Category Archives : Christian Character Building

Field Notes from Kenya February 14, 2019

I’m here! After many airline delays, and rerouted flights, I finally made it to Kenya. And so far, my visit has been so much fun!

INTRODUCTIONS

Our first stop was to a Life Center. Bavuni School is a church where children visit on Saturday mornings to learn Christian Character Building (CCB) from a curriculum produced by Childcare Worldwide (CCW). They learn Bible verses to memory, sing songs, and then have a lunch of porridge and juice. Our visit was with the pastor, children and some of their parents. The children sang and recited scripture. The pastor delivered a short message, then my colleague Peter Horne (affiliated with CCW since its beginning) told a story on character that was quite animated. The kids laughed as Peter told them that God sees everything they do, and that because of Jesus Christ, they are forgiven. I stood up and greeted the crowd, sending well wishes from the staff at CCW. I loved meeting the kids and seeing their school. (more…)

Finding True Hope January 30, 2018

At the young age of 11, Annette was already filled with despair. For her family, living in a poor area of Uganda, every day was a struggle to survive. The stress and worry of poverty was slowly overwhelming her.

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Annette had no hopes or dreams that should could ever escape a life of poverty.

Her father was out of work. He’d searched for a job for as long as Annette could remember with no luck. Instead, the family had to rely her mother’s small wage. The money she earned was barely enough to feed them. There was nothing left over to send the children to school.

But one day, everything changed.

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Life Centers around the World February 15, 2017

A group of Kenyan girls clapping and signing

Worship time in Kenya!

Here at Childcare Worldwide, everything we do is centered around the Gospel of Jesus. Which is why we get so excited about the transformations happening at our Life Centers around the world as kids meet Jesus!

In India….

A little boy named Aashish is – understandably – bitter at his father. Aashish’s mother died in an accident. Instead of being the rock Aashish needed through that difficult time, his father turned to alcohol and drank away his grief. During the worst days of Aashish’s life, the only parent he had left was drunk and neglecting him. And it filled little Aashish with bitterness. (more…)

Journey into truth March 1, 2016

Sulaina was used to telling lies. When her grandma Ruth would ask, “Sulaina, did you do your homework?” She would often reply that it was done, even though it wasn’t. What was the big deal? She was planning on doing it quickly before class the next day, so it wasn’t really a lie. It kept the peace and avoided conflict. What was the harm in that?

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Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there. The more she was successful at getting away with her lies, the more she found herself doing it. It simply made life easier. But pretty soon, the lines between truth and fiction began to blur…

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A lesson in love for Esther February 9, 2016

Esther’s husband died when their son Lawrence was very young, leaving her devastated and worried at the prospect of life without their breadwinner. She didn’t know how to read or write so her job opportunities were limited. Finally, she found work as a cook at a primary school while a neighbor watched the small boy.

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While Esther was able to earn enough money to buy the most necessary things, she had one significant shortcoming. She did not really love little Lawrence and therefore, he grew up without any affection. He was not hungry, but his heart was hungry for the love of his mother which he never experienced.

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Child sacrifice is not a thing of the past January 5, 2016

What comes to mind when you hear the word witch doctor? Ancient history, myth, primitive folk-lore, horror movies? The only word here that would be correct is “horror.”

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A witch doctor’s “shrine” (a building where he practices his dark magic).

The unfortunate truth is that witch doctors are not a thing of the past. Even today, children are gruesomely murdered through child sacrifices carried out by witch doctors. Their horrific practices are nothing but pure evil.

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