Archive for March, 2010

Special Fundraiser Event: Mandan, North Dakota Triathlon August 22

March 24, 2010

LifeNets North Dakota Website

LifeNets North Dakota Website


Announcing the 2010 Triathlon–it’s different this year and you can be part of it no matter where you live.  New LifeNets North Dakota Website  

See Ralph and Pam June 22, 2009  interview on KFYR Bismarck TV along with video clip. 

Update on JohJan Project in Kenya

March 23, 2010

John and Janet Otieno with John and Merrie Elliott

We have asked for more information about the JohJan school and Janet Otieno writes:

Greetings to you there, we are doing fine and happy that now LifeNets has put our School on it’s website, and we pray that with this our School will be known by many and it will help you find some fund to assist us with so that we may accomplish our goals of helping those who can’t help themselves. This is very great, we do appreciate it much and may God bless all who  are helping it to continue provides for the pupils need.  READ THE REST ON OUR WEBSITE

New eNews posted today

March 19, 2010

Today we sent out issue number 10 of our eNews newsletter.  Subjects covered are the President of Ukraine’s visit to our Chernobyl project, our aiding Supertyphoon Parma victims, a touching wheelchair story and an account of our March 6 Boot Scoot fundraiser in Ft. Worth Texas.  You can see the eNews online at  You can also subscribe to it RIGHT HERE.

Mission Accomplished: UCG Youth Corps Delivers Wheelchair to Kenya

March 18, 2010

See full Web story at

One of the greatest joys we have in LifeNets is  is when we see the efforts of several people result in a benefit to someone in great need.  This is one of those stories that involved FINDING a wheelchair, delivering it from Ohio to Kenya to DELIVERY. 

John Elliott writes to us from Kenya:

Jambo Victor from Nairobi, Kenya. 

Jeremy delivers wheelchair

Jeremy delivers wheelchair

The young adults who accompanied me on a three-week trip to hold a summer camp for teens and visit congregations in Western Kenya are preparing to start our flights home tonight. Our final afternoon in Nairobi was highlighted with a visit to the crippled child whose family had requested a wheelchair for him through LifeNets. Antonio Ndung’u forwarded the request from Nairobi to me in Phoenix. It went from there to you in Indianapolis and we asked our traveling companion,  Jeremy Lallier in Cincinnati to be its courier. At LifeNets, Alex Kubik procured the wheelchair and got it to Jeremy who took it aboard his Air France flights to Kenya. Today we all helped deliver and present it on behalf of LifeNets to little Edwin Kangethe Ndung’u in Ngong town, which is located just up the road from Karen Blixen’s farm featured in the film, “Out of Africa.” 

Here are some photos of the presentation to the happy little boy who received it with enthusiasm.

Thanks to you and your LifeNets family who look out for their neighbors around the globe,

John Elliott

Mobility is More Than a “Convenience”

March 17, 2010

LifeNets responded to a plea for mobility from Patuma Wyson in Balaka, Malawi through our representative Wordsworth Rashid.  These photos  made me realize how just how much mobility means. It isn’t just “convenience.”  It’s an entirely new life. 

Before: This is “mobility” without a wheelchair

After: Dr. Sam Chilopora and wife Esther with Patuma Wyson in LifeNets wheelchair

Letter from Patuma:

Chibwana Nsamala
TA Kalembo

February 8, 2010

To LifeNets,

I write to thank you for the donation of the wheelchair. I will be able to move anywhere-everywhere to go to the market, visiting friends, church etc. and now my problem of movement is over. Continue supporting people like me. 

Yours faithfully, 

Patuma Wyson

See our full WEB story about Patuma Wyson at

We Assist Victims of Super-Typhoon “Parma” in the Philippines

March 14, 2010

                Storm tracking map

The super typhoon “Parma” raged for several weeks in October/November 2009 and claimed more than 1100 lives in the Northern Philippines.

LifeNets assisted a number of families mostly in San Fabian, Pangasina, about 150 miles north of Manila, who either lost their homes or suffered severe storm and flood damage.  We even helped a few get their small back enterprise back up and running. 

Here are the comments from the people who were assisted by LifeNets after they had been damaged by the flooding:

 “We used the money to hire additional help to clean the mud from our belongings like furniture, appliances and even the whole house.  We also bought  food for the family.” –   San Fabian, Pangasinan

 “The amount given to us, we bought food, clothing and school uniforms to replace the damaged ones. The rest we used to re-start our uling (charcoal) repacking and selling business.” –    widow with 3 children from San Fabian, Pangasinan

 “The money was used for our daily expenses, purchased school supplies and clothes for the children. The rest was used for our household expenses.”  –

 “We used the money to re-open our small store which went underwater during the flooding”. – family in  San Fabian, Pangasinan

 “We used the financial assistance to buy clothes for our family especially our 5 month baby. We also bought much needed food for our family.” –  from San Fabian, Pangasinan

For more on the storm, take a look at the Wikipedia entry

See story on our Website at

YouTube of March 6, 2010 Bootscoot Fundraiser for LifeNets Scholarships

March 14, 2010