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From Beggar to Professor — Thanks to YOU!

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

“I never ate fresh food on a clean plate”

That is what Timothy said on his way to the Sweet Home Children’s Village in India. But today Timothy is teaching as a college professor — thanks to your support!

A photo of Timothy

This is Timothy. His life in India began as a street beggar, but now he is a college professor because of your support.

Timothy’s story is an amazing example of how you can dramatically change the life of a child. It also demonstrates how education plays a vital role in preparing a young person to lead a productive life. We’ve told you about Timothy before. We’d like to give another update, because he continues to demonstrate that your investment in him has been well worth it!

As you may recall, Timothy was a beggar at a railway station in India. One day a pastor from the Flaiz School was waiting for his train. Timothy was standing next to him, and the pastor noticed his poor condition. He told Timothy about the ICC Sweet Home Children’s Village where children get food, clothes and an education. He asked Timothy if he would like to go to this home. At first, Timothy refused. but when he saw the train approaching, he picked up the pastor’s brief case and said; “Sir, that is our train, let us go.”

The next morning when Timothy arrived at the Sweet Home children’s village, the staff welcomed him warmly. They quickly found out he didn’t know his last name, the names of his parents or the name of the village where his parents lived. He could not remember anything about his family. He had lived on the railway station platform since the death of his parents. Your donations make it possible for Sweet Home to be a safe haven for children like Timothy.

Timothy grew up at Sweet Home. He attended elementary and high school at the Flaiz Adventist School. After his high school graduation, Timothy studied Theology at Spicer Memorial College (now called Spicer Adventist University). He received a Bachelor’s Degree in 2014 and successfully completed a Master’s Degree in 2016.

Recently Timothy returned “home” and joined the Flaiz College as a teacher in the Theology Department. He is now “paying forward” the support you gave to him by teaching at the same school where he was a student. Timothy is recognized as a good teacher and a talented preacher.
Your support made possible a great transformation in Timothy’s life. He is grateful for the prayers and financial support of his sponsors. Tim is an example of how your investment in ICC’s children is paying a wonderful return as they pay forward the blessing in lives of service. Thank you!

One Donor’s Experience of Sacrifice and Blessing

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The following is a letter sent by a donor who shares an experience of sacrifice and blessing. The donor wishes to remain anonymous.

“We all know that the work of professional people in North America significantly impacts our lives. But a professional in Africa has the potential for far greater influence, and not just in the church, but also for their community and country.

Although a university education in an African country is not as expensive as in North America, it is not cheap. Most four-year courses of study range from $5,000 to $10,000, but some are as much as $14,000.

“After thinking and praying about this, I felt I could not sponsor a university student because I am nearing retirement and am not wealthy. Instead, I chose to fund an ICC student’s secondary education. But the Spirit of God continued to strive with my concerns about my financial future and I felt convicted to trust in His care.

Through a series of providential events, the secondary student that I sponsored began his studies in medicine, and I provided funding for his first year, thanking God for the opportunity, and planning to continue that support until he graduated.

“However, my employment circumstances did change—I was involuntarily “retired” and given a severance allowance. After seeking God’s guidance, I decided to trust Him with my financial future and was convicted to do more, so I provided two more years of support for my sponsored student out of my severance.

Will God provide for the student that I have sponsored? He has so far. Will he continue to provide for my family and me? This is a matter that I continue to bring to God in prayer. I am asking God to enable me to continue to be a source of blessing for my sponsored student and am working to cooperate with Him in any way that opens for me and by actively seeking new employment.

“I am determined to do more, but so far my current situation prevents me. Still, I believe that there are others who would stand in this breach that my personal circumstances have created. Would you ask ICC supporters to consider sponsoring a university student for one year, half a year or even just part of a year?

Every bit makes a difference, so I am praying hard that God will convict other hearts—as He has mine—because I am convinced every ICC student that is sponsored will be a power for good to the honor and glory of God.”

For His Kids,
Anonymous

Please remember that this is a great time to take advantage of supporting the education needs of the children. From now until October 15, your donation will be doubled — up to $30,000! Thank you for your support of “His Kids.”

New Children At Los Pinos

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Guatemala — Los Pinos

If you were to visit the Los Pinos children’s village I think you would be impressed by the various agriculture initiatives and industries on the campus. They are working hard to provide some of the income they need for their expenses.

A thriving chicken house provides eggs for the needs of the children. The extra eggs are sold in the village. We’re hoping to expand the dairy in the near future, again to provide for the needs of the children and have some extra for generating income.

