Jengo’s Story – Hope For Tomorrow

September 18 Newsletter

Meet Jengo. This is the beginning of his story, not the end.

The day started off like any other day. We were headed to a local village to check on children that had been part of our feeding program. After driving several miles we got out and started walking down an old dirt road. As we rounded a corner, sitting alone on an empty grain sack, was a very frail little boy — dirty, malnourished, and crippled.

A young man came along and placed the small, frail boy on his knee. We learned that this young man was Jengo, the boy’s 18 year old brother.

Their parents had died and Jengo was raising four younger brothers all by himself. As they gathered around Jengo, we were inspired by his obvious love and resolve to care for his family. While talking with them, we realized that the crippled little boy suffered from a twisted spine and had no access to medical care.

The villagers knew that Jengo could not work and take care of his siblings alone, so they arranged a marriage with a local girl. She soon became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. Now, there were seven in this household.

Jengo’s occupation as a day laborer might earn him 500 a day, if he was lucky. How could this teenager care for a family of seven on 500 a day? This family could not survive by living the way their parents did — as day laborers, just scraping by, always hungry, helplessly watching as family members slowly waste away.

Obviously, this was a major crisis.

Together We Are Making A Difference. We are taking Jengo’s crippled brother to a skilled doctor that we believe can greatly improve his condition. Our dream is to see him running and playing with other children in the near future. Jengo is now working for Crisis Aid delivering food to needy villages. At long last, he deservedly has a way to support and take care of his entire family.

Together we can take care of so many more families that are in crisis! We cannot do this work without you — you are crucial to helping the helpless. Please continue to be the answer to their prayers! And thank you for allowing us to do what we do.

Choose to do something today to help others

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

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Abject Poverty

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2018 June Lifeline Cover FrontAbject Poverty
The most helpless level of poverty
For those of you who have never experienced abject poverty, spend a moment thinking about those who have starved since birth. There is no emptiness that comes close. Every organ in the body suffers, craving sustenance. Sustenance starving children and their families cannot afford. It’s because of this grim reality that our mission of helping the helpless is paramount. And it’s impossible without your help.

Clearly, those in crisis need your aid. Please give generously. Filling starving stomachs will fill your heart. This year, our goal is to attack abject poverty head-on by giving back every basic need this scourge has robbed from these famished children. Our programs address the need for food, safe drinking water, healthcare, shelter, and education. Please be an active part of this life-saving work. We cannot do this without you. You are crucial to saving these precious lives.

 

God Bless You,

Pat and Sue

Pat and Sue Bradley

 

Thank You For Caring. Your Gifts Make A Big Difference.

Ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures’ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

2017 Annual Report

Annual Report 2017

2017 was a year blessed by God and you.

You literally came to the rescue of people you have never met. You selflessly stepped out and became their hero… the difference between life and death for many of them and an answer to many desperate prayers. They may never have the privilege of knowing you, but we do, and we THANK YOU for being that life-giving answer for them. Below is a list of what you helped make possible this past year…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2017

We served 237,777 people and distributed over 1.68 million pounds of food!


EAST AFRICA

Nutritional Feeding Programs

• Served 133,402 people, including 20,817 severely malnourished children, a total of 8,004,120 supplementary meals (1,571,808 pounds)

Health Programs

• Treated 29,159 patients

• Through Hand of Hope Medical Mission Trip, an additional 3,306 patients were treated

Child Sponsorship Programs

• Sponsored 105 children with food, clothing, school supplies, and other essentials (all children were from the community, Children’s Home, and your Safe Homes)

Children’s Home

• Provided a loving home for 30 young girls left orphaned in the streets

Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)

• Served 30 girls and their 13 children through the Refuge Homes; with an additional 30 girls that have graduated and moved to Phase 2 of independent living

Mercy Chapel (Vocational Training Center)

• Provided training for six individual vocational training programs; computer science, sewing, hair-dressing, silk-screen printing, weaving, and leather crafts

• 98 girls were enrolled in the Vocational Training program with 90 graduating (92% completion/graduation rate) and moved on to a brighter future


Water Wells

• Completed 12 water wells in remote areas of East Africa; providing thousands with clean water for the first time

Speed Schools

• Provided a school for 4,025 children through the Speed School Program

UNITED STATES

Refuge Home (for Sex Trafficking Victims)

