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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, working for the release and rehabilitation of child slaves, providing training and teaching materials to African churches, enabling them to establish and strengthen Sunday schools and other youth ministries, offering Bible teaching in the schools, and providing assistance to war-affected children. At the discretion of the local churches who know the needs of their community best, the Sunday schools may teach practical subjects like health, nutrition and literacy in addition to character building stories from the Bible. Our goal, as God enables us, is to help every village or neighborhood in Africa that desires to start or strengthen such a ministry.

Every Child Ministries was founded in 1985 after John and Lorella Rouster saw children forcibly expelled from churches because there was insufficient room to seat children and adults at the same time, and because the churches had no idea how to teach the children separately. Our programs have expanded to meet many needs of African children, who will be the future leaders of the continent. ECM is especially committed to children normally marginalized by society.

Results: In 2015, 347 children were supported by sponsors; a very large sea container full of supplies was shipped to Uganda; 76, 604 meals were provided to children; two new sponsorship projects were started in Uganda; a discipleship & training center was completed; 5 homes for grandmothers raising their orphaned grandchildren were completed; four classrooms and a toilet facility were completed; a shift toward sustainability projects took place with the first project, a poultry farm, being started; and over 3,000 volunteer hours were donated to the work of Every Child Ministries.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 221.901

Geographic areas served: DR Congo, Ghana, Benin, Uganda

Programs: Haven of Hope Home for Children & Academy Street Children Initiatives vs. Child Trafficking, Child Slavery, Child Prostitution, Ritual Sacrifice Child sponsorship for education of vulnerable children Vocational training for street youth & former slaves Character Building from the Bible lessons for schools Training of national leadership for children & youth Child prisoners ministry Ministry to war-displaced children Ministry to African children with albinism The Way Home--forever families for orphans, aid to grandmothers single-handedly raising orphans Afayo--community development, educational support & sponsorships

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48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

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!

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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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

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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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.

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.

rosmom

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 spent four months in Ghana as a teaching volunteer with Every Child Ministries. What a wonderful organization it is! I love that ECM works toward employing the native people to help spread the ministry and make it effective in helping the people of the country. Teaching teams included one Ghanaian and one American, orphanage moms were women from the same area, and most local offices were staffed by Ghanaians. ECM is a great organization to support!

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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.








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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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.

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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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!

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.

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

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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