Dr. Fay Kazzi, a great artist, friend and generous donor, painted this for Restore a Child. She is the granddaughter of Bashir Hasso whom we honor with Bashir Hasso Mission Institute in Argentina, with our partner, Engineer Warren McDaniels, president of BEAM. Fay published a Vegan Recipe book this year through Pacific Press.
Dr. Mitchell Davis from Washington D.C. with Norma and Melanie Alnwick of FOX5 NEWS. After the fire, that consumed all her home and office, he donated more than $300,000. “A Jewish man to help an Arab Woman” he told FOX5 NEWS TV.
Two days ago he asked how many goats we needed to feed these starving children. I said 1,000 goats. He donated $24,000 for 600 goats on the spot ($40 per goat) to save the lives of 600 children. This will be doubled next year as goats produce twice a year. How can I as an Arab woman not love the Jews.
We still need 400 Goats each at $40.
Two days ago I received the below photo from our Bere Nutrition Center in Chad, where mothers bring their starving and dying children. We asked the Center 10 years ago not to turn any child away. It takes a month or two to regain their health. Sometimes they need hospitalization at Bere Adventist Hospital.
When they are released, the mothers are given milk with instructions on how to feed their children. Now, The Bere Nutrition Center will give goats to mothers who come with a malnourished child. These mothers neither have money for transportation nor the time for the 5 – 7 mile walk to get milk.
The goats produce babies twice a year, so by next year each family will have more than six goats for milk. We also ask each family to give the first born kid to another poor family, teaching them to share. This has been working well.
Thank you for your support. YOU can save ONE dying child.
Ben SumnerJewish Friend Donates 600 Goats ($24,000) to Save Lives of Children
I loved Dr. Johan Lim, a gentle and generous man from Medan, Indonesia. He died of COVID early September. Dr. Lim is the brother-in-law of our former chairman of the Board for eight years, Dr. Jonathan Kuntaraf and his wife Dr. Kathleen Kuntaraf. He is now serving on our board as a member for 10 years,
On behalf of our chairman, Dr. Larry Blackmer, and board members we extend deep sympathy to Jonathan and the entire family on the loss of a great humanitarian. One day before he died, he learned that two of the students he was putting through Dentistry had graduated at the top of their class.
Dr. Lim’s wife, Dr.Kay, who is the president of the Medan Adventist Hospital is in the hospital fighting COVID. She and Dr. Lim have helped hundreds of poor students go to university.
Every time I visited Indonesia they would invite me to stay in their home and he and his wife would shower me with hospitality and kindness. I join the family, my second family, in grieving for their loss.
Ben SumnerWith Love, We Remember… Dr. Johan Lim, Indonesia
A part of me died today at the hearing of the loss of the greatest man I have ever worked for and known. I was his private secretary/office manager with a pool of six typists and filing clerks. He is the kind of person that cannot be replaced. I loved this man with all my heart for his goodness and compassion other than his influence and prestige, and a humble heart.
In the Middle East the Sabbath is considered only for the Jews and not looked at with much respect. I was a Sabbath keeper. Yet, Ali Ghandour allowed me to keep Sabbath for 10 years working for Jordanian Airlines in Amman, then at Cairo International Airport, Egypt. I need to write a book about him.
When Ghandour left Jordanian Airlines, the new President tried to force me to work on Sabbath. He was a fanatic man. God was opening a way for me to immigrate to the USA 30 years ago. I received my immigration papers in six months which takes years in the Middle East.
This is how Ghandour looked the last I saw him before immigrating to the US. Ali Ghandour served on our board when our name was formerly called Reaching Hearts for Kids. All articles about Ghandour mention this fact. It was because of him that I had the privilege of meeting the Late King Hussein of Jordan several times in my office as he came to meet my boss, Ali Ghandour. RIP, a humble and great man after God’s own heart. You will be missed by all those who knew you and loved you.
ALIA-Royal Jordanian Airlines was Norma’s favorite job for 10 years, while keeping the Sabbath. Ghandour made sure a car was available to take Norma home every Friday to allow her to reach home before sunset. Amazing. A secular man, but believed what I shared with him that Sabbath is from Sunset Friday to Sunset Sabbath.
Ben SumnerRestore a Child Mourns the Loss of A Hero
Restore a Child Earns a “Give with Confidence” 100/100 Rating From Charity Navigator – PRESS RELEASE West Palm Beach, Sept 1, 2020
Restore a Child is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing integrity, accountability and transparency have earned a 100/100 rating from Charity Navigator’s new Encompass Rating System. This score designates Restore a Child as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that our organization is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.
“Charity Navigator is America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator. Since 2001, the organization has been an unbiased and trusted source of information for more than 8.5 million users annually.
“We are delighted that Restore a Child’s clear commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency has earned it a “Give with Confidence” designation,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator… As one of the first 150,000 nonprofits evaluated by the Encompass Rating System, we are eager to see the good work that the organization is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”
“Our Charity Navigator rating of 100 out of 100 through their Encompass Rating System is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial accountability,” said Restore a Child President, Norma Nashed. “We hope that it will introduce our work to new supporters who can help us advance our mission to bring hope to the world’s orphans and neglected children.” www.restoreachild.org/donate
Ben SumnerExtravagant Integrity = Extravagant Generosity
“Got milk? A 6 years old girl asked me on my way home the other day.
Why you need milk? Why you are not asking me for money or a sandwich to eat? I sked.
She replied: I want milk for my baby brother, he is 2 years old and he Is very hungry. At that point, I realized that I need to make a difference in that child’s life and in mine.
Since then, I’ve been raising donations with the help of the family to nourish people in need. I want to thank Restore a Child for their special donation for the people of Lebanon, the Syrian refugees in Lebanon along with the Iraqi refugees.
1st Distribution: 300 boxes in August 2020
2nd Distribution: 300 boxes in September 2020
3rd Distribution: 300 boxes in October 2020” — Joe Abboud
Imagine children going hungry. People in Beirut NEED more help. Beirut was my home for eight years while going to school. The Lebanese people were not poor, but in a matter of seconds, they lost everything and are homeless.
Thank you for joining me to stand with them TODAY.
Thank you, young volunteers helping pack food for people in Beirut, Lebanon, who are “Our Neighbors”. Restore a Child took immediate action and funds arrived to help homeless people. We can do more with your help. Experience the joy of giving. People in Beirut NEED YOU AND ME. Please join me in standing with them NOW.
Friend of Lebanon
Little missionary girl helps with packing hundreds of boxes of food donated by Restore a Child for our “Neighbors”, the victims of the Beirut blast last week. More funds are needed.
Thomas and Beate Kuesel , Dunia ya Heri, Dar esSalam, Tanzania
A gang of seven masked men with black-face covers attacked the guard and Director and his wife at midnight, and hit their dog with a machete. the police and a medical doctor came to stitch the head of the dog and check both Director and his wife. They stayed till the morning when the Ambassador from the German Embassy came and contacted the government who have four in custody. But because they were masked it is not easy to identify them.
Please pray for Thomas and Beate our partners (photo with Norma below). They are still sore and now in Germany for medical care.
Thank God the children were not hurt and all other staff are safe.
8/14/2020: Update on Our Partners,
Thomas and Beata are doing well after the attack on them at midnight three weeks ago. Thank you for your prayers for these most dedicated missionaries parenting infants and abandoned babies.
Sharon has been on the Restore A Child Board since 2016, and loves connecting people to this ministry. She spent the first 24 years of her professional life as a critical care Registered Nurse or Nursing Professor in Toronto Ontario. Her love for people and service eventually led her to work for the Adventist denomination. She moved to the United States in mid 2014 to work as the Associate Director for the North American Division’s Adventist Learning Community.
After several years with the NAD she has returned to her first love of nursing, and is now a Nursing Professor at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore Maryland. In her role at Notre Dame, she teaches Nursing Foundations, and supports adjunct faculty and nursing students in the simulation lab and clinical placement sites. She remains active with the North American Division and Adventist higher education entities as a consultant on several projects. She recently graduated from Andrews University with a PhD in Leadership and hopes to use her newfound knowledge and skills in service for others. Sharon and her husband Tim have 3 adult children. Tim is Associate Treasurer for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and manages the investment portfolio for the world church. Together they have committed their lives to creating a better future for others.
Restore a Child has helped the Navajo Nation in New Mexico for the past 7 years with water, green houses, fruit trees, buildings, the kitchen and more. Together with La Vida Mission and the Rocky Mountain Conference, Restore a Child is now doing the second distribution of food, water and propane gas for the poor Navajo population who have the highest COVID-19 cases and extreme poverty. 170 cars lined up on the highway and side roads waiting for supplies. 170 families (approximately 1,000 individuals) were served.
Ben SumnerI Love My “Neighbors”… The Navajo Nation