Every Child Ministries

Rating: 4.92 stars   177 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  

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We have been helping to support Every Child Ministries for years. Throughout these many years Every Child Ministries has been consistently trustworthy, sincere, accountable, and appreciative. We are honored to support their work in Africa and have seen the results of our donations as our sponsored child has grown into a healthy, vibrant young lady. I can't recommend them highly enough!

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My husband and I have been giving to Every Child Ministries for many years. ECM is an organization that makes a huge impact on the children and slaves they rescue, comfort and educate. They have built schools, rescued street children and freed many slaves in the time we've known them. It has been great to see the progress of Akua, our sponsored child, through the years. The difference between ECM and much larger organizations will be apparent from the start. It's a much more personal giving. You will feel connected, informed and appreciated. In addition, the devotion, sincerity and tireless effort of all the ECM employees continues to amaze us. We would not be giving if we had the slightest doubt about the integrity of ECM - we stand behind them because you couldn't find people more passionate or concerned about the helpless children and slaves that they serve both physically and spiritually.

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Many years ago, while listening to the Christian radio station KLOVE, a DJ with direct experience of Every Child Ministries introduced my husband and I to this organization. He inspired us to donate to this very worthy cause. We have had constant communication and updates on a very personal level with ECM every month for years.

The founders and volunteers at ECM are extremely dedicated and inspired Christians. We know this, because we have received repeated confirmation via emails and letters from both ECM headquarters, ECM missionaries, and our sponsored child. The emails and letters are filled with personal stories, specific prayer requests, the challenges of ministering, and faith, hope, and love. They continue to minister despite many obstacles, and they continue to amaze me. I wish there were more than 5 stars to rate ECM with - that's how much I value their dedication and efforts for the lost and homeless children and slaves. They have impressed me all these years, and I can't recommend ECM enough. Words really can't do ECM justice. Their hearts are about the biggest I've ever known.

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We have seen the progress our sponsored child has made. We have helped to free slaves. We've read countless communications explaining in great detail the progress, setbacks, plans for the future and prayer requests from ECM headquarters and our sponsored child.

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

My first thought regarding changes to ECM is an increase in size, but the truth is I have appreciated their relatively smaller size because it has allowed us a much more personal involvement.

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My wife and I began to sponsor a homeless, deserted boy that ECM got off the streets at age 3. This month we learned that he has graduated from the Haven of Hope facility run by ECM. PTL! This young man now has hope, confidence and a Christian education with which to begin his young adult life. No telling what he may accomplish for his community and the kingdom because of ECM!
We have known and supported ECM for three decades and know them to be vigilant and determined in their love of God and their sensitivity to His will in their ministry. One can easily see God's blessing on this ministry and the praise He receives as a result.

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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

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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

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2014

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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I am thankful to be a supporter of Every Child Ministries for about 14 years now, their heart for these forgotten children is so genuine and real. They send frequent updates, prayer requests, and let you know the needs that they currently have so that you can pray about them. They greatly glorify God as they selflessly continue to bless the lives of these dear children and they are truly an organization worthy of your support.

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My husband and I believe the Lord led us to ECM through the Albino Project. WE located them on line and sent an email. We immediately received personal communication as if we were significant and highly valued. As we continued to communicate with ECM sponsoring 3 albino children as well as helping with the albino project we became more and more inspired by the sacrifice and service of the co-founders and their staff. Lorella as well as the ECM staff are very approachable and clearly committed to the "forgotten children of Africa". We are amazed at all the work that is going on through this non-profit. When we have sent checks and been unclear as to their purpose, ECM staff quickly communicates and clarifies with us our intent of the funds showing the integrity of the organization. The same is true of any items we have sent, questions are asked of us so they use the items or funds appropriately. We have been so encouraged by this ministry we would to do all we can to support them financially, through prayer, and even by going to Africa. THANK YOU ECM FOR ALL YOU DO. You have ministered to us as well to fulfill the great commission! WE LOVE YOU.

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I only wish more people knew about ECM because it is such an amazing ministry and opportunity!

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Every Child Ministries is an excellent vehicle of God's love and kindness to the children of Africa that it helps. The workers are dedicated to bringing God's love to his dear children in Africa. I would encourage everyone who can give to actually give to this charity as the money is wisely and lovingly used.

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I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone how great a charity Every Child Ministries is. Their focus is totally on sharing the love of the Lord Jesus with the orphans of Africa. Every dollar does so much to help these poor orphans in both a spiritual and practical way. I would encourage everyone who can afford to support them to actually do it.

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

Change nothing.

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My wife and I have been involved with ECM for over 30 years now. We have become infinitely aware of their goals and efforts both in the US and in African nations. Not only is every penny accounted for and spent with African children in mind, so too is the daily mindset of the entire organization. The initials are more than an acronym, they truly are an Every Child Ministry!

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My wife and I have sponsored a child at Haven of Hope for several years. We have seen him grow from an indigent street-child with no hope to a well educated God-loving teenager. ECM is fully focused on Africa's children through God's lense.

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