Ben Sumner

Children Are Our Soul

Dear Friend,

Somewhere in the world tonight, a boy will cry for a mother who is not there. A girl will long for the embrace of a father to keep her safe. This girl is still waiting.
In fact, there are more than 153 million orphan kids in the world who are waiting just like this girl. Most of these kids will go to bed tonight lonely, hungry and hopeless.
The sad reality is this… every 18 seconds a child becomes an orphan.

Here is a remarkably simple yet extremely challenging solution….Steven Curtis Chapman stated: “If only 7% of the 2 billion Christians each cared for 1 orphan, the orphan crisis would be ended.”

That is my challenge to you. Join with Restore a Child and the 7% Club.

Thank you,

Norma Nashed

he Chronicles of Philanthropy

“GIVING TO FAITH-BASED NONPROFITS LIKELY TO HOLD STEADY OR INCREASE, SURVEY SAYS.”

This is encouraging news in light of recent reports that show people are giving less to charities as they grapple with the economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic. If the trend continues, one survey found, nonprofits could lose $25 billion in revenue by year’s end….”

We thank God, trust is still strong in Restore a Child, a faith-based nonprofit.
We believe “Every child has the right to grow up in a safe and inclusive environment… We save children, defend their rights and provide a vital lifeline.”
We never give up.
100% of your tax deductible donations go to the children!

Pandemic Impact on Africa…
“The worst pandemic in the history of the world…”

South Sudan, the most fragile nation with the worse health system in the world.
Masaai isolated people lack the basics of life for survival.

Restore a Child has spent more than $100,000 on the following COVID-19 services for almost 10,000 people.

Food
Water
Masks
Warm Clothing
Medical Care
Remote Home Learning

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus was asked “who is my neighbor?” He told the story of the Good Samaritan. Again when EGW was asked “who is my neighbor?” She answered: anyone who needs our help is our neighbor.

Yes, the people in the most remote villages and refugee camps in Africa are “our neighbors”. And we love our neighbors.

We appreciate all of the donors who make our projects possible. Thank you!

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Fortitude in Solitude…

Jesus often sought solitude, to be alone and commune with His Father. Before starting His ministry, Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness. Moses spent 40 years in the wilderness before God called him. The apostle Paul went to Arabia after his encounter with Christ.

Seeking time alone with God does not just happen. Solitude is a choice. Even Jesus needed to be away from the demands of the pressing crowds. He would often ask His disciples to “come away and rest.”

Solitude is more than social distancing and staying home. Solitude helps us engage in spiritual purposes without the distractions experienced by the presence of other people.

We can reap great value by meditating and reflecting on our lives in silence and solitude. The benefits foster fortitude of character… strength to face the dark challenges of life. With all the negativity created by COVID-19, the time we have on our hands is an opportunity to build inner strength.

Norma Nashed
Friend of Children

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Message from the Chairman

I have heard the word unprecedented so many times in the last two months, it has almost lost its meaning. Yes, this pandemic is a new and dangerous virus, but what is not unprecedented in causing misery, hunger and death. We are now seeing families in our states and areas that we live that have little or no food, who are standing in food lines just to survive. Again, this is not an unprecedented event, except where we live.

You see, there are millions of children that go hungry every night, and it has nothing to do with a COVID-19 virus. It is caused strictly by poverty, famine, war, and drought. Its causes are well known and widespread, but the cure is just as well known—LOVE, caring, compassion and sacrifice.

Restore a Child is one of the ways that we can share that compassion with people around the world. People who are unknown, faceless, and alone. We have the opportunity to put a face on those in need, to share some of what we have, so that they may live.
Our founder and president has shown that love and compassion, not just through this crisis, but for decades, crossing into refugee camps and war torn areas to feed the hungry and to relieve suffering. She needs our help! With the current pandemic, we need to sacrifice so others can survive. Please, take a moment to give so that we can make a difference in lives around the world.

Dr. Larry Blackmer
Retired VP NAD
Chairman of the Board of Directors

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We’re all in this TOGETHER! #COVID-19 can’t stop the GOOD!

The worst pandemic of our time cannot steal our peace or destroy our hope. We are ONE; together is Christ, and we will overcome if we “don’t weary from doing GOOD.”

Doing good at this time is especially important. We are Christ’s hands to so many who are suffering because of the impact of the pandemic. The love of GOD shines through us when we give back to our communities, and to those who need it most. God is the giver of all things, and through our hands, He can multiply our gifts.

