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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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242 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Richard57

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Kelly48

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

Kathi10

Donor

Rating: 5

I continued to be so impressed with this nonprofit ministry. They are one of the most authentic ministries I have ever seen. They truly give the largest amount of their money to their ministry. The leaders make the smallest amount of money--I don't know how they survive. They continue to serve the poorest and most marginalized, while sharing the love of Jesus. This ministry is the real deal!

Donor

Rating: 5

It is a huge blessing to be able to partner with ECM in the work that The Lord is doing through them worldwide. The accounts of the many lives that have been, and continue to be impacted by this ministry are very inspiring! No better place to invest than ECM!

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Donor

Rating: 5

ECM is doing great works in multiple areas for children in Africa. There isn't room here to list the many lives that have been transformed by this ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is an organization functioning administratively on a minimum amount of dollars like I have never seen (1.7% for 2012!). This is due to the many wonderful volunteers serving the ministry as well as administration staff that is very diligent in watching their spending! We have been acquainted with ECM for many years and have seen them maintain low administration costs year after year; have not seen any other organization that meets that percentage! This is important when contributing to an organization.

Hildred Bertsch

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is an organization that shares the love of Jesus with children (and others) in Africa -- and their use of contributions is beyond amazing! Our favorite saying is "they can get two cents out of every penny" when it comes to the ministry. The monies used for administration are very minimal, as they believe what people contribute is to be used for ministering to the mission field. God is using ECM in a mighty way!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best thing about Every Child Ministries is that they are constantly reaching out to those in need. The directors, John & Lorella Rouster, are eager to help whomever they can, all in the name of Christ. They operate on a small budget, but their service has great consequences. By working with the nationals in Ghana, the Congo, and Uganda, they have helped those most vulnerable to abuse and mistreatment. I personally support their ministry and have encouraged my church family to do so, for over 10 years.

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Lorella 06/18/2013

Thanks so much, Pastor O'Neil, for your kind & encouraging report. We appreciate your taking time to do this & for all the prayers you & the good folk at Mt. Hope have sent up on our behalf. Blessings, Lorella at ECM

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been financial supporters of ECM for several years. The work they do is outstanding! These people minister to ALL those in need, no matter what their situation. Haven of Hope is serving as a home for children, where their spiritual and physical needs are being met. ECM will continue to do this great work as long as all of us stand along side them. Thank God for these people and the work they do.

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Lorella 06/17/2013

Thanks for your review & for your confidence in ECM. Blessings! Lorella

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries is an amazing non-profit organization. They are helping to benefit the children and families of Africa. Their aid covers so much more than just financial. They help these children by educating them, by providing spiritual guidance, by feeding, clothing and restoring families. The list goes on and on. Please consider ECM as you compile your non-profits for giving list. May God continue to bless ECM.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been supporting a child in Uganda, Africa for about 5 years now. It's so good to hear from her. I even get her report cards! I've been a part of ECM since it began, I think. My money has always been used for the ministry. I trust them completely. Dorothy Rex

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm from Arizona. I've known about and supported ECM since it's beginning. I support a little girl in Africa. I'm awed with all that ECM has accomplished since it's origination. Expecially the release of the slave women.

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Daniel45

Donor

Rating: 5

The broad scope of impact this ministry has on the life of Africans is staggering - from helping women bonded in slavery to bringing clean drinking water to villages, to helping young children whose parents have been killed due to war or illness - is simply amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I began supporting ECM because a friend was going overseas as a missionary with them. As I have watched this ministry, I have been impressed with their transparency and accountability with the funding they receive. The use of email to send information, receipts, and prayer requests shows that they are being good stewards of their finances.

But I am more impressed with their desire to serve others that they contact through their work. Both donors and recipients are treated with value.

The frequent updates on their work in many locations gives me current things to be thankful for and to pray about. I feel like 'one of the team".

My friend is no longer serving overseas, but my support for the ministry of ECM will continue as they share the love of God in ways that minister to both the physical and spiritual needs of people who need help.

