God Showed Up: Isaac's Story Uganda
Today, because of people like you, Isaac knows God has always been with him
May 22, 2014 -

Way out in the fields of northern Uganda, a young cowherd was getting ready to sneak off to school. Whenever he found a large enough pasture for his cows, Isaac would weigh his chances—dash to school and get a few hours of precious learning in, or stay with the cows and make sure they don't run off? 

Wordless Wednesday: Photos on the Wall Dominican Republic
May 21, 2014 -

A lot of talented photographers go on short-term mission trips to our ministry sites, and we're fortunate that many of them share their pictures with us. These are a few of our favorites from one such trip to the Dominican Republic. In fact, some of these adorn our walls here at the COTN office.

We hope you like them as much as we do. Tell us what you think, in the comments section below.


How You're Building a Sustainable Future in Malawi Malawi
May 20, 2014 -

Every day, 1,033 children in Malawi eat a nutritious meal at one of our children's centers. Each month, 171 liters (or 45 gallons) of sunflower oil go into those meals. And now, all of that oil is made right on our farm, with the new sunflower oil extraction machine that people like you helped provide!

Her Family's Best Chance: Getrude's Story Malawi
Getrude’s education gives her and her family access to better opportunities
May 19, 2014 -

It’s up to Getrude now. She may only be a high school senior, but right now she is her family’s only hope for escaping poverty. 

Breaking the Pattern of Polygamy Sierra Leone
Joseph works in his cassava garden
May 15, 2014 -

What happens in a polygamous society when your father ends up with more children than he can support? 

Wordless Wednesday: Toy Car Sierra Leone
Tommy's car. Photo by Scott Cook
May 14, 2014 -

This is a little boy's toy in Sierra Leone.

How is it different from the toys you or your children played with?

How is it similar?

Meet Our New Haiti Country Director Haiti
Marc is a soft-spoken, humble man
May 13, 2014 -

Marc Antoine Michel has been serving with COTN–Haiti since 2012, and has been our Haiti country director since last month. On a recent trip to the US, Marc Antoine sat down with me and shared the story of how God called him to give up his life to serve orphaned and impoverished children, and how he ended up at COTN. 

Cycling for Education: Team Sends African Students to College Malawi
“We did it! Three hundred and seventeen miles, all nine counties, four events"
May 12, 2014 -

What happens when four engineers, a writer, a teacher, a nonprofit worker, and a minister go on a six-day cycling trip? This isn’t the start of a bad joke! These intrepid cyclists toured Northern Ireland’s countryside with the goal of sending three African children to university. The trip turned out to be a ‘wheel’ success! The team has already raised money above and beyond their goal.

Representing the Voiceless Masses: George's Story Malawi
Drought and disease have greatly contributed to the poverty in Malawi
May 9, 2014 -

The George who sits down for an interview today is no longer the struggling 10-year-old who first entered Children of the Nations (COTN) sponsorship program. Today he’s a healthy, smiling 20-year-old standing at the cusp of his future, eager to work as a journalist and help his fellow Malawians who suffer from extreme poverty. “I want to represent the voiceless masses,” says George, “and make their cries heard.”

Seven Prayers for Your Sponsored Child United States
May 8, 2014 -

As I said last week, praying for your sponsored child is one of the best things you can do for him or her. So, I’ve created one week’s worth of prayer ideas based on Bible verses!