Every Child Ministries

Rating: 4.92 stars   174 reviews 1,972

Issues: Children & Youth, International, Religion

Location: Box 810 875 S State Rd. 2 Hebron IN 46341 USA

Mission: The lives of millions of African children have been devastated by war, disease, poverty and injustice. Every Child Ministries seeks to accomplish its purpose by providing direct compassionate aid to abandoned and needy children, working for the release and rehabilitation of child slaves, providing training and teaching materials to African churches, enabling them to establish and strengthen Sunday schools and other youth ministries, offering Bible teaching in the schools, and providing assistance to war-affected children. At the discretion of the local churches who know the needs of their community best, the Sunday schools may teach practical subjects like health, nutrition and literacy in addition to character building stories from the Bible. Our goal, as God enables us, is to help every village or neighborhood in Africa that desires to start or strengthen such a ministry.

Every Child Ministries was founded in 1985 after John and Lorella Rouster saw children forcibly expelled from churches because there was insufficient room to seat children and adults at the same time, and because the churches had no idea how to teach the children separately. Our programs have expanded to meet many needs of African children, who will be the future leaders of the continent. ECM is especially committed to children normally marginalized by society.
Results: This year we were able to free 52 victims of ritual servitude in Ghana and offered two vocational training seminars to help these start new lives. We are also sending 2 of them to longer term vocational training, and we started a boutique to help them sell survivor-made goods in Ghana. In Uganda we helped 75 displaced families resettle and expand their agricultural work to better feed their families. We are also expanding our educational capacity at Haven of Hope Academy in Ghana, building a junior high school. 47 children now find safety, shelter and love at Haven of Hope Children's home in Ghana. In Uganda we expanded a project to help a child who had been ritually abused and then discarded in a sack and began a program to help Karimojong beggar children in Kampala.
Target demographics: Orphans and vulnerable children and youth (birth to 20 years) in Africa, especially in Ghana, Togo, Benin, DR Congo, Uganda, and New (southern) Sudan. Some of our programs encompass families. We seek to help outcast children who are rejected, forgotten or neglected by society at large.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 221.901
Geographic areas served: DR Congo, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Uganda, New Sudan
Programs: Haven of Hope Home for Children & Academy Street Children Initiatives vs. Child Trafficking, Child Slavery, Child Prostitution, Ritual Sacrifice Child sponsorship for education of vulnerable children Vocational training for street youth & former slaves Character Building from the Bible lessons for schools Training of national leadership for children & youth Child prisoners ministry Ministry to war-displaced children Ministry to African children with albinism The Way Home--forever families for orphans Grannies program-aid to grandmothers single-handedly raising orphans

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Rating: 5 stars  

A visit to their offices. A visit with their staff. Humility, frugality, a sincere love and appreciation for their supporters, a deep felt love for the forgotten (truly forgotten) children of Africa, and most of all a sincere appreciation of the gospel and how it relates to them and to the children they serve, is evident. Every Child Ministries is deserving of your support-they have ours.

Jim and Marit Wallin

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ECM has captured our hearts because of their love for unwanted children and because they seek to discover and resolve some of the root problems be it the church, the family, the community, or in some cases outside forces. God wants us to be cheerful givers. To ECM we are cheerful givers.

Jim and Marit Wallin

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been involved in the evangelical church for over 60 years. During that time we have seen many changes taking place in missions and missionary outreach. Every Child Ministries has kept pace. They are involved in all aspects of human need.

First and foremost Every Child Ministries stands firm in its commitment to tell children and adults alike about the love of Jesus and their need to recognize Him as their Lord and Savior.

Early on Every Child Ministries' goal was to establish a Sunday School in every village in Ghana. To date over over 2000 Sunday Schools have been established, many in conjunction with local churches Over the past 27 years this work has expanded to include a home for children, a Christian School, classes in the public schools, health concerns with financial aid where needed, slave children, and many more.

Our support for Every Child Ministries continues to be enthusiastic as it should.

