Saabino Family Rescue Mission
To bring Christine and her mother to America will cost upwards of $20,000. To help raise this kind of money, the family is hosting a fundraiser at Riverton School in Portland on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 5-10 p.m. with ethnic music, dancing, and food.
With your help, this little girl can get the medical help she so desperately requires to grow into a healthy, happy child. Please send this to all your Facebook friends. If 20,000 people would donate one dollar each, the financial goal would be accomplished. May God richly bless your generosity.
In this photo, Bakhita's mother Mary had been in the U.S. for 10 months, having immigrated under refugee status from South Sudan in July 2015. Mary had to leave her two sons, her daughter, and two grandchildren behind in her war-torn country, making the gamble to travel here to obtain DNA testing in order to give her family a chance to escape one of the most dangerous countries in the world. That decision was so traumatic for her that she developed PTSD and has depression because of a pervasive sense of guilt and deep concern for their survival until they can fly here to freedom.
The welcoming family home where they will live is already waiting and happens to be within a few miles of the renowned Institute.
We wish to thank those who have sacrificed financially to keep Christina and her family alive in Egypt as they navigate the long process of immigration. At this writing, it is 2:00 am in Cairo with the temperature at 54 degrees. There is no money to even buy blankets nor any work for refugees there, so the children shiver throughout each night while their mother worries about their health. Donations are going to food and housing completely, with nothing left for essentials like warmer clothing or medicine when they fall ill.
Please lift this desperate family up in prayer, and may God bless you for considering even a small donation for them.
Mary’s youngest granddaughter is little 4-year-old Christina, afflicted with spina bifida. It is Christina and her congenital medical condition for whom this page was begun. Her grandmother arrived in Maine, escorted by Christina's Aunt Bakhita, two months before the November massacre in Paris and subsequent slaughter in San Bernardino in 2015. Since then, visa applications have come under even more intense scrutiny. No records of birth are left in their country, having been destroyed in the war. The only proof of relationship that U.S. Immigration accepts in these cases is that of DNA.
Now living safely in Maine with Bakhita, Mary is in great emotional distress created by the living situation of her three remaining children and two grandchildren. She is grateful beyond words to the faith group who was so moved by the threat of imminent danger to her family that they pledged enough money to purchase 5 plane tickets from Juba, South Sudan to Cairo, lifting them to the relative safety of Egypt until they can raise the money for DNA testing and subsequent visa applications for Mary's two sons, daughter, and two granddaughters. These wonderful believers generously provided enough funding to house and feed Bakhita’s two younger brothers, younger sister, and nieces in a guarded neighborhood in Cairo until December 2016. The need of $1500.00 monthly for housing, food, protection, and transportation will continue until DNA testing is completed on the three adults. The two children will not need to be tested, as that will be covered by their mother’s test. Then there is need for the visa application fees for the three adults and two children involved in this rescue and plane tickets to Boston for five.
Please consider contributing to help bring this refugee family the rest of the way to reunion in the United States.
Now we beg you to help us rescue the five members of this family left behind due to lack of funding.
It cost many thousands of dollars and many dangerous months to wade through the special refugee asylum process at U.S. Immigration but we did it!
Family members still trapped there are Bakhita's sister with her two little girls and Bakhita's two brothers. Their ages are 4 (Christine pictured here), 11 (Gloria), 15 (Augustino), 28 (Francis) and 30 (Christine's mother S).