I whole-heartedly support them and would recommend them to anyone who asks.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I went to Ghana on a mission trip in the summer of 2008 with ECM and spent my time at Haven of Hope. When I went to Haven of Hope, my eyes were opened to how God loves and takes care of the "least of these." through the people who contribute to and work for ECM. ECM loves these children with all their hearts. The children are loved, cared for, appreciated, cherished and taught the good news and hope of Jesus. I saw it. I experienced it. It was real. I met incredible and resilient children who have been through the worst experiences, yet they sing of their heavenly father and praise His name constantly. When I went to HOH, I was expecting to teach the children about God through VBS. Wow - did God show me that I was the one who needed to learn something through these children. These children are simply amazing. My time at Haven of Hope was an experience I will never forget. I sponsor one of the children I met at HOH. She wants to be a nurse. They send me her report cards and pictures that she has colored for me. What an amazing organization. ECM is making a difference. I've seen it. God is good. Thank you ECM!

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have donated to ECM for several years. We now also sponsor a child. We feel they
use all the funds wisely. Their work with the people and children of Africa is outstanding.

Donor

Rating: 4

I appreciate this ministry greatly and thank God that there is a ministry locally that helps such a poverty stricken country. Priase God for Joh and his wife and the WHOLE team at ECM. I pray God will continue to bless this ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been giving to Every Child Ministries for years. In these economic times every penny counts and I am only giving where my heart tells me. I am sure that giving to ECM is the right choice because they are very responsible in how they use their funds. I would recommend this organization highly.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I do pray sometimes for whar ECM is doing for the children.I was prompte4d to go another level in warfare when I learned about the slave shrines in Africa since then I have been praying for all of them throughout the provinces of Africa to be eradicated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became associated with ECM back in 2006 because of their focus on impoverished children in Africa, all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. SInce that time I have had an opportunity to become a financial supporter of this ministry and to sponsor a child in Africa. The impact of this ministry is greater than it's humble origins and low key website would indicate. Although not a high profile ministry, ECM has had a pivotal and lasting impact in several countries in Africa. Long before Kony became known in the international media, ECM staff were in Africa serving thousands of children who were traumatized by his reign of terror, quietly meeting the spiritual, material, and emotional needs of these chidlren. Dollar for dollar, I know this ministry is working amazing things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, because it is the power of HIs Spirit and HIs love that are being shared by ECM missionaries and staff. Although I also support other higher profile ministries involving children, ECM is closest to my heart!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We continue to support ECM with enthusiasm. Every visit to their Hebron Headquarters is encouraging. The knowledge, commitment, and dedication on the part of all leaders, employees, and volunteers is obvious. A good work is being done because of them and their dedication to the forgotten children of Africa is evident. We trust that this work can continue to expand as the challenges they are facing and the opportunities they hope to grasp continue to expand. Jim and Marit Wallin, Downers Grove, IL.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were looking for a non profit organization worthy of our interest. We found it in ECM.

Our first visit to their headquarters was impressive. Operating out of a small frame building in rural Indiana, it was immediately obvious that our donations would not be used for the director's comfort. pride, or anything else except to serve the children of Africa.

ECM serves children in many ways. The most significant to us is Haven of Hope. This is a home where unwanted children are cared for and educated. They are also taught the love that Jesus has for them through His death, burial, and RESURRECTION. We have sponsored a young girl through ECM and have enjoyed observing her growth and developing love for Jesus. She shares a space on our refrigerator and in our hearts with our own grandchildren.

We strongly support ECM as we feel our donations are used with integrity.

