnant with our first born child after trying for exactly a year.  The pregnancy progressed well until my 2nd trimester when I was diagnosed with an infection. I started on antibiotics and treatment, but the infection kept coming back.  One day when I was 7 months along, I was a bit concerned because I couldn’t feel the baby moving. I asked a few people who had some experience and most of them assured me that it was normal. This went on until the following day, I decided to consult as I was getting worried. Upon my arrival the doctor put me on the sonar machine and by the look on his face I could tell something was wrong, he then confirmed that there was no heartbeat. My baby was gone.

 

THE BREAKDOWN

While I was going through this loss I wanted to die. It felt like the pain in my heart would never go away. I was confused as to how could my body give up on this gift that I, we had been looking forward to for over a year.

I was confused as to how can God give me this child and let me carry her for 7 months only to let her die. I was looking forward to seeing her grow and run around in the house. I was hurt thinking that some babies are born at 6 months and they survive.

I started to attend a group of grieving parents and siblings. The group helped to know and notice that I am not alone, I also realized that there must be a bigger picture or story for me to go through this phase. I realized that even though I was going through pain it wasn’t God’s plan for me to suffer for the rest of my life. Yes, what I just went through was painful and unimaginable, but there was a life after this loss. Of course this didn’t happen overnight because after some months, I would still feel pain thinking my baby could have been 4 months or it has been months and I haven’t conceived yet. 

 

THE SAGA CONTINUES

One week during the month of June 2010 I thought I was late for two weeks but on the 3rd week I started to bleed. When I went to see the doctor, he said my womb was enlarged which means it was growing but then there was nothing. I had miscarried againno-name-2758-4548511-1-zoom.  

Then September of 2010 I noticed that I was 2 weeks late and had contracted an allergic reaction.
I went to the doctor for  a checkup and she told me that I was pregnant. I was in a bit of a shock and was a bit scared of the past repeating itself. But thank God an old friend of mine had given me this book called, “Supernatural Child Birth”.

I began to gather prayer partners and see this journey as war. The book helped me with memory verses and words to speak against fear and physical symptoms that tried to steal my focus. Now I remember some of the things I used to do were really strange, (or rather prophetic acts) ” I would take a big knife and start to confess Heb.12:,4, and literally cut the enemy into prices”.

 

THE BREAKTHROUGH

It was one of the greatest fights of my life and by the grace of God and the support I received from my prayer partners, in May 2011 I gave birth to a healthy baby girl, our Joy was complete (thus we named her Vuyolwethu).

Then in 2012 God increaimg_1501sed our “gladness” when Yolisa was born. In 2016 the Gqeba family had multiplied and was complete when Zenande was born.

We know God as a healer, and embrace physical healing.  But oftentimes, we don’t consider the magnitude of emotional healing.  This is just one of countless stories of how God can heal the wounded soul.    How great is our God!!!


I love how God restored and completed their joy, increased their gladness and multiplied their family. He gave them the beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness!  I personally know them as trees of righteousness planted by the Lord, and for this we glorify Him!

If you have a testimony of how God has healed you in any capacity, please feel free to click here and share.