Category Archives : Life Centers
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…)
What is a Life Center? August 5, 2019
Life Centers are the heart of Childcare Worldwide, because Life Centers provide children with a place to meet Jesus!
Every child needs to hear the Good News of Jesus. As a ministry, we’re committed to helping children not only hear that Good News, but understand what it means for them as individuals. And we do that by partnering with local churches to run Life Centers – our children’s discipleship program.
At each Life Center, groups of 30-50 children gather every Saturday for hours of God-centered fun. Most of the children are involved in our sponsorship program, but other children (more…)
Edith’s Answered Prayer July 29, 2019
Here at Childcare Worldwide, our whole purpose is to transform children’s lives through the Gospel. So when we hear stories like Edith’s, we get pretty excited. I think you’ll be excited too!
Edith is a 13-year-old girl who lives in Kenya. Her parents work hard to provide for her, but she is the youngest of six siblings. Their meager income has to stretch a long way to provide for all of them. They live together in small, three-room house with an outdoor kitchen. It’s cramped and uncomfortable, but Edith finds joy in being together with her big family.
She does not find much joy in poverty, however. How could she? She knows how stressed her parents are about finding enough money for food and rent. Watching them struggle, Edith started to take on some of that stress and worry herself.
Thankfully, Edith was sponsored through Childcare Worldwide! (more…)
Field Notes from Uganda March 4, 2019
Bill returned from his first visit to Africa last week, and is heading to India shortly. But before the next trip we wanted to share some highlights from his time in Uganda!
I’m in Uganda! Uganda is really growing on me! It’s so much different than Kenya. It’s really green everywhere, with leafy trees and dense jungle. The country really is beautiful, and its people are very welcoming.
I packed a lot into my time in Uganda. First, we visited St. Luke’s Life Center in Entebbe. (more…)
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!
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…)
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:
Joyful Joy August 6, 2018
This summer, you, our wonderful supporters have stepped up to provide clean water for children and families in need. The summer’s not over, but already you’re making a tangible difference!
Juliet’s True Love Story June 13, 2018
Despite the heartbreak she’s already experienced in her short life, Juliet is quick to smile and laugh. One thing that helps that quick smile reach her eyes? The love she finds at her local Life Center!
13-year-old Juliet lives with her sister and grandmother in Taboga, Kenya. They have a one-room hut, with mud walls and a thatched roof. They rely on a small vegetable garden for food. Juliet helps with the weeding and planting. During the rainy season, their garden flourishes, and they have plenty to eat. But in the frequent dry spells it’s hard to make anything grow. (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.
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.
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.
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…)