In the last two months, 265 of you stepped up to sponsor children. Because of you, these children will all be able to begin school this fall!
Many of you new sponsors shared your testimonies, explaining what led you to sponsor a child. Because we had a goal of 500 sponsors, we counted each of you. Many of you took fun photos with your numbers to go along with your testimonies.
Here are some of your photos and stories. Thank you for making this campaign a success for the children!
The photos are in from camp in Sierra Leone! Thanks to generous sponsors, children in three villages got to attend a two-day camp in their area. We also held a camp for children who live near our ministry center in Ngolala, and a youth camp for teens, at the minsitry center as well.
Our summer interns helped lead the camps, and sent back these great photos for you. Enjoy!
Most of our stories focus on how child sponsorship changes children's lives. But this time, we asked YOU, the sponsors, how sending in $32 a month to help a child has actually changed YOUR life. Everyone had a story to share. Here are a few:
"Without your support, Sikileti would have been married by now." Chikondi Kadongola's face becomes serious as he sits next to the eighth-grade girl in front of her home in Malawi. As a Children of the Nations (COTN) Village Partnership Program Coordinator, he knows that sadly this is the case for too many girls like her. Unable to afford education, they drop out of school and get married—sometimes as young as thirteen—in order to survive.
“Will it be great, or total chaos?” wondered Nikki Graham as she looked at all the volunteers. All she could see was a sea of green shirts with “to serve” written across the back in Chichewa, a local language in Malawi. This past August, Nikki and a Venture Team from Summit Church in Orlando, Florida, did something no one had ever done before, as far as they knew.
On Friday, August 9, N'gardy stood at the airport in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for the first flight of her life. She and her classmate, Susan, were taking off for Uganda to realize a goal they would have never dreamed possible, even a few months ago—attending university.
The Ugandan children wait anxiously for their medical exam. They aren’t used to going to the doctor so they don’t know what to expect. But when Shannon Carnahan shows them how to place the stethoscope in their ears and then presses the scope to her heart, they quickly forget to be scared.
Last week, children of all ages from every community we serve in the Dominican Republic got to go to camp! Because of your generous gifts, more than 700 children were able to attend camp this summer! Here are some highlights:
To be honest, when I first signed up to sponsor a child I had never met, writing genuine and heartfelt letters was a little difficult. The only thing I knew about him was what I read on his profile. I started my letters with the basics—my family, my hobbies, and my favorite things. But I wanted Alfred to know how much I cared and loved him even though I had never met him. I started praying for Alfred often and would write him telling him that I was praying for him. Then I got an opportunity to actually meet him