If you walked by Children of the Nations’ high school in Malawi after school, you’d see an intriguing sight. Classes may be out for the day, but the students haven’t gone home. They are scattered across the campus in groups of twos and threes—under trees, in classroom corners, or leaning against the warm brick building in the afternoon shade—meeting with their mentors.
How do you protect yourself from something you cannot see?
This sounds like a quote from a Hollywood film, but sadly, it was a reality for thousands in Sierra Leone living through the Ebola crisis. This was especially true for the Children of the Nations campus in Ngolala in Upper Banta, which frequently had unknown visitors passing through from one village to the next.
The sun has set in Uganda, and six-year-old Elizabeth is almost done with her chores. She has walked to the river, filled her bucket high with water, and walked home with it carefully balanced on her head. She has taken a portion of this water, poured it into a basin, and bathed her baby cousin.
From the day they picked him up off the streets as a little orphan boy covered with sores, Steven knew there was something different about the people from Children of the Nations. “Hugging the kids, carrying them and holding their hands even though the kids were beyond being dirty, they never minded,” he marvels. To this day he’s wanted to be like them. This year, Steven, now a college graduate, has a unique opportunity to do so.
The following is a guest post from COTN partner Ben Garrison.
"[The Kingdom of God] will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability..." - Matthew 25:14,15
The news came by email. Alba had the highest score not just in her class, not just in her region, but in her entire country. She surpassed 135,504 other eighth graders, earning the top mark on her final exam.
The team stepped off the bus and looked around at the huge, empty piece of land that would soon become a playground for the children in Chirombo, Malawi. Shannon Martin had been waiting to do this project for two years.
Camp is often a time to go deeper in your faith. In Malawi this summer, that was exactly the theme. Thanks to your generous gifts, younger sponsored children attended day camps, and older children attended an overnight camp where they learned what it means to be "deeply rooted" in Christ. While they were doing it, they had a blast! Check out some of the photos from this summer: