About Us - Frequently Asked Questions

 

One Child Matters is an organization with a long history and hope for the future. As an internationally respected child development ministry, One Child Matters seeks to demonstrate the love of Jesus to children in poverty by meeting their basic needs and providing opportunities for development and growth. Our goal is to show each child that he or she matters in this world – matters to us, the sponsors, and most importantly, to God.

- Why Did Mission of Mercy change its name to One Child Matters?
- Doesn't every child matter?
- Does this change represent a shift in the vision, mission, or core values of the organization?
- How will my sponsored child be affected by this?
- What does it mean for the international staff?
- Who made the decision to change the name?
- What did this process entail?
- What did this cost?
- What changes will we see as Mission of Mercy becomes One Child Matters?
- Will I have to re-friend you on Facebook or follow you again on Twitter?
- Will the website change?
- Will this affect how I send letters to my sponsored child?
- What about my automatic payments - do I have to redo those?
- What if I still have questions about the name change?
- What is One Child Matters?
- What is your mission statement?
- How does One Child Matters work?
- How did One Child Matters start?
- Where does One Child Matters work?
- Is One Child Matters affiliated with a church or denomination?
- What if I have further questions about One Child Matters?
 

Why Did Mission of Mercy change its name to One Child Matters?

 

This was a prayerful and exciting decision several years in the making. Three years ago, Mission of Mercy changed its tagline to One Child Matters, believing it captured the vision of our ministry to ensure children knew their true worth in God’s eyes.

We believe that our new name puts our ministry focus front and center: children. When you sponsor a child or donate to our programs, you help confirm a child’s worth and value. In Matthew 19:14, Jesus told his disciples to “let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” We believe that as a sponsor, you are the hands and feet of Jesus bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to those who have very little – and that’s a ministry after God’s own heart.

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Doesn't every child matter?

 

Of course! If we do anything, we want to communicate that each and every child matters, especially in God’s eyes. For many people, however, the problem of poverty seems so vast and overwhelming that it can be difficult to know what you can do to make a difference.

That’s why we focus on the individual child. We believe that one person can change the life of one child for eternity. In Jesus we saw that one person can change everything for another – and we choose to apply the same model of ministry to our work with children. The problem of poverty can be overwhelming, but by stepping up for one child, you can change the world for many.[back to top]

Does this change represent a shift in the vision, mission, or core values of the organization?

 

No – the heart of our ministry is the same. We still want to equip children in developing nations to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for spiritual, physical, social, mental, and emotional development. Sponsorship brings hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to a child who can then go on to change his or her own community and world.

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How will my sponsored child be affected by this?

 

The program your child attends will continue to meet your child at his or her point of need in a caring, compassionate way. Our staff in the field have already expressed that our new name and tagline help them more clearly frame the work they are already doing. We like to think that our name will also remind each child that the reason they have a sponsor and attend our programs is because they matter not only to us but to God.

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What does it mean for the international staff?

 

Aside from some signage and print materials, few things will change for our international staff. We are always looking for ways to increase the impact we have on children in the developing world, and the staff who work directly with the children see this as an opportunity to reemphasize who we are in their community. The ministry and programs, however, will not change.

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Who made the decision to change the name?

 

Since Mission of Mercy was incorporated in 1974, there has always been a special emphasis on helping children. In the past 10 years, however, that focus intensified and the ministry became completely child-centered.

The name One Child Matters was born out of a series of staff brainstorming sessions several years ago and became our tagline. As we felt God leading us toward making this name change, we spent over a year in prayer and sought wise counsel from other trusted ministry partners and leaders. Recognizing that One Child Matters focused on the positive impact one person could make on the life of a child and thus captured our goal and purpose in ministry, our board of directors unanimously approved the name change and set the course for the transition for late fall in 2012.

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What did this process entail?

 

The entire staff brought One Child Matters into focus. A team of staff members also worked on initial logo concepts for several months. Some wonderful partners at a creative design company helped synthesize those ideas into the colorful heart you see today with the One Child Matters name.

