Supporting the Alicea Family

Campaign Created by: Mariana Mastracchio and friends

The funds from this campaign will be received by Erika Alicea.

Goal: USD $100,000
Raised: USD $ 35,975

Let's help the Alicea family during their time of grief after the loss of their beloved Efrain. On 1/31/23, Efrain went to be with the Lord. His sudden departure left his family deeply heartbroken. In spite of this tragedy, they are relying on the strength of the Lord and the support of family and friends to carry them during this season.

Efrain, also known as Brother E, was the dedicated pastor of Elements Church, an urban church located in the South Bronx, NY. Growing up, he always felt God’s presence, but it wasn't until 1991 that Efrain came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In time, he began to work with youth and other inner city evangelistic ministries in addition to being the lead pastor of his church. He was also a writer, poet, rapper, musician, activist, and lover of God’s Word with a heart for His people, especially the marginalized and disenfranchised.

Efrain was a family man. He was the primary financial and spiritual provider for his home. He was a devoted father to two children, grandfather to two little girls, and the caring husband to Erika.

Like Efrain, Erika has a heart for spreading the good news of the Gospel to children so that “they may have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of age, and that they, in turn, may be a light to their family, friends and community." A former public school teacher turned homeschool mama, she committed many years supporting Efrain in children’s ministry and sharing the joy of a Charlotte Mason Education with all, particularly through the use of diverse, living books, and currently, The Art of Color Study.

Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we collaborate to support them. While we may lack the right words to express our heart-felt love and support of them, we can at least raise enough money to financially carry them through for the next year.

Thank you for being the Lord's hands and feet for our beloved Alicea family.


To Our Dear Family and Friends...
March 22, 2023
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To our dear friends and family, there will never be enough words to express the gratitude in our hearts for your outpouring of love. Every prayer, every encouragement, every gift, every hug has meant the world to us.  

During our time of grieving, your acts of love have helped hold us up. You have literally been the hands and feet of Jesus, helping to cover us with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you for loving us in word and deed.

As for how we’re doing, it’s been an emotional roller coaster. We miss E terribly.  We know he’s in Glory with our Savior and the thought of seeing him again in Eternity fills our hearts with hope. But E’s physical absence has left us broken.

Yet, through it all, we continue to experience God’s peace, provision, and protection in countless ways so we know we’re not alone.

Thank you for loving and honoring E in your care of us.  Please continue to pray for our family as we have a long journey ahead.

May God bless you all for your love and generosity. 💕


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