The Power of Ping Pong United States
Three Microsoft employees now hold the ping pong tournament titles
Nov 15, 2013 -

It’s a family pastime, an Olympic sport, and now ping pong is changing children’s lives in Africa and the Caribbean, thanks to employees at Microsoft! 

My Sponsored Child Gave Me a Name Sierra Leone
The children we met on our Venture Trip were always eager to hold our hands
Nov 14, 2013 -

I sit here on the porch, smiling and praising God as I watch the African sun go down over the rolling hills in the west. The clouds shift, constantly changing from striking golds to deep purples. 

My Life is Better Now that I Have Shoes Dominican Republic
Nov 12, 2013 -

The ground is not just made of earth here in the impoverished Dominican community of Los Robles. Trash, animal waste, rocks, and broken glass are all mixed together to form a dry, hard substance that children walk over every day. 

God Does Not Abandon Us: Sarah's Story Uganda
Sarah couldn't believe this new bed was actually hers!
Nov 11, 2013 -

Sarah couldn't believe her eyes. In front of her was the most beautiful bed she had ever seen. "I was shocked when they told me it was my own!" she laughs, remembering the moment she realized she would be sleeping in a real bed for the first time. 

Ten Questions Kids Have about Africa United States
Thanks to partners like you, the children in COTN’s care can go to school
Nov 8, 2013 -

Are your kids curious about Africa? Every time we have a meal packaging event at a school, the kids have tons of great questions about the way children in Africa live. Here are ten questions the third- and fourth-grade students at Montverde Academy in Florida asked our Orlando staff member, Laura Cook, during a recent meal packaging event. Maybe they’re the same questions your kids are asking.

Thank You for the Mosquito Nets! Sierra Leone
Sponsored children hold up mosquito nets
Nov 7, 2013 -

Great news! Since September, people like you have given almost $9,000 to provide mosquito nets for children in Africa and the Caribbean. 

Farmer Jackson Malawi
Jackson (right) and his friends Yohane and Alfred started a garden
Nov 5, 2013 -

Jackson grins as he pulls an enormous sweet potato from the ground. "You must work hard to get something," he says, as he proudly examines his produce. There is no doubt that Jackson put a lot of work into this little plot of land that is now producing vegetables for him. But without the right tools and seeds, all his hard work would be in vain. 

Please Pray for Our Seventh-Grade Class! Uganda
Hannah receives a certificate for her hard work at COTN's school!
Nov 4, 2013 -

Please pray along with the children and staff in Uganda for our seventh-grade class. 

This is our first class of primary school seniors at the Children of the Nations (COTN) school in Uganda. They are about to take their final exams, which will determine whether they will move up to secondary school.

Three Christmas Crafts Your Sponsored Child Will Love! United States
Your sponsored child can hang these paper clip angels by their bed.
Nov 1, 2013 -

If you're a sponsor, you should be getting a personalized Christmas card for your sponsored child in the mail any day now!

If you want to make your child's Christmas extra special, tuck in a few of these Christmas crafts when you send your card back. (Click on each item to see more details via Pinterest!)

A Passion for Fashion—And Africa! United States
“Tenneh and I immediately connected,” says Jeanette
Oct 31, 2013 -

Standing in the middle of her clothing sale in Orlando, Florida, Jeanette Scott is a world away from Sierra Leone. But she’s suddenly overwhelmed by memories of this faraway country that she holds close to her heart. Jeanette was there one year ago on a Venture Trip and began sponsoring a girl named Tenneh. But that was just the beginning.