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Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, International, International Human Rights, International Relief, Religion, Youth Development

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, 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, and providing training and mentoring for African school teachers. 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 vulnerable African children. ECM is especially committed to children normally marginalized by society.

Results: Since 1985, thousands of children have been either directly or indirectly supported by sponsors and donors through ECM's outreach; a large amount of supplies and materials have been shipped; hundreds of thousands of meals have been provided to children; sponsorship projects (Hope Centers) have been started, along with a discipleship & training center; more than a hundred homes for grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren have been completed, along with classrooms and other structures for schooling; sustainability projects have been started to help local ministry; and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours have been logged.

Target demographics: Orphans and vulnerable children and youth (birth to 20 years) in Africa, specifically in Ghana, DR Congo, and Uganda. We seek to help outcast children who are rejected, forgotten or neglected by society at large.

Direct beneficiaries per year: By our estimates, ECM programs reach over 200,000 children annually

Geographic areas served: DR Congo, Ghana, Uganda

Programs: Haven of Hope Home for Children & Academy Street Children Ministry Child sponsorship for education of vulnerable children Vocational training for street youth Character Building from the Bible lessons for schools Training of national leadership for children & youth Ministry to war-displaced children Ministry to African children with albinism Ministry to Africa children with disabilities The Way Home- aid to grandmothers single-handedly raising orphans

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210 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nebr_Girl55

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor for 15 years. It's actually hard to express the journey of being involved with ECM. Let alone watching a child grow up to be a young man of God. Yes there are all the good things to say about ECM like being an upstanding steward. Their work has changed so many lives for the better in a country filled with despair. ECM takes children that are at great risk and gives them a life filled with hope and promise.

Being involved with ECM is even more than all that. I've been able to share my wisdom and everyday life with a child like I would my own. I'm so proud of the child I sponsor who calls me "Mama". He is so filled with the spirit of God. He has done well in school and gives his time & attention to others. Now that he is a teen we are able to lift each other up with the word of God. So as you can see it is more than rewarding, it is life changing. I encourage all to sponsor a child.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor for about 12 years now. It is very fulfilling to know I'm changing the lives of children by helping them with their education. This is an outstanding organization that truly cares about all children. In a country where there can be such turmoil & poverty, ECM is a beacon of hope and safety. It has been inspiring watching ECM expand their reach as they have grown their ministry. I highly recommend this nonprofit. They are excellent stewards with the monies they receive.

Donor

Rating: 5

Have donated to ECM for several years. They are prudent with their use of funds, and are very effective in their ministry to the children in Africa. They have a modest home office, unlike some organizations. The entire staff is dedicated to the work they do. ECM truly brings glory to God in the way they carry out their mission.

Donor

Rating: 5

If I had to design a ministry from the ground up, I would model it after ECM. Great people who truly care about what they do and are attentive, responsive and just plain nice. They are having a tangible impact on the physical and spiritual lives of those they touch and I'm proud to support them in their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with assisting the various ministries at ECM for years. While I do support other charitable organizations, none is as open, honest, transparent or concerned with God's work as ECM. If you want your donation to support much needed work and to be used as effectively and efficiently as possible, I can think of no better place to put it. I only wish I could give more. I am truly blessed to be a small part of what this organization accomplishes.

Kevan Wilson

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to/following/partnering with ECM for over 10 years. They have been consistently transparent (as far as I can tell) in their newsletters/prayer updates and financial statements. The office staff have been prompt and friendly to me in their communications throughout the time I've been involved with them. I help sponsor two youths through their ministries and greatly appreciate the varied photos and detailed personal updates they are able to give me. The older one writes me regularly and the letters contain a lot biblical, encouraging reminders. (The younger one doesn't know English yet).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about ECM after hearing about the atrocities done to women and children in Trokosi shrines in West Africa. I wanted to find an organization to donate to who would help. An online search brought me to ECM. Besides liberation of shrine slaves, they help street children learn a vocation, provide for families ravaged by war in Uganda, and help African Church leaders. What I really admire about them is the faith in God that is displayed. They send out prayer requests at least once a month because they believe prayer is powerful. When faced with setbacks, they don't complain, but ask God to continue to provide for them to do his work. The people who run the office in America are friendly, candid, and even ask us if there is anything we would like them to pray for. In ECM, I see a group of people seeking Jesus Christ.

