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August 2019

Children of Promise
PO Box 2316
Anderson IN 46018
765.648.2190
cop@echildrenofpromise.org
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T H A N K   Y O U !

This issue is presented by Kirk Bookout
Development Director of
Children of Promise
July 20 - 25, 2019 I visited the Children of Promise Program in the Dominican Republic. It was memorable on many levels. (Partly memorable because a child asked me if I was 100 years old.)

It was even more memorable because in the Dominican Republic I saw for myself the immediate and profound difference you make. 

I met a mother of two daughters. Before one of her daughters was sponsored, the mother would look for work and sometimes only make enough to buy one cup of rice, which was the entire food source the family had that day. She had tears in her eyes saying thank you to me for her daughter's sponsor.
In many countries, including the Dominican Republic, food is cooked outside over an open fire. Your sponsorship provides nutritious food that your child might not otherwise have access to. Thank you!
I met several children who faced big medical issues.  One of those children has epilepsy. Her mother could not afford the needed medications, but because she is sponsored her medicines are paid for. Once a child is sponsored, their medical needs, both large and small are taken care of. Special gifts donated to the emergency medical fund cover expenses that exceed what regular sponsorship funds can cover.
This is Crismeily. Her family wasn't able to afford the medications that she needs to address her epilepsy. Because of her sponsor, she's able to take the medication that she needs and her epilepsy is under control. Your sponsorship provides medical care that your child might not otherwise be able to afford. Thank you!
The Children of Promise program in the Dominican Republic has their first two children graduating from high school this year! Without COP, they would not have gone to school. They have hope to break a cycle of generational poverty and a far better life.
Levi (in the center wearing white) and Jeuris (far right) are the first two Children of Promise children in the Dominican Republic to graduate from High School! Because of sponsorship, many children around the world are able to complete their education when they otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford it. Thank you!
The first child I interviewed was a young man who had become a Christian two weeks earlier. He was in church because of Children of Promise. The church in the Dominican Republic is sending two young people to a special school for leaders. 
This is Feliz Antonio. He recently surrendered his life to Christ because of the influence of Children of Promise. Because of your sponsorship, children around the world are introduced to Jesus and nurtured in their walks with Jesus to become future leaders of the Church of God. Thank you!
Children of Promise is a pipeline for future leaders of the church.  I saw young, healthy, educated, dedicated young people making a difference in their church.

Each story I tell and many more, are because of you.  You change a life for $1.05 a day.*  I felt profoundly thankful to the volunteers in the Dominican Republic, and just as thankful for you.  * In a few countries it is $1.54 a day. In one of our sites it is $1.64 a day because of higher costs in those areas.
 
YOU make a difference. Thank you!
Christmas?? Wait!  It's not even Labor Day and Thanksgiving is not even close. But, at Children of Promise, Christmas is on our mind. (I am humming, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" while I watch someone mowing grass.)
 
HERE'S WHY:

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Funds for Christmas gifts are sent to our Program Directors in November so they have time to purchase gifts for the children you sponsor. Any Christmas gifts received after the end of October are set aside in the Christmas fund for next year. Now is the time to send your Christmas gift in. Then mow the yard.

So many of us already feel so blessed. We are thinking of giving far more than receiving at Christmas.  You can make a difference whether you sponsor a child or give a single gift. 

PROJECTS - Your church, class, small group, or even the church bowling team might be thinking about your Christmas project this year.  We have wonderful projects that make all the difference. Here are some project ideas:

SAVE A LIFE FOR CHRISTMAS!
We distribute mosquito nets to all sponsored children in countries where malaria is a problem. Malaria kills one child every 30 seconds, about 3000 children every day. These nets are the most effective means of prevention of malaria. 

CHRISTMAS WHEN THERE IS AN EMERGENCY
When disaster strikes, like an earthquake or typhoon, some of our children lose everything including their homes. In some places, civil war drives up the price of food significantly. When there is an emergency, we act. When sponsored children need major medical help, Children of Promise is there! If surgery, chemotherapy, or other major medical issues arise, Children of Promise covers the medical expense. Gifts to the Emergency Fund can be your Christmas project that helps anytime there is a disaster or medical emergency.

UNSPONSORED CHILDREN
Sometimes, sponsors pass away or have emergencies and can no longer sponsor a child. Are the children dropped from the program when they lose their sponsor? NO! But, we need funds to continue to pay their way in the program while we look for new sponsors.  (You could  even sponsor a child to honor the Christ Child.)

I JUST LIKE YA!
When you give to support the total effort of Children of Promise we call that Making It All Happen. That's always a good project.
FOR CHILDREN OF PROMISE, IT IS ABOUT THANKFULNESS!

