Junior and Bless Moses, two COTN students in Uganda, love to read. They read several books a week. But supporting their reading habit was difficult, because COTN’s secondary school didn’t have a library.
Sandram says, “Before COTN, I was living a miserable life.” Sandram grew up in Malawi, the oldest of seven children. His childhood became particularly miserable after his father divorced his mother and forced her to leave their home and take the four boys and three girls with her.
Manuel’s childhood was full of suffering, especially after he lost his father, who was the family breadwinner, to malaria. Manuel’s widowed mother had no means of support, and so food was scarce for Manuel and his seven siblings. There seemed to be no future for this vulnerable Malawian child.
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.