Our in-house communications team then shepherded all of the changes needed to transition from Mission of Mercy to One Child Matters. As a staff, we feel strongly that God led us and helped us make this an efficient and effective change so that more children will be reached.

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What did this cost?

 

We praise God that we have been able to avoid the costs usually associated with such a change. Typically, an outside consulting firm is hired to guide the changes, but we were able to do much of the work in-house.

The main costs were incurred in printing new materials such as sponsorship brochures, booklets, and other pieces. However, we carefully managed that inventory so that our reprinting would occur just as we made this transition. All the new pieces fell neatly into our existing budget.

Of the few costs incurred during this transition, all were offset by specific donations to support the ministry’s growth. No sponsorship funds were used in this transition. We are committed to the principles of good stewardship for the sake of the children, and God continues to bless our efforts to make our ministry as efficient as possible.

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What changes will we see as Mission of Mercy becomes One Child Matters?

 

In the coming weeks, you will see many changes to our website and communications designed to keep the focus on the children. We are thrilled that the new logo and bright colors add energy and reemphasize our outreach to children, but that the heart of the ministry remains the same.

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Will I have to re-friend you on Facebook or follow you again on Twitter?

 

No, if you already follow us or have liked us on Facebook, that connection will remain. You will see our name change from Mission of Mercy to One Child Matters on Facebook, but Twitter and our other avenues of social media outreach are already using the One Child Matters name.

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Will the website change?

 

Our old website URL (www.missionofmercy.org) will automatically redirect you to www.onechildmatters.org . You’ll also notice the look of the website will change to reflect that logo we love so much!

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Will this affect how I send letters to my sponsored child?

 

Our current processes remain the same; however, you will notice that the look and feel of the stationery you use to encourage your child has been redesigned. You can send an electronic letter via the My Account feature on our website, and we will continue to explore additional methods of writing and speaking truth into your child’s life.

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What about my automatic payments - do I have to redo those?

 

If you had already signed up for Electronic Fund Transfers or direct debits from your credit or debit card, those will continue. You may notice on your bank statement that our name will be listed as One Child Matters/Mission of Mercy for the next year.

If you don’t give automatically, please consider signing up for EFT. The more we can save on processing and bank fees, the more funds we can direct toward the children. You can learn more here.

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What if I still have questions about the name change?

 

To learn more about the heart behind this change, please watch the video from our president, Mark Pluimer which you can find here

You can also read stories about the process and why we’re so excited to continue in this ministry by visiting our blog, www.onechildmattersblog.org .

If you have further questions, please call as at 800.864.0200 Monday –Thursday, 8:00 AM-5:30 PM (Mountain Time), and 8 AM-2 PM on Fridays (Mountain Time). You can also send your questions to sponsors@onechildmatters.org and we will respond as quickly as we can.

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What is One Child Matters?

 

One Child Matters is a child sponsorship ministry helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world. Through One Child Matters programs, children directly benefit from:

  • Christian teaching and discipleship
  • Educational and learning activities
  • Health monitoring
  • Nutrition assistance – food, supplements, etc.
  • Social Development

Your sponsorship opens a door of opportunity to children who have known little else but poverty. The commitment you make allows program staff to love and encourage your sponsored child in a stable and supportive environment.

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What is your mission statement?

 

Our mission is to equip children in developing nations to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional development.

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How does One Child Matters work?

 

One Child Matters recognizes that children are extremely important to the kingdom of God. Our programs vary by country and area based on need. One Child Matters focuses on holistic growth in child development centers, schools, and children’s homes, among others. For more information on how we work, visit this page.

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How did One Child Matters start?

 

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 16 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!

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Where does One Child Matters work?

 

One Child Matters is currently working in 16 countries on three continents, in low-income and developing areas. Visit our Where We Work page for more information about sponsoring children in specific countries.

One Child Matters' headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Is One Child Matters affiliated with a church or denomination?

 

No, One Child Matters is not affiliated with a particular denomination. We are interdenominational, partnering with Christians throughout the world.

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What if I have further questions about One Child Matters?

 

If you have questions that we have not answered, please feel free to contact us at sponsors@onechildmatters.org. You can also call us at 800.864.0200. We would be happy to assist you.

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