The General Fund
The General Fund covers the overall expenses of the ministry; food, shelter and clothes for Avram and Ruti; car maintenance and insurance, ministry needs (e.g. witnessing tools, postage, biblical books to read, and Bibles to give out to those searching for God's Truth, etc.); tithes for needy Americans; giving to the poor in Israel, as well as funds for our 103 orphans in Kenya and their pastor/caretakers. Financially, we give to whomever we see has a need, as our Lord leads. There are people we help on an on-going basis, some we help intermittently, and some we give to only once. We desire to serve people in whatever way we can, and helping with money for food and clothes, as well as sharing the Great News about Messiah Yeshua, are two of those ways. The financial figures below represent all the money received in the last 17 years (2000-2016) and what we have given to Jews and Gentiles in need (more than 27% of all the funds we have received).
The Israeli Fund
Having lived in Israel for 16 years (until April 2013), Avram and Ruti know some Israelis who aren't always able to feed their children. Since the year 2000 The Seed of Abraham has given more than $182,000 to Israelis in need.
This is Hoshen. Her name signifies the 12 jewel laden breastplate of the High Priest of Israel. We've been financially helping her Mom and Dad (Sagit and Ilan) and her two sisters to eat and pay their rent, etc., since before she was born.
This is Ilan holding his newborn daughter Geffen. Her name means "grape vine." Isn't that beautiful? Ilan is also father to Hoshen and Oriyan.
““Comfort! Yes, comfort My people!” says your God. “Speak kindly to Jerusalem and cry out to her
that her warfare has ended and that her iniquity is pardoned. For she has received from Yahveh’s hand double for all her sins.”” (Isaiah 40:1-2)
“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness shines out as the dawn,
and her salvation like a blazing torch!” (Isaiah 62:1)
If you wish to give specifically to the Israeli fund, please specify on your giving: 'For Israel.' Thank you!
The Kenyan Fund
Since July 2012 through December 2016, The Seed of Abraham has given 28,642 to our now 103 orphans and their six pastor/caretakers living in six different villages around the Kenyan city of Kisii (about 180 miles or 290 kilometers west of Nairobi). The money is generally used for food and clothing. These children don’t live in orphanages, but instead live with the pastor and his wife. (Can you imagine having ten to twenty children living with you, and feeding and teaching them the Way of the Lord, along with your own children?) We would like to feed them properly (give them more funds for food and also clothes), and build some orphanages or just simple buildings for them so the orphans don't have to sleep on the floor of the pastors. Avram and Ruti desire to go and live there and help with the orphans and the orphanages and the teaching and loving of the children and the pastors and their flock. They are waiting upon the Lord and His timing. There are other basic needs beside food, clothing and shelter, and in 2016 and 2017 we have begun to meet them. Today all the children have mosquito netting, no small thanks to Isaac Obara, who contacted malaria and died of it. Isaac was just 11 years old. The Seed of Abraham has also been able to put in two sets of stalls with four 'toilets' in each set for Pius and his 20 plus children, and in July 2017 we sent funds so that every child and pastor's wife, etc., has a Bible of their own. We have also been able to give each pastor a rain-filtering water tank or a well, whichever he preferred. This way the children will have clean drinking water. We are currently (August 2017) praying and looking to build our first building; a simple structure of three rooms; one for the boys and one for the girls and one for the couple chaperone, who will live in-between the boys and girls' room. This will be for the orphans of Charles, and we're also praying about beds for the children, so they don't have to sleep on the floor. Here is our giving from July 2012 through 2016:
Samuel Maseru lives in Nairobi, Kenya and has been a pastor for over 30 years. A few years ago he saw the beauty, depth and righteousness of The Hebraic Perspective and began the ordination process with The Seed of Abraham, so that he could be taught The Hebraic Perspective and ordained. Sammy, as he likes to be called, was ordained in Dec. 2016, to the glory of Messiah Yeshua. He acts as our official liaison between the six Kenyan pastor/caretakers and The Seed of Abraham. Sammy frequently travels to see, teach and encourage them, and to pass our funds onto them. We are so very blessed to have Sammy in this capacity. In the beginning (2012) he checked them out and found them to be legitimate; they do have the orphans they profess to have and they do have needs for food and clothes, etc.
