...'Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you...'
And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me!' Matthew 25:27-40 (adapted)
Would you like to become involved with an easy global mission project? Come, you who are blessed... share comfort and show compassion in life as Christ did around the world. The Global Ministries Child Sponsorship Program is the place to get connected! This global children's ministry works closely with private centers that have long-established links with a UCC or Disciples global partner. Through partners, we work in collaboration with our agencies to provide food, basic health care, clothing and in some cases housing, school fees, uniform, books and training and livelihood opportunities to many poor and destitute children in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe. Currently, we have 15 centers participating with approximately 900 children in the program. Over the years more than 3,000 poor and low income children have been embraced by sponsors and their gifts. The Child Sponsorship program has been providing assistance for more than 40 years—one child at a time!
On Good Friday, while most school-aged kids in New Jersey enjoyed the day off by playing video games or hanging out with friends, Confirmands in the First Congregational Church of Montclair's Youth Group spent the day fasting and raising money for hunger relief.
|Where are our centers?|
Mt. Selinda Home and additional centers, Zimbabwe
Kalauman Development Center, Dumaguete City, Philippines
House of Hope, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Mt. Olivet Home for Boys, Manchester, Jamaica
Pringle Home for Children, St. Mary, Jamaica
Rawdat El Zuhur School, East Jerusalem, Palestinian Territories
Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenia
Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches Children’s Program
Family Village Farm, Vellore, India
Sermey Thoesam School, Karnataka, India
Sonada Refugee Camp, Darjeeling, India
Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala, India
Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre, Darjeeling, India
|Who can participate?|
Sunday School Classes
Vacation Bible Schools
Youth and Young Adult Classes
Individuals—Husbands, wives, grandparents/senior citizens, young children, retirement centers, church sport teams, and in memory of a love one or someone special.
| What does it cost?
|How does it work?|
|Child Sponsorship Resources|
Gift commitment application [PDF]
Recurring gift form for current sponsorships [PDF]
|Child Sponsorship News|
Message from Philippines to Child Sponsors (April, 2013)
Dumaguete Kalauman Development Center (April, 2013)
Living up to the values of the Character Tree (May 2012 newsletter from Rawdat el Zuhur, Palestine)
With Eyes To See (November 2008)
Messages from Sponsors and Children
DisciplesWorld Article - Global Ministries’ child sponsorship program transcends distance and cultural differences (4/5/08)