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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. 

Clean Water Flows in Ngolala Junction for the First Time!

Deep in the middle of the dry season in Sierra Leone, a group of elders gathered in a circle. They stood in the heat of the day, the dry dust dispersed through the air from so many shuffling feet, and witnessed one of the most momentous occasions in the short history of their small village.

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. 

Jesus Christ Soccer Star: Athletes Point Children toward God

Hundreds of people came from the nearby villages to the Children of the Nations (COTN) campus in Malawi. It was the first day of a soccer tournament hosted by a Venture Team from Summit Church in Orlando, Florida. Everyone was eager to show off their soccer moves, including COTN’s in-country staff. With a running sports commentary over a loudspeaker, the games began. 

"With God, There is Always Enough": A Family of Five Takes on One More

"It was the most humbling and honoring experience of our lives."

Tears begin to flow as Danielle Thayer relives one of the most powerful moments in her life. A few months before, she and her husband Bob had stepped out in faith and decided to sponsor a child in the Dominican Republic named Danilo. 

Three Photos with Surprising Potential

What do you see in this photo?

An Inside Look at Transformation

What does transformation look like? It can be something as simple as children making new friends or a little girl learning to read.

COTN education consultant Carrie Hollingsworth spent six months in Sierra Leone teaching, tutoring, forming relationships with the children, and watching them grow. She created this video to demonstrate the ways your care and support are transforming the children's lives. 

The Power of Imitation

As a parent of two boys, ages seven and eleven, I often see glimpses of God’s goodness, playfulness, and His heart through the expressions and actions of my sons. Most evenings, when I come home from my office at Children of the Nations (COTN), I have no idea what activity or imaginary world I’ll encounter. 

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." 

A Visit to Randy's Home

The first thing that struck Brian Ballard and his son Kyle when they walked up to Randy's home in the Dominican Republic, was how large it was. The entire home, which housed ten people, was small by American standards—only about 35 by 25 feet. Yet it was one of the biggest they saw while walking through the impoverished Dominican community of Don Bosco with 6-year-old Randy.

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