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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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230 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jacqueline M G.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended the concert of a Christian Artist 10 years ago who was promoting child sponsorship through Compassion. At the same time, our local Christian Bookstore was promoting World Vision. We decided to sponsor a child then but wanted to be sure that the majority of our money would go directly to that child instead of administrative costs. After doing much research, we chose EVERY CHILD MINISTRIES (ECM) because they had the lowest overhead and had been in Africa longer than the others.

We continue in our commitment to ECM ten years later because this organization remains true to its mission. They utilize wonderful volunteers and various fundraisers to help keep their overhead to a minimum. We regularly receive newsletters and emails but are never bombarded by them. We always receive a prompt answer to any question we might have. We are impressed by the report cards, pictures, and progress reports sent to us on a regular basis. The best part, however, are the handwritten, heartfelt letters and cards that we receive personally from our sponsored child. We've kept them all and have them posted in a photo album! We highly recommend EVERY CHILD MINISTRIES!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that truly does what it promises by helping children achieve a better life now, and in their future. They freely provide proof they do what they promise, and all but the most minimal funding goes to the various project needs for the children.

1 DDDC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to travel to Ghana on a vision tour to see some of their ministries. I was very impressed with all that can be accomplished with two people who said Yes to God. John & Lorella, the founders are truly dedicated to the Lord and the ministry and are two of the most humble joyful people I know. The ministry makes great use of every monetary gift that comes in and I often say they can turn a nickel into a dime. The translation work and Sunday School supplies made by Lorella and John are amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Garry K.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to be a donor to help support the efforts of ECM. They are extremely efficient with the use of the funds they receive on behalf of the children they serve. They kind enough to keep donors informed about the child(ren) donors help to support. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with this organization, given their unsurpassed ethical and moral standards. ~Garry

Becky Wiles Brown

Donor

Rating: 5

Our family has been very pleased to support the Gospel to the forgotten children of Africa through child sponsorship and christian education in native language.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful grassroots ministry to children in Africa. So blessed to be to apart of ECM for many years and be so connected to what is going on. We now are sponsoring a child and never had so much information about her!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I so appreciate ECM's focus on the most vulnerable children in the African countries in which they work. Their ministry comes from the heart and is changing communities one life at a time. I so appreciate ECM's leadership and their years of ministry on the ground throughout Africa. What they are doing is very personal to them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is dedicated to helping the children of Africa learn about Jesus. Lorella Rouster has written Sunday School lessons in the Kituba language that make the Bible stories come alive for these children. She has recorded a radio broadcast that has reached thousands. The headquarters in Hebron Indiana is staffed by people whose goal is to see the ministry run smoothly. Their dedication is exemplary. All of this adds up to an amazing ministry well worth supporting!

loon2930

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization, with wonderful caring people who help children in various parts of africa! You can not go wrong in choosing to support any of their work. Their hearts are all about helping the homeless and forgotten children and to me that is what makes them so special!

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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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Nebr_Girl55

Donor

Rating: 5

I got involved with ECM about 14 years ago. I sponsored 1 child and then 2 children. ECM gives children that would normally be on the streets a good home, a good education and a new lease on life. Many of the children are saved from being kidnapped by Kony.

It's been wonderful to watch this nonprofit grow over the years. They touch so many lives for the better while teaching the Word of God. They save many children from certain death or at the least a life fraught with misery and starvation.

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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen this organization change lives of children and their families in ways I cannot explain.
Poverty stricken and homeless Karamojong children were taken off the streets and rehabilitated. Several children have attained education through the education and child sponsorship program. Through advocacy, Persons with Albinism among other key populations, have had the chance to access education and health services. Every Child Ministries continues to identify the vulnerable children and their families and restore Hope and dignity. To Every Child Ministries, its service above self.

Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministeies is by far the best nonprofit. I was doing research for sometime before I got involved because of so many nonprofits using a large portions of donations to go straight into the pockets of the CEO. My great friend started working for a nonprofit and I asked if he could recommend suggestions to nonprofits that are trustworthy, honest, use almost all my donations directly to the children.
Well, Every Child Ministeies came up number ONE! This is a great organization and I’m sponsoring four children so far.
They are consistent with newsletters every month and sending out personal letters from the children also. I highly recommend this organization! The staff are wonderful, blessed people.
I’m a retired police officer of 26 yrs of service and I did my homework on this organization.

Eric Bobbi Ann H.

Donor

Rating: 4

We chose to be a part of the Every Child Ministries this past year because of their mission and the integrity and transparency in how they use the funds donated to help children in need. We are very thankful for their efforts and look forward to having a long relationship as a sponsor family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with Every Child Ministries because 100 % of my donation goes to the children I support. They are an advocate for the lost, hungry, and forgotten childen of Africa. I also like that the office is local to me and I can see first hand that they are doing a good job, and I can volunteer and feel I am helping in a small way.

