A Year of Good Works Pays Off Haiti
Dec 27, 2013 -

A flood of kindergarten and nursery school-age children rush into the tarp shelter. At the helm is Marc Antoine Michel, the energetic and loving Village Partnership Program coordinator in Haiti. A host of parents herd the children from the sides, helping them into their seats as they get ready for their after-school activities. And running around helping everyone with anything they need is a young teenager. 

Malawian Students Enjoy Learning about Who They Are Malawi
The team is hoping the personality test will help students like Flora
Dec 26, 2013 -

It was almost too good to be true. Seniors at the International Christian Academy, COTN’s secondary school in Malawi, were told they had to take a test, but they didn’t have to study for it and there was no such thing as a wrong answer. 

A Ugandan Nativity Uganda
Dec 24, 2013 -

In the United States, nativity plays are as traditional as carols and poinsettias in the Christmas season. Even though these dramatizations are most likely not universal, I can't help imagining what a nativity play would look like starring the children of COTN–Uganda, who I have come to know and love over the years. 

Rethinking the Classic Nativity United States
Through the care of their sponsors and others, the children experience joy
Dec 23, 2013 -

When we take away the festal racket of the Advent of Jesus Christ, put down our eggnog, set down our sugar cookies, and peel back the pine-scented veneer of one “holy infant so tender and mild,” we are faced with a very different nativity. A nativity without hand soap or a space heater. Medicate with enough gingerbread or peppermint truffles and you may forget the ugly reality altogether. 

A Modern Day Joseph: The Evidence of Love through Sacrifice United States
Because of you, thousands of children around the world and are able to celebrate
Dec 20, 2013 -

Christmas is just around the corner, as I’m sure you are well aware. Probably, your family, like ours, has been quite busy with parties, caroling, band concerts, decorating, shopping, baking, and occasionally grabbing a quiet moment to sit by the fire to reflect on the past year. It was in one of those quiet moments that I was impressed by the nativity set sitting on our window sill—a set I picked up while visiting Uganda five years ago.

Fifty Years Turns into 50,000 Meals United States
“This is making a huge difference to so many children,” says Laurie.
Dec 19, 2013 -

Laurie Bunnel only had five days left to raise $10,000. She and her husband David had decided to do something special this fall, to celebrate turning fifty, but it was starting to look like they wouldn’t have the money to pull it off. 

The Top 7 Gifts on the Children’s Christmas Wish List United States
Bring tidings of comfort and joy to a child in need by giving a blanket!
Dec 18, 2013 -

Apparently a lot of you have taken an interest in Pinterest. Your response to our November post about “Pinteresting” Christmas crafts for your sponsored child was huge! 

Your Farm Gifts Change Lives Sierra Leone
Gabriel and the other children in Sierra Leone are using your gifts of seeds
Dec 16, 2013 -

As he carefully places a watermelon seed beneath the warm earth in Sierra Leone, Gabriel smiles. He knows the seed will sprout into a plant, which will produce fruit—a delicious snack for him and his friends. 

How Christmas Changed Everything for Me Malawi
After losing both his parents, Innocent wondered if he would ever feel loved
Dec 13, 2013 -

It is the month of December again, the time that brings joy to the world, a moment that we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Four Places to Shop and Give Back United States
One Purse offers purses and more!
Dec 12, 2013 -

Did you know that you can buy the Christmas gifts you really want, while helping children in need at the same time? Here are four websites that will give to Children of the Nations (COTN) when you shop with them.