Work hard, pray to God April 24, 2018
Have you ever wondered what happens after the Ugandan Kids Choir returns home? To give you an idea of what life is like for former choir kids, we caught up with Ssemujju, who was on the very first Ugandan Kids Choir tour in 2006.
The choir has grown and changed a lot since those early days. And so has Ssemujju. (more…)
Live Simply So Others May Simply Live April 13, 2018
The following is a special message from Kathy and Matthew Worrall. They are both long-time Childcare Worldwide supporters, and Matthew is the pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship in New Hampshire. This is also another post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we are praying together for an end to hunger, because we know that when believers pray, mountains move. We are sharing a few of the posts here periodically – please join us in praying for the hungry!
And now, enjoy this special message from the Worralls:
We have the privilege and responsibility to be used, by our loving Lord, to help with the “wiping of tears.” We cannot wipe all tears from everyone stricken with hunger and destitution. We can be used, by the Lord, to touch some in this world. We can tangibly be the arm of the Lord God Almighty, to reach those who are suffering. It may only be one person or maybe more, however many, it does make a difference!
Over 30 years ago, we attended a missions conference. That conference made a profound impact on our lives. The theme was, “Live More Simply, That Others May Simply Live.” We were challenged to examine our life and see if there were ways that we could live more simply so that others could simply live. One of the many booths featured at the conference was one by Childcare International, that later became known as Childcare Worldwide.
Back then, sponsoring a child through Childcare International was just $15 a month. Through prayer, we decided to cancel our cable TV, which was costing us $15 a month. So, we cancelled the cable and began sponsoring a child in Kenya. We have never looked back! To this day, we still do not have cable (or satellite) TV. We have supported several children through this agency. At the present, we support two, one from Kenya and one from Haiti.
We challenge each one reading this, to prayerfully consider how you also may live more simply, that others may simply live. Perhaps what you could give up may be what gives life to another. By doing so, you would be used to wipe away tears from someone who has far less. By sacrificially loving others, we bring the Kingdom of God to them! We can reveal in a tangible way what Peter said, “…you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” (1 Peter 3:8).
Have we changed the world and eliminated hunger? Yes! In the lives of those children! By being used in this way, our lives have been changed too! We have learned that we can live without cable. In fact our lives have been more enriched without it! What a small sacrifice in relation to these children having support so that they may simply live! Will you be a willing vessel? The rewards are out of this world!
– Kathy and Matthew Worrall
30 Days of Prayer is a part of our Every Meal Matters campaign. We are on a mission to provide 48,000 meals for hungry children by the end of April, and are grateful to partner with generous people all over the world to make it happen. It you believe that Every Meal Matters for hungry kids, click here to see how you can help.
African cake and Kenyan farm life April 12, 2018
The following is a special message from Michael Wafula, Childcare Worldwide’s director in Africa. It is also another post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we are praying together for an end to hunger, because we know that when believers pray, mountains move. We are sharing a few of the posts here periodically, but it’s not too late to join in the full series. Sign up for daily emails here.
And now, enjoy reading as Michael shares about his experience growing up with limited resources in Kenya:
Growing up in Trans-Nzoia County, in Western Kenya, a place commonly referred to as the “food basket” of our country, gave me an opportunity not only to admire vast maize plantations that dotted the landscape in my village, but also to a certain extent, dislike the work that was associated with farming. (more…)
Four children in India April 6, 2018
The following is a special message from Joanne Zylstra, a longtime supporter and advocate for Childcare Worldwide. It is also another post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we are praying together for an end to hunger, because we know that when believers pray, mountains move. We are sharing a few of the posts here periodically, but it’s not too late to join in the full series. Sign up for daily emails here.
And now, enjoy reading Joanne’s reflections on the intersection of food, health, and faith:
Thinking about what it means for the hungry to be healthy, I am taken back several years ago when I was in India with Childcare Worldwide. (more…)
A Message from Max: Hunger March 29, 2018
The following is a special message from Dr. Max Lange, our founder and president. It is also the first post in our 30 Days of Prayer series. Every day in April, we will be praying together for an end to hunger, because we believe that when believers pray, mountains move. We’ll be sharing a few of the posts here, but to join us in the full series, sign up for daily emails here.
As we kick off this series, enjoy reading about Dr. Max’s heart for those suffering from hunger:
After World War II, as a young boy of 14, I lived with my mother in a small village in Germany. Things were tough and I often was hungry. In order to have something to eat, I took a neighbor’s cows to the pasture in the morning before I left for school. In the late afternoon I brought them back. That earned us a pint of milk. Come harvest time I worked all day for a loaf of bread. During late fall I split wood so we would have heat in the winter.
So, this was a hard time. But does it even compare with this experience I had several years ago in India? (more…)
A thief in the night March 27, 2018
15 year old Kenneth lives on a tiny farm outside Nakuru, Kenya with his mom and his sister. Looking at their little garden and small hut, you wouldn’t think there would be anything on their property worth stealing. So why is Kenneth terrified of thieves?
Prayer Update: Choir Visas March 19, 2018
How many of you have seen the Ugandan Kids Choir perform in person? If you’re one of the lucky ones, you know what a blessing they are! But today we need your prayer support to be sure the choir can continue to bless others!
5 Ways a Meal Changes a Life March 1, 2018
For the next two months, we’re going to be talking about hunger and what YOU can do to stop it. You might think that the problem is too big for you to be any help at all. World hunger affects 800 million people – what difference can any one of us possibly make? But the truth is that even just one meal has a positive impact for a child in need. And one meal? That’s something you can give!
Not convinced? Here’s five ways a meal makes a difference for a hungry child: (more…)
The Key to the Future: Lunch February 16, 2018
Remember the name Solanie Monaise.
In another 15 years or so you might see it in news headlines. Today, Solanie is a young girl, but someday soon she could very well be one of the people leading Haiti. (more…)
Faith Like a Child February 16, 2018
Salvador’s faith is one of the strongest you’ll ever see. But it’s even more amazing when you realize he is just six years old.
Salvador lives with his mother and sister in Mexico. His father, as Salvador puts it, “he is a bad man.” He does stop by to see them every once in a while, but he doesn’t do anything to help the family. Making ends meet, and taking care of the kids falls solely on his mother’s shoulders.