Name Changers

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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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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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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International Day of the African Child

June 16, 2017

Day of the African Child Since 1991, the Day of the African Child is celebrated on June 16th. On this day in 1976 a revolt occurred in Soweto, West Africa due to an order. The order mandated that Afrikaans, instead of their native language, would be the language used for instruction in schools. Many of the students that led the uprising also died on that day. In 1991, the Organization of African Unity, initiated Day of the African Child. The students who died…

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Bringing Hope and Healing

June 1, 2017

“Taking him up by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.” Acts 3:7 The Story I’m sitting on my back porch enjoying God’s beauty late this evening, on Memorial Day. Honestly, I began this journal post this morning. Sometimes I get a little distracted. However, God’s been working with me on this verse all day and even as I wrote He spoke in a new way. Isn’t He awesome in that way?…

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Ibrahim’s Story

May 25, 2017

Earlier this year, I was part of a team of eight people that trekked across the Atlantic to serve the children and youth the 25 Project ministers to in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After five years of these Sierra Leonian kids being served through local staff, 25 Project teams and stateside staff, I am continuing to see lives dramatically changed by Christ. Ibrahim, is one of those kids. This is Ibrahim’s story. Ibrahim lives at Margaret’s Home in Sierra Leone. His father was killed…

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4 Steps to Changing a Life

May 11, 2017

Do you ever wonder if sponsorship is too complicated? Well, sponsoring through the 25 Project is simple and more importantly you can change a life! Through our sponsorship program, Name Changers, a child or youth’s life is impacted greatly and our prayer is that your life will be impacted as well. Once you decide changing a life through sponsorship is right for you, what’s next? The Sponsorship Path Select a child in need of sponsorship and make your commitment of $36…

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The Privilege of Sponsorship

May 4, 2017

I became a sponsor after going on a mission expedition to the Mercy Home Ministry in South Asia. Though I had sponsored children, I had never been able to actually step into their lives to understand their reality. The children were not names and pictures, but kids that seemed very much like us, although in wildly more difficult circumstances. I felt burdened to help these kids who seemed so hopeful and spiritually hungry. They were enduring difficult situations and facing spiritual…

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Patricia’s Story

April 27, 2017

  Lechería Village in the Dominican Republic has many stories of trials and struggles. It becomes the greatest joy when God changes a life. I met Patricia two years ago in Lechería, but finally heard her story while serving with one of our teams. Patricia, Pepe, Vanessa were among the children in my group during camp. Each day we would dig into God’s Word learning about salvation and God’s plan for our lives. Where there is hardship and trials, God can…

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Let All That You Do Be Done In Love

January 24, 2017

Thinking back on our trip to minister in the Mercy Home in South Asia, two words overwhelm my thinking. Those two words are love and blessings! This is truly one of the most difficult travel (literally half way around the world) yet joyful trips I have the privilege to be a part of. As I reviewed the pictures of the children just today for a church presentation, the most overwhelming view you get is the love in their hearts reflected…

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