Sponsoring children

Surprised By Sponsorship

One of the biggest surprises about the Dominican Republic was how much I fell in love with the people. They are always in motion, always smiling, always joyous ... oh, and pretty loud.

A Mission Trip By the Children, For the Children

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a six-year-old on a mission trip? Three families recently found out what it was like when they took their children, ages six to ten, on a Venture Trip to the Dominican Republic. The trip was specially designed for the families and their children, and focused on books—reading, enjoying, and even making them.

Dominicans Lead the Charge toward Clean Water

Dave Thomas watches proudly as Yelin, a young man who grew up in Children of the Nations' (COTN) child sponsorship program in the village of Altagracia, Dominican Republic, sets up the water purification system. Dave, an expert in clean water systems, has been training Yelin on how to use this one. Yelin pours one small cup of salt into a long tube of water and sends an electric charge through the water using a large battery.

Welcome to the Family!

Sue Trover wanted her surprise to be the highlight of Christmas day. She waited until all eleven grandchildren had opened their gifts. “The timing was important,” she explains.  Then she gathered the whole family and unveiled the biggest gift of the day—their family would be expanding as they welcomed six sponsored children from Children of the Nations’ (COTN) programs in Africa and the Caribbean.  

The Gift that Changed a Mother’s Life

It would be any mother's worst nightmare. Grace was a mother to seven children—one of whom had cerebral palsy—and already had two young grandchildren as well. It was already a struggle to provide for all the hungry children in her home. When her husband died, Grace knew it would be impossible for her to even provide the most basic necessities for her children.

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." 

How You’re Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Antonia

"The situation in my life is hard," begins 11-year-old Antonia. "Life is hard for me because my mother is out, and my father doesn't work," she explains. Then she smiles as she thinks of the difference people like you have made in her life. "Actually, it is not so hard as it was before I was part of COTN's program," she says.

Our Favorite Books: When Helping Hurts

I'll never forget the feeling. I was in Uganda with another organization, trying to do something good. Trying to spend three short weeks away from home and somehow make a long-term difference for the children I was serving. 

They Call Her ‘Agogo’

Lori Campbell started selling books online to raise money for her many trips to Malawi. But last year God gave her a new idea: to use the money to sponsor children as well. She began with five children, but plans to include many more. “God laid on my heart the number eighty,” she says. “I wish I could sponsor the entire village!”

Your Meals Provide Timely Aid in Malawi

This year, the people of Malawi are facing severe hunger. More than 1.6 million Malawians will need food aid —almost eight times more than last year—according to the World Food Program.

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