In 1995, Chris and Debbie Clark, founders of Children of the Nations, felt led to help children around the world in dire need of assistance. Twenty years later, they are celebrating the lives that have been touched thanks to all of you who have joined in this mission.
The first of three COTN 20th anniversary galas was held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Summit Church in Orlando, Florida. The evening included dinner, guest speakers, an anniversary video, and an entertaining dessert dash. We hope you enjoy these photos from the event.
Before 2011, I was unfamiliar with Children of the Nations. But I knew I was called to be involved with an organization whose vision is to pour into the lives of children. So that year, I joined a COTN Venture team headed to Sierra Leone.
Camp in Haiti was great this year! The children spent several days having Bible studies, singing songs, and playing games at our ministry center, learning what it means to let their lives reflect God's glory.
The camp ended with a trip to the beach, a very exciting outing for the children. Here are some photos of the fun:
My first day in the Dominican Republic was overwhelming. The poverty was staggering. The discrepancy between what they have and what I have was sobering. The sheer number of kids and families who need support was paralyzing. The quantity of visible needs was disheartening.
Uganda is a beautiful country, full of historical and natural landmarks, including the source of the Nile River and Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the continent of Africa.
But most of our students have never traveled much further than walking distance from their village and our school. That's why it's become a tradition for COTN's seventh-grade class to take a study tour. Come see the sights of Uganda with them as you enjoy these pictures!
The school year goes from February to December in Uganda, and classes run through the summer. Children will attend "summer" camp in December, when their break begins.
But meanwhile, the summer months are packed with visiting Venture teams, and plenty of excuses for fun. One of our traditions in Uganda is to hold "Center Day," a day of performances, games, and learning that the whole community is invited to enjoy.
Sitting in the American camp office and laughing about campers and cultural differences, you couldn’t feel farther away from the harsh world Ireen paints with her stories. But they are her life—though it’s hard to believe this soft-spoken, confident, beautiful young Malawian woman was once fighting on the street for food to bring back to her abusive father and dying mother.