• Provided services for 39 young women and girls, including 16 minors

• Served young women whose ages ranged from 14 to 46

• Provided them with a home for an average stay of six months

Wings Love & Care Center

• Provided 14,239 people (4,788 families) with 71,272 pounds of food through your Food Distribution Program

• Provided coats for 350 children and adults this past winter

• 113 children received Christmas gifts and groceries

• Provided 201 families with Thanksgiving groceries and 162 families with Christmas groceries

• You hosted 44 weeks of After School Program each Thursday during the school year and 10 weeks of VBS Program through the summer

Volunteers

• Our dedicated volunteers are a tremendous support. Their hard work and time in the office and during special events are why Crisis Aid is able to do what we do with your gifts. In 2017 we were blessed to have 370 volunteers / 7,632 hours

2018 Annual Report

A Celebration of Restoration and Hope

When we first met Kacee, the Red Light District was her home. She was broken and afraid, distrusting everyone, especially men. Her journey toward restoration was a rocky one, but through your committed partnership, she graduated from Mercy Chapel Vocational Training Center, became a teacher to those still trapped, and is now an active leader in the Crisis Aid Global Safe Campaign.

However, Kacee’s story does not end here. In February 2017, she walked down the aisle to the love of her life with Pat and Sue Bradley by her side as her honorary parents. Now, that is a success story!

Thank you for your continued support.

There is still so much more to do.

If you have not given before we invite to join us as a group of people who refuse to do nothing. It is your giving that “saves lives, saves souls and changes futures.”

God Bless You,

Pat & Sue Bradley


2017 Board of Directors

Patrick Bradley, Chairman

President & CEO, Crisis Aid International

Susan Bradley, Vice President,

CFO, Crisis Aid International

Dane Welch D.D.S., Board Vice President

Dentist, private practice

Mike Lemp, Secretary

Executive Pastor, Life Church

Jerry Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Advertising Executive, self-employed

Chris Igo, Director

Engineer, Kimley-Horn & Associates

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Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

Help Us Help Others Today

Wings 2017 Year End Report

WINGS Bless this House

Wings 2017 – YEAR END REPORT

Dear Friends,

Wings / Love & Care is blessed with incredible volunteers and a small group of donors. It is important you know YOU ARE VITAL to this ministry. Because of you, 14,239 people were served in 2017. Thank you for showing love and care to families and children in St. Louis.

Your Food Distribution Program served 14,239 people in 2017. More than 71,272 pounds of food filled the cupboards and fridges of families in need. We were blessed to continue providing meat on a regular basis as well as fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods, dry goods and desserts as available. Your giving made this possible! Our faithful volunteers continued to package the food each week and keep the Center clean and organized.

We are thankful to be able to continue the weekly After School Program and also offer Summer VBS to the children in the community. These programs have helped us build relationships with the children and families and provided a safe place for the children to come work on homework, learn about Jesus, receive a meal and benefit from many recreational activities. We continue to partner with Confluence Academy through distribution events to children in the school. We partnered with backpack distribution and a wonderful Christmas party.

In addition, the children who attend the Wings After School Program also benefited from these outreaches and also received backpacks and Christmas presents.

We hosted the annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution and Christmas Food Distribution as well, providing families the opportunity to prepare and enjoy holiday meals at home.

In total, you provided the following services in 2017:

Christmas gifts made by the children for their families.

197 Children received Backpacks & School Supplies

 150 Children received Coats and dozens Hats & Gloves

 200 Adults received Coats

 201 Families received Thanksgiving Groceries

 113 Children received 4-5 Christmas Gifts

 162 Families received Christmas Groceries

 10 Weeks of Vacation Bible School /Special Outings

 44 Weeks of After School Program with special activities for all Holidays

 14,239 People (4,788 Families) received 71,272 pounds of food from weekly Food Distributions

Your gifts and faithful partnership provided services to the children, and individuals, families, churches, and businesses expanded our capacity to do more in 2017 than ever.

Christmas party note from Stephanie Glore, Crisis Aid Staff member:

“Yesterday God did a work in my heart like only He can do.

Seeing 38 families blessed with a Christmas is a joy I can’t describe. Hearing their stories and hearing how they would not be having a Christmas if it wasn’t for yesterday is beyond humbling. (Because) it reminds me to be thankful for what my family does have, and it’s humbling knowing God chose each one of us to be their help in this season.