Though we are currently experiencing the impact of social-distancing, we hold you close in our hearts, and know you will continue to partner with us in meeting the needs of the most vulnerable during this crisis. Together, we can help God’s children all over the world.

Many of you have been with us since the inception of Restore A Child. You have shared our trials and great victories. You are like family to us. Together we have given hope, love and stability to thousands of children. During this pandemic, we need you now more than ever. Children without parents or someone to help them, desperately need our assistance.

I am so grateful for your partnership, and I feel optimistic that you will continue to serve with us during this difficult time. I know you will experience the joy of giving, when you contribute to change the lives of hungry, abandoned children.

Journey together with us, as we create HOPE for the hopeless, and do GOOD as we touch thousands of little lives. I put my faith and trust in Him to prosper your generous donations.

Norma

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WHAT’S IN A DROP… #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW

Today is #GIVINGTUESDAYNOW…

We are sending this eUpdate on this day in recognition of #GivingTuesdayNow to support organizations working in COVID-19 response globally.

Your gift helps stop the spread of COVID-19
We are all going through challenging times with all non-profits and the rest of the world. Without strong healthcare systems to rely on, prevention is absolutely critical to protecting vulnerable people in developing countries from COVID-19. 75% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa, lack access to clean water and hand washing facilities. Our local partners are effectively expanding our work to bring clean water, teaching hygiene and social distancing so people can to stay safe in their communities,

Sanitation & Hygiene Training
Long before the coronavirus became a global pandemic, YOU, our donors, were already part of the solution for clean water, hygiene practices like hand washing in ALL our 21 schools and 8 homes and their communities. Restore a Child is bringing clean water by digging eight wells to people in need since 2005 when we dug our first well in Kenya and will continue after the pandemic is over.

We are committed to save children… But we need YOU.
Because of YOU we are able to make a difference. Water not only saves lives, Water is LIFE. Thank you for your faithful support.

Join the Water of Life partners for as little as $10 per month. Through the Matching Gift of up to $175,000 every dollar you give will be doubled and will save lives NOW.

Norma

Founder,
Restore a Child

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COVID-19… WE GO, SEEK AND PROVIDE

“Childhood Happens Only Once… Give Children Theirs”

Dear Friend,

Is there anything closer than the relationship between a mother and her child? For centuries, one of the most popular subjects for artists to paint was Mary with her baby son, Jesus. Mary knew that her son was to be the Savior of the world, the King of Kings, but He was also her son. She fed him, protected him, cared for him, followed his ministry and watched, horrified and devastated as her beloved son paid the price for our sins. The strength of their relationship is emphasized when Jesus, in his agony at the Cross, cried out to John, asking him to take care of his mother.

Jesus shows his humanness in his love for his mother. As Mother’s Day approaches, we are reminded of the strong bond between mother and child, and we want to celebrate and lift our mothers up. One of the most frightening things about this pandemic is that the disease seems to disproportionately affect our parents and grandparents. There are too many people who will not be able to hug their mothers or share a meal with them.

If you are wondering what to give your mother or grandmother for Mother’s Day, may I suggest that the most meaningful gift to your mother would be a gift that reflects the love she has given you. A gift that gives, a gift that will bless your mother and bless children who never knew the love of a mother: the orphans.

You can order this book from Amazon or from any Adventist Book Center, a book written by a prolific author of 35 books, Dr. William Johnsson:
NORMA: Beyond Their Tears.
ALL royalties from this book will go to feed and provide water to thousands of orphans during this Pandemic.

Alayne Thorpe, Ph.D.
Academic Dean/Andrews University
Restore a Child Board of Directors, Member

Shadow Children

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Covid-19 and Locusts… Africa’s Double Tragedy

One great friend is willing to match all donations to Restore a Child up to $175,000 by May 30.
Please help us save more lives by taking advantage of this very generous matching gift.
Every DOLLAR you give will be DOUBLED:
$20 = $40
$50 = $100
$250 = $500
$5,000 = $10,000

Thank you your gifts of love by calling… 240-393-7712
or send a check to the following address…
Restore a Child
9672 Sandpiper Ln
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
World Economic Forum…

“COVID-19 is the Hardest-Hitting Pandemic in History… Threat to over 1.2 billion people on the continent of Africa. There is nothing in Africa standing in the way of COVID-19.”

The countries with high income that bear much of the costs of healthcare in Africa are experiencing the COVID-19 themselves.

