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Introducing The New ICC Endowment Fund

Tuesday, February 18th, 2020

Thanks To Franklin Farrow & The Farrow Family Foundation

A photo of Franklin Farrow of the Farrow Family Foundation

Franklin Farrow of the Farrow Family Foundation helped establish ICC’s new endowment fund.

International Children’s Care, in concert with The Farrow Family Foundation, has established the ICC Endowment Fund.

This endowment’s income will provide for ICC supplemental, on-going funding to aid in caring for His Kids.

The Farrow Family Foundation’s investment into ICC’s children — combined with your monthly contributions — will assure our ability to care for His Kids long into the future.

We pray as you do, that stepping out in faith and starting the ICC Endowment Fund, will encourage others to also step out in giving. Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me,” Matthew 26:11.

Another way to say this is, “the poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have”… this opportunity to impact children by means of the blessings Jesus has given you.

While this level of giving is not for everyone, this level of commitment is.

May God bless you as you commit to rescuing children for God’s glory.

For details on becoming part of the ICC Endowment FundForHisKids.org/Endowment/

Or Contact William Hurtado at (800) 422–7729.

A Mission Project for Your Church

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Church Partnership Program Launches

Today, your church can partner with ICC to share in the life-changing ministry of orphan work!

Invite a speaker to share stories at your home church. Ambassadors are willing and eager to share mission stories about ICC children.

Start a mission project. When your church family becomes a partner, they will be gifted a binder that includes all the information needed to begin.

Regular support is the best way to keep active the church’s response to helping hurting children. One church, for example, takes up a weekly “orphan offering.” Many churches have chosen to sponsor a child or multiple children.

There is great potential in working together. Your partnership of love with ICC is proof of that.

Now, we invite you to expand that partnership for the blessing of the children.

Please email William Hurtado, wah@forhiskids.org, and sign up today.

10 Days of Prayer for Orphans

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Keep the prayers ascending for “His Kids” January 19-28, immediately following the world church’s 10-Days of Prayer.

Please join in a special 10 Days of Prayer for Orphans in our ICC Children’s Villages. This event will take place January 19–28, and follows the world-wide week of prayer sponsored by the SDA Church.

There will be a different prayer focus on each of the 10 days. The following are suggested prayer topics…

 


1• Sab, Jan 19 —

Pray for the healing of the “Holes in the Hearts” of orphaned and abandoned children.

When a new child comes to live at an ICC children’s village, he or she is immediately placed in a loving family. Yet, emotional healing does not take place overnight. The pain of being neglected, abused, or orphaned leaves a big hole in the heart of a child. It takes a while for a hurting child to be happy and to feel loved.

Pray for children that are still healing. Pray that they can accept the change that is taking place in their lives and that they will trust the love that is freely given to them.

2 • Sun, Jan 20 —

Pray for the education of ICC’s young school children.

Every child at an ICC children’s village is provided education. Yet, outside of ICC, education is not a guarantee for many children around the world. Those who have been orphaned or abused are even more disadvantaged.

It’s not uncommon for children to arrive at ICC with no prior formal education, or to be delayed in learning because of trauma. Pray that children may overcome these disadvantages, so that they may do well in school. Pray that they may catch up to the grade level for their age and that they will be blessed by their Christian education.

3 • Mon, Jan 21 —

Pray for the education of ICC’s grown children.

As children grow, they must prepare for life outside of the Children’s Village. Thanks to the care of donors, like you, higher education and technical training are possible. It is this “finishing touch” that helps these young people to thrive on their own in the world. Yet, it can be difficult for them to decide on the best way to be independent.

Pray for the young people as they make important decisions about their education and future. Pray for them to do well in school. Pray that they follow God’s guidance and that they become productive and thriving members of the community.

4 • Tue, Jan 22 —

Pray for the children’s caregivers.

It is a true mission to be a house parent at an ICC Children’s Village. Children come to ICC from all different situations and walks of life. Also, each child responds to trauma in different ways. Some children respond to pain by acting out, others by suppressing their emotions.

