God Rescues Us from Our Affliction: Olga's Story Uganda
Mar 13, 2014 -

Ten-year-old Olga had the responsibilities of an adult. Her mother was too sick to do any housework, and Olga was the oldest girl, leaving her with the responsibility of running the house. 

Their Long Walk to School Sierra Leone
Mar 11, 2014 -

For Duramany and Mikailu, getting to school is quite a committment. They leave the village of Mokpangumba in Sierra Leone just after dawn to cross a river in a dugout canoe, then walk for about an hour through jungle and farmland to reach the Children of the Nations (COTN) junior secondary school in time for class.

New Girls' Hostel Officially Opens! Malawi
Mar 10, 2014 -

In February, after nearly nine months of construction, the girls at the Children of the Nations secondary school in Malawi, the International Christian Academy, were able to move into their new hostel!

All the girls were excited for their new space. In the makeshift building they were using, many of them had to double up on beds to fit everyone. Now, every girl has her own bunk! 

Life After a Mission Trip United States
While serving the children in Africa, I experienced God in a wonderful new way
Mar 7, 2014 -

I couldn’t wait to go on my first mission trip to Malawi and Uganda four years ago. I spent months preparing for the experience of entering a completely different culture, and I’m glad I did. My team leader mentioned that transitioning back to life at home after a trip might be just as difficult, but I secretly believed I wouldn’t have any trouble. Just in case, I had a little book called Unearth, which was supposed to help with the transition.

Taking the Next Step of Faith: Solomon's Story Uganda
Mar 6, 2014 -

Solomon is strong, smart, and tall. But he's anything but outgoing. Which is why any time an opportunity came up to share in front of a crowd, Solomon shrank to the back. 

When You Educate the Girl Child, You Educate the Whole Nation Sierra Leone
Mar 4, 2014 -

If it was not for you, Mariatu would have ended her education years ago. She began school when she was seven years old, but it was a challenge for her parents to find the money to send her. "My parents found it difficult to enroll me at school," she says.  

Sponsorship Saves Bezita from Becoming a Child Bride Malawi
Bezita (left) with some of her friends from COTN's school
Mar 3, 2014 -

If it weren't for you, 14-year-old Bezita says she would be married by now. In her remote village in Malawi, basic resources are scarce and parents often marry their girls off young in hopes of finding someone to support them. 

If You Give a Child a Pencil . . . Dominican Republic
At school in the Dominican Republic
Feb 28, 2014 -

Two years ago, I stepped into my dream job as a staff writer for Children of the Nations (COTN). In this job, I see the naked reality of the brokenness that was, and the unaccountable, transformative power of the Great Love who is doing a great work in the lives of so many.

Sponsorship Saves Baby Christophe's Life Haiti
Christophe (left) had health problems when he was born
Feb 27, 2014 -

Cevenie had eight children when she found out she was pregnant with twins. If you think ten children would be a challenge, imagine supporting that many children in Haiti. Cevenie and her husband Andrenor barely had enough money to fully provide for their family.

Joining My Sponsored Child's Family, Two Socks at a Time Sierra Leone
Me with my sponsored child, Titus
Feb 25, 2014 -

“Aunty, let me launder your socks.”

“Oh Titus, don’t worry, they are fine. See! I did not wet them.”

A serious, earnest look from the boy in front of me, then we quietly go back to rinsing dishes in front of his wood and mud house. I steal a glance at the head bent over our plastic bowl of murky, sudsy water.