I watched sponsors provide toys for kids, clothes, and shoes for kids and their parents, electronics and small appliances parents cannot afford, basic house cleaning supplies and toilet paper, gift cards for Christmas dinner groceries, and even a bed provided for a mom and dad that sleep on the couch and floor. The generosity and care that was poured on to these families were incredible and so touching.

What a reminder….As Pat (Crisis Aid International Founder) told each person yesterday in tears…how much God loves each of us. How much HE sees each of us. How much HE cares about exactly where we are right this second. What a day what a word straight to my heart. Serving other brings more joy and fulfillment than any other thing.”

It was a beautiful event. The families were so touched by the generosity of the donors. 38 families received Christmas and they were truly grateful for all they received. The families truly had no way to provide Christmas for their family. There were 113 children and 53 adults that were provided Christmas in 2017.

A family blessed during the Christmas season.

THANK YOU for restoring dignity, providing encouragement, meeting basic needs and providing many blessings to families in south St. Louis with great love and care.

We hope you will continue walking with us in 2018 to provide services with dignity through donations, volunteer service, and gift-in-kind donations. God bless you!

 

By His grace,

Sue & Pat Bradley & Team

To learn more, visit: www.crisisaid.org/wings/

Help Make Her Someday Start Today

US Refuge 2018 Newsletter

US Refuge 2018 Newsletter

Katlyn Eyes

A model was used for the pictures so we can protect the identity and dignity of the survivors we serve.

You can help make her SOMEDAY start today.

There are more than 244,000 American children at risk of being trafficked each year1. These are not children in a far off land, but children from our own backyard.

In 2016 alone, the FBI and their affiliates reported arresting nearly 2,600 traffickers and rescuing approximately 6,000 children2; and these are just the ones we know about. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands — including both adults and minors victimized by trafficking3.

Our Refuge home in the U.S. has had the unique privilege of serving over 155 of these girls caught in the horrors of trafficking. Some are children and some are adults that have been trafficked for many years.

KATLYN’S STORY: At a very early age, Katlyn had already lived a life filled with more horror and tragedy than most of us could ever imagine. When she was very young, a neighborhood boy began using her and “giving” her to his friends. She had become property that he sold for drugs and money.

Katlyn was a runaway and, at the age of 16, came to our Refuge home in early spring. Through our Home’s programs, love, patience, and perseverance, we began seeing Katlyn transform before our very eyes. Now, 17 years old, she is attending high school again and has a 3.3 GPA. For the first time since Katlyn can remember, she is happy.

“I never realized how much I was worth until now. This place has given me hope again.”

Many others at our Refuge home have said that without our loving care they don’t know what would have happened to them.

The Fight Against The Evil Of Sex Trafficking Is Far From Over.

There are so many girls just like Katlyn still waiting for someone to help them. We have the space to double the number of girls we currently serve, but our financial resources limit us. Please consider being a part of their rescue. Your donation is life-changing!

Thank you for all you do. We are so blessed to have you as part of this journey and we know we cannot do this without your support.

God Bless You, Pat and Sue Bradley


Refurbishing a Bedroom – $1,400 (Individual prices are available)

Curtains | Mirror | Dresser | Bed | Closet | Stand | Mattress | Linens | Etc.

Refurbishing the Minor’s Wing – $15,000 (Individual prices are available)

Cabinets | Curtains | Table | Chairs | Sofa | Desks | Molding | Décor | Etc.

Increasing the beds from 8 to 20 – $500,000 Based on a 22 room capacity.

One room is approximately $23,000 a year or $2,000 a month.

Ongoing Needs – $25-$75

Art Supplies | Toiletries | Clothing | Accessories | School Supplies | Kitchen Appliances Equine Therapy | Outing Expenses

Increased bed pricing includes ALL services & support provided (i.e.: medical-dental-psychological-health clothing- school-staff-insurance-etc).

Thank You For Caring. Your Gifts Make A Big Difference.

Ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network, Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures’ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

There’s No Time To Spare

No Time to spare

Christmas OrnamentsNo Family Gathering • No gifts • No Festive Decorations • No Joy • No Christmas Dinner • No Hope  NO TIME TO SPARE

Our mission at Crisis Aid is to help the helpless. This Christmas Season our primary goal is to rescue as many children as possible who are at risk of starving to death. Their situation is dire, but with God’s help, together we have the ability to save lives, save souls and change futures through the power of love. Through your prayers and support, we can overcome the ravages of starvation and make an eternal difference in the lives of these precious children. Please join us in bringing comfort and joy to these unfortunate lives with a donation of any amount. Giving generously enables us to realize a greater outcome of our mission.