Jim and Marit Wallin
Downers Grove,IL

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Donor

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries works to serve some of the neediest people, especially children, in Africa. The stories behind the people they help are heart wrenching, but the hope these people find in Jesus is beyond comprehension. The ministry works with sponsoring destitute children, freeing and rehabilitating slaves, feeding street children, among other things. They are small and don't always have many resources, but they are very innovative and responcible with what God does provide. They are also very greatful to donors, even for small amounts. Most importantly, the workers have great faith and believe in the power of prayer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ECM, Every Child Ministries. is hard to describe in a few words. The work that is done to aid children and families in African countries has touched our hearts so deeply that it is a pleasure to volunteer and feel like we are a small part of something God inspired and blessed. Newsletters report new and ongoing projects on a regular basis - from providing schooling and housing to some children, serving warm meals to other street children, to working to stop child traficing and the practice of giving a child to a "priest" and that child becoming a slave for the rest of her life. The Rousters, as directors of the mission, are personal friends who have such integrity that we know any donations given are dollars stretched to provide the maximum benefit to children in desparate situations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been sponsors of children in Africa through the ECM Mission for many years. It has been a blessing to us to see that the children are attending school, being cared for by loving Christians and will grow to be an asset to their community. Because we know the directors very well as members of the same church, we see the sincerity and dedication they bring to every project that is undertaken.

We have been volunteering at the mission headquarters for several years. As a retired couple there are many opportunities to help out with mailings and fund raisers on an as needed basis. We have met many other workers who share a passion for reaching forgotten and misused children and have grown to love their company.. Although at times it feels like what can one couple do, being a part of something that really is making a difference in the lives of so many is an experience that we will always cherish. We would encourage any one with a heart for children to see how they could get involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with ECM for about 26 years. One of the reasons I love this ministry is because the directors not only use every donation to it's maximun potential but they do it without wasting anything, or being frivolus. They have very few paid employees, so most everything that is done, is done by volunteer help. The fact that ECM has been around for this many years, trusting in God's faithfulness to provide for every need and lead them each step of the way is a testament to God's love for the African people that ECM serves!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with ECM over the years and been a Donor regularly almost from the begining, watched this grow from a basement office to an international ministry reaching many children with physical and spiritual needs. I am presently planning to go with them on a summer mission team next summer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with ECM almost since the start 25 years ago. I have been a volunteer in the past and continue to support ECM with donations, both financial and supplies that are sent to Africa. They are very caring and personally involved with the children they are helping. Presently a group of ladies that I am with are meeting to work on a project that will be sent to encourage the ladies in Africa. I like that a very high percentage of the donated funds are used directly in Africa.

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Donor

Rating: 5

John & Lorella Rouster are wonderful examples of sharing and demonstrating the love of Christ to others. They don't just minister to the many people groups of Africa, but live their lives as caretakers of those who are image barriers of God - everyone!! The countless times that they have personally sacrificed to give and pepare to help others to give of their time, talents, and monies when available to be used as tools to carry and show he love of Chirst to others is what they do and what ECM is all about. They reach the lost for Christ by showing His love and care and sacrifice for us on the cross as they sacrifice daily to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To have had the privilige to serve with and to be ministered to by John and Lorella through these many years has been a blessing to us and our entire family. When they ar state-side the minister in the local church at Hillside Community Church and our grandchildren are now the benefactors of their continued love and devotition to sharing and being the hands and feet of Christ. They are missionaries "as they go" they have always been a "6" on a scale of 1-5 with five being the highest. .Ted Herndon

Donor

Rating: 5

Dear People, We think that Every Child Ministries is a great organization for bringing help and Christian love to the orphans of Africa. They give almost every cent of our donation to the children of Africa and keep us updated with news about all their projects.

Donor

Rating: 5

The ECM website covers their work more than adequately, so I want to share my experiences as a supporter. If my experiences are representative, then ECM not only know the recipients of their help personally, they also know their supporters personally. It's wonderful to be more than just a donor number or an entry on a database. This is so rare amongst charities today, and it's like a breath of fresh air. There are many Christian charities doing good work (and one can see just how good ECM's work is on their website), but what made ECM stand out for me was their treatment of their supporters. Long may it continue...

