Why does OCM

We want to see children empowered, the church united, and the world free from the chains of poverty...one child at a time.

Our heart is for children around the world to know that they matter. They have potential; they are special; they are known. While they may not be “seen” by the world, they are seen by God, and He loves them deeply.

There is a purpose for which they have been placed on this earth, and we will equip them - physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually - to fulfill God’s calling on their lives.

Together we can make a difference in a child’s life. And that one child matters.

To You

We would love to hear about your sponsorship journey, and your story may encourage another sponsor! Your answer could be anything! You can record a video, send a written response...maybe you're an artist and want to make something creative! However you want to say it, we want to hear it!


Tag your social media posts with #whyonechildmatters, mention us using @onechildmatters, or email your answer to why@onechildmatters.org.

We want our sponsors to share their sponsorship journeys with one another - to create a community of people changing the world! As you send in your answers, we will be posting them here to share as well as compiling all of the answers to send to our countries!

By sharing your answer, your sponsored child may hear why THEY matter to YOU - in your own words! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to tell your sponsored child how much they matter!

Because Jesus came for each one individual. Even if there were only one, he still would save that ONE. The difference we make in that One life, when joined with Jesus makes an Eternal difference . The ripple effect of that one changed life will only be seen in Eternity.

- Bonnie -

Because they have potential to change their home, community, city and country to be world changers.

- Yolie -

One Child Matters to me, because my wife and I can teach our children, in a practical way, about missions and how Jesus loves people all over the world. It is an important value for us as parents to teach our children to share the good news of Jesus with others and that God has a great plan for our sponsored children and we get to play a part in that plan!

- Steve -

One Child Matters to me because I was that one child... It's never too late to invest in one life...consequently, my life took an astonishing turn.

- Maria -

My child - matters. An innocent child with hopes and dreams that I can make a positive impact on. A child who will one day be the future of our world. A child that is constantly prayed upon and thought of daily. OCM to me because I can be a voice to a child in need of.

- Alicia -

Because every child matters to Jesus! We are all his children!

- Rikki -

- Mary -

When I was a sophomore in college, God called me to sponsor a little boy named Christopher. We wrote letters back and forth for years as I prayed over his life, his dreams and his relationship with Jesus. Last summer I had the opportunity to take a trip to his home country and meet Christopher in person. The moment we saw each other, he came running into my arms and we immediately had this indescribable connection. Despite the horrible circumstances that he lives in, I saw hope in this child’s eyes. I saw joy in his smile. I saw Jesus in his heart.

One of the biggest realizations I had during my trip, was that poverty isn’t just about a lack of money. It’s a lack of opportunity, a lack of choices, a lack of access to things many of us consider essential. But most importantly, poverty is about a lack of hope.

But that’s where Jesus comes in. Jesus is hope. Jesus is love. Jesus is light in a dark place. And He can use you and I to demonstrate that love to a child who needs it. As sponsors, we have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus bringing hope, truth, life, love, and mercy to those who have virtually nothing. One child matters to me because I can show them that there is HOPE, even in seemingly hopeless conditions. And hope changes lives. And changing the world for one changes everything.

- Ali -

Why do they matter? Because Katya, Maharaj, Ankita, Eddyson and Yared are children of God and as such matter because they exist; Because they all help their families; because they all study hard to make something of themselves; because they all have dreams; because they all have hope for a better future; because they take nothing for granted and because they all know that God loves them. I pray that I will meet each one of them soon and the thought of that brings a smile to my heart everyday. Khloe loves that she has cousins all over the world.

- Berta -

One Child Matters to us because every single child is God's workmanship, or "poiema," the Greek word from which we get our word "poem." (Ephesians 2:10). God, Himself, "wrote" every one of these precious "poems"! They are important to Him and are "fearfully and wonderfully made. His works are wonderful; we know that full well." Psalm 139:13,14.

- Steve and Teri -

They all matter,
each and every one of them.
The future of our world.
The children.
They matter.

- Alicia -

I believe that you can't change everyone, but you can change one person. If we all did a little, it would turn into a lot. I believe that through helping one child, by simply showing love, that child will just be the start of a love ripple.

- Heather -

To Us

Who better to ask "why does one child matter?" than those who work with our children every day - our field staff? Here's what they said:

To Us

"Since God has not given us all of the resources or the capacity to work with every single child in the world, He is not going to ask us for what He hasn’t given us. He is going to ask us what we did with that one life that we had the opportunity to transform."

Onesimo Feliz

Latin American Regional Director

To Us

“I look at the children that I serve, and I see myself. Because I was there. I was raised in a family that was very destitute. I didn’t receive my first pair of shoes until I was in high school…When I look at those children and see what they are lacking, I know that at one time, I had nothing. I look at myself today and what God has done for me, and I look at the children and ask, ‘Why does One Child Matter?’ It is because they can get to where I am today and actually make a significant impact in the lives of many. I am proof of that.”

Hapi Wanje

East Africa Regional Director

To Us

“Each one of us was once a child. We are all so unique; no one can replace you. No one else can be like you. Each one of us has potential; a hidden display of God’s glory. Look at the Bible: Jacob gave each of his children a different blessing. Moses gave each of the tribes of Israel a unique blessing. And the 12 disciples each had a different quality that described them. One child matters because we are all created differently in God’s eyes.”

Christian Mwabukusi

Southern Africa Regional Coordinator

To Them

Meet Sambath.

She is one of our graduates in Cambodia. She was brought into our programs when she was 11 years old after both of her parents had tragically passed away the year before.

Sambath was able to graduate from high school, attend medical school, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Public Health.

Watch her incredible story in this video.

"One child matters because there was a time when I believed I was forgotten, had no value, and didn’t deserve love. But because of Jesus’ mercy and heart for me, I know that I am important and special. And every child should hear that message. Before I went to the orphanage that took care of me, I thought that I would never be able to go to school or have enough food to eat. Because of my sponsor, everything changed from the impossible to the possible"

- Sambath -

To God

Throughout the Bible, children play a critical role in displaying God’s heart for His people. They are often used as a symbol to display the innocence, trust, and wonder that is required to fully follow Jesus. For most adults, these qualities are outgrown after gaining life experience filled with hurt and disappointment. God often uses the least likely, least equipped people to carry out His perfect plans.

One child matters to God, because He knows that they were created to be the world’s teachers on how to love without hesitation, dream without limitations, and trust without worry. And unless we learn how to live as these children do, we will never truly understand the fullness of God’s mercy and grace that He has for us.

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

- Matthew 18:1-5 NIV -

Don't forget! We want to hear from you!

Tag your social media posts with #whyonechildmatters, mention us using @onechildmatters, or email your answer to why@onechildmatters.org.