The program has touched and changed the lives of all the children who have gone and are still on the program. Most of the children had no hope of going to school due to the financial challenges that the families face. When the program started here in Lusaka, Zambia, the COP Committee approached the Board of Directors of the Church Of God and negotiated to have Children on Sponsorship attend the Church of God private school. This gave the children who had no hope of ever learning at a private school access to good education in a Christian environment. This was made possible because a sponsor felt led to help this child.
The family benefits from the program as well. The food stuffs and toiletries that the child receives benefit the whole family. The family's income is also supplemented through education and other benefits such as food and medical/ health.The Church benefits as well. The program is a good evangelistic tool and helps in the growth of the church. When people see the love of Christ through the program, they get curious and they want to know how total strangers can give money and help children and families they do not know. These questions are answered with a simple answer that the sponsors give because they love Jesus and that they have chosen to help these children because of the love of Christ. This has brought many people in our Congregation to The Lord. Additionally, because of the holistic approach of the program, many kids have discovered their talents through Sunday School and most of them are singing in the choir and playing musical instruments for the Church.
The emphasis on children attending Church and School has helped bring up God fearing Children who are contributing positively to their community. The community benefits from these God fearing children who are impacting it in positive ways.
The program is simply a blessing. Many thanks to all the people who give their money, their time and their love to help us. Thank you very much.
Rev. Mailes Ndao
Program Director, Zambia
National Leader of the Church of God, Zambia