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Andrew’s Story: “I No Longer Cry at Night but Sing Psalms in My Heart”

Andrew vividly remembers his life before COTN: “I could see my mom toiling hard for us, and this would break my heart because I knew she will not go far like that with us. And somehow, I wanted to join hands with her and help her do anything, even if it made no sense, but [I] just wanted to show her that it would be well with us. Yet at night, I would get in bed and weep so bitterly about myself and my sister’s future.”

Your Next Right Thing

My first day in the Dominican Republic was overwhelming. The poverty was staggering. The discrepancy between what they have and what I have was sobering. The sheer number of kids and families who need support was paralyzing. The quantity of visible needs was disheartening. 

A Father’s Perspective on Child Sponsorship

As Tim Pelczar listened to his friend describe the struggles of the children he’d met in Malawi, Tim couldn’t help but think of his nine-year-old son, Christian. What if Christian didn’t have enough food? What if he couldn’t go to school? Would someone help his son? “As a father, you don’t want to see any child suffer,” Tim says. 

So You're a Sponsor—Now What? Four Ways to Make the Most of It

So you've made the commitment to sponsor a child. Thank you! If you're new to this experience (or, even if you've been around for a while), you might be asking, "Now what?"

Here are four easy ways you can make the most of your sponsorship experience, for you and your sponsored child.

The Boy Who Never Smiled: Jonnathan's Story

It was Christmas when 5-year-old Jonnathan and his two brothers disappeared. Their mother had taken them to her family home in another village for the holiday. But when the time came for the children to return to COTN's school, they were nowhere to be found. 

Follow Your Letter to Your Sponsored Child, Part One

Hello, I’m a letter from a sponsor in Utah. I’m going on a journey to Malawi, in Africa. Along the way I’ll be joined by a friend I call RL—a Reciprocal Letter for a sponsored child to write back to my owner. But I'm getting ahead of myself. You’ll get to hear about his trip later. Please join me on my journey.

How I’m Making Lent Matter

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.

Why Your Child Is Not Smiling

You know the feeling. You finally get an update from your sponsored child. You feel that there's a photo inside—so you rush to open it. Only to find that your child looks miserable. No smile. Again.

God Can Pick Us Up: Sharon’s Story

Like so many times before, Sharon fought her way through a crowd of people trying to get water for their families. During Uganda’s civil war, water was scarce in the internally displaced persons camp, and six-year-old Sharon wasn’t strong enough to push through the crowd. 

What Does the Christmas Story Mean to a Child in Uganda?

The story of the birth of Jesus is relevant to our children in countless ways. For an orphaned, abandoned, neglected, or impoverished child in Uganda, the birth of Christ is the message of hope to them who had given up in life. It is deliverance from the past of despondency and destruction masterminded by war. It is freedom from marginalization, poverty, and above all, sin. 

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