Kay DeWall S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe this organization is truly making a difference and improving living conditions for the children.

rosmom

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled to Ghana in 2006 with Every Child Ministries. In the month-long visit, I assisted at Haven of Hope and helped teach classes at local schools. It was a blessing to learn from the staff and local pastors, and to see the good that ECM brought to the lives of the people in Ghana.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries maintains integrity by focusing on the Lord and His work in Africa. The staff is small and volunteers have huge hearts! I love ECM!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been connected to ECMthrough the New Revelation MB Church for about four years now. ECM is such a great part of our Church Mission Ministry. The NRMBC Deborah Circle sponsors a child Vicki and we are so happy to put a smile on her face but look forward to spreading the great new of what sponsorship through ECMis doing in the lives of other children. It is always a blessing to have fellowship with EMC when they attend our mission program every year, as others get the opportunity to hear all about ECM. We look forward to the ECM fellowship in October. We pray that ECM continues to be a blessing to others. God Bless the Rousers for such a great organization and thanks Mark for your direction. God Bless ECM and the work they are doing.

Hortense

Donor

Rating: 5

Just grateful that God let us bump into Mark.
To see the difference a little bit of giving can mean.

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

Dedicated staff. Comitted to their mission. Well run snd careful with their finances.

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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.

Natalie M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I found ECM through a search engine several years ago and I praise God for that day! I love how Christ-centered and child-centered this ministry is. They scrupulously funnel the resources out to the children for their care, schooling, and blessing. I have no worries that my donations are having the direct effect on my sponsored children as has been promised.

I am given periodic updates and recent pictures of my children, as well as letters from them, hearing their progress first-hand. The staff at ECM have been nothing short of phenomenal. Even during difficult financial seasons for myself, they patiently waded through those times alongside me as we saw God provide, not only for myself but subsequently my African angels. I am forever grateful for the kingdom work that Every Child Ministries does and the eternal impact they are making for the lives of countless children and those who love them. ~Natalie M.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I discovered ECM after doing some research online. We where looking for a childrens ministry that focuses on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. We felt led to sponsor a child and ended up sponsoring two. ECM is very good at sending letters, photos and other updates on your child. It has been such a blessing to see them grow up in the Lord. It was also amazing to see how ECM's ministry goes far beyond a childrens ministry. One example is they free women from temple slavery. We know God led us to ECM. May Jesus be glorified!

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

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!

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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.

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

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Incredible nonprofit that is truly changing children's lives in Africa with an amazing focus on sustainability and helping empower communities to become self-sustaining!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor with this nonprofit for about three years. They help provide for Children that are homeless in Africa and provide schooling so they can learn skills to improve their lifestyle. The child I sponsor, Titus writes me from time to time and the charity keeps me informed about how he is doing in his schoolwork. My funds enable him to attend the school. I am impressed with the sincerity, efficiency and caring that this charity exhibits.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting two children thru ECM, one child for over 10 years now. I like ECM because I get regular reports on my childrens' progress and ECM is very easy to reach out to if I have specific needs or concerns. They are very conscientious of the money they are entrusted with to help improve poor and desperate childrens lives in Africa.

Cynthia116

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I used to volunteer at ECM every Friday, and it was a great learning and growing experience for them. They could see how much they truly have and learn to share both time and resources with others. The staff are amazing, too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have supported ECM for over 20 years. Whenever we have a little extra money we try to send it to one of their current projects. We have met the American staff and visited the office. It is unbelievable how these few humble individuals can make the lives of so many children in Africa better in a tangible way, and teach them about Jesus. 93 cents of every dollar is used for the ministry of the poorest African children. They are able to do this because of the many, many volunteers who help in a myriad of ways. But also because the staff is always looking for ways to cut unnecessary costs starting with their own small salaries and humble office. I invite and challenge you to peruse their website and you will be amazed at the many areas where they are impacting the lowliest of forgotten children. You will also recognize the efficiency and clarity they have in addressing projects, people and needs. But most of all, the staff, the volunteers, and the many, many workers in Africa pray all the time and God answers for His children. Every part of the ministry that you see on their website, really happens. It is an amazing ministry.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been donating to ECM, and volunteering when possible for over 20 years. We all have many opportunities to support very worthy causes. I choose to send any extra money I have to ECM for these reasons:

Over several decades of serving forgotten children they have been able to use 94%+ of the donations directly for the needs of the children. (Only 6% is used for salaries and administrative costs) They are able to do this because they rely very heavily on volunteers to do the work in the states; short-term missionaries who raise their own support to go to Africa and minister; and in the African countries the programs are all run by local churches, pastors, people who have grown up in the area and know the people and culture.