The Los Pinos children’s village has also taken in several new children, thanks to the support you’ve given. In order to better accommodate these children, we’ve been making some much needed repairs to a few of the homes. This includes such things as installing new floors and windows and repairing bathrooms.

A photo of Anselmo

Anselmo

You may not realize it, but bringing in new children has a vitalizing effect on the entire project, much as it does within our own family. Having new children spreads an atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm around the campus.

We recently shared the story of little Anselmo, one of the newest children at the Los Pinos children’s village. I had the opportunity to meet him recently. He really stood out as a special kid. He always had a smile on his face, was very sweet and affectionate to all of us. I could see that he was adapting very well there and seemed to be very happy and comfortable with his new family. He came over to me many times and hugged me with a big smile.

When Anselmo arrived he had a lot of bruises, but, in spite of that, he is not aggressive. In his house he protects the little kids, even though he is also a little kid himself. It’s wonderful to see how quickly kids like Anselmo adapt and begin to enjoy their new family. Kids who’ve never known a real family can now experience

Because Of Your Support — New Children Have Been Accepted At Las Palmas

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Dominican Republic — Las Palmas

Because of your support new children have recently been accepted into the ICC family at the Las Palmas children’s village in the Dominican Republic. I wish you could be on the campus of one of our children’s villages to see what it’s like when new children arrive!

You may be interested in knowing more about the special process involved in welcoming new children. First of all, they are brought to the children’s home where they meet their new mom and dad and siblings. They are greeted warmly and taken in and loved. They are given new clothes and are bathed. If they need medical attention or treatment they receive that. Many of the children are hungry when they first arrive and they receive food. This gives them assurance that their needs will be meet in their new home.

Because of your support, Tomas and Diego recently became part of the ICC family at our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

Because of your support, Tomas and Diego recently became part of the ICC family at our Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic.

The welcoming is not complete until the entire children’s village has the opportunity to participate in a special dedication service for the children and their new parents. During the children’s first weekend, at one of the village worship services, they are called to the front along with their house parents. They are introduced to the rest of the children’s village family and greeted warmly. There is a special dedication prayer for the children and the parents. This service helps the new children realize that they are part of a larger community who also loves and cares for them.

You’ve read in the Que Pasa about the three siblings, Tomas, Diego and Renata, who recently came to live with us at Las Palmas. The last time I heard these children are all doing very well. Thanks to you, these children can now grow and develop within a safe and loving home.

In time they will be introduced to caring people like you who will come along side of them and provide financial support through monthly sponsorship. This is extremely important to them. It adds to their sense of security to know that people who live a long way from them are supporting them and praying for them. The role you play in making the children feel secure is extremely important. Thanks for all you do to make them feel loved and accepted.

Fuente de Vida Becomes A Fountain Of Life

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Nicaragua — Fuente de Vida

It was ICC supporters like you who made it possible to purchase land for the Fuente de Vida children’s village in Nicaragua. Fuente de Vida means “Fountain of Life.” We didn’t realize at the time that the property would have a literal fountain of life flowing beneath the surface. The children are very blessed to have a home on this property, and we’re certain God had his hand in this.

A severe drought has effected the region around our Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua. There is a deep well on the Fuente de Vida property. The project administrators are using the well to provide water to local villages.

A severe drought has effected the region around our Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua. We have a deep well on the Fuente de Vida property. The project administrators are using our water-tank-on-wheels to provide much-needed water to local villages.

The lack of rain has caused drought conditions in the surrounding area. Many people are suffering from a lack of water. But God has provided a wonderful well or “fountain of life” for the water needs of our children plus many neighbors in the community. During my visit it was wonderful to see how the children share their water with others. Water is drawn from the well and placed in a large holding tank on a wagon. The wagon is pulled by tractor into the surrounding area where it provides for those neighbors who are desperate for a drink of pure water.

Because we have this excellent source of water, we are also able to provide for the needs of the dairy herd which in turn helps the cows to produce adequate milk for the children. The extra is sold in the community and provides income that multiplies the power of your gifts. On Sabbath, the milk is donated to the hospital for woman and children.

What a blessing water is to this project and they are quick to pass the blessing on to others. Thank-you for helping to provide such a wonderful place for them to call home!

Las Palmas Receives Visitors

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

While in the Dominican Republic as members of a group participating in a church-building project, a party of friends, organized by Nancy Wilson (wife of Elder Ted Wilson, General Conference President of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church), took time to visit our Las Palmas Children’s Village.

Jean Parchment, one of the groups members, wrote this first-hand account of the group’s visit to Las Palmas.

They toured the Las Palmas campus and spent time with the children and staff. We at ICC would like to thank our special visitors for taking the time to come and see our children’s village.

