Raising Nine Children in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Battu with her nine children (plus a few friends) in 2008
Jun 9, 2014 -

It's hard enough to imagine providing for nine children here in the United States. But imagine raising such a large family in a place with no school or hospital—and very few ways to earn a living. 

Celebrating One Year of Clean Water in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Jun 5, 2014 -

It was the dry season in Sierra Leone, which meant that everything involving water— bathing, washing clothes, cooking, and even drinking—was difficult for Mamie. 

Wordless Wednesday: Good Friends Uganda
Friends in Uganda
Jun 4, 2014 -

“Two are better than one … if either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) 

Recipe from Haiti: Spicy Spaghetti Haiti
Spicy spaghetti from Haiti
Jun 3, 2014 -

Did someone say spaghetti for breakfast? This Haitian dish is typically served as the first meal of the day. But for those of us who can’t quite get on board with the thought of eating pasta for breakfast, this makes a tasty lunch or dinner. (Full disclosure: I chose to cook this for dinner.)

Follow Your Letter to Your Sponsored Child, Part Two United States
Letters are great ways to encourage your sponsored child and get to know them
Jun 2, 2014 -

Hi! My name is Reciprocal Letter, but you can call me RL. My friend, The Letter, introduced us last week. She’s staying in Malawi with her new owner, Grace, while I continue my journey from Malawi to my new owner’s home in Utah. Come along with me!

Follow Your Letter to Your Sponsored Child, Part One United States
It’s always exciting for the children when they receive your letters
May 29, 2014 -

Hello, I’m a letter from a sponsor in Utah. I’m going on a journey to Malawi, in Africa. Along the way I’ll be joined by a friend I call RL—a Reciprocal Letter for a sponsored child to write back to my owner. But I'm getting ahead of myself. You’ll get to hear about his trip later. Please join me on my journey.

Wordless Wednesday: Glimpses of Haiti Haiti
COTN staffer Malou Faublas comforts Jordani.
May 28, 2014 -

From the Dominican border, to the streets of Port-au-Prince, to some special moments with the children; this is a look inside Haiti.

Taken from the Miry Clay: Precious's Story Sierra Leone
Precious is our first university graduate from Sierra Leone
May 27, 2014 -

In December 2013, Precious became the first sponsored child from COTN–Sierra Leone to complete university. "It's a very huge honor," she smiles. "One I thought could never happen, even in my wildest dreams." 

God Showed Up: Isaac's Story Uganda
Today, because of people like you, Isaac knows God has always been with him
May 22, 2014 -

Way out in the fields of northern Uganda, a young cowherd was getting ready to sneak off to school. Whenever he found a large enough pasture for his cows, Isaac would weigh his chances—dash to school and get a few hours of precious learning in, or stay with the cows and make sure they don't run off? 

Wordless Wednesday: Photos on the Wall Dominican Republic
May 21, 2014 -

A lot of talented photographers go on short-term mission trips to our ministry sites, and we're fortunate that many of them share their pictures with us. These are a few of our favorites from one such trip to the Dominican Republic. In fact, some of these adorn our walls here at the COTN office.

We hope you like them as much as we do. Tell us what you think, in the comments section below.