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Joseph’s Care

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The Medical & Financial Need

Joseph needs extensive rehabilitation — both for the possibility of maximum recovery and to foster his best quality of life facing the hurdles of paralysis. In addition to rehab, he and Exile need accessibility and quality-of-life solutions such as wheelchairs, ramps, a handicap accessible vehicle, structure modifications, and ongoing medical care.  

Because medical care is on a pay-up-front basis in Congo and South Africa (where he will receive spinal rehab) — Joseph cannot begin the treatment he needs unless and until Exile can pay $50,000 to the rehab hospital. That needs to happen immediately.  Beyond this $50,000, we estimate an additional unbudgeted $100,000 in expenses in 2019-2020 related to Joseph’s injury and care.    

We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting Joseph and Exile International. Joseph has lived a life of love and sacrifice in the name of Jesus — daily choosing these children’s well-being above his own. He has had a tremendous impact on thousands of lives in difficult and seemingly impossible situations.  

It is our prayer that the American church and our friends will respond to his need in the same way he has responded to the plight of so many others.

How did this happen?

Traveling to-and-from care programs regularly involves dangerous crossings through rebel-held territories of Congo. While returning home from one of these care programs (overseeing an expansion and addition of more children to the care programs) — Joseph and his team were ambushed.

In the ambush, Joseph was shot five times (hitting the spine and lung), beaten, and left for dead. By many miracles he survived, but he is now paralyzed and in need of rehabilitative care as well as additional day-to-day accommodations. Another teammate, Habu, caught glass in the eye when the windshield exploded from gunshots. Others were not shot and escaped without major physical injury.

The next critical step is to raise the funds necessary for Joseph’s care. He needs extensive rehabilitation — both for the possibility of maximum recovery and to foster his best quality of life facing the hurdles of paralysis.


Stewardship Matters

Exile International is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with accreditations for commitment to financial responsibility, accountability, and transparency.

To donate by mail, please address to:

Exile International
PO Box 60538
Nashville, TN 37206

 

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