“My excitement grew as the bus turned into the gate of Las Palmas. We sensed that we were going to meet some very special and precious people.

“We were not disappointed. The director; Samilin Williams met us with warm hugs. Her welcome reflected the warmth and kindness of the staff and children to whom we were introduced.

“I was extremely impressed by the well kept campus. The school and homes also reflect cleanliness, orderliness and neatness.

“I must hasten to note that my greatest joy was seeing seemingly well-adjusted children of all ages, enjoying the care and love of their teachers, director and foster parents in a natural family setting.

“A handsome and very personable young man, a resident since he was four-years-old and now a college student, came to the director and spontaneously hugged her. Wow! I thought, this speaks volumes. What I witnessed truly demonstrated the warm relationship that they share.

“We were privileged to meet a young teacher, one who went through the system of Las Palmas and is now giving back, teaching with love and kindness.

Jean Parchment (at left) and her group visit the school at the Las Palmas Children's Village.

Jean Parchment (at left) and her group visit the school at the Las Palmas Children's Village.

“Las Palmas demonstrates hands-on love of God for His children. I made the trip to deliver gifts but I received inspiration and blessings that cannot be measured by volume, time, money or distance.

“It is reassuring to realize that funds donated are being used as intended. My resolve to do all I can to help ICC projects deepened. This work is evangelism in its most powerful and effective form. Didn’t Jesus Himself declare that ministering to His precious children is pure and undefiled religion?

“Thank you ICC for your vision and sustained support of this awesome work, thank you for the privilege of being a part of your ministry.”

— Jean Parchment —

The Perspectives of an ICC Student Missionary: Naomi/El Salvador

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

One of our student missionaries in El Salvador sent me this letter concerning the torrential rains that occurred in El Salvador during October 2011. I thought I’d share her experience with you.

Noami with two chidren from ICC El Salvador

Naomi (center) who is a student missionary at ICC's project in El Salvador

“Last week [October 9–20, 2011] a terrible storm hit most of El Salvador [60 inches of rain]. Many people lost their homes, valuables, clothing, shelter and food. I joined the campus Pathfinder club and some ICC El Salvador staff to give out food and clothes in a nearby village.

Photo of a flooded road in El Salvador

Typical flooding from the October 2011 rains in El Salvador

“When we got to the church at which we were to volunteer, I saw such a long line of men, women and children! Practically everyone in that town had nothing left to their names. It was such a sad experience to see little kids with shorts on even thought the night had been cold and they each had hungry looks on their faces.

Photo of people waiting for food and clothing during the relief efforts after the Oct 2011 rains in El Salvador

People waiting for food and clothing being distributed by our staff members and Pathfinders from ICC El Salvador

“As we passed out the food and the drinks, the people said, ‘Let’s give a round of applause to Seventh-day Adventist church group!’ And they started to clap for us; it was so touching to see how grateful they were with what little we could give them.

Staff members from ICC El Salvador distribute food to people who lost their homes due to flooding resulting from Oct 2011 torrential rains in El Salvador

ICC El Salvador Pathfinders and staff members serve food to people displaced by flooding from torrential rains in El Salvador during October 2011

“We left the people well-fed and with warm clothes on their backs. I was SO proud of the ICC kids that came to volunteer. By some standards, these kids don’t have much themselves, but they were still willing to share with those who had lost everything.

“As I was passing out drinks, I overheard two men from the church talking about me in Spanish. They were saying, ‘She can’t be a missionary, she is way too young.’

“After a while of listening to this, I approached them and asked why they thought I was too young to be a student missionary. I explained that although I look young, I am 19. Even if I was very young, what did that matter if God wanted to use me?

“The look on their faces was priceless! They thought I couldn’t understand/speak Spanish. So they began apologizing and said they agreed with me, if God wanted to use a young person, why couldn’t a young person be used? I assured them they hadn’t offended me.”

ICC is in the business of letting God use those He has called to serve. Please contact us today if you are interested in allowing God to use your gifts.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Manley
ICC International Social Worker

New Zealand ICC Chapter Established

Friday, July 29th, 2011

[This post was updated on 02 Aug 2011]

It is with pleasure that we welcome ICC New Zealand (ICC NZ) as the latest chapter within the ICC family. ICC NZ is now registered with the New Zealand Charities Commission.

Four trustees have graciously accepted appointments to the new chapter. They are Paul Devine, who has been appointed director; Margaret Saunders who has been appointed Secretary-Treasurer; Pastor Neil Thompson, who is responsible for marketing and Mr. Brent Ennor. ICC NZ has opened a bank account, and Pastor Thompson is working on the marketing material which will soon be ready for distribution. Once this material is prepared, the trustees plan to share the news about ICC NZ around the two Adventist conferences in New Zealand. They tell us that service to others is their motivation.