Donor

Rating: 5

A friend of mine works with ECM in Ghana. i am well pleased with the reports we recieve for ECM showing how they positively affect the lives of the children there. I enjoy the newsletters and prayer calendar that lets me know how to specifically pray for both the workers and the people they minister to in the varioius countries. i would strongly encourage people who want to support a positive-outreach to include ECM in their prayers and financial giving.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Every Child Ministries, lead by John & Lorella Rouster, as directors is a ministry dedicated to relieving the physcial needs of the under-resourced children in Africa. Further they bring spiritual life through the sharing of the joyous message of Jesus Christ.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've met John & Lorella Rouster. They started ECM more than 25 years ago. Well over 90% of the money I contrbute goes to the intended recipients-not to administration and promotion. This has to be the place to get more "bang for the buck" than almost any other organization I'm aware of. You can trust these humble folks! JOHN

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been serving on the board of Every Child Ministries (ECM) for about a year. It is without a doubt been one of the most rewarding organizations I have been associated with in my adult life. The work that the directors, staff, and missionaries do in an attempt to spread the gospel and bring hope to the people of Africa is amazing. Being a board member I hear first hand the work that these amazing individuals perform on a daily basis. This includes digging wells in Africa and performing fundraisers here in the United States. The work that is performed by the entire ECM team inspires me to want to do more for God and other individuals crying out for spiritual and material needs. I pray that donations, support, and the prayers continue so the work in Africa can continue. To God be the glory for the great work that is being done in Africa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with ECM the very first time I met John & Lorella Rouster that I volunteered to travel to Africa with them for two weeks in 2002. It was the most exciting and enlightening experience of my life. We worked on creating an orphanage for the street kids in Accra, Ghana, W. Africa. Visiting the street children was such an eye-opener, and realizing how far a dollar can go in Africa was also a surprise. ECM's devotion and dedication to the forgotten children of Africa far exceeds being commendable...they constantly are striving to do more and help more in more ways. A visit to their website reveals the many areas of their work. I was amazed at how very much they do with minimal help from volunteers. They waste NOTHING. Even scraps of paper are used to print Scripture verses for the kids, and the kids cherish them! It's hard to imagine the hardships, child trafficking, and even slavery, that are present in the lives of so many African children. It is heart-warming to see the improvements and positive changes ECM makes every day...and they give all the glory to God. My husband and I have watched "our" sponsored child grow up in the orphanage since age 3. If you've ever wanted to become involved in an organization that helps children, I can personally attest that there is no better than ECM. If you cannot afford to sponsor a child, they have a "stand in the gap" fund, so ANY amount is always a help and is always appreciated. I have grown to love and respect John & Lorella Rouster, ECM's founders, and their many pursuits, providing the practical love of Christ in so many ways. May God continue to bless the Rouster's and ECM for many years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I served as chairman of the missions committee in a medium sized church. One of my jobs was to evaluate our effectiveness in our giving. I evaluated 20 missionaries, and 10 organizations. Every Child Ministries came out to be the number 1 organizations as far as effectiveness, and low cost of administration. EMC, I tip my hat to you. You are the best. Dave LaBerge

Donor

Rating: 5

My impression of ECM is that of fine stewardship of the provision from the Lord! Secondly, the mission field that ECM serves is probably the most demanding, yet ECM seems to want to be low key. I remember the words from Jesus about "doing the good deed/serving in secret...so that the Father who sees in secret would repay..." May the Lord continue to bless and shine through this wonderful organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed with this organization's sacrificial leadership; they are personally committed to keeping their overhead expenses low. The salary of the highest paid employee is quite low, and that is extremely inspiring to me. I don't have a large income, so I sacrifice a lot to give more. It is important to me to give to a charity with leaders that personally practice that same conviction. ECM is that charity. 96% of their funding is used directly on their good works toward the needy and the oppressed. Live simply so others can simply live. Thank you ECM!

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Donor

Rating: 5

One day I took approximately 5 hours to thoroughly research charities because I wanted to be sure that our donations were being used responsibly. That is how I discovered that Every Child Ministries excels tremendously when it comes to integrity and the responsible handling of donations. They really are an example for other organizations to follow. The administration at Every Child Ministries go without themselves to ensure as much as possible gets to those who are truly in need. Because I know they are making these self sacrifices, I am truly inspired to make sacrifices myself so that I can also give as much as I can.

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Jenny27

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ECM is an amazing organization which works tirelessly to help the people of Africa and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been an ECM prayer partner for 7 years, since a friend volunteered in Ghana over the summer, and have continued to support this ministry in prayer ever since. They are absolutely dedicated to the betterment of the lives of the people of Africa, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Donor

Rating: 5

ECM Africa is an excellent organization. They are doing a vital ministry with children in Africa. They ar very thorough in their outreach and I have the utmost respect for them.

