Winkie Pratney is a world renowned and much loved evangelist and speaker who has touched countless lives with both his speaking and books over many years. He has served with seeming unstoppable vigor for many years, and speaks of himself as the world's oldest teenager :). He is loved by all who know him and will not ask for help, so I am asking for him with the permission of his wife and son.
A few weeks ago Winkie suffered a stroke and seizures while on a speaking tour in Houston, Texas. This has left him with a blood clot in his brain and mobility issues in his right arm and hand. While he is doing remarkably better, he spent 7 days in hospital in Houston (approx USD$35,000) and the ongoing medical expenses are about USD$1000 a month. There is some hope for hospital bills to be reduced but that will not be confirmed for a few months. It has also meant his speaking engagements for the remainder of the trip and possibly longer have been cancelled which is the primary means of income for the family.
In addition to this, the family has been advised that their home in East Texas is no longer fit to live in due to multiple issues, most caused by wide-spread water damage. This is being reviewed by builders, but whether extensive repairs or replacement becomes the answer, costs are prohibitive. Meanwhile, they need to temporarily PATCH that home (USD$3,500), to make sure it survives until such a time as those repairs can be done or they can find a new place to live.
I am sending this out to help with expenses for the family during this time and in the transition back to NZ at the end of this month. As there will be some time needed for recovery, help is greatly needed.
Prayers are also much appreciated, and please help us spread the word through sharing this campaign with friends and family around the world. The amount being raised through this is just a starting figure, monthly support will also be needed and the goal may be adjusted as more information comes through re: the hospital bills and house.
This is one of a few ways to give, you can also donate directly in NZ and the US through tax deductible means, though please note information below regarding this:
- In the US go to www.winkiepedia.net/donate(Please note these donations can only be applied to the Pratney's direct expenses and not passed on to them as cash.) Donors giving via WinkiePedia.net must "Write a note" on their PayPal donation that says "Pratney Family Fund" (or some other thing specifying where they want the money to go) otherwise the money will be considered available to any of the volunteers at MOH.
- For NZ donations gifts can be made through this site or through Communication Foundation.
- If you would like more information on these channels please message me privately and I will send more information.