Entries in child sponsorship (154)
Have you ever wondered what your sponsored child's home looks like? If you're the curious type, you'll enjoy this week as we travel around to each of the countries where Mission of Mercy works and show you the types of houses your sponsored children call home.
For four terrifying years, a brutal regime called the Khmer Rouge murdered one third of the Cambodian people. Caught up in their ruthless actions was a young boy who would have never guessed that these horrifying experiences would eventually help him share the hope of Christ.
As he approached the floating school, Dareth noticed the children getting into boats to go home. One small boy in particular caught his attention. While the other children paddled away, the boy found a place in the shadows, reached into his shirt, and pulled out a small baggie of rice and a dried minnow. Relieved that he was now alone, the child quickly began to eat.
It was unclear what startled Dareth more – the boy’s hunger or his furtive glances to be sure no one saw him eat. Dareth knew that feeling, the weakness hunger brings and the fear that the food you so carefully squirreled away would be taken from you. A small bag of rice, a dried fish – that would have been a feast compared with the grasses and snails and roots Dareth once ate to survive.
Dareth knew that terrible hunger because when he was that young boy’s age, he was fighting for his life in the killing fields of Cambodia. Now he was back and still fighting for life – for the lives of children and the people of Cambodia. For Dareth, the killing fields were now harvest fields.
Dareth oversees several of One Child Matters' projects in Cambodia. Come back tomorrow for more of Dareth's incredible story and how he is uniquely equipped to speak truth and hope to a people who have suffered so much.
The people God has placed in leadership over the projects your sponsored child attends are absolutely incredible. Their testimonies are awe-inspiring. In this post, some of our international staff reveal that in some instances, their heart for this ministry comes from their own experience.
This will only take a few moments. If you could send a message to the project manager who works with and ministers to your child, what would you say?
In the comment section below, write some encouragement to our project staff and volunteers who (with your support) work to bring God’s kingdom to your sponsored child. How would you thank them for what they do?
Post a comment with an encouraging note below, and we will try and pass it on to our international staff. They are servants for Christ, and they need to be encouraged!
Now you know how we process your letters. Did you know we have a party strong> when we process letters from your sponsored child?
Could you describe the spring season to your sponsored child effectively? Could you use photos to encourage them with God's Word?
Mission of Mercy continues to look for ways to serve you better -- and one of those ways is the My Account feature on our website. Check out what you can do from one convenient place!
Is your contact information accurate? How much does a mailing cost Mission of Mercy? How many different benefits can you find in My Account?
She stepped onto the field with curiosity and was quickly overwhelmed. How does it feel to enter a Mission of Mercy project? Our guest blogger Janelle offers her own perspective -- the dust still clings to her, and that's a good thing.
If you want to see how sponsorship works and what God is doing with the money you have dedicated to His children, prayerfully consider these opportunities!
Yesterday's post revealed some of the practical projects we undertake -- but as our ministry is focused on developing children, we are compelled to assist with some fun projects, too!
When you pray for God to meet your sponsored child's needs in extraordinary ways, this is sometimes the answer He delivers...
How do you convince a village that while you do want to help them, you do not worship the devil? It involved a lot of praying, a lot of talking about Jesus, and as you'll see, a lot of mud.
Click here to see how a team of Mission of Mercy sponsors built trust -- and a building -- with a community.
You have a larger role in our ministry than you may have imagined. While it starts with a child, it is bigger than your letters...
Our slogan is One Child Matters because we believe that is God’s heart: each child is precious in His eyes. It is our goal as an organization to mobilize the people of God for the children of God. To rescue them not just out of poverty, but out of the despair and hopelessness poverty reinforces. Sponsorship provides a voice of truth to combat the lies that tell a child that he or she does not matter, that no one cares.
We often write about the power of your letters. For a child who is constantly told in word or in situations that she is insignificant, receiving a letter from the other side of the world turns those lies around. That letter is now a sword, and that child is now equipped to go battle for herself and others. She matters. The proof is in her hand.
But to be honest, letters cannot do everything. Letters can encourage, but their power to heal physical wounds is limited. Letters cannot shield a child from the elements (at least, not much) or provide a safe place to play.
So next week, we’ll begin to explore how sponsorship facilitates changes in a community, how that support makes concrete transformations for the benefit of the children.
And we’ll also reveal ways you can help. In person. And soon.
The impact of those three little words is likely evident in your own life -- but what do they mean to the children we serve? In their own words...