Spread the Word

| By Tina Tomes | Parenting

This month has been amazing. In Cambodia, children are being brought into a rental home while the permanent facility is being built in Pailin. 26 children have been brought in, data gathered and entered, and matched and sent to sponsors. How has this happened?

Bread of Life Christian Church in Chino, Calif., is not only building the home, but they have also stirred the hearts of their members to sponsor children at that home. This is how we have sponsors for these 26 children so quickly. It is a great joy to me to see so many children sponsored. I anxiously await the day when I can say that we have sponsors for the 163 children/youth in Cambodia, India, Myanmar, and Nepal who are waiting for that person, family, or group that will specifically pray for them, help provide for their physical needs, and walk with them spiritually.

Some only need financial sponsorship for a few months, while others will be at the children’s home for years to come. All of them need prayer support. I am so grateful and praise God for the 279 worldwide sponsors who come through our office for sponsorship.

These 279 individuals, families, companies, churches, or groups are currently supporting 413 children at the homes in Cambodia, India, Myanmar, and Nepal. That is 413 lives permanently changed.

We are in the beginning of a huge growth within Raising Kids. Between building new homes in Cambodia, the expansion to a second location last year in Myanmar, the addition of Mendies Haven in Nepal this year, and future addition of other homes and other countries, we will see many new children coming in for years to come.

We will need just as many sponsors. Please pray with us for the administrative, financial, and personnel needs to be met as this growth happens. My goal is to continually improve the quality of the Raising Kids program, even as it grows in numbers.

I have been a child sponsor through Raising Kids since 2003, before I became part of SEAPC staff. I have some who have grown up and are now adults living on their own. I have others who have been at the children’s home for quite a while and will still be there for a while. I try to encourage other people to sponsor whenever I can. I speak with family, friends, and YOU about sponsoring, because I have been able to personally see how the children are affected by it.

Are you one of our 279 sponsors? Do you share about sponsorship with your family, friends, coworkers, clients, customers, church, and others? Do you need some tools to help? We have sponsorship brochures and other items that can help you. Just contact our office and let us know what you need.

We recently redesigned the sponsorship brochure. The young man in the brochure, Matthew, has been with us for 11 years. His story before coming to the children’s home is heart wrenching, but God brought him to the children’s home and his life completely changed. Yes, he has struggled, but now he is 20 years old and going to graphic design school to prepare for his future. Very soon, he will be out on his own; an example to his country of what can happen to someone’s life when they are given love and hope.

Do you want to become a child sponsor through Raising Kids? It’s easy to do. Just email me at raisingkids@seapc.org or call me at 412-826-9063. We have children who are waiting for you to pray for them and so they can pray for you, too.


Tina Tomes

Tina, SEAPC Raising Kids Director, has been with the ministry for over 11 years. She has served in various roles throughout the ministry during that time. She and her husband, Mark, live in New Kensington, PA.

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