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God Made a Way Where There Was No Way: Alice's Story Malawi
Apr 21, 2014 -

Alice's mother died when she was three years old. "Since that day, my survival depended only on those who prayed for me and took pity on me, especially the COTN family," Alice says. 

The Man Behind the Mokpangumba School Sierra Leone
Mr. Foday on the river
Apr 17, 2014 -

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. 

I Know Who I Am Uganda
Daphless
Apr 14, 2014 -

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praise of He who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9

Four Unique Pictures of Success Uganda
Prosasco studies with Uganda Education Specialist Lindsey Mueller
Apr 11, 2014 -

What does transformation look like? We dream of children, once orphaned and abandoned on the streets, becoming doctors, teachers, and politicians, and changing their countries. And that is happening all over the world, because of you. 

Why Is My Sponsored Child Wearing That? United States
Your sponsored child doesn’t always know ahead of time that his picture is going
Apr 9, 2014 -

As you hang the photo of your sponsored child on your fridge you might wonder, is my child happy and healthy? By looking at this photo, what can you learn about your child from the clothes she is wearing? Here are answers to some questions you might have:

A Place for Every Child to Excel Sierra Leone
Amie with one of her teachers at the skills school
Apr 7, 2014 -

The church goes quiet as Spengy, a Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsored child and the youth leader of the church, calls for testimonies. "What has happened in your life that you want to tell God thank you for?" He invites the congregation to share. 

How I’m Making Lent Matter United States
Making dishes from the countries COTN serves was great
Apr 3, 2014 -

I had no Lenten tradition, growing up Baptist. But now that I'm a member of a church which does observe this significant Christian season, I desire to celebrate it in a significant way. I've tried different "fasts" in previous years, but this year I wanted to make the season of Lent an intentional time of praying for others.

Bible Studies Raise Up Leaders Malawi
A student receives a leadership award for her participation in SCOM
Apr 1, 2014 -

School just got out at the International Christian Academy, the Children of the Nations (COTN) secondary school in Malawi. But seventy-five of the students aren't rushing to get back to their homes or dorms. They are gathered in a large classroom with their Bibles by their sides, ready to hear the teaching of the day. 

New Ministry Center Opens in Uganda Uganda
Thank you for giving the children something to smile about!
Mar 31, 2014 -

Thanks to you, the children and staff in Uganda have some snazzy new digs. 

This past fall, you helped build a new ministry center at the COTN-Uganda campus. This new building will allow our Ugandan staff to work more closely with the children and interact with them on a daily basis. The old office was several miles away, in Lira, and required the staff to spend too much time and money commuting between there and the Children's Village. This new office is more cost-effective, and will help our ministry in Uganda flourish. 

Making Palm Oil in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Musu shows off the palm nuts he helped pick
Mar 28, 2014 -

In Sierra Leone, everyone cooks from scratch. And when I say from scratch, I mean, from scratch. Every ingredient has to be made by hand—including oil. 

So a common way to spend the afternoon in a village in Sierra Leone is picking and sorting palm nuts, then embarking on the long process of making them into oil. 

The whole thing takes about two hours, and it's an activity that many of your sponsored children regularly participate in. Here's what it looks like: