A Merry Christmas, around the world! December 10, 2018
It’s Christmas time! And thanks to you, the kids we serve around the world are celebrating in style!
Every year our staff works very hard to throw a big Christmas party in each of our program locations, and it’s your Love Pak gifts that make it possible. The basics at each party are the same: yummy food, a special present to let each child know they’re loved, and a retelling of the nativity story. At the heart of each party is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. But beyond that, each country infuses the party with their own traditions.
It’s so much fun to see the different ways kids celebrate! Here’s a brief look at past Love Pak parties around the world, to help you visualize how our kids are celebrating this year:
5 Ways to Give without Breaking the Bank December 4, 2018
Christmas is coming! And with it, the season of giving! But between your Christmas list, big family meals, and trips to visit far-flung relatives it can also be a season of budgeting and stretching every dollar. You want to give generously, but sometimes it seems impossible to balance generosity with family obligations. Pretty soon what should be a season of joy becomes a season of overwhelming stress.
Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered with our list of top five ways to give more without spending more!
A Joyful Meeting November 29, 2018
These videos are too cute to keep to ourselves. The connections formed between sponsors and their sponsored children are always special. And when they have the opportunity to meet in person, it’s even better! It’s rare, but thanks to the Ugandan Kids Choir, it’s sometimes possible!
Stitches of Hope November 20, 2018
Carmen grew up with seven siblings! With all those kids, there was never quite enough to go around. Carmen vowed she’d do better by her own family someday.
But she wound up with four kids of her own – and now one grandchild! Making ends meet in Peru’s economy is tough. Her parents could barely feed all of them. As soon as she was old enough, Carmen dropped out of school to find a job.
After she had her first child, Carmen decided she needed to go back and finish high school. (more…)
The best gift of all! November 5, 2018
When Caroline went to her Christmas Love Pak party last year, she didn’t know her life was about to change forever. All she was thinking about was getting out of the house for a few hours.
At the time, Caroline was just 15, and she was deeply depressed. Which was no surprise, given all she was dealing with at home. Her beloved mother had passed away a few years ago, and Caroline was still grieving.
When her mom died, Caroline had to take on a lot of extra responsibility. She is now the sole care-giver for her sick auntie. They can’t afford a good doctor, so they’re not sure exactly what’s wrong. All Caroline knows is that her aunt is too weak to walk. Caroline has to help her with everything – she cooks her meals, cleans the house, even helps her aunt outside to the toilet. Can you imagine? And they only have a pit in the ground – Caroline has to help her aunt crouch down over the pit, and then pull her back up. Good thing Caroline is strong for her age!
Meet our New President! October 29, 2018
On October 31st, our beloved founder and president Dr. Max Lange retired after 37 years of service. Click here to read more about his ministry and celebrate all that the Lord has done through him.
Dr. Max will be deeply missed, but we are excited to report that we found a wonderful successor to fill his shoes. On November 1, Bill Nienhuis became Childcare Worldwide’s new president. We can’t wait for you to get to know him! Take a moment now to read this special introduction from Bill:
My name is Bill and I joined Childcare Worldwide’s staff as the next president effective November 1. I’m thrilled by this opportunity to work with you to make a difference for children in need. I believe that God will do great things through us. But here at the beginning of our partnership, I’m sure you have a few questions about who I am. Allow me to take a moment to introduce myself: (more…)
Thank you, Dr. Max! October 22, 2018
On October 31st, our beloved founder Dr. Max Lange retired after 37 years of faithful ministry. Don’t miss this important message from him announcing his retirement:
For over 37 years we have worked together in this ministry – I am deeply grateful for your trust and partnership, which is why I want to be sure you hear this news: I am going to retire!
In December, I will be 87. I am so grateful that the Lord has provided the strength for me to lead all these years. My dear wife Marlies, my wonderful helper, has already been retired for some time, and now it’s my turn.
Adventures in American Food October 5, 2018
As they travel around the United States, trying new American food is one of the Ugandan Kids Choir’s biggest adventures. It can sometimes be a challenge to help them balance trying new things and providing them food they like. But usually it’s just pure fun to watch them experiment!
When Chickens Give You Wings September 28, 2018
Chickens can’t fly…but they might help Moses fly!
My best subject is… September 7, 2018
For many kids in the U.S. it’s back-to-school time! But the Ugandan Kids Choir has been making school a priority the whole time they’ve been on tour. So, instead of cute back-to-school pictures, I give you an adorable school favorites video!
In Uganda, they use the word “best” to mean favorite, and the choir kids want to share with you their “best” subjects!