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Dear Friends and Family

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Here is an excerpt from a letter recently received from Lilly Kaligithi, director of ICC’s Sweet Home Children’s Village in India.

Dear Friends and Family;

We have come to the end of the year 2011. We look back with gratitude and praise in our hearts to God for the wonderful way He led us. We are also very grateful to all the ICC leaders and our sponsors for their generous gifts and love. Just look at the Sweet Home Family in the picture and see how happy and healthy the Sweet Home family is. Thank-you again for all your support.

We experienced many happy moments of pride when our children received awards for their high scholastic and winning in speech and Bible contests. We just had graduation for the class of 2012. [One of our boys] who has been standing first in his class for the past ten years was the president of the class. My eyes and heart were filled with tears of joy and pride as he delivered his presidential speech. Wish you were here with me to share this joy. Soon tenth and twelfth class students will be writing their board examinations. Please remember them in your prayers…

We wish you a blessed and prosperous New Year. May you enjoy good health and peace throughout the year to come.

With sincere thanks,

Lilly

A photo of Lilly and the kids from ICC's Sweet Home Children's Village in India

Lilly, the kids and the staff from ICC's Sweet Home Children's Village in India wish you a wonderful new year.

ICC Guatemala Experiences ‘Family Week.’

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

ICC is on a mission to create homes and families for children who have neither. Since 1978, ICC has been creating happy families for orphaned and abandoned children around the world. We often speak of our “ICC family” which includes children, caregivers, donors, administrators and staff in various support offices. At ICC we celebrate family. And what a unique family it is!

One of the special events on some of our campuses each year is “Family Week” which is designed to enhance and strengthen relationships among family members. Joel Carpio, administrator of ICC’s Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala, recently sent a report about the Family Week they celebrated earlier this year. Here is what he said;

The goal [of Family Week] was family integration and unity. The families of the teachers and the administrative team were distributed among the families of the eight children’s homes to support and participate with them.

The activities were both religious and secular (sports). They did dramas, songs, dramatized songs, etc. And in each activity both the children and adults had to participate together.

During the recent 'Family Week' at ICC's Los Pinos Children's Village, one of the families put on a skit involving chickens.

During the recent 'Family Week' at ICC's Los Pinos Children's Village, one of the families put on a skit involving chickens. And a wedding. And a very large pot.

It was impressive to see the acting talent, the participation and the ingenious ideas that the children and young people had and their desire to help their home win the prize. It was a week that we greatly enjoyed, not only the children but also the adults. And even though it was tiring for the adults (the children never seem to get tired!), we enjoyed it so much that it turned out to be good therapy to relieve stress.

One thing that was especially interesting was to see how the relationship between the parents and the children improved, leaving to one side the differences or problems that happen in the home. And that was the goal—that the staff members be integrated to take advantage of the opportunity to promote family unity.

You really needed to have been there to understand the happiness that this week produces. I don’t think there is any comedian who could make us laugh like we did seeing the acting and talent of the children and young people and the creative ideas that they came up with to do things.

One of the activities that was enjoyed the most is the rally. This is an athletic event with skills, coordination and a lot of enthusiasm. This took one whole afternoon. There were ten stations with a judge at each one which oversaw an activity in which the whole family participated. All members of the family had to participate and do the activity correctly in order for the judge to sign off their sheet so they could run and find another station that was empty in order to do another activity. The family that got all ten signatures first won the event. It took about three hours to complete this event.

Families crawl through the mud during Family Week at ICC's Los Pinos Children's Village in Guatemala.

Rally participants crawl through the mud during Family Week at ICC's Los Pinos Children's Village in Guatemala.

This year we had a breakfast competition. One Sunday morning all the homes were given a spot on the campus where they organized and decorated an area where they made a stove, a work table and a dining table. Each home made its menu and they weren’t allowed to take anything that was prepared ahead of time. Again the ingenuity of each person came out and we really enjoyed this event. We had to have a big appetite to enjoy everything that was prepared, and it wasn’t easy to be a judge of this event!

One of the tables and meals from the breakfast competition during Family Week at ICC's Los Pinos Childrens' Village.

