Updates from the One Child Matters team, partners, and supporters.


Sambath is from Cambodia. She is a medical student. And she is free.

But at one time in her life she was alone, scared, and hopeless.

When Sambath was a young child, she lost both of her parents in the same year. Sambath and her four siblings were lost and confused, unsure if they would ever find goodness in their lives again.

Sambath and her siblings were taken to a One Child Matters center where they were cared for and taught by the staff and volunteers. Sambath was able to work her way through high school and finally graduate, which was a wish her father always had for his children. She is now studying to become a doctor and plans to stay in Cambodia where she can be a healer as well as a light for Jesus Christ.

Sambath’s sponsors during her time in the One Child Matters program gave her the opportunity for a new life free from the despair and hopelessness of her past. They, and the OCM staff, showed Sambath the love that Jesus has always had her, as well as the unique purpose that he has for her life.

Thanks to sponsors like you, children like Sambath are receiving freedom and learning about Jesus’ love for them.

Thank you for all that you do!

How To Use Scripture In Letters To Your Child

We love this sponsor’s letter because we can see Scripture woven through every line. Although they are not direct quotations of Bible passages, the hope and encouragement echoed in these phrases is eternal:

Dear Hiwot,

We pray for you and your family that our Lord will keep you safe, healthy, and provide for all of your needs. (Psalm 16, Numbers 6:24-26)
Pray to our Lord for everything so that He will know your heart, and His sweet Spirit will live inside you. (Romans 5:5, Acts 15:8, Romans 15:13, Ephesians 3:17)
Remember that Jesus loved each of us so much that He gave His life for us so that we who believe in Him can live life through Him. (Galatians 2:20, John 3:16, 1 John 4:9)
He knows your heart, Hiwot, so always speak to Him through prayer. (Psalm 139, Romans 8:26-27, Philippians 4:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
We hope your studies are going well, and thank you always for your prayers.

In God’s love, Your Sponsors

The love the sponsors have for their sponsored child is clear, and it is infused with Scripture. When we spoke with the sponsors, they made it clear that they felt the Holy Spirit had guided them in how they responded to the – which is why we see so many biblical truths throughout each line.

Just imagine the confirmation Hiwot would feel as she read the words and how they echo what she is learning about God. As she reads the Bible, she could pick up on these themes. God’s words are sprinkled throughout their sponsored child heart and life, reinforced by their sponsored child sponsor’s letter!

The book of Isaiah tells us that God’s Word does not return empty – it will always accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 55:11). The power of God’s word in your letters is clear, but what is the best way to use Scripture in your letters?

Consider including one particular verse for your sponsored child when you write. If you’re not sure what to include, pray and ask God to give you a specific verse!

Hiwot’s gratitude was so evident, we asked her to share her story with all of our sponsors. Today, Hiwot has a bright future, and her heart for God continues to grow. Take a few moments and learn more about how sponsorship continues to shape Hiwot’s life.

We love Antony’s heart and how sponsorship has changed his life so clearly. This may give you a stronger idea of what your sponsorship means to your child as they grow up.

Does sponsorship make a difference? You may wonder about that when you pray over the photo of a child you’ve put on your fridge, or when you get communications from us in the mail. This commitment I’ve made, does it matter?

Two staff from One Child Matters headquarters in Colorado Springs traveled through Ethiopia and Kenya on their way to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

As always, God directed their steps, bringing children to the projects just so they could meet. Our friends had other meetings on their schedule, but when they met Antony, it was obvious that God had something to say to us.

He attends a One Child Matters project in Kenya which helps him succeed in the nearby government school. Antony was eager to tell us all about his sponsors, even begging us to go to his house so he could show us their picture.

Antony’s home is a simple mud structure, and when our friends stepped inside the dark hut, they were astonished to see a shelf built into the mud wall. Antony’s mother had ensured her son would have a place to study by candelight, a little mud shelf.

Antony’s love for his sponsor is so clear, so profound. His prayers are sincere, and their photo cherished.

We wanted to share Antony’s story with you because sometimes it’s hard to see the difference you are making on this side of eternity. But oh, just imagine the reunion in heaven when Antony will finally meet those who invested in him!

We pray that as you seek ways to make a difference in the life a child today, you recognize that sponsoring a child is effective and important.

How Sponsorship Transforms Families

 

I can remember meeting Lokina. She was hard to miss – even as a group of Maasai women welcomed us with their traditional song, Lokina stood out, a statuesque woman draped in a royal blue kanga fabric with a bright smile.

It was only later that I noticed how she kept her arms wrapped around her middle. One of the other ladies on the Women’s Circle of Caring trip with me knew a bit of her story, that she had a form of epilepsy and had fallen into a fire after a seizure. She could not fully straighten her arms, the scar tissue from burns was too thick.

Living in the bush of Africa is difficult enough. Feeding your children and managing your household while your husband herded cattle possibly hundreds of miles away is quite another. And Lokina’s husband left as her condition worsened. She was truly on her own.

Or was she? One of the things we focused on with Women’s Circle of Caring was how women can minister to one another. We, a group of American women from all ages and stages of life, could minister to and with women in Kenya, and we can help them see how they need each other.

In the few years that Women’s Circle of Caring visited a region where One Child Matters served, we saw a true community form among the women. Their focus was caring for their children, and yet they themselves benefited as well. We saw hearts knit together — across cultures, and across a community.

Lokina’s story is a powerful one. She learned more about her own worth because others were willing to invest in her – very similar to the sponsorship model she saw transform her own son.