I was an American missionary in eastern Mongolia when my Mongolian wife gave birth to a baby girl with a cleft lip and a cleft palate, and, a few months later, in 2007, we discovered, a major heart defect. When some other organizations were unable to help us CCCI did. Even though they had never worked in Asia before as Pam put it, "God would not let me sleep till I agreed to help your baby." We were out of her region but well within her big heart.
Pam is a recruiter. She quickly had people in Phoenix, Arizona lined up to help us, and when some obstacles got in the way of arranging the transport, she even recruited me, since I lived in Asia. Like a symphony we all played our parts, the doctors, the nurses, the hospital support staff, the airlines, the embassy, we followed Pam's baton. She made sure everything went like clock work, and with the greatest of efficiency. Maximum funds go directly to the work and with most of her recruited help being voluntary that translates to a lot of children being helped.
I started working with CCCI in 2002 as a volunteer. I have traveled twice to Africa to participate with the work there-first in launching the Seeds of Hope orphanage, then in providing necessary oversight for the organization. I have also identified a possible site for a future hospital to be constructed near Turmi in the southwest of Ethiopia near the Sudan border. If built, this facility would service at least 10 nomadic tribes that essentially know no national boundaries and who currently have no medical care to speak of. We have been able to convince the mothers to give us the infants that would have been exposed to die because of religious beliefs. We then are able to adopt the otherwise healthy children out to willing parents. I've also participated here in getting children brought here to hospitals and surgeons for life-altering medical care. I've made arrangements for hospitalizations, surgeries, housing, transportation, doctors' visits, and sundry other items during their stays. On occasion, they have stayed in my home. Currently, I serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors. It is a great honor and a great privilege to work with CCCI-and one that I refuse to relinquish! These kids are now MY kids in a very real way.
CCCI saved the life of our (now) son, Mesfin, by providing him with needed open heart surgery twice. I am now working with them to help other children that need surgery. I'm also helping with an education project in Ethiopia with wonderful students, many of whom have medical issues that we are helping treat.