Caretakers have to be capable, adaptable, and available to many different children. They are truly the on-the-ground “hands and feet” of Christ. Pray that they may have wisdom. Pray that they find comfort and support in this critical mission work.

5 • Wed, Jan 23 —

Pray for the safekeeping of the ICC Children’s Villages.

When we see photos of the smiling faces of our dear children around the world, it’s easy to forget that they live in dangerous parts of the world. Stories of warfare in DR Congo are shocking. Even in Central American countries, the fear of gang violence and political upheaval can threaten the safety of the children.

Praise God for the protection that He daily provides.

Pray that the children may continue to be kept safe from external danger.

6•  Thu, Jan 24 —

Pray for the campus industries.

A thriving industry is an essential way for ICC children to receive the quality, ongoing care they need. The more self-sustaining a project can be, the more consistent the care is for the children.

It’s also an effective way for the generous gifts of donors to be multiplied, giving back to the children. As sustaining industry options are explored and built upon, pray that they may reach their highest potential. Pray that the workers may have wisdom, and pray for a full harvest.

7• Fri, Jan 25 —

Pray that the villages have a positive impact on their communities.
While the main purpose of ICC is to care for orphaned and abandoned children, there is often a secondary mission work to reach out to and positively impact the surrounding communities of a Children’s Village.

Outside of the blessing of adding jobs and income to communities, the Villages also provide opportunities for others to learn about Jesus. Churches have been planted and communities have benefited from the blessings God provides to His children.

Pray that the communities surrounding ICC Children’s Villages come to know and love Christ, and pray that the Children’s Villages may continue to have a positive impact on those around them.

8•  Sab, Jan 26 —

Pray for the administration and staff.

In the words of an old African Proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is especially true at ICC. Orphaned and abandoned children benefit from the personal love of house parents, in addition to love from the administration and staff who bless the children daily on campus.

The on-campus administration is responsible for making sure that children are cared for properly and that the Villages run smoothly.

Pray that their efforts are blessed to have a deep impact on the children. Pray that the staff and administration know that they, too, are loved and are doing good work.

9•  Sun, Jan 27 —

Pray for the governments to realize the need for facilities like ICC’s.

One of the greatest challenges that the Children’s Villages face is governmental regulations.

Many countries where our villages are located receive funding from North America and other developed countries to help with the care of children. The problem is that this funding often comes with the pressure to stop the use of child-care institutions, such as traditional orphanages.

ICC falls into the category of an institution, but it is not an institution in a traditional sense. Children live with parents in a home and are part of a community where they can receive the specialized care they need.

Pray that governments see the difference between traditional institutionalized care and the very personal approach of ICC. Pray that they will see the need for our villages and that they continue to send children to ICC’s care.

10• Mon, Jan 28 —

Pray for the worldwide ICC family.

ICC is only possible because of the many generous donors, like you, who give from the heart. We recognize that it’s not always easy to give and that it often requires sacrifice.
Praise God for those who have given of their time and funds to support the children!

Pray for each donor and volunteer to have joy throughout this new year. Pray that they realize the importance of their support. Pray that they may be abundantly blessed.

 


Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the children. With the start of a new year comes a spirit of new beginnings. That spirit beats in the heart of every child who no longer lives in poverty, fear, and neglect; who now lives in security and love.

The transforming power that comes with new beginnings is proven to be effective in the lives of ICC children, thanks to your support. That will be the case this New Year, and abundantly so, as we pray together each day.

 


Correction: When this story was first posted, incorrect days were assigned to the dates of the 10 Days of Prayer. While the dates themselves were correct, the days corresponding were from the 2019 calendar rather than the 2020 calendar. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Questions Of Importance & A Quiz

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

1. What year was ICC incorporated?

a. 1976
b. 1978
c. 1981

2. How many children have you helped through your support since ICC began?

a. 4,112
b. 5,217
c. 3,921

3. What is the average cost of one meal for one child living in one of the children’s villages?

a. $1.13
b. $0.71
c. $2.11

4. What percentage of the yearly financial needs for the children are given during the month of December?

a. 17%
b. 33%
c. 23%

Answers to the Quiz:

Question 1 = B
Question 2 = A
Question 3 = B
Question 4 = C

Questions Of Importance

A photo of Doug Congleton with several of the children from the Las Palmas Children’s Village in the Dominican Republic

Doug Congleton with ICC kids

I hope you enjoyed learning more about the children of ICC by taking a few moments and going through the “ICC Informational Quiz” above.