Here is more background information about the trustees of ICC NZ.

Margaret Saunders of ICC's New Zealand Chapter

Margaret Saunders

Margaret and her husband, Owen, run a successful farming business in the South Island.  Owen is also chairman of the local Adventist Church School Board and chairman of the Bainfield Adventist Charitable Trust in Invercargill, that provides residential care for 50 people. The Trust also provides financial assistance for child and youth-orientated needs in New Zealand. Margaret has been on two ICC Cambodia mission trips, while Owen has been on three, all coordinated by ICC Australia.

Neil Thompson of ICC's New Zealand Chapter

Neil Thompson

Pastor Neil Thompson is the New Zealand Union Conference Youth Leader based in Christchurch. Neil knew Merilyn Beveridge, former ICC Australia Director, from his work as a youth leader in Victoria, Australia. Neil is strongly committed to ICC and its mission and has also been on two mission trips to Cambodia, both of which were coordinated by ICC Australia.

Brent Ennor is a successful businessman based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brent has a heart to help others less fortunate than himself. He has set up a trust called Mainland Christian Foundation. This is designed to assist South Island students to attend the church’s tertiary institution, Avondale College, in Australia and to assist local churches also.

Brent Ennor of ICC's New Zealand Chapter

Brent Ennor

In addition Brent’s eldest son and daughter in-law are actively involved in areas of the third world. Jessica works for ADRA based in Sydney, Australia, after completing an undergraduate degree in International Development. Reuben was one of the photographers for the recent Asian Aid documentary and has just returned from Africa and Asia as part of consultancy on media for ADRA Australia. Reuben is a very talented, creative photographer. This exposure through his family has provided Brent an insight into third world countries and their needs.

Paul Devine of ICC's New Zealand Chapter

Paul Devine

Paul Devine became involved with ICC a few years ago when Pastor Neil heard that Merilyn and Don Beveridge where traveling to South New Zealand and were looking for someone willing to accept the responsibility of starting an ICC chapter in that country. Neil was Paul’s church pastor at the time, and he suggested to him that this might be a challenge he would enjoy. Pastor Neil arranged a meeting between Merilyn and Paul. Since that meeting, plans have been underway to start a New Zealand chapter for ICC.

Paul and his wife Shirley worked for 6 years in the Western Pacific Union Mission based on Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands. As part of Paul’s work as the WPUM Education Director, he traveled through the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati visiting schools and staying in the villages with the local population. As part of his role he also traveled through Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore. Later as a principal of a boarding school in New Zealand, Paul also traveled through parts of Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan.

All four of the trustees have bought into the way ICC operates its orphanages, which they see as a model that offers children the example of how a family was designed to operate. They also strongly believe in the micro-finance programs initiated in various Asia/Pacific countries where ICC has children’s villages.

New Zealand is a very small country, with a population of around 4.5 million. There is a Seventh-day Adventist Church membership of approximately 11,000. Operating a charity within guidelines of the New Zealand government can be a challenge. According to Paul Devine, “For a donor to receive tax deductibility, 50% or more must be spent in New Zealand. As we intend that all our money is to go overseas, minus administration costs, you can see we have a problem. As a result we plan to work with ADRA NZ on some joint development projects.

Paul says that after ICC NZ has developed a track record over several years, “the system” allows them to approach a member of parliament and ask them to sponsor ICC NZ when new entities are being considered for tax deductibility purposes. If approved then all donations would be tax deductible. This is their medium-term target.

It is a blessing to have ICC New Zealand join the ICC family! We look forward to watching and supporting the development of this chapter.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve

International Development Director ICC

Patmos Children’s Village Welcomes Special Guests

Friday, July 15th, 2011

On June 26th, ICC’s Patmos Children’s Village in the DR Congo hosted a special delegation lead by Pastor, W. Nathanael, General Secretary of the East Central Africa Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. According to our village director, Désiré, Pastor Nathanael was pleased with the Patmos Children’s Village and has promised to interest benefactors upon his return to the Division office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Désiré is hoping that there will be a delegation of church officials from the Division and General Conference when the village church is dedicated in October.

Special Guests Arrive at the Patmos Children's Village

The guests arrive at the Patmos Children's Village.

The guests are welcomed to the Patmos Children's Village

The guests are welcomed to the Patmos Children's Village

The Patmos Pathfinders club welcomes the guests.

The Patmos Pathfinders club welcomes the guests.

The Ceremonies Continue

The ceremonies continue.