A Place for Every Child to Excel

04/07/14

The church goes quiet as Spengy, a Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsored child and the youth leader of the church, calls for testimonies. "What has happened in your life that you want to tell God thank you for?" He invites the congregation to share. 

 
Barely thirty seconds pass before Amie makes her way to the front of the large porch which serves as a church. Small and quiet, with an irresistible smile, people say Amie used to be so shy she would barely even look you in the eye. But today, she walks confidently to the podium. 
 
Today, thanks to the skills training school she is attending, Ami is confident
Amie used to be very shy, and struggled academically in school. Today, thanks to the skills training school she is attending, she is confident and proud of her abilities. 
 
Amie has just returned to COTN’s Children's Homes for Christmas break, after her first two months attending a skills training center in a town about an hour away. When she and two other students from COTN's school were given the opportunity to study at the skills center, Amie wasn't sure she wanted to go.
 
"I want to tell God thank you, for what he has done for me," she begins her testimony. "I was in form one [seventh grade], then I repeated it two times." Amie then goes on to explain how COTN’s Sierra Leone country director, Mr. Yambasu, came up with the idea to send her to the skills center.  
 
"But I was not happy to do that," Amie goes on. "I missed my brothers and sisters." Amie had spent most of her life in the Children's Homes, with about one hundred other children who were orphaned or whose parents were unable to care for them. The children loved and supported each other, and Amie didn't want to leave.
 
"But then I learned to sew dresses," Amie explains. "I sewed three ladies' dresses and one man's dress. I sold them, and I got money for them."
 
Ami showing off some of the dresses she's sewn at her school
                                            Amie showing off some of the dresses she's sewn at her school.
 
Amie begins to cry as she finishes her story. "I thank God," she says, through tears, "because of what God has done for me, and also for Mr. Yambasu, Mr. Wulleh, Mr. Tholley, and all the rest of COTN." Amie wipes back tears and smiles. "And I pray," she says, "that God will grant me to do my work." 
 
Ami dreams of opening her own tailoring business near COTN's ministry center one
                     Amie dreams of opening her own tailoring business near COTN's ministry center one day. 
 
Amie's goal is to one day start a tailoring business in Ngolala, the village right next to COTN's ministry center.  Now, because of your support and the in-country staff's love and wisdom, she will have the skills she needs to do that. But deeper than that, Amie's new confidence and self-worth are evident. "Thank God, and thank all of COTN," she says. 
 
Ami with one of her teachers at the skills school
Amie with one of her teachers at the skills school. Your support helps provide a place for every student—whether they are academically inclined or gifted in other ways —to excel. 
 
Help a child find a place to excel and build a future for themselves and their families. Sponsor a child today!