Review from Guidestar

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Rating: 5

Over 6 years ago my husband and I began our involvement with ECM. We started sponsoring children, volunteering to raise funds for projects, went to Uganda with ECM and now we will start working as missionaries with ECM Uganda. We met the extraordinary staff both in USA and in Uganda. They are amazing! Committed to the vulnerable children, families and communities of Africa. They are compassionate, knowledgeable, committed and most of all love Jesus! We are blessed to partner with them for the kingdom! Thank you ECM for what you do!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been child sponsors for 8 years and visited Haven of Hope in Ghana about 7 years ago where we had the opportunity to meet our sponsored child. We were so struck by the love that the children had for one another and the joy that they had - they really ministered to us and we realized even more how God was using ECM to create a family and a home. it was so beautiful to see what God was doing. About 6 years ago, we became Board members and have had a chance to see how careful the organization is in spending the funds that have been donated and we've been further amazed at how God provides at just the right time and somehow stretches every dollar to accomplish his purposes. It's been a privilege to see how much God is doing not only in Ghana, but in Uganda and Congo as well.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Joe Valdez

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known John and Lorella Rouster for over 20 years, and have been a sponsor for at least 10 years. This organization has helped free women and children kept as slaves, and has taken children off the streets and given them food, shelter, and the love of Jesus. I know that my money is going straight to the people to help them. If you want to give to a good cause that not only helps people and teaches them how to take care of themselves, but also gives them good Bible teaching and points them toward the way to Heaven; this is the cause to give to. God bless all those who are involved in this godly and worthwhile work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If you ever want to get involved with an organization that helps children and families, honors the Lord, and uses your contributions to further this work of the Lord; ECM is what you have been looking for. I support 3 children, and have been extremely grateful to have been a part of this organization for over 10 years. I know where my money is going; to help children in need. And by supporting these kids, or even just donating a sum of money for the work, I know that things are accomplished in the Lord' s name and for the furtherance of His gospel. Women and children who were enslaved in the temples have been freed. Families get much needed food and supplies to help them live and work. But most of all, people are hearing about Jesus and getting saved!! May God bless this work. And may God bless all the ones who are involved with this special ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known the Rousters since they began ECM and am constantly amazed by what God has done through this charity. They spend very little on administrative services because of all the volunteers through the years and have done so much with so little with God's help in multiplying the gifts for His service. Please give generously to this organization so that the services they have provided to the children of Africa can be multiplied many times over. They are tireless workers who give 100% of themselves to the work and those who are carrying on are also dedicated servants of God.

david-cindi_woodworth

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been donors and child sponsors of Every Child Ministries for more than 10-years and we value the reports we receive each month on the impact ECM is making in Africa. From direct outreach to the street children of Accra, Ghana to the active, but quiet work behind the scenes to help free Trikosi slaves, we're both pleased and amazed at the efectiveness of this organization!

Linda422

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has seen and heard much about the passion for compassion that the staff at ECM has for the children that hold their hearts. They truly care, they love, they share the needs and they involve others in their day to day privilege of both bringing help to these kids as well as training them to help themselves. 5 stars for their work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Making a difference to 'the least of these' is what ECM so clearly does. Being not just 'good' but GREAT stewards of the monies entrusted to them reveals where the leadership's heart in this ministry's is really focused. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells of how God has placed eternity in the hearts of men. Eternity will only tell of how compassionately and diligently the work being done thru this ministry has drawn many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ thru meeting human needs. We're grateful for the opportunity to partner with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and have gotten to see firsthand the work ECM does in Ghana as an intern. It is so great and they serve with integrity! I got to see many children whose lives were changed because of the work ECM is doing in Africa. Can't wait to work with them again in the future!

