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A special thank you from the kids November 15, 2019

Here in the season of Thanksgiving, the kids have a special message of thanks for you!

I know accolades are not the reason you choose to give so generously. But, I hope you know just how blessed each child is by your support – and the kids want you to know it too!

Thank you and happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! November 11, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

During this season of gratitude, I couldn’t be more thankful for the things God has done through this ministry. I’m reminded again and again that God has great things in store for Childcare Worldwide.

I have met so many kids who inspire me. Little Diana in Kenya, moved to tears as I handed her a water filter so her family could have clean water access for the first time in her life. Ivan in Uganda, a young artist with great talent, hard at work building his business and transforming his future, all thanks to the opportunities he had through sponsorship. A young man in Thailand who met Jesus through his sponsorship experience, and then told his friend who also became a Christian. Alex, a man filled with gratitude to the Lord because sponsorship gave him an opportunity to be a chemistry teacher inUganda. (more…)

The Best Gift Ever October 30, 2019

What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received? When I was about seven, my parents bought me my very own American Girl doll. I can still remember that feeling of joy, excitement, and awe as I unwrapped the box. And that’s the feeling five-year-old Heidi had as she unwrapped her gift at her Love Pak party in Mexico.

Love Paks are our way of reminding kids how deeply they are loved – both by you, and by God. (more…)

Mosquito Monsters October 4, 2019

For something so small, they cause a lot of damage.

In many parts of the world mosquitos are far more than just an annoying little bug. They are dangerous and even deadly. Why? Because mosquitos carry the malaria virus.

Malaria is a big problem for developing countries, and it’s one we can’t afford to ignore. Here’s why:

Sick kids can’t attend Life Centers.

Our Life Centers offer children a space to meet Jesus and grow in their faith. But when kids get sick with malaria, they’re too weak to come their Life Centers, often for weeks or even months on end. That means no Bible lessons, no discipleship with their Life Center teachers, no new songs about Jesus, and no memory verses. (more…)

Against all Odds September 30, 2019

In Uganda, I recently met an amazing young woman. Her name is Allen, and despite so many challenges, she’s built a beautiful life for herself.

Allen was born in a poor village in Uganda. She is also deaf. When her parents realized she couldn’t hear, they decided they didn’t want her. Thankfully, a kind neighbor woman who had no children of her own decided to take care of Allen. This neighbor is the only family Allen has.

Her new mom was very poor. She could provide Allen with some food and a place to sleep, but not much else. As a young child, Allen communicated entirely by miming. There was no money for school or tutors who could unlock the world of sign language for her. (more…)

Twin Blessings September 23, 2019

At 31, Sarah is barely older than I am, but her life has been so different – and so much harder – than my own.

She lives in Uganda and has 8 year-old twins, a boy and a girl, named Prosper and Patricia. Her story is a powerful demonstration of the difference the simple gift of food can make for a struggling family.

Sarah with her twins, Prosper and Patricia receiving their Critical Care Paks

Some people in Uganda believe that twins are bad luck. Sadly, Sarah’s husband couldn’t handle the fear of superstition, and was overwhelmed by the responsibilities of being a father. So, when the twins were still just babies, he threw them – and their mother – out of ‘his’ house. (more…)

What a Year! September 10, 2019

Every year in September, Childcare Worldwide does some soul searching. This is when we set up our new budget for the coming fiscal year, and take a look back at last year’s plans to see how we did. Every year, we are amazed by all the things God accomplished, and the generous donors like you who faithfully support us every step of the way!

This year, we are celebrating: (more…)

Chemistry Class September 3, 2019

In a dusty classroom in Uganda, I’m reliving my high school chemistry classes.

For a second, I’m brought back to all the times I couldn’t quite keep up. But that disappears as Alex, the teacher, warms to his subject.

Alex may be short, but his presence commands the whole room. His subject today? Chemical reactions. He’s clearly illustrating his point, as he makes acids and bases change color back and forth. It’s fascinating to watch!

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“Welcome to Our Home” August 20, 2019

I’m sitting here in Entebbe, Uganda listing to the sound of traffic and muffled conversations in Luganda. For the past two weeks, I’ve been traveling around both Kenya and Uganda meeting the children and families Childcare Worldwide serves. It’s been an eye-opening and humbling experience.

The families we serve are poor. And that’s clear when you see their mud houses with dirt floors, buzzing with flies. None of that surprised me – I knew their lives looked very different from my own. What did surprise me was the similarities I found between myself and these families. (more…)

There is Power in the Word August 12, 2019

If you’re like me, you probably have multiple copies of God’s Word in your house. You might have a big study Bible, a pocket New Testament, a family Bible with births and marriages recorded in the front, a kids Bible, and more. Not to mention all the versions available to you online.

But what if you didn’t have access to any Bibles? Can you imagine your Christian walk without the Word?

That’s what life was like for 12-year-old Diana in Kenya. Even though Diana grew up in a Christian home, she never had a Bible of her own. And without consistent access to God’s Word, she never truly understood the Good News. (more…)