Children's Stories

Meet One of the Graduates: Modester

On June 29, Modester will be among the first 40 students to graduate from COTN's secondary school in Malawi—an accomplishment she never thought was possible. Modester lost her father when she was very young and wouldn’t have been able to attend school without her sponsors. Thanks to people like you, she’s had the support she needs—everything from food to school supplies to spiritual guidance and encouragement—to complete school, as well as an excellent school to attend! Here are her reflections as she prepares for graduation:

He Was Never Supposed to Walk, Let Alone Graduate

They said Grecious would never walk.  Born with cerebral palsy in a village in Malawi, Grecious had no access to medical care or physical therapy. In rural Malawi, many children with disabilities end up ignored, abused, or even dead.

Surviving Against All Odds: Edward's Story

Four-year-old Edward had little chance of surviving. Malnourished, sick, and orphaned, even his well-meaning uncle knew he couldn't save him. His uncle was barely able to provide enough food for Edward to survive, and couldn't even dream of paying for the medical care Edward needed.

A Family Reunited: Sandram and Zione's Story

It's never our plan for a child to be taken away from their family. But when the situation is as bad as it was for Sandram, there is little other choice. After Sandram's mother passed away, he and his younger sister Zione were left in the care of their paternal uncle. 

"God Brought Me Here": Eli's Story

When you only have one meal a day, you don't want to miss it.  And when you have eleven other children in your family, no one saves leftovers for you. 

Peter Reflects on the Transformation in His Life

On a recent visit to Malawi, Children of the Nations (COTN) founders Chris and Debbie Clark were amazed to see how much fourteen-year-old Peter has grown, both physically and spiritually. Twelve years ago, Peter came to COTN's Children's Homes  malnourished and severely underweight. 

A Hunger for Knowledge: Patrick's Story

He was one of those kids. You know, the ones who are always hanging around, with big, hungry eyes. The ones who materialize whenever there is any work—desperate to do something, regardless if there is any monetary compensation. And then as fast as he showed up, he would disappear—no one knew where he lived. 

My Lord Cares For Me: Hannah's Story

Hannah collapsed by her bed and buried her face in her arms. She knelt there crying and praying—overwhelmed by everything that was happening in her life. Today, as she remembers that moment, Hannah says, "I was praying that God would give me mercy." She didn't know that He already had.

Saved From Child Labor: Barbra's Story

Fourteen-year-old Barbra smiles as she explains her favorite Bible story.  "I love the story of the prodigal son," she says, "because it teaches that our lives can be better again, even if it appeared wasted and useless at one point." 

Meet the Newest Children at Chitipi Farm!

Alefa's face bursts into a smile as she shakes her hips to the music. It is the monthly birthday celebration at the Chitipi Farm Children's Home, and she's in the center doing her favorite thing—dancing.

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