Jim and Marit Wallin
Downers Grove, IL 60515


If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None-just more of the same. Lack of finances hold back the development of this caring and responsible mission.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been child sponsors through Every Child Ministries for about five years now, and we appreciate the fact that this nonprofit squeezes every penny out of every dollar given for the various areas of ministry ECM touches. Their administration overhead costs are VERY LOW, and that allows more donation dollars to be used for ministering to the lives of people they serve in the field. The efficient use of a dedicated core of veteran volunteers at their international headquarters is the primary reason for this high ratio of donor dollars to the field versus admin costs. I highly recommend Every Child Ministries as one of the unsung heroes in the not-for-profit world!

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As a professional who has worked for another nonprofit for nearly 30-years, I am continually amazed by the impact Every Child Ministries is making with what many would consider to be a modest budget. My wife and I have been regular donors to ECM for about five years now, primarily as a sponsor of a young child's education at the school they own and operate in Accra, Ghana in West Africa. We appreciate the feedback we receive on how our child is doing in school and we can see how he has been progressing in his education and development because of the investment we are making in this ministry.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to let more people know about the impact ECM is making in Africa, by reaching out to the "least of these" and those whom others may have forgotten. I would challenge those on the sidelines to take a closer look at ECM and consider how they might partner with them to help them to help more of the children of Africa!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I served with this agency on the mission field and have continued to be an active prayer partner and supporter. The work they do in Africa touches not just the spiritual souls of those they serve but also the actual lives they live by working to make the living conditions better. The former directors were passionate about their ministry and they have been diligent in finding a replacement director who is equally as passionate. They are excellent stewards of the agency funds and through prayer and creativity can stretch a dollar further than even my very frugal mother of six was able to do. Having seen and lived the work of this agency, I recommend this agency to anyone looking invest in the lives of African children, women and men.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Duplicate their passion and abilities to manage money into other agencies

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 3 stars  

I love this non profit helping children is the best we can do for our future .....as while as my non profit www.gotchild.com helping children from dying in hot cars ....contact us

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Rating: 4 stars  

The folks of this organization truly care for people. Whether it's the orphaned children of AIDS, the adult women who have been entrapped into the Tracosi (not sure of the spelling) slave trade or the sick from all the diseases of their area, ECM will do whatever they can to help out. They love them all and let them know it.

But their overriding goal and main objective is bringing the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all these people. They know that no matter what else they do, if they don't point them to Christ all will be in vain.

And every dollar that comes in, they stretch to go as far as possible, but there are always projects waiting for the funds to come in. They make do with a very small salary so that more can be available for the work. Their volunteers are very dedicated and faithful.

But they are suffering from the same malady so many organizations are, new, younger volunteers are not forthcoming and they may have to begin paying for some of the work that volunteers have traditionally done.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They may be already doing this, but I would look into a younger couple to work alongside John & Lorella with the goal of turning over the reins to them in the next few years.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I researched Every Child Ministries. This ministry has a genuine concern and love for the work that it does. It is one that is honest and has integrity. I have been giving personally for about 5 years now and have I have gotten the Missions Ministry at my church to give.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization teaches and saves children! They are small but mighty in love and in all they do for the children of Africa. They do what we can't personally do. They are hands on at great sacrifice, but with great love. I have been a volunteer in the past and have been a donor for over 10 years. I sponsor 4 children and wish I could do more!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization has touched the lives of so many. I pray that it continues to grow and reach every child they cone into contact with. God truly moves in the hearts of this ministries' leaders who have a passion to serve Him as well as others! ECM is doing great things and it has been a blessing to support this ministry.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have traveled to Africa and seen the work in Ghana. They really help the children spiritually and education and with health. There are other ministries of ECM that I visited such as women freed from ritual servitude. Lorella really knows the customs and so on to help take care of political and legal aspects of the ministry. No money is wasted. They are very frugal, and I do not worry that any donations will be wasted.

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A visit to their headquarters will convince you of their total commitment to being the"hands and feet of Jesus"!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more people to be involved.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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