Changing the World for One Changes Everything

One Child Matters is an international child development ministry helping to meet the physical and spiritual needs of children living in poverty. We empower children to reach their God-given potential by creating opportunities for transformational development: spirit, mind, and body. Through the work of the local church around the world, children receive food, education, medical aid, and hope in Jesus Christ.

The Values We Hold On To

Truth

Lasting transformation of a child comes through truth and hope in Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible is the Truth, the infallible Word of God. This is the foundation of our values, purpose, and actions.

Child-Centered

God has a plan and purpose for each child. We focus on children as individuals and encourage their dreams and aspirations. Our decisions and actions are guided by the best interest of the child.

The Power of One

We believe in the power of ONE person to change the world for ONE child. By connecting a sponsor and child, both lives are positively impacted. Ultimately, one child can make a difference in their family, community, and generation.

Love

Through love we show value to a child. Love requires us to live outside ourselves and give sacrificially. It is our motivation in everything we do.

Integrity

Above all else, we are accountable to God. We are committed to be honest and transparent in our conduct. We continually strive to attain the highest standards of quality in all aspects of work and ministry.

Community

We believe in the power of unity—shared purpose. We actively seek opportunities to impact children through church and other ministry partnerships at local, national, and international levels.

Our Story

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.

“to proclaim the message of the grace and redemption available through Jesus Christ while meeting the practical needs of the poor…”

As 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 14 of the poorest countries in the world, bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to almost 40,000 children through child sponsorship. To God be the glory!

Today, One Child Matters is working in 14 of the poorest countries in the world, bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to almost 40,000 children through child sponsorship. To God be the glory!

Our Leadership Team

Board of Directors

One Child Matters is governed by a board of directors that maintains legal control of the organization’s assets, making certain that contribution designations are honored and that the work of the organization remains consistent with its stated philosophy, purpose and mission.

Daniel Vagle

Chairman
Independent, Voting
2014 – 2017

Mark Pluimer

President
2016 – 2018

Berta Garcia

Director
Independent, Voting
2016 – 2017

Dale Turner

Director
Independent, Voting
2016 – 2019

Don Beard

Director
Independent, Voting
2016 – 2017

Don Morgan

Director
Independent, Voting
2016 – 2019

Steven Brewer

Director
Independent, Voting
2016 – 2018