Gennifer

Donor

Rating: 5

We have known the founders, Lorrella and John Rouster for over 20 years and we have been supporting children and praying for this ministry for many years! It is front line, Christian work that truly makes a difference in people’s lives through Jesus and His redeeming love! We are proud to support this ministry and hope others will do so and pray for it too.
Sincerely,
Pastor and Mrs. Scott Johnson and family

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is people truly helping people who are in need and changing lives for the better.
We know the director and family on a personal basis from our church in Indiana and they have done a wonderful, sacrificial and loving job for a long time now!
We are supporters of a young lady in Africa who has written us personally and told us how ECM has helped her family and how thankful she is to our family for being a part of her life.
To read updates and receive the prayer requests from this group of people, you can see for yourself the amazing work they are doing! They truly are making a difference for people here and for eternity.
Thank you!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I attended one of ECM's annual fundraising banquets and was impressed with some amazing facts and statistics. On any given Sunday morning well over 100,000 children attend Sunday School's in central Africa. That's enough kids to overflow the Ohio State football stadium! The Sunday School's they attend are a diriect result of staff training from ECM.

loon2930

Donor

Rating: 5

Have been supporting ECM for almost 20 years. I love what they do and God has truly blessesd them.
They are always in need of more sponsers and support, so I highly reccomend supporting them. Operate with the highest level of integrity and are just wonderful people!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is such a wonderful organization that is dedicated to the call of Jesus to love the orphans and the widows. When I was in college, I was blessed with the opportunity to work with ECM in Ghana. This mission trip opened my eyes to the world and to how much pain and poverty there is in other countries. I firmly support ECM’s mission and values. My heart has been opened for Africa ever since and I have longed to one day again see those babies that I fell in love with seven years ago. Due to financial and personal circumstances, I have not been able to return, but I am so thankful to God for my time there and for the people and children I was able to meet there. Now with this round up app, I pray to bless this organization, which is doing so much good work, in ways I couldn’t before. I firmly stand behind this organization and definitely rate it in top non-profits!!!!!!!!!!!! Love

Donor

Rating: 5

We've been sponsoring a child through ECM for many years. Our experience has been consistently positive through the years. They are dedicated and conscientious. They truly care about the kids they sponsor, the slaves they're freeing, and the education and housing they provide to homeless children. The little girl we started sponsoring many years ago is now 16 and passed her high school exams! We are so proud of her and so glad she has a home with Christian caregivers and educators who support her.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer and as a child and staff sponsor for 25 years. They do a lot with a little and I wholeheartedly recommend Every Child Ministries if you want to be sure your donation dollars are truly making a difference!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this ministry for 25 years, first as a short-term missionary, and as a donor ever since, sponsoring both a pastor and a child, as well as helping with special projects from time to time. This is a ministry that does a LOT with a LITTLE. I always know my gifts are making a difference.

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Ronald21

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a child sponsor and have gone on short term mission trips with Every Child Ministries. They are top notch and use all funds wisely. I highly recommend them to anyone. They use Indigenous staff and integrate well with western volunteers and missionaries. The children that are sponsored are well taken care of and are given quality educations. ECM deserves the highest ratings

1 Bob_105

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Every Child Ministries for over 30 years now! This is a ministry that's given its all to share the gospel with children who would otherwise be looked over, or pushed aside. This ministry is super frugal with every dollar that is donated, so you don't have to worry about how your donations are spent. No fancy offices with beautiful furniture, no huge salaries to meet, just plain, honest people who love Jesus and the children of Africa!

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the updates on the projects that they have going and the different ways to give, either time, funds or specific items. Their diligence and simplicity truly make me feel like I am partnering with them and making a difference.