Every Child Ministries

Rating: 4.92 stars   176 reviews

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  

I have been blessed to witness first hand the work that ECM does. I visited Africa and met the children and staff and was amazed at the level of commitment shown by the workers. ECM's level of fiscal responsibility is impressive to say the least. They make every cent count. The children receive compassionate care and wise Godly direction for their lives. My husband and I sponsor a child and we frequently donate to support the ministry in other areas as needed.

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I have been blessed to witness ECM in action and know the co-founders personally. Just a few of the traits I've seen are: compassion, loving care, Christ-centered, frugal, dedicated, devoted to abandoned and orphaned children, women freed from slavery & families in need of healing. They are always looking up and listening to God's guidance. They find a need and fill it. If you're looking for a charity that you can be certain will make the best investment with your funds, or if you're wanting to help a child or worthwhile project, or if you're looking for a missions experience...ECM is the place you're looking for!

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Anyone searching for a non-profit organization you can truly trust and believe in, there's no greater opportunity than EVERY CHILD MINISTRIES (ECM). Year after year, I am awestruck witnessing the promises of God for increase and blessing demonstrated by the growth of programs and services provided through ECM to the forgotten children of Africa.

Keeping God first in word, deed and prayer provides a rock-solid foundation upon which ECM follows God's direction, bringing His practical love, compassion, and provision to those they affectionately call African Jewels--diamonds in the rough--that, with God's guidance and love through ECM, become shining with inner beauty and divine potential, learning to look up to and trust in Jesus for hope and a future.

I have been blessed to witness ECM co-founders, John & Lorella Rouster, extend acceptance, love, and practical help to thousands of children in need, recognizing each one as a unique gift of God. Amazing Grace describes the countless ways I have seen ECM reach out, raising funds to build homes to provide meals, medicine, and education to kids living on the streets, freeing slaves and their children, teaching Bible principles in public schools, comforting kids in war-torn areas, returning displaced kids to their families, teaching skills to teens and others to help them become self-sufficient, providing life-saving surgeries to children, giving meals and hope through a knowledge of Jesus to homeless children...and the list goes on! I have watched, and learned, as they face what appear to be insurmountable obstacles, placing their full faith in God, and returning His love by answering the call to a higher purpose.

I highly respect and give thanks to all who partner with ECM. I pray God will continue to bless ECM with caring individuals who partner with them to accomplish these life-changing endeavors.

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

sign on to be a full-time staff member!

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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Lana, Thanks so much for your kind review & for all you have done to make this possible. It's great to have you as a part of the team. Love, Lorella

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to Ghana in 2002 when ECM began building Haven of Hope Children's Home. It was an incredible experience that changed my life. I will never forget the children living alone on the streets. These children are orphaned or abandoned. ECM provides ALL their needs. NOTHING is ever wasted. Even used Christmas cards are punched into shapes with Scriptures added for the kids. This is one organization where you will get to know the Directors personally. They are the hardest working, most dedicated, God-fearing people I've ever met. Every time they see a new need involving the forgotten children in Africa, they get more and more involved, always growing, always caring, always praying and thanking God. My husband and I now sponsor one of the children at Haven of Hope. We are kept abreast of his well-bing, school grades, and receive letters from him. Although on a limited income, we have so much more than the majority of families in Africa. If you want God to bless your life, become a blessing to ECM!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

We now sponsor a child at that orphanage and have watched it grow and improve, with clean drinking water, a school (Haven Academy), beds, clothes, shoes, food, discipline, spiritual guidance and plenty of LOVE. We've watched ECM stretch and grow into other areas of need, as well, such as freeing trokosi slaves, going into other countries, helping the war-torn.

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

I would make sure that everyone who has indicated an interest in ECM is kept aware of the most current needs in the many areas they serve. Some of these needs are critical. Some, I imagine, would fall into a "would be nice" category. Having a book to tell the Rouster's incredible never-ending story of who they are, how they got started, and what they plan and pray for the future would be fascinating reading, and perhaps a way to raise funds.

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ECM is an amazing organization. They have changed so many lives in Africa. Our church is supporting their efforts to free women in slavery. I myself sponsor a child in DRC. But ECM is reaching out to so many more women, children and families and enhancing their lives. What wonderful work they have done and continue to do. They are a light in this world and helping to do the Lords work. God Bless them for all they do. Beth Thomas

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Every Child Ministries is a wonderful organization that has reached so many forgotten children in Africa. I have watched them in action for the past 25 plus years and I am so amazed at what they have accomplished in that time. These children have been so blessed by this ministry and their lives have been changed for the good. Without this ministry, I fear these children would be neglected and be without food, clothing and the Word of God. I will continue to offer my support to this wonderful ministry and rejoice for the hard work and amazing lives touched by their love for these children.

