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Three Surprises Meeting My Sponsored Child Sierra Leone
Feb 3, 2014 -

I work for Children of the Nations, so I thought I knew what to expect when I went to meet my sponsored child. I've answered tons of questions about child sponsorship, written countless appeals for letters and love, and put together several stories about sponsors meeting their kids. But when the day came for me to actually meet my sponsored child, there were a lot of things that surprised me. Here's what I wasn't expecting:

Praising God Through the Best and the Worst: Darkin's Story Dominican Republic
ILB players start every practice with a devotion and prayer
Jan 30, 2014 -

Every day after practice, the I Love Baseball (ILB) players heap their plates high with rice, beans, and meat. And almost every day, after he's served himself, Darkin walks over to ILB program director Ruddy Suero and asks if he can take his plate home, to share with his family. Ruddy always says yes, and Darkin tucks the food away to bring home to his mother and five siblings. Then the seven of them share his meal. 

Empowering African Girls Through Soccer Sierra Leone
 Massah (right) runs for the ball during a camp tournament.
Jan 28, 2014 -

The sun has just gone down as Josie Graybeal and her Venture Team arrive at the Children of the Nations ministry center in Sierra Leone. A little ways off, in the dusk, you can just make out a group of the white jerseys—Seattle Pacific University uniforms—that Josie brought last year. In the center, beaming and proud, are twenty-six African girls. Flanked by the boys' team, they perform a short "soccer" dance, jumping and slapping their feet like calisthenics. Then they break out into song, welcoming their inspiration back. 

Checking in with Malawi's Future Leaders Malawi
Mtisunge grew up in the deeply impoverished village of Mtsiliza
Jan 27, 2014 -

Right now in Malawi, you are helping 36 young adults make their way through college. These young people are studying hard today so they can transform their nation tomorrow. A few of them would like to share with you what their goals are and how your support is helping them reach those goals.

“Do What You Can Wherever You Are”: A Stay-at-Home Mom Changes Lives Around the World United States
Kristin is thrilled to be able to use her business to follow her passion. She ha
Jan 24, 2014 -

As a stay-at-home mom with two children in elementary school, Kristin Pardue was entering a new phase in her life. She was thankful for the years with her children, but was ready to transition into a part-time job that would allow her to work, yet still be available for them.

When Kristin learned about Premier Designs through a prayer group, she was intrigued. The national jewelry company offers a flexible business model and they were doing something Kristin dreamed of—supporting international missions through business. 

Your Best Venture Photos of 2013 United States
Children with mosquito nets in Sierra Leone
Jan 23, 2014 -

Every year, Venture Teams come home with great photos of what God is doing in each of the countries we serve. Last year was no exception. Here are just a few of your photos that capture some of the highlights of last year.

Enjoy, and happy 2014!

Forgetting About Himself to Love Others: Magnus’ Story Sierra Leone
Magnus is willing to sacrifice his life for these children
Jan 21, 2014 -

After a long day of work, Uncle Magnus Beah, the Children of the Nations (COTN) Venture Program Director in Sierra Leone, came to the guest house to share with us. 

Thank You for Giving Joy in Uganda! Uganda
In Uganda, as in every COTN country this Christmas, each child received a book.
Jan 17, 2014 -

The Christmas photos from Uganda are in! And thanks to all of you, the children had a great time celebrating Jesus' birth. Please enjoy these photos and this special message from our Village Partnership Program Coordinator in Uganda, Christopher Odongo:

God is good! The children in Uganda had a colorful Christmas celebration this year, with a wonderful meal, drinks, and great gifts, including school bags and books. 

Making Retirement Count: Jim and Lisa Teach in Africa Sierra Leone
"We had always wanted to do foreign missions," says Lisa.
Jan 16, 2014 -

Retirement couldn't have been nicer for Jim and Lisa Stowers. They had a beautiful house, a few grandchildren, and a large garden and art studio to spend their days in. But God had bigger plans. 

The Long Walk to School: Pilirani's Story Malawi
Pilirani (center) and some of her friends from COTN's secondary school
Jan 14, 2014 -

The walk to school was long and dangerous, and Pilirani was only in first grade. Government primary schools are free in Malawi, but they are limited, and this was the closest one. "It was very hard to walk," Pilirani recalls. "We had to pass by a bridge to get to school, which was very difficult when it was raining. The river would flood, and I remember one day we were stuck because we could not get across."