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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.

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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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