As the cases escalate, even the best of systems will be overwhelmed. This will be worse than the Ebola pandemic. “We are All in this Together. . You may not be able to wall off diseases like COVID-19 and Ebola, but you also cannot wall off the common bonds of humanity that all of us share…

Yet at Restore a Child, we are actually responding to the plea by the Division Treasurer for East and Central Africa who wrote: “Please hurry up before it is too late.” If we do not respond immediately, thousands of lives will be lost.

WE GIVE people HOPE:

“STAY HOME ….STAY HOPEFUL..and HELP”

DOUBLE TRAGEDY

The UN Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO) calls this ‘extremely alarming.’ The worst desert locust infestation in 70 years is ravaging East Africa, potentially endangering economies in a region heavily dependent on agriculture for food security. Restore a Child works in six East African countries.

In recent days, locust swarms have begun to impact South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania, having already decimated crops and devoured vegetation throughout Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

 

 

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A Compelling National TV Report …Kupang Orphanage, Indonesia

Grace, the mother at Kupang orphanage supervises her children as they make hundreds of masks for the poor. The CDOVID-19 Crisis has challenged our orphans in Indonesia.

Leadership with a Vision….
In 2017 the founder of Restore a Child went again to Indonesia with Dr. Kuntaraf and his wife, Kathleen, to dedicate two Restore a Child Training Centers: Kupang above and Manado. The results of this Vision has been recognized by Indonesia National TV. Indonesia population is 95%T Moslems.

While some carry the slogan: “Every Child in School”, Restore a Child is busy educating thousands of children and graduating and training hundreds of young people. They are giving back. You see the impact in one of four orphanages in Indonesia we are giving them the tools to train and prepare for service. Help us train hundreds more young people with $30 a month.

Left over masks after distributing to church members, the orphanage and poor in the community, those most at risk of illness.

Empower Children…Optimize Potential

BECAUSE OF YOU…Glimmer of Hope

Heart-warming Success Story

“Raminson Siregar became orphan when he lost his mother at a very young age. His poor and very sick father sent him to his uncle who was poor and could not support him either. He developed healthy leadership qualities at Medan home sponsored by Restore a Child. He demonstrated the spirit of service during seven years until he graduated from high school.

Quality Education… Why it Matters

Raminson served as missionary for one year. But we believe in quality education so we sent him to UNAI (Indonesia Adventist University) partly with the support of Andrew Kuntaraf Memorial School Fund. Andrew’s life ended tragically by an accident at age 33. But his legacy of love now in hundreds of lives and in more than 51 university graduates and 50 more to graduate by 2021.

You Have Changed Raminson’s Life from Poverty to Prosperity

Raminson worked very hard as a night watchman, and studied hard during the day. He graduated in June 2019 from UNAI University, majoring in Information Technology, with the highest GPA of all university graduates. UNAI University employed him in the IT Department.” –Jonathan Kuntaraf, Founder/President of YAPI and former Chairman of Restore a Child and still an active member of our Board.

Dr. Jonathan Kuntaraf, our former Chairman of the Board and now a member, sent us the following results from Indonesia:

275 high school graduates
51 University Graduates, giving back
41 graduating from university in 2020
234 are currently studying in university
260 total baptisms

These are impressive hard to match results of Restore a Child work in just one country. Thank you for believing in us and for your continued faithful generosity. We are growing because of people like YOU and we thank God. Together we are making this world a better place for us, our children and our grandchildren for now and eternity.

Ben SumnerA Compelling National TV Report …Kupang Orphanage, Indonesia
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Easter Ritual… and Reality

The colored plastic egg and hollow chocolate Easter bunny, have no meaning to the true Easter.

Over two thousand years ago, a man died, was buried and rose from his tomb. That man was Jesus, the Son of God. For this reason, we celebrate Easter… the fact that a dead man came back to life… the fact that He offers same to each of us this COVID-19 Season. Easter means that hope is stronger than despair… love is stronger than death.

Every 3.8 seconds a child dies from hunger somewhere in the world. That’s over 22,700 children will die on this Easter! What do you say to a hopeless mother holding her dead child this Easter? We all can give HOPE and save a life.

There is hope for a grieving mother and her dead child… There is hope for those of us who lost a loved one to COVID-19. It’s called the Resurrection. As Jesus said, “Because I live, you also will live” John 14:19.

Jesus celebrated the Passover on Thursday and He died, was buried on Friday, and rested in the tomb on Sabbath, and was raised on Sunday.

We wish our Jewish friends, a Blessed Passover… and our Christian friends, a Blessed Easter.
“Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.” John 1:29

 

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