A gift of just $45 will help to feed a family of six for one month.


Crisis Aid – Programs & Services

Nutritional Feeding Program – We are fighting the severe malnutrition which causes families to lose multiple children.

Mercy Chapel – We teach girls trapped in the Red Light District new skills to start new jobs.

Refuge Homes – Girls rescued from the horrors of trafficking receive the best services for healing possible and all homes are currently full.

Water Wells – Twelve new water wells were completed this year, providing clean water for thousands.

Children’s Home for Girls – Our girls, once orphaned, are now living in a loving home and growing fast.

As the year draws to an end, we cannot express enough, our gratitude for the part you play on our Crisis Aid team. The lives you have saved, the souls you have helped, are forever changed. Hope has been given that transcends language and distance, all because you cared. But the harsh reality of children suffering is still present. And there are ever so many waiting to be served. This is their Christmas. Please don’t forget them. Stay ever vigilant and committed to being a part of the reason for the season. These children need your help more than ever. Give them a chance to be with us to enjoy a Christmas next year. Thank you for being the answer to their prayers!

God Bless you,

Pat & Sue Bradley

Thank You For Caring. Your Gifts Make A Big Difference.

 

Crisis Aid is ranked in the top 2% of charities by Charity Navigator after receiving 9 consecutive 4-star ratings. We are a Platinum-level, top 1% viewed GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. We are also accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and an active member of the Accord Network,DONATE Certified Graduate of Ministry Ventures‘ Group Coaching Program, as well as registered with the ACNC in Australia. Crisis Aid International is a public charity classified as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The tax ID number is 30-0060905

No Time to spare
Pat and Child

Bereket Our Special Blessing – East Africa

Bereket

BereketShe did not know where she came from or how she ended up on the streets. She didn’t even know her name. We found this lost little 4-year-old girl wandering the streets, terrified. She was barely surviving, hopeless and her future was bleak.

It all changed when we brought her to your Children’s Home for orphaned girls. Since she had no name, we decided to name her Bereket, which means “blessing”. We later learned that Bereket had lost both parents to HIV/AIDS. Additionally, we were told she had no relatives which could be found.

Your children’s home in East Africa provides everything Bereket will need to develop into a responsible adult and live the life God intended her to have.

Bereket now has 29 other “sisters” in her home, and they have become one large family! YOU made this possible for all 30 girls in the Children’s Home.

Healthy and happy, she is now a 12-year-old, full of life and dreams. Bereket loves to read, especially Biblical storybooks. She also loves to sing, dance and create dramas!

Bereket dreams of one day being a teacher so that she can help children like herself learn to read and write, as her teachers and supporters are helping her. With your continuing prayers and support, Bereket and her sisters can realize all they dream of becoming.

Imagine what it would be like to be a lost child. You have no family and are living on the streets. You are utterly hopeless and terrified. Your only thought is to survive to the next day or even the next hour. There is nowhere to turn for help.

And then someone comes along and rescues you and brings you to a place that becomes your home. How would you feel towards the person who made this happen? To Bereket and her sisters, that person is you. You are their hero, their rescuer!

Without you, this Children’s Home, and all that it provides would not be possible. Your prayers and support give the hopeless, like Bereket, the promise of a joyful future. You give them the hope and help they so desperately need.

Thank you for your faithfulness!

Please make a donation today. You will give a child a new life, rescuing her from starvation, sexual slavery and dying from easily preventable causes.

Program Updates – 2002 through Oct 2, 2017

2,154,239 Total people served

862 Sex Trafficking Victims helped

410,970 Medical Care Provided

72,160,699 Meals Distributed

34 Water Wells Drilled

30 Orphans in Children’s Home

You are helping the helpless by saving lives, saving souls and changing futures.

Mercy Chapel We teach new skills and provide funds for materials to start jobs.

Refuge Homes – Girls continue to receive the best services for healing possible and all homes are currently full.

Nutritional Feeding Program – We are fighting the severe malnutrition that causes families to lose multiple children.

Evangelists – Home-to-home visit to aid in identifying and helping those most in need. We are especially grateful to our partners at Hand of Hope.

Water Wells – Four new water wells were completed this year. We are currently digging eight more wells.

Children’s Home for Girls – Our girls, from kindergarten through college, are eager to learn and are growing fast.

*Stats valid as of October, 2017

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