Category Archives : Stories of Faith

An Honest Politician December 17, 2018

Let me tell you a story.

It’s about a boy, and a disease, and an election. But mostly it’s about YOU, and what God can do with gifts like yours.

Many years ago, Phillip wasn’t dreaming of becoming a politician. He didn’t seem like anyone special; just another destitute child, destined for a short life of poverty, and heartbreak.

You see, Phillip contracted Polio as a child. The disease stunted his growth and gave him extreme scoliosis that made it impossible to walk. Other kids his age started school…but Phillip was too sick to join them.

Thankfully, that’s when our founder, Dr. Max Lange, first noticed him. Seeing how Phillip suffered, Max took a special interest in the boy. He made sure that Childcare Worldwide intervened to give Phillip a better life!

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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!

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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:

Dear Friends,

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.

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Always Looking Up June 4, 2018

Let me tell you about Up! No, I’m not talking about the movie. I’m talking about a girl in Thailand with an incredible testimony.

Her mom nicknamed her Up because she is always positive. No matter how tough things get for her family, Up is always looking on the bright side.

Up has an unusual name. But it’s her testimony that is truly amazing.

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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.

A girl leans against a brick wall, smiling for the camera.

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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“It’s Never Too Late” August 28, 2017

Do you believe in miracles? When I hear stories like Alta’s, I have no doubts at all. Miracles happen!

Alta, Kenia and Ismelda struggled to survive for years. But this sewing machine is changing everything!

When Alta was just 17, she was able to go to a sewing trade school. She took to it naturally, rapidly absorbing everything she could. More importantly she loved every minute of it! She dreamed of using her new skills to start her own business someday. Sewing was a way for her to build a future away from the poverty she’d grown up in. (more…)

How a Life Center Ends Heartache June 28, 2017

Children in the developing world have so many needs it’s hard to know where to start. Food? Education? Clean water? Faith? Each of these things is a key to ending poverty for good, and we know children need them all. In order to treat all these needs at once, we built Life Centers.

Life Centers are the heart of Childcare Worldwide’s programs. Children in our programs meet at their Life Center weekly, building personal relationships with the staff and teachers there. This allows us learn exactly what each child’s needs are – and the needs are many! – and find appropriate ways to meet them. Instead of just a band aid, our Life Centers offer children in need real, holistic change.

Behind Esther’s sweet smile hides deep heartache.

These are children like little Esther, who had many needs and troubles. But through the Life Center, she found help in many different forms. (more…)

The choir kids tell us what they are thankful for November 9, 2016

With Thanksgiving Day almost upon us, we thought it would fun to ask a few of our Ugandan choir kids what they are thankful for.

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The children have a wonderful capacity to appreciate, in a fresh way, the basic blessings of life as well as thankfulness for new experiences. We think their answers will surprise you and also touch your heart.

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Rumors of a witch October 24, 2016

“Did you hear?” a woman asked one of her neighbors in a shabby street of a Kenyan slum.

“Hear what?” the other asked eager to hear the latest gossip.

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This brave mother has endured much in her life.

“I heard it from a woman five houses down,” the first one said with an air of importance. “I don’t know where she got the news but she said it is from a reliable source.”

“What is it? What is it? Tell me!”

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Her hands speak louder than words September 8, 2016

When I was in Kenya in early May, I met my former sponsored child, Vivian Dede. I remember when she was just a child and we exchanged letters back and forth across the miles. It was always exciting to get the updated photo and her neatly written letters on lined paper. At that time, I could already see her efforts to “get it right” by her carefully erased mistakes and re-written corrections.

One of my very first sponsorship photos of Vivian

One of my very first sponsorship photos of Vivian

Fast forward twenty years. Vivian is now an accomplished young lady giving back to the less fortunate in her own country.

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