Melissa78

Donor

Rating: 5

My sister was a missionary for Every Child Ministries in Ghana. She fell in love with the kids and was so impressed by how hard all of the volunteers work to keep children safe, cared for, and loved. There is such a threat for children to be sacrificed, abandoned, abused, and neglected, and Every Child Ministries cares for these children very much. They use their resources wisely and take every measure to use God's money where it is most needed. Every email response and interaction with ECM has been so personal and they are so grateful for any help and support they receive. They are making a difference and sacrifice much for the forgotten children of Africa.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Ghana West Africa with ECM for 3 years. I was telling people it was the second greatest experience of my life behind my conversion to Jesus Christ. My wife reminded me it was my 3rd greatest experience of my life.Ministering with ECM in Africa was the the THIRD greatest experience of my life behind meeting Jesus and marrying my sweet wife Leslie.God's mighty hand is on this ministry.They are making such a tremendous impact for Christ.Look at God,He took 2 farmers fron Indiana and is tuirning the continent of Afica upside down. I am amazed that they can do so much with so little.Anyone who goes with ECM on a short term or long term missions trip will never be the same .May Jesus Christ continue to be lifted up through ECM. Maranatha

Donor

Rating: 5

My journey with ECM has been an unusual one to be sure. God called me to this ministry thru another great program called Steer inc. I was told pretty straight forwardly to get a milk cow, so through them I bought a cow and when I was picking a missionary to give my profits too, this one really stood out, children are my passion in this life, I love them, and have a strong desire to show them and tell them that they are precious and sacredly loved by our Great God! So what better way to reach this goal than by supporting those who are sharing the gospel and loving on God's children every day! By milking my cow I am able to do what I would not otherwise be able to, support someone who is carrying out my dream of serving the children, while I am in school and working to pay for that. Someday I hope to be there with them serving my Lord by serving the least of these, but until that day comes I have been so blessed and comforted knowing that everything I can give is serving to further His kingdom and gives me comfort knowing that these little ones are being shown our love, but more importantly being shown the love of their heavenly father. I truly believe that ECM is a beautiful reflection of our Savior's heart

Donor

Rating: 5

It is wonderful seeing the impact our support provides to the children of Africa.

Donor

Rating: 5

ECM does such a great job of taking young children off the streets in Africa an providing them with a home, school and food. They also have raised thousands of dollars to release young women who were made slaves to tribal leaders. ECM has a very low overhead cost (5-7%). They have so many volunteers who provide basic resources to run the organization here in the USA plus providing help and leadership in Africa.

joeym11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tell them all the good works they to to save the children and slave women in africa. They do a wonderful job.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ECM has a true heart for Children. I personally know John and Lorella and they put there whole heart into the African Jewels. They love what God has given them as a mission for Him.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have used another organization to sponsor a child before and they sent a letter maybe once a year. ECM sends a letter from my sponsored child much more frequently. Also, I used to wonder how much of my money got to my sponsored child, with ECM, I know for sure they maximize their gifts to the children and squeak every cent for all it is worth. I love that they take donations of items as well as money also! I may not always have a lot of money but I always have useful stuff to donate!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent about 14 months serving at Haven of Hope- a ministry of ECM in Ghana- which serves the most vulnerable children who have been abandoned, abused, or orphaned. I was so blessed to be a part of these kids' lives through the ups and downs. ECM is doing wonderful work there to provide for the physical, academic, spiritual, and social well-being of the kids. I have personally seen where many of the kids came from and can honestly say that God is using ECM to give these kids hope for a future that they otherwise would not have.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I wish to express my sincere gratitude toward the voluntorily work i am doing as an associate wite Every Child Ministry Ghana.

It has been my heat desire to be a child worker for ages past, and through divine direction of the Holy Spirit i got into contract with Evelyn and though her my ministry as a child worker has started.

