After two years of hard work, Alex Amara was ready for the final exam for his Diploma in Community Development last summer. As this 23-year-old who grew up in COTN’s Sierra Leone Children’s Homes sat in the exam hall of Jui Bible College just outside Freetown, the spread of the Ebola virus was intensifying.
Here’s a perfect little treat from the Dominican Republic for your Valentine’s Day. Empanaditas are miniature versions of the classic stuffed pastries, empanadas. Typically these pastries are filled with savory ingredients like meat and cheese and eaten as snacks. But they make wonderful desserts too.
Jason Caldwell reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small memento from one of his first trips to Sierra Leone—a shell from an AK-47. Seventeen years later, he is bringing this remnant of his journey back to the country it came from, as a reminder of God's protection and plan.
Gifts are important. They show your sponsored child they are special and that you love them. But giving a gift to a child in an impoverished community with culture completely different from yours can be complicated.
So you’re going on a Venture Trip—that’s exciting! As you begin preparing for your trip to Africa or the Caribbean it’s only natural to have some questions and concerns about the country you will be working in.
With energetic clamor, the fifth-grade class of Riverdale Elementary School in Orlando, Florida, settled in for their weekly Wednesday meeting. Their teacher, Jesi Luxon, lets them use this time to talk about whatever is on their minds.
Four days before the 2015 Kitsap Cup soccer tournament, things looked grim. Only 13 teams had signed up. Volunteer tournament director Erin Bernard wondered if the event would raise enough money to continue sponsoring the 17 children in Sierra Leone they’ve supported for the past several years.
Ritah’s life was a challenge before she even opened her eyes. Her father died of malaria before she was born, leaving Ritah with only her mother for support and protection in her Ugandan village. Five years later, Ritah’s mother also passed away, and Ritah went to live with her aunt.
Imagine the scene: It’s sponsorship photo day, and your child’s whole class is lined up outside. It's hot, and she is toward the back of the line. She's tired and a little nervous—she only gets her picture taken twice a year, so this is a big deal for her.