What did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher? An astronaut? A veterinarian? All three?
Clara wants to be a judge or a professional journalist. She says she’s interested in these careers because she wants to judge cases justly “without corruption” and she wants to tell stories to “the whole world.” Those are big dreams for any teenager.
We knew you’d wouldn’t want to miss celebrating with these high school seniors! On June 11, the International Christian Academy senior class celebrated the completion of their high school studies. Fifty-seven students participated in the ceremony this year. The festivities included singing, dancing, and a message from the guest of honor, Justice Chinangwa, a member of the COTN-Malawi board of directors and retired supreme court justice.
A mountaintop spring was the only source of water for a small African village. The villagers’ daughters had to walk eight hours a day, carrying water from the spring back to the village. The villagers prayed eagerly for a better water source. They believed someday, someone would show up who could help them find an easier way to get water from the spring to their village—that someday their prayer would be answered.
When Paddy Brady and his team arrived in the village, a local declared, “You’re it!” And two days later, the village had water.
The fishing communities of Freetown, Sierra Leone, are tightly knit. Tiny homes of cement, mud, and tin are crammed together on the coast and families live almost on top of one another, lending support and friendship in this hard and often dangerous profession.
J.T. Knowlton has come up with his own version of the perfect day, and a way to live it over and over again. To call his idea life-changing may sound dramatic, almost too good to be true. Until you see the effect it’s had.
It all started in 2009. Mike Guerrero was reading a magazine article that piqued his interest. It was on the “Kingdom Assignment” concept created by Denny and Leesa Bellesi. The original Kingdom Assignment resulted the Bellesis giving $100 to people in their congregation with one clear objective: make the money go farther. The assignment encourages people to be a living example like that seen in Matthew 25:14-30.
In late January, at COTN’s ministry site in Sierra Leone, a small brushfire got out of control and destroyed one of our guesthouses. Carrie Hollingsworth, an education consultant working in COTN’s school, was living there.