You spend a lot of time preparing for your mission trip—fundraising, gathering supplies, packing your giant suitcase. But make sure to include one last item on your list: preparing your heart. Amber Rettke just returned from a trip to Malawi. Below, she shares five prayers that helped her focus on God and prepare her heart for the journey.
The Dominican Republic is known for its blue ocean waters, white-sand beaches, beautiful resorts, and the poverty that lurks on the outskirts of these tourist hot spots. Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at the history and culture of this beautiful yet conflicted country that your sponsored child calls home.
Our previous Wordless Wednesday post about Haiti took a look at this country's serious side. But thanks to all of you who support COTN's ministry, the children of Haiti have a reason to smile. And they're ready to show those smiles off!
Uganda is famous for its beauty and its violent past. But there is so much more to this country! Here are ten facts you probably didn’t know about Uganda’s history and culture. We hope you enjoy getting to know your sponsored child’s country a little better!
Saturday, June 28, was the second-ever graduation at COTN's International Christian Academy in Malawi! Twenty-six students—eleven girls and fifteen boys—walked in the graduation. The event was attended by guardians, some VIPs from the Malawi Ministry of Education, two representatives from the COTN-Malawi board of directors, and our very own Honorable Peter Dimba, Member of Parliament. COTN-Malawi board member Richard Chigwenembe read a greeting to the graduates from COTN founders Chris and Debbie Clark.
If you knew Maria's story, you'd realize why graduating from high school was an accomplishment beyond her wildest expectations.
Maria still can't believe it. On Sunday, June 29, she will graduate from high school. "I never knew that one day I'd be graduating from high school," she says, still amazed that this day has actually come.
Summer is the season for mission trips (or, as we like to call them, Venture Trips). In the next few months, a lot of you will be traveling to Africa or the Caribbean to visit your sponsored child, provide medical care to kids, build roofs, share the gospel, and more.
It doesn't matter if you are only seven years old. In many families in Uganda, if you are the oldest girl, you are in charge of caring for the younger children. Even when you're supposed to be in school.