Client Story: Tenyka

Tenyka “Nikki” Phillips lost her friend, Cindy Jackson, and her sister, Krystal T. Phillips, to murder within seven months of each other.

A man killed Jackson on her birthday on Christmas Day of 2017 in Eatonville, and a man who said he was “awoken by demons” killed Krystal Phillips, 30, in Eatonville on July 13, 2018.  Krystal Phillips left behind an 8-year-old son James. Both of the killings were reported in the news.

James and his father are staying with Tenyka Phillips as they grapple with the loss of the mother of one.

“His father does what he can, but every child needs a mother’s touch,” Tenyka Phillips said. “Everywhere you saw my sister you saw James. He was like a handbag on your shoulder. She took him everywhere.”

Tenyka Phillips, 28, worked the nightshift with her sister at McDonald’s.

“My sister was my everything since day one,” she said. “I was with my sister 24/7. We worked together. We got up together.  I just miss her so much.”

The Mustard Seed assisted Tenyka and James with furniture and clothing. The cost to The Mustard Seed to help one family in need is $393. Won’t you help sponsor this family by donating today?

Client Story: Maria

With a small amount of savings, Maria and her mother, also named Maria, fled the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in search of a better life in the United States. “You cannot walk around in Venezuela without the fear of getting robbed or persecuted,” Maria, 20, said. Political turmoil in Venezu…

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Client Story: Alexus

For two years, Alexus, 27, struggled through difficult challenges. She lived in her car with five children under the age of 10. To stabilize her family, she then moved to a mobile home only to find it infested with rats and plagued with mold. “I dealt with it for a little while because we had nowh…

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Client Story: Carly and Omer

Carly, her husband, Omer, and their 17-year-old son fled Venezuela in 2021 to escape danger for speaking out against the country’s tyrannical government. They took a bus to Colombia, then flew to Mexico and crossed the border into the United States to seek asylum. They were political activist…

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