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Thanks for your review, Beth. We appreciate all you have done to help! Blessings! Lorella at ECM

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is such an important working ministry. Reaching these African children and making such an impact in their lives. Bring the Word of the Lord and helping to improve their lives with food and shelter and support. I personally support one child along with general donations every year. This is so vital that this ministry continues on. Exceptional direction by John and Lorella Rouster and all that support this ministry. God Bless them in their work. Beth Thomas

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This ministry was founded by my Aunt and Uncle and I remember it in its infancy. They have done so much over the last 25 years, it's just amazing how the Lord works through ordinary, everyday people. I just saw them as my Dad's brother and his wife. But they are so much more. The work they have started there and what they have accomplished, the lives they have touched, especially mine. They have come to my church twice and shared with the congregation, lighting a fire in the hearts of many. We now have a ministry of making pasties every month and all the monies go to ECM. I have become a sponsor of an 8 year old boy in DR Congo and I know in my heart that this was something I had been needing to do for a long time. Because of this, I am blessed. Thank you ECM for your love. For reaching out to the forgotten children of Africa, for caring and sharing God's love. Beth Thomas, Potterville, MI

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Donations, newsletters, and sponsorship. I try to visit with my Aunt and Uncle at least once a year.

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

Want to help it even more than I do.

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Excellent work! They are very careful with their funds. Led by very humble and dedicated servants of the Lord.

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This wonderful organization is doing great things with every penny they get. They operate out of a modest building, and find creative ways to stretch their funds. Led by John and Lorella, who themselves are very humble servants, the work of this mission has had and continues to have a positive impact in the lives of those whom they serve.

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am continually amazed with how much they do with so little funds. They are always looking for new fields to reach. They are never satisfied with the status-quo. I think that Christians get more bang for their bucks with ECM.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Doing excellent work in Africa, reaching many children and families with the message of Jesus Christ!
I have worked with them for many years, as an office volunteer and last year had the privelage of going on a summer team and seeing the work for myself. Doing a great work for Christ.

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

Life-changing

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Quite well

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every child Ministries remains one of the most worthwhile ministries that we donate to. I feel the most is made of every penny and the smallest donations are welcomed and made use of. They are faithful in sending newsletters, updates, and prayer requests. They reach out to some of the world's neediest and offer hope where there was none. I have met the directors and felt they are humble, hard working and faithful in their ministry. I would sincerely recommend the support of this ministry.

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I am amazed at the kind of work and service that EMC provides to the people in these small villages in Africa. The areas are poverty stricken, and there is great spiritual bondage. The staff shows a great love for "the least of these" in their day to day life among them and we feel our contributions to this work can help make a huge impact through their efforts. My husband and I highly recommend supporting this ministry through prayer, and donations, which we do on an automatic monthly basis.

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My husband and I are very careful about what organizations we contribute to - we have researched the percentage of monies that go directly to help the local people, we have met and heard the project leaders, and have spoken with volunteers that have visited Africa to see the actual progress that is being accomplished. We highly commend Every Child Ministries and are confident that the Lord's hand is upon them and that their focus is on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, as well as on teaching very practical living skills to help others improve their living situations. Their goal of rescuing young girls from being condemned to sexual slavery is also an amazing ministry.

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I echo the many other reviews here.. This organization is without peer. I've been a long time donor and precisely becasue of the mission, the passion and the results. They are completely transparent in their operation and one could not ask for more from a charity. The work that they do in saving children and adults from poverty and slavery and bringing them to know Jesus is simply remarkable and clearly God is guiding this group.
Highly recommend ECM to anyone wanting to donate and see a tangible impact from their donation.

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I've been giving to ECM for about 12 years plus now. It is wonderful to see and know that you are changing the life of a child forever. It has been an honor to watch this ministry grow from its beginnings. This organization is some how able to squeeze the most of every penny they get. The organization has continued to grow every year, helping more and more children. It is such a blessing to receive letters and drawings from the child you are sponsoring. In my 30 some years of giving to nonprofits, ECM is the best I've ever been involved with. You can't go wrong with donating to this great organization.

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I have been involved with ECM from the beginning (10 years). First sponsoring one child in Uganda and then expanding my donations to sponsoring a second child in the Congo. The children and I correspond with each other about twice a year. It has been a very humbling and rewarding experience to touch and change their lives. It has been an honor to watch this ministry grow and keep expanding. Their commitment to the children and women is matched by no other. The tenacity and perseverance of this organization against the greatest of odds has always amazed me. I highly encourage you to get involved and give to this wonderful organization that so wisely uses its money and resources.

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I wish I could give more money to further their efforts in Africa.

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I’ve been involved with ECM for 10 years. I sponsor two children. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization. They literally change children’s lives on a shoestring budget. It has been an honor to watch this non-profit grow over the last 10 years. They started with next to nothing and continue to persevere under difficult circumstances. My life has been enriched by providing my sponsor children with school, shelter and medical care in a Christian setting. I love receiving letters from them and sharing about myself as well. I highly encourage you to support this organization. You will be amazed at what ECM accomplishes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Every Child Ministries is a very well run ministry that seems to get the most out of every dollar donated. The leaders of this ministry live very frugal lives and have invested heavily of their own time and talents in an attempt to reach the children in Africa that need care and compassion. I know the leaders personally as well as a number of the volunteers and they operate and serve with integrity and passion. I strongly support and encourage others to support this great ministry to children in Africa!

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