On Feb. 1st, 2016, Sammy wrote:
Yeshua has worked on my world view in that he wants to touch the poor and the hurting. We have poor orphans we help from time to time as the Lord provides. We live close to the Kibera slums, which could be the largest slum in Africa. Kibera has a history which goes back to colonial days when the railroad was being built by workers of Kenyan tribes and some from Sudan. As time went on those who did not return to their rural homes created an informal settlement here.
We have come to know children who are destitute, but Yeshua is helping us in our small way to make a difference in their lives. In many cases it is food and clothes which appear to be the need, and as you keep on checking on them you piece together, case by case, the difficulties these orphans have. A poor child or orphan cannot access Kenyan education without food, clothes (school uniforms), shoes and shelter. These children lack guidance and such, and are exposed to many dangers. In worst cases these children end up in the street when all has failed and they beg (or they turn to crime and prostitution). We have needy children who have been abandoned. This is a situation we are confronted with:
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:5-6)
We are believing God to step in and bring a change for these children; a change that will transform them. We have widows who are working hard to help their children from their own merger resources. Thank you for asking us to give to those in need, it is the Lord directing his people to respond to those in need.
**In the last sentence, Sammy is speaking of the tithe that Avram asks the pastor/caretakers, and Sammy, to give of the funds that we send them. They give a tenth of what they receive to needy people in their congregation and/or village.
This is Vincent. 12 years old in 2012.
We want to love him, make sure he has food
to eat every day, and show him the Way of the Life.
This was Isaac,
6 years old (2012).
Our hearts went out to him.
We wanted to pick him up, hug and hold him
so that he knew Yeshua loved him.
On February 19th, 2017, Isaac died of malaria.
He was 11 years old. Oh precious Lord, help us to help the children.
Here's Sammy loving one of Charles and Mary's 11 orphans. He's offering her a glucose biscuit (a sugar cookie). Isn't she precious? All the orphans live with Charles and Mary in their small cottage.
Here are Charles (pastor) and Mary's orphans in the new clothing that
The Seed of Abraham provided for them. The children are holding up their
"glucose biscuits" (sugar cookies), which is a little treat that we ask the pastors to buy for the children when we send them funds for food and clothes, so they have a little something sweet to eat.
As you can imagine, it's pretty crowded in the home of Charles and Mary, but their hearts, like the rest of the pastors, are "compelled from Above" to take in the orphans. It's the heart of our Lord Yeshua for them.
In April 2016 we sent funds for brother Pius to build two outdoor bathrooms having four stalls each. One bathroom for the boys and one for the girls. Pius had a single unit ‘make-shift’ bathroom before, but it was blown down by the heavy rains and strong winds, and so they couldn’t use it. Here’s the initial set up for one of the new bathrooms:
Here’s the inside of a stall. That’s right; no toilet. One just stands or squats. This is what it was like in the Israeli prison, where Ruti and Avram spent a little over a week before they were deported back to the USA. You can read about that and their divine times of witnessing to Israelis in Sam the Rock Thrower.
A cement wall separates two stalls from the other two. Here’s a worker drilling a hole for the door to be able to lock the door from the inside.
This was the make-shift bathroom that toppled over during a severe rain storm. Note: there’s only one place (for one person) to use the bathroom at a time. With Pius having more than 20 children it could be backed up for quite a while. Now, thanks to Yeshua, more than one child can use the bathroom at a time.
Here are some women from the village gathering water to drink and cook with. There is no running water or plumbing in the villages. The water has to be boiled or else they might come down with malaria or typhoid. Now, with either a well or a water tank, the women can have clean drinking water and don't have to draw water from unclean water holes.
A picture of a worker by our first well for one of the pastors and his orphans. They struck water at 35 feet (11 meters). The well was finished in 24 August 2016.
Also, with the heavy rainfall that Kenya receives most of the year, it’s practical to set up a large 5,000 liter (1,320 gallon) rain-filtering water tank. Four of the six pastors opted for this. The area averages about 6.5 inches (165mm) of rain a month, which is a lot of water. Their yearly rainfall is about 165 inches (1,977 mm), so a water tank like this one is a God-send. This water tank is now functional.
“God administers justice for the orphan and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing.” (Deuteronomy 10:18)
If you wish to give specifically to the Kenyan Fund, please specify it in your giving.