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The vision of One Child Matters goes back to 1954, when missionaries Mark and Huldah Buntain arrived in Kolkata (Calcutta), India to begin more than three decades of ministry among Kolkata’s poor and needy. God was moving, and the ministry was incorporated as Mission of Mercy in 1974.
In the year following Mark Buntain’s death in 1989, Mission of Mercy came under the leadership of Bethesda Ministries who committed to provide administrative and financial support to the organization. Although the ministry’s focus began to expand beyond India to other countries, the intent remained the same: continue to proclaim the message of the grace and redemption available through Jesus Christ while meeting the practical needs of the poor, one child at a time.
Our purpose and calling was confirmed in that vision – focusing on the one, just as Jesus did when the crowds pressed in around Him. Our goal to find others who believe that one child matters and empower them to change that child’s life moved from a statement of belief to the core philosophy of our ministry, to the actual name of our ministry itself.
Today, One Child Matters is working in 15 of the poorest countries in the world, bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to more than 40,000 children through child sponsorship. To God be the glory!