Secondly ECM is incredibly transparent and open about all the ministries they are working in. Their website is easy to use and they answer questions immediately if you call their office. When the workers in Africa encounter emergencies like a throw away child, or a child with immediate medical issues, ECM lets you know of the opportunity to become involved in even a very small way in meeting that specific need. You also see the results. They send out newsletters, with pictures, and stories of the children, not statistics - so you are able to pray for faces with names and feel connected with their needs and success stories.

We sponsor one of the children who lives at Haven of Hope and is educated in their school. We exchange letters and pictures with him; are aware of the issues he faces; and feel like we are a part of his life. We receive reports from his teachers and the orphanage, so we know how to pray for him and how to write to him.

We recently helped pack a sea container to go to Africa. It was packed by volunteers. The boxes were different sizes because they were all boxes that had been repurposed and filled with donations gathered and packed by individuals - things like textbooks, medical supplies, toothpaste, sunglasses for the albino children, repurposed tables and chairs for the school. ECM repackages old Sunday School lessons with relevant BIble lessons, pictures of black children and plaques with BIble verses made from old greeting cards for the children to hang on their barren walls. It is amazing how ECM repurposes the castoffs of our society to meet very real needs of forgotten children in Africa.

The founders, directors, and very few paid employees of ECM are not earning their living, working in a non-profit organization. They are passionate about the forgotten children of Africa, donating back to the organization themselves, and taking the smallest salaries possible. The ministry is truly awesome and you feel like a part of a team of caring people

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Marciakay

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughters have volunteered at ECM, and we have supported children in Africa through them for about 6 years. They are the real deal, and every dollar they receive is carefully and wisely invested in the future of women, children and families in Africa. God bless ECM!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries uses every penny wisely, and once people get involved with them, they can see just how much they are really accomplishing for women, children, and families in Africa. My daughters have done volunteer work for them for almost 2 years now, and it is a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I had the privilege of serving for two weeks with ECM in Uganda with the Afayo Project. Seeing firsthand the work that is being done there was so encouraging . I appreciated the true caring and concern demonstrated by ECM staff for each person, whether it be a child in the school or an adult in the community. I appreciated the relationships being built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect.This takes lots of time and lots of listening, and does not happen overnight! I appreciated the focus on sustainability, and the flexibility within the organization to meet needs as they arise. ECM is the real deal!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been with Every Child Ministries for 4 years and feel blessed by everything these great Ministries are doing! So many hungry fed, deprived helped, and sick treated and saved! God bless you for all you do for the forgotten children of Africa!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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David222

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 3

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

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries does an amazing work in reaching out to the forgotten children in Africa. My family has know John and Lorella Rouster, the founders of ECM for many years. It is amazing to me that this couple began as missionaries to the people of Congo and have grown to serve children and adults in Congo, Ghana and Uganda. When others in Uganda were trying to reach out to the refugee children, many who had been forced to become child soldiers, they went to John and Lorella for advise. ECM has many ministries serving street children, orphans, training Sunday school workers, helping women released from slavery. It is interesting and worth reading about their different ministries. Each one started because John and Lorella saw a need; God touched their hearts and a new ministry was started. There are so many organizations trying to help those less fortunate. If you want to help desperate children, you can know that your money and support will be saving these "African Jewels"!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and a casual volunteer for Every Child MInistries for 20 years. Because of my personal involvement I can attest with authority and experience that the organization is rock solid. Their level of financial and personal integrity is beyond question. They operate a huge ministry with a skeletal paid staff here is in the US. Most of the administrative work is handled by volunteers, so that the money can go to the forgotten children and ministries in Africa.

As a child sponsor, I have a relationship with my child. I regularly receive pictures and reports on his school work and behavioral development. As soon as they are old enough they send pictures and letters to you. (English is taught in Ghana) I am currently corresponding with my 16 yr. old child on a regular basis, after 6 years of sponsorship.

I donate to several organizations, but I feel so strongly about the work ECM is accomplishing that anytime I have extra money I send it to ECM and trust them to use it where needed. I could go on and on, but I invite you to view their webpage. It will draw you in and you will be amazed at the things they are accomplishing, and the tremendous needs they are revealing. You will also feel their sincere heart to rescue children and help them grow to love the Lord and live strong independent lives giving back to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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We LOVE ECM. We have been involved as volunteers and donors for about 8 years. We sponsor a darling girl in Ghana. We just got a letter from her today and she is doing well in her studies and talks about the Lord. Very lovely charity to donate to. They go to places other missions have not been able to stay in because of harsh environments. They really make a difference in the areas they serve. They also make you feel a part of their ministry as they send hand-written thank you notes, and you get letters from your sponsored child. We also get updates from our child's teacher regarding her academic progress. They email great newsletters with actual pictures (not stock photos) with details on their work and missionaries. I highly recommend ECM. They are financially accountable and worthwhile.








Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Lana Foster

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Lorella 06/21/2013

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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Beth T.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Lorella 06/17/2013

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

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