Marc Antoine Michel has been serving with COTN–Haiti since 2012, and has been our Haiti country director since last month. On a recent trip to the US, Marc Antoine sat down with me and shared the story of how God called him to give up his life to serve orphaned and impoverished children, and how he ended up at COTN.
What happens when four engineers, a writer, a teacher, a nonprofit worker, and a minister go on a six-day cycling trip? This isn’t the start of a bad joke! These intrepid cyclists toured Northern Ireland’s countryside with the goal of sending three African children to university. The trip turned out to be a ‘wheel’ success! The team has already raised money above and beyond their goal.
The George who sits down for an interview today is no longer the struggling 10-year-old who first entered Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsorship program. Today he’s a healthy, smiling 20-year-old standing at the cusp of his future, eager to work as a journalist and help his fellow Malawians who suffer from extreme poverty. “I want to represent the voiceless masses,” says George, “and make their cries heard.”
One of the best things you can do for your sponsored child is pray for them. But it’s not always easy to know how. Your child is so far away, and honestly, our lives are busy. But we know how important prayer is, so here are a few creative prayer prompts for you and your family.
Familiar sounds fill the room at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church: laughter, the rustle of bags being filled with food, and the chant of “lentils, spice, chicken, rice!” But for the people here in Yakima, Washington, today is more than just their annual meal packaging event. Today they are remembering the life and work of Dale Carpenter, who was instrumental in making this ‘Feeding the 5,000’ event an annual affair.
If you make the long walk through jungle and farmlands to the river that separates the small village of Mokpangumba from every school and medical clinic in the area, a small, thin man with a huge smile will probably greet you in a dugout canoe.