Familiar sounds fill the room at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church: laughter, the rustle of bags being filled with food, and the chant of “lentils, spice, chicken, rice!” But for the people here in Yakima, Washington, today is more than just their annual meal packaging event. Today they are remembering the life and work of Dale Carpenter, who was instrumental in making this ‘Feeding the 5,000’ event an annual affair.
If you make the long walk through jungle and farmlands to the river that separates the small village of Mokpangumba from every school and medical clinic in the area, a small, thin man with a huge smile will probably greet you in a dugout canoe.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praise of He who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9
What does transformation look like? We dream of children, once orphaned and abandoned on the streets, becoming doctors, teachers, and politicians, and changing their countries. And that is happening all over the world, because of you.
As you hang the photo of your sponsored child on your fridge you might wonder, is my child happy and healthy? By looking at this photo, what can you learn about your child from the clothes she is wearing? Here are answers to some questions you might have:
The church goes quiet as Spengy, a Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsored child and the youth leader of the church, calls for testimonies. "What has happened in your life that you want to tell God thank you for?" He invites the congregation to share.
I had no Lenten tradition, growing up Baptist. But now that I'm a member of a church which does observe this significant Christian season, I desire to celebrate it in a significant way. I've tried different "fasts" in previous years, but this year I wanted to make the season of Lent an intentional time of praying for others.
School just got out at the International Christian Academy, the Children of the Nations (COTN) secondary school in Malawi. But seventy-five of the students aren't rushing to get back to their homes or dorms. They are gathered in a large classroom with their Bibles by their sides, ready to hear the teaching of the day.