$228. That’s how much it cost. I was shocked. How can one bottle of medicine cost me that much? But I didn’t have an alternative. I had malaria. That was the only medicine available. What can you do? You pay it. But I thought of all my friends living in Kenya where I got malaria. Most of them couldn’t pay that much for malaria drugs. Maybe their pharmacies don’t charge U.S. prices, but they still often don’t have enough to cover the cost. So they do without. Some are ok. Unfortunately, some are not. More than 1,000 people die from malaria every day because they can’t access or pay for the medical care they need. And many others can’t afford… Read more »

Will You Run to Help?

She had a tear running down her cheek. But she wasn’t crying. Djinailove’s dad was in prison. Her mother had just been murdered. She had recently moved to Cap Haitien, Haiti and was hoping to go to school. She needed a place to stay and food to eat. She had plenty of reasons to cry. But her tears were actually caused by a medical issue—a hole near her eye that somehow caused tears to run down her cheek. She needed a doctor to help her with her unusual problem—but that took money. What Djinailove really needed was a child sponsorship. Have you ever left a worship service before it was over? That’s what Dr. Rachel Philip did, but not for… Read more »

Sponsors Make Dreams Come True

Johnny Miller’s dream seemed impossible. He was an eleven-year-old Liberian boy who had just survived a seven-year civil war. 600,000 people had been killed. His country was in shambles. He was surrounded by poverty and brokenness. War was all he remembered. How could a boy like Johnny ever become a doctor? All hope seemed lost. But then Johnny found his way to Ford-Madden Christian Academy (FMCA) and was sponsored by Troy and Katie Link. That’s when everything changed! Literally without their support, I wouldn’t have reached where I am today! I remain grateful to my sponsors whose prayers and financial support contributed immensely to my life and encouraged me to reach for my dreams. And Johnny definitely reached for his… Read more »

Elkatarot Ekamaals 2003-2017

THIS POST WAS WRITTEN BY ELKATAROT’S SPONSOR, JIM SHELBURNE, A MINISTER AT WASHINGTON AVENUE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN AMARILLO, TX. I’m filled with a strange sadness and joy as I try to wrap my brain around the news that one of the children my wife and I sponsor in Turkana, Kenya has died. He drowned in a freak accident—a flash flood in a desert where it rarely ever rains. Elkatarot was out gathering firewood (a daily ritual in Turkanan life) when he and several other children were caught up in a flash flood. Field workers were able to save the other kids, but Elkatarot could not be reached. This news made me sad in many ways. Holly and I sponsor several… Read more »

God’s Economics

Recently, I was preaching in Kenya where they are having an immense drought and food crisis. The ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa is part of what may be the greatest famine of our lifetime. After our church gathering, we decided that we would feed everyone. Since we announced it, there was obviously a huge crowd. The service lasted a little over four hours—so everyone was more than ready for the food. Since I was the preacher (and I had paid for the food), everyone insisted that I was first in line. I tried to position myself at the end, but they would have it no other way. There was so much food. People were ecstatic because so many… Read more »