When the truck driver arrived in the rural Mgwayi village, in Malawi, he was quickly surrounded by children, curious adults, and a group women who started singing and dancing as six sewing machines were unloaded.
During the Christmas season (and beyond!), many of you gave to COTN's children through our gift catalog—generously showing God's love through everything from cows to Bibles. Thank you.
Below are the stories of three children in Sierra Leone whose lives have been affected by some of the gifts you gave—things that we might take for granted but that make huge differences in their lives.
Jenifer’s favorite Bible verse is Matthew 5:5: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (NIV). And her beginnings, growing up among the poorest in Malawi, can only be described as humble.
It wasn't snowing outside, but thanks to you, COTN children in Haiti had a very merry Christmas party in COTN's Haiti ministry center. “We enjoyed every bit of the celebrations,” says Steven Mizecki, COTN-Haiti’s administrative intern.
As the children celebrated and reflected on the birth of Christ, they enjoyed singing, dancing, and watching skits. They ate lots of good food and even got a visit from Santa Claus!
Thanks to the generous donations of partners like you, children in COTN–Uganda were able to hold Christmas parties. They celebrated the birth of Jesus through dancing, nutritious meals, and gift giving.
Children were excited by the new clothes they received, but one of the very best presents was letters from the children’s sponsors.
Thanks to you, children in COTN-Sierra Leone’s Village Partnership Program and Children’s Homes had joyous Christmas parties. The celebrations of Christ’s birth included prayer and worship, unwrapping gifts, nutritious meals, dancing, and more.
Because of your generous gifts to the children's Christmas Celebration fund, more than 1,200 children and students in Malawi were able to celebrate Christmas with gifts, parties, games, new clothes, food, special treats, a trip to the lake, and rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ by holding Christmas performances and accepting invitations to receive Christ as their savior.
Thanks to you, COTN children across the globe have been able to have Christmas parties this year. Today, we are excited to share photos from the parties in COTN's Dominican Republic communities, where 1,250 children celebrated the birth of our Savior.
Hawa entered COTN–Sierra Leone’s care when she was about six years old. Both of her parents had passed away from illness. She joined COTN's sponsorship program and she thrived. She enjoyed volleyball and wanted to become an accountant.