I want to say a big thank to you all who responded to spirit of God to bing about this ministry (ECM) and may the good Lord bless you all who have supported in finances, kind and in various ways

God bless you Amen

Though interactions with the children in Ghana i have known that alot of children do not have the chance to hear the wood of God and upon this ministry many children now have the privilege to hear the word of God.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I WILL PRAY FOR ALL WHO ARE WORKING WITH ECM. WHAT AN AWESOME GOD WE SERVE AND HOW THE CHILDREN WILL LEARN ABOUT JESUS AND HOW HE SUFFERED FOR ALL OF US. I PRAY THAT ALL THE CHILDREN IN AFRICA WILL LEARN AND GROW AND WILL HAVE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT OUR SAVIOR THROUGH THE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH THIS ORGANIZATION. MAY GOD BLESS THE WORLD AND GIVE US PEACE.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really like Every Child Ministries because I know it is really helping the kids.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I came to know of this charity through a long time friend... a dear & wonderful Christian woman named Agnes Schoon. After her passing and knowing that she was a volunteer at ECM and had sponsored children in Africa through their ministry, I decided it would be a great way to honor her memory and her good works by sponsoring a child myself. I enjoy the letters from my sponsored child and know that ECM is teaching him not only about the love of Christ but is also helping him with everyday needs to better his life.

Lori

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Lord Jesus told us in Matthew 18 that children are precious to Him and should be cared for and not sinned against. Every Child Ministries has been established to care for children and obey this command of the Lord. Through the establishment of Sunday Schools, through Haven of Hope Home, through trokosi release, etc.

I have appreciated the way that directors John and Lorella Rouster have reached out to the poor and weak with the good news of Christ. Our church has had the privilege of supporting their work over the past decade.

Even though the Rousters are getting older, they are always looking at new and improved ways to care in Jesus' name. I am aware that they have served in DRC, Ghana, and Uganda...and there are probably more that I am not immediately aware of. And seeing their track record, I suppose that if the Lord tarries, they will blossom out into more and more countries through their ministry.

I'm glad to support ECM and our church family appreciates their care. They give us an opportunity to care too. May God bless ECM.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Every Child Ministries when Co-Founders John & Lorella Rouster began attending my church in the 1980's. As I got to know more about them and the ministry God had called them to, I was impressed by their deep love and extreme dedication to the children of Africa. They had willingly left their families and friends to move thousands of miles away to bring the Gospel to children who had never had the opportunity to hear that Jesus loves them. Through these past 25+ years no decision has been made nor any money spent without first wrapping everything in prayer and then following God's leading. The Rousters' lives are a testament to their firm belief that ECM is completely God's ministry and not their own.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We searched extensively online, looking for a Christian organization that is dedicated to helping, teaching, and building up those in need. ECM's team shares the love and education necessary to allow those they help become effective members of their communities.
Additionally, their funds management is spectacular, and the salaries paid are extremely low compared to MOST charities we've heard of online or through TV or any other media. In other words, as a donor to ECM, you are NOT paying for an extravagant lifestyle for the leaders of the organization; most of the money goes straight through to the kids and programs they provide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known about ECM ministries for many years now and am always amazed at how God is using the people in this organization to make a difference in so many lives of not only African children, but also the men and women who have been blinded by false teachings. The hearts of those who willingly give of their time, money, and hard work just shows the love and dedication this ministry has to God and the African people. May God continue to use and bless this ministry.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The true heart of ECM is undeniably for the forgotten children of Africa! In our 15 years of working with non-profits, we have never seen an organization with such dedication to serving the needs of children and using the greatest percentage of each donated dollar to do it.

Their co-directors, staff, board and volunteers are all selfless-hardworking people that simply carry out their stated mission in WORD and DEED to the best of their God-given abilities....each and every day they are given. It is a privilege to be part of what God is doing through His blessed and driven hands and feet from Every Child Ministries!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have related with the founders of Every Child Ministries on numerous occasions and strongly affirm the ministry they are doing in Africa. They have shared at our annual missions conference and our congregation supports this ministry and encouages people to be involved in volunteering and serving in anyway they are compelled to. Keep up the good work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have sposored a child for years with ECM and have been very impressed with the professionalism and integrity of this organization!

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