One of the tables and meals from the breakfast competition during the recent Family Week at ICC's Los Pinos Children's' Village.

Besides these activities, we had brought special speakers to give motivational and educational talks which were of much interest to everyone during the week.

We have other special activities during the year, including Courtesy Week, Young People’s Week, Week of the Child and also two Weeks of Prayer. But some would say their favorite week is Family Week!

You can see in this report and in the pictures of happy children that family week was a special time to nurture and celebrate families. It also shows that your support of ICC is not about charity—it’s about family!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Dominican Children Provide Church Programs

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Earlier this year, the children at our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic prepared a special program for their church. Samilin Lori, the Administrator, sent us the following report and photos.

The Children of Las Palmas Present a Special Program

The children of Las Palmas present their special program

The Young Peoples Society leadership for 2011 is made up of young people with an adult counselor, Mrs. Samilín. This committee met to see what they could do to get the children and young people to read the Bible in a way that would be interesting for them.

They developed a program which would involve all the children and young people in actively reading and studying the Bible.

The Leadership Committee with some of the presenters

The leadership committee with some of the presenters

The program consists in following the annual Bible reading plan that is included with the youth daily devotional book (morning watch book). In order to interest the children and young people, we prepared a good promotional program ahead of time.

We created four groups for the whole church, called Action Groups. Each group has its leaders, a name that identifies it, a color, a motto and aim.

They earn points for various aspects of the program of the Young Peoples Society, such as:

  • Bible reading
  • Developing and presenting programs
  • Participating in Sabbath sundown worship
  • Participating in Bible games on Sabbath afternoons
  • Preparing social activities
  • Preparing spiritual activities

The Bible year was divided into four quarterly sections. For the first quarter, the final program was a weekend devoted to the Sanctuary theme.

Each group was given a portion of the Sanctuary materials so that they could present it in an attractive and dynamic manner. The groups had to develop the Sanctuary implements/equipment and memorize part of the message that contains the truth about the Sanctuary.

We invited Christian singing artists who gave a special touch to the activity, and each action group presented the portion which they had been assigned.

One of the children as the high priest of the Sanctuary

One of the children as the high priest of the Sanctuary

It was a joy to see how the kids learned portions of the Bible on the Sanctuary theme. This was a marvelous experience for the kids, and they felt even closer to God. During the entire year, the Young Peoples Society has presented precious programs during which the children and young people have developed their talents for Christ.

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

ICC Children Experience Academic Success

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Though school terms in many parts of the world are about ready to start again, we have received a report that eight of our children in Romania where recognized for school achievement in the previous term. One of our girls was first in her class.

It is wonderful to see these children excel. Teachers at the school were asked to characterize ICC’s children who received awards. Here are some of the words or phrases used:

Talented in the arts,
Communicative,
Conscientious,
Curious,
Ambitious,
Honest,
Intelligent,
Sensitive,
Altruistic,
Affectionate,
Respect for teachers,
Get involved in school activities with pleasure,
Where needed, are responsive with a rich imagination.

This is a wonderful tribute, not only to the school and what they are doing for ICC’s children, but also to the dedicated care ICC staff provide to our children in Romania.

One other piece of exciting news is that three of our boys have been accepted into the Adventist High School in Bucharest. These will be ICC Romania’s first high school students. It was quite an accomplishment for each of these boys to be accepted, because they not only had to have good grades from their previous school, but they also had to pass an exam based upon their knowledge of the Bible.

Thank you to all who have believed in and have invested in the development of our ICC children.

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

German Embassy Donates To Los Pinos Bakery

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Note: There will be an update to this post in the near future.

A few months ago, Anabela Alejos, director of ICC’s work in Guatemala City, sent out letters to various businesses and embassies asking for support of the children’s village in Peten. The German embassy responded that they would like to help. On Thursday, September 9, Anabela visited the embassy where she was given a check. The amount was €9,666 Euros which is about $12,275. The funds are to be used for purchasing equipment for the children’s village bakery.

Anabela receives the donation from an official of the German Embassy

Anabela receives the donation from an official of the German Embassy