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Abu Koroma: A Life Renewed

May 1, 2018

Abu is a double orphan. He lost his mother when he was very young. When his father died in 2013, Abu was left homeless. He moved in with his uncle, but his uncle did not care for even his most basic needs. Abu decided to move to the streets of Waterloo to care for himself. The 25 Project’s ministry partner in Waterloo found Abu living on the streets of Waterloo, carrying loads and finding any work to make enough money to survive. Abu was hopeless, but God had already chosen…

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Construction Begins on New Ministry Center!

April 20, 2018

Late in 2017, we saw God move in the hearts of so many of you who gave generously to help construct a ministry center in the Dominican Republic. Thank you for investing in this work and ministry! God has used Elizabeth Herrera and Emerson Guzman to grow and expand the ministry there. The number of children served increases continually. Sneak Peek As we have said, the need for a permanent ministry center in this area is so clearly needed. With…

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Life on Mission

November 2, 2017

Meet Umaru Do you know someone who has never heard about Jesus? Umaru is in our sponsorship program and lives at Margaret’s home in Grafton, Sierra Leone. As with the others at Margaret’s home, Umaru is very special to me. He is a young man with a great mission and passion for the Lord. He has a special gift of sharing the Gospel. Earlier this year Umaru was in my group. One day he asked a great question, “What happens…

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Ringing the Bell

September 7, 2017

Meet Dre A Story by Shara Johnson This summer, Angie and I drove seven of our Illumin8 kids (from McKinney Housing Authority) to Golden, Missouri for Kids Across America Kamp. This is a Kanakuk camp geared towards kids living in inner-city environments. I had no clue what we were in for as this was my first KAA Kamp. Our eight hour, two car trek began on a Sunday morning. I had Dre, one of our campers, as my co-pilot. He…

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Tragic Loss in Sierra Leone

August 25, 2017

It is with great regret and sadness that we announce the passing of one of our boys in Sierra Leone. Abdul Kamara passed away in the early hours of Monday, August 15. He was visiting and spending the night with extended family when a mudslide occurred on the mountain where he was staying. As you may have seen on the news, Sierra Leone has experienced torrential rains over the last few weeks. While heavy rains this time of the year…

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Tragedy in Sierra Leone

August 17, 2017

A Story by: Barbara Cross Today I hear the news from Sierra Leone….300 dead and 600 missing after mudslides from torrential rains. I know it’s the rainy season. I know and love these people. How many boys living on the street were swept away? Will we ever know how many lives were lost? But, I have a God that knows everyone. My God knew every hair on their head, and loved them. Until God Six years ago, Sierra Leone was…

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My Sponsorship Story

August 10, 2017

A Story by Nathan Bogue Marianny is my family’s sponsored child in the Dominican Republic! She reminds me of my own daughter Lillie, in so many ways, every time I see her. Marianny loves to sing, talk about what she is learning at school and laugh with her friends.  My family and I have such a heart to see her grow in her faith, just as we ourselves are doing. I was so delighted when Marianny confirmed her faith in…

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The Impact of Sponsorship

August 3, 2017

My First Encounter with Abdulai A Story by Shara Johnson My 1-year anniversary of working on staff at the 25 Project was approaching. After 11 months, I finally found myself on a plane to Sierra Leone. It had been important for me to meet all the kids we serve and experience the country first-hand. It was even more important to meet the child I sponsor. Months prior, I was compelled to sponsor one of our boys in Waterloo. I kept coming…

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#25ProjectGO

July 6, 2017

Where Do You Represent the 25 Project? Running into someone wearing their 25 Project t-shirt makes our day! We appreciate your support of the 25 Project in this simple way. Please, share photos of you representing the 25 Project on social media using the hashtag #25ProjectGO. Whether you are traveling far, near, or at the grocery store we would love to know you are representing us. Some of you are really creative and can share some of your most original, funny or interesting…

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The Joy of Sponsorship

June 22, 2017

The Joy of Sponsorship: An Article by Melissa Presley My heart is naturally bent toward encouragement. Focusing on the good stuff. As a mama of four, I can’t even begin to put into words all the ways that the Lord has blessed me through my children. The work He has done in them, and in me… good stuff. But I have learned that the best way to encourage is sometimes to go beyond the warm fuzzies. There are mamas and dads out there…

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