FOR YOU, IT'S ABOUT TRUST
'TIS THE SEASON -- WHEN YOU TURN ON TV AND SEE WELL DONE, SENTIMENTAL, COMPELLING, AND TEAR JERKING COMMERCIALS ASKING YOU TO GIVE.
 
Have you ever wondered where the money really goes?

At Children of Promise, we think that is a fair question. As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach and the tidal wave of opportunities to give arrives, we want you to know why you can trust Children of Promise.

Here are some brief reasons. Call or email if you have questions.


Children of Promise is a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council For Financial Accountability.  As a member of ECFA we are committed to the highest levels of legal and Christian accountability and responsibility. You can visit ecfa.org and read about those commitments. 

Children of Promise requires receipts from all of our programs around the world for the COP funds spent. We encourage and support our leaders. We train, we trust, and we verify.

Children of Promise goes through an audit - but wait, there's more! 
After our audit, the auditor comes and meets with the Board of Directors face to face. During a part of that meeting employees of COP are asked to leave the room. That way the Board of Directors can ask the most direct and difficult questions without worry.

We are committed to financial transparency. Have a question about how we spend our money?  We will give you a clear and direct answer. We will share our audit upon request. 

As a member of ECFA, we subscribe to the Donor's Bill of Rights. If you wish to have a copy, contact Kirk Bookout and it will be sent to you. dkb@echildrenofpromise.org
Change a Life - Sponsor A Child Today!
 Call or go online to sponsor a child today. #765.648.2190

The children below have lost their sponsors because of financial difficulty.  Could you help them by becoming their sponsors? Or can you give a single gift to the Unsponsored Child Fund to help us cover their support until a new sponsor can be found? 

Niyire (CLPA-117) Colombia -$32
Female. Age 12. Grade 5. Only child. Lives with her grandparents who are farmers. Enjoys singing and dancing. Wants to become a teacher. Sponsor Now.
Sylvie (RWKAV-003) Rwanda-$32
Female. Age 12. Grade 5. One brother and one sister. Favorite church activities are dancing and praising. Wants to become a primary school teacher.   Sponsor Now.
 
Selvasi (ZMP-004) Zambia-$32
Male. Age 19. Grade 10. Seven siblings. Father and mother are farmers. Enjoys reading the Bible. Dreams of becoming a doctor in the future. Sponsor Now.
Fady (EGEM-011) Egypt-$32
Male. Age 15. Grade 9. Two sisters. Father is a laborer, mother is a homemaker. Enjoys soccer. Favorite subjects are Science and Math. Sponsor Now.
Rebecca (GH-224) Ghana-$32
Female. Age 14. Grade 6. One brother, one sister. Father is unemployed, mother is a plantain vendor. Talent is crocheting. Dreams of becoming a doctor.  
Sponsor Now.

WHO IS CHILDREN OF PROMISE?

YOU ARE.

Here's how

For Children of Promise to exist, it takes three partnerships.

YOU - Without sponsors, donors, and churches who give, there is no Children of Promise. Without your passion to make a difference in children's lives, we do not exist. Thank you. You can truthfully say you are Children of Promise.

COP OFFICE IN ANDERSON, IN - Without our staff to give structure, organization, vision, training, and accountability, there is no Children of Promise. We are Children of Promise.

There are over 1,000 VOLUNTEERS IN 30 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD. Oftentimes, these people are as poor as the children they help. They are the front-line and hands-on helpers of this partnership that makes Children of Promise possible. The volunteers love God and love the children they serve. Without our help and support, they have no way to make a difference. They are Children of Promise.

EACH OF US ARE USED BY GOD IN MAKING HIS LOVE REAL AND TANGIBLE IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD. THANK YOU.

Your love for children lives on through remembering Children of Promise in your will.
Contact Us. We are Happy to Help.
765.648.2190
Dr. Michael Webb, Executive Director
     765.648.2190     mbw@echildrenofpromise.org
Heather Webb, Executive Director
     765.648.2190     hlw@echildrenofpromise.org  
Kirk Bookout, Development Director
   
765.648.2114     dkb@echildrenofpromise.org
Stacy Bowen, Promo. Asst./Office Assoc.
   
765.648.2190     smb@echildrenofpromise.org
Danielle Brossart, Technology Associate
   
765.648.2155    dsb@echildrenofpromise.org
Vicky Creamer, Sponsorship Associate
   
765.648.2206    vrc@echildrenofpromise.org
Debbie Evans, Accounting Associate
   
765.648.2119    dle@echildrenofpromise.org
Linda Mason, Assistant Director  
   
765.648.2139    ljm@echildrenofpromise.org
Carole Wheeler, Correspondence Associate 
   
765.648.2127    chw@echildrenofpromise.org
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