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.

Furry Blessings That Multiply Fast Uganda
Bunnies are taking over the Uganda Children's Village, thanks to a few gifts
Dec 10, 2013 -

Denis is feeling stressed from a long day of studying. As he finishes up his chores, he walks over to where the bunnies are kept at the Children of the Nations Uganda Children's Village and picks one up. "When I am stressed, I just go and sit nearby and watch [the bunnies] as they graze or play around," says Denis. "I am refreshed, because I begin to laugh at the behavior of this little animal."

Gifts That Bring True Joy United States
Karen's children no longer get Christmas presents. Instead they give to children
Dec 9, 2013 -

For the past three years, there haven't been any presents under Karen McGrath's Christmas tree. Instead, hanging from the branches are dozens of white envelopes.