News

Dedication of our New Children's Home in Uganda Uganda
Feb 12, 2008 -

Last month, COTN founder, Chris Clark and a US Vision Team consisting of COTN–USA staff and individuals interested in partnering with us were honored as special guests at the official dedication of our first children’s home in Lira, Uganda. This home, which provides full-time care to our first twenty-six orphans (ages 4–15) is the first of hopefully many COTN children’s homes in Uganda.

US/UK Vision Team Returns United States
Feb 12, 2008 -

The January 2008 Vision Team, consisting of COTN–USA staff and individuals from across the USA as well as the UK recently returned home safely from a three-week trip to Uganda and Malawi. Doug Hanson, COTN–USA Senior Director, served as the Team Leader and led the group through the two countries, introducing team members to our in-country staffs and providing the team with an overview of our ministry sites and various projects.

A Glimpse into Mada's Day and Life Malawi
Jan 17, 2008 -

At five o’clock in the morning, when most people in the small African country of Malawi are sleeping, Madalitso Msipho wakes up to start her day. She is in her mid-twenties, yet she has nine girls to take care of. These are not her biological children; they are girls who have been taken into the COTN girls’ home in Malawi and placed under the care of “Aunt Mada” as the children fondly call her. When she wakes up, Aunt Mada takes the children to the nearby church where they have their morning intercession prayers until 5:30 a.m.

Christmas in Malawi Malawi
Jan 17, 2008 -

As the end of each year draws near we all turn toward Christmas for a little excitement and some quality time with family. We knew this year would be different, but as with most things here in Malawi, we really had no idea. Compared to the holiday season in the U.S. it is very quiet here in Malawi. We attended a short church service at our home church in Lilongwe and then spent the better part of the afternoon at Chitipi Farm.

Summer Internship Deadline Approaching United States
Jan 14, 2008 -

The COTN Internship Season has commenced. Applicants from the United States, Africa, the United Kingdom and even Japan are applying to be a part of the Summer 2008 program. The individual application deadline is January 31st. University and college group applications are due Feburary 26th.

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Chris Clark visits with the president of Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Dec 16, 2007 -

International President Chris Clark traveled to Sierra Leone last month with delegates from the US and was greeted by Paramount Chief Tommy Jombla in Banta Mokelleh. They proceeded to dedicate our new preschool and primary schools in Banta with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A traditional African celebration was held in commemoration of this event. In addition, Chris Clark was able to lead an evangelical crusade, “Banta for Jesus,” that reached out to the surrounding villages.

Our First Orphans in Uganda! Uganda
Nov 28, 2007 -

We have finally welcomed the first orphans into our Children’s Home in Uganda! Last week, we brought nine children, ranging in age from 5 to 15, into our full-time care. These nine children come from three separate orphan-headed families. Last summer, COTN’s counseling team identified these “child families” as some of the worst-of-the-worst cases.

Tropical Storm Noel Update Dominican Republic
Nov 27, 2007 -

Almost one month after Tropical Storm NOEL hit the Dominican Republic, leaving devastation and displacement in its wake, floodwaters have finally rescinded.

Los Robles – The school and upper section of village homes were not damaged, however in the lower section of the village, all the homes were lost along with everyone’s possessions.

Following God's Leading—to Malawi! Malawi
Nov 15, 2007 -

Moving to Malawi has continued to be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences of our life together. We are continually forced to let go of our wants, our expectations, our hopes and our “western standards” to accept the culture of this country. We’ve been preparing for this time since October of last year and the journey has been one of remarkable answers to prayer in unimaginable ways and also a fair share of bumps and bruises.

The Origin of the Dominican Batey Dominican Republic
Algodon, a batey in the Dominican Republic
Nov 14, 2007 -

COTN’s ministry in the Dominican Republic began in the summer of 1997 when we first came alongside the village of Algodon—a Haitian batey (pronounced BAH-tay). A batey (plural bateyes) is a shanty-town camp where sugarcane cutters live. Bateyes are found only in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.