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"You Have to Go to Know": Experiencing Africa Firsthand Made All the Difference for One Couple United States
Jul 10, 2017 -

“You can go to the banquets and you can receive the letters and you can hear all about the organization, but having gone there and seen it in action, that just cemented it,” says COTN partner Rob Culp. Rob and his wife Julie saw COTN’s ministry firsthand on an emotional trip to Malawi in February. 

How Well Do You Know the Dominican Republic? (Fun Quiz) Dominican Republic
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Jun 30, 2017 -

1. The most popular sport in the Dominican Republic is ______.

Your Exclusive Tour of the Clinic Expansion Project Dominican Republic
Jun 23, 2017 -

In 2017, COTN’s clinic in the Dominican Republic more than doubled in size, thanks to you and other generous donors!

Most families in the district of Barahona are unable to afford basic medical care and have limited access to quality medical care facilities. This clinic plays a crucial role in providing holistic care for children in COTN’s program and offers medical care to the community at a lower cost. Services provided include pediatrics, gynecology, surgical procedures, dentistry, and more. 

Tips for Sending Photos to Your Sponsored Child United States
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Jun 23, 2017 -

With each letter you send your sponsored child, you can include photos. These give your child something to treasure and a way to learn more about you. Here are some ideas about what kinds of photos to send your sponsored child:

From Living on the Street to a Loving Family: Benny’s Story Sierra Leone
Jun 19, 2017 -

On his first morning at COTN’s home in Sierra Leone, Benny* woke up and went to the kitchen. Aunty Mary handed him a bread roll and a cup of tea. But Benny just stood there, waiting.

Tips for Writing to Your Sponsored Child United States
Jun 12, 2017 -

Your sponsored child loves receiving letters from you! Here are some tips to help you communicate with your sponsored child:

Redeemed from War and Poverty: April's Harrowing Story Uganda
May 26, 2017 -

If you ever met 17-year-old April* from Uganda, I’m sure you would admire her strength. 

“They Always Pray for People to Come”: Students Share Christ’s Love with Prisoners Malawi
May 22, 2017 -

“When I visited Bzyanzi prison I remembered how I used to live and how I was close to being like those boys in prison,” says Ireen Banda, a COTN University/Vocational student in Malawi.

Recently, as part of an outreach program for COTN University/Vocational students, students and staff visited Bzyanzi juvenile prison, located outside Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe. For the students and prisoners, the trip ended up being life-changing.

Bringing Dreams Back to the Dominican Republic—12 Trips with Ryan Church Dominican Republic
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May 15, 2017 -

“Anytime you are interacting with any level of abject poverty—poverty is really when you are robbed of your ability to dream,” says Ryan Church, former Senior Director of University Ministries at University Presbyterian Church (UPC) in Seattle and current interim Director of Outreach.

Ryan recently went on his 12th trip to the Dominican Republic with COTN. And he noticed a lot of differences between this Venture trip and his first visit.

 

"I Love Soccer" Opens Big Opportunities for Children in Haiti Haiti
May 15, 2017 -

One common passion unites most of the world: soccer. Steven Mizecki, COTN's Global Volunteer in Haiti, decided the children in Haiti should get in on the action too, so earlier this year he created a new COTN initiative called I Love Soccer