It’s always fun and rewarding to learn more about the lives of the children and what is all involved in their various programs.

I hope that one of the questions of importance that stood out to you in the informational quiz was the fact that December is such an important month for the children as far as yearly funding is concerned.

There is no other month that means more to the children than December does, this month actually decides if we even have children’s villages in the coming year.

Yes, it is important for the children. When you think about 23% of the total year’s donations coming in the month of December, it is vitally important!

Isn’t it ironic that we always celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time of year, and now it is also the same time of year that decides how His Kids lives will be saved and changed as well? Just think about that.

I am asking you to prayerfully consider your year-end giving plan this next month to include a very special gift for His kids.

This has been a difficult year financially for all of the projects. We are doing everything we can to try to shore up the financial pillars of each project.

This year we have given lots of effort and time into developing industries at the children’s villages in order to help them financially contribute by offsetting some of their ever-increasing budgets.

This is starting to help, but we just started these efforts, and we are far from making the difference we hope to make in the future.

These efforts take money to initiate, and as always, we work very hard to be good stewards of what comes in for the children. This is why you see an occasional special request letter asking to help support a specific industry in a children’s village.

We always want to make sure that we spend every dollar wisely for its intended purpose.

I also want to thank each one of you for your continued, faithful support on behalf of the children. Your love and support are what keeps the doors open, food on the table, and most importantly, hope for today and a heavenly home for the futures of His kids.

God bless you for everything that you continue to do for the children. I am so excited for the day when they can walk up to you in our heavenly home and thank you personally for what you have done for them each day while we are on this earth. That will be such a special moment for me, and an amazing and rewarding moment for you!

In Service for His kids,

Doug Congleton's Signature

 

 

 

Doug Congleton

Educating For A Brighter Future — Thanks To You

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
This is Claudia. She recently graduated university with her degree in Marketing and International Business. Claudia grew up at the Hogar Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador. Because of people like you, Claudia was able to obtain not only her primary and secondary education, but an advanced degree as well. It is through your support and investment in the future of these children that they are able to receive their education. Education is an investment that will pay dividends now and for eternity.

This is Claudia. Because of people like you, Claudia was able to obtain her advanced degree in business.

Your generous support helps provide quality education for ICC’s children.

Whether it’s four of our girls attending the Adventist high school in Romania, or grown-up children finishing their university degrees in India, Ghana, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Guatemala, or the more than 100 children in the D.R. Congo who are engaged in various levels of instruction, the ICC education program is a ticket to a brighter future — for this world and the world to come.

Claudia is a good example of this. Claudia was only four when she came to live at our Hogar Escuela Adventista (HEA) Children’s Village in El Salvador.

Her father had abandoned the family, and her mother was losing the battle of trying to provide a safe environment for Claudia and her younger brother.

Claudia grew up within the HEA family. She attended elementary and secondary school and was involved in the church program on campus. She believed that a daily relationship with God helped her to make good decisions.

Through the generous support of the ICC family, Claudia was able to enroll in University in 2013. She majored in Marketing and International Business. During her studies, she was twice given the opportunity to travel to the United States for an internship. This was a reward for her good grades.

However, both times she declined the offer because of possible Sabbath conflicts and because of the cost it would have meant to her ICC family while living abroad.

Claudia recently graduated with her degree. She is a testimony to the outcome of your support!

As another school year begins, it reminds us all of the import role that education plays in the lives of children like Claudia.

The cost of education is not cheap. Neither is the cost of ignorance. Your investment in the lives of the children’s education is paying divides now and for eternity.

Please consider making an extra special gift this month in support of education for a child like Claudia. May God bless you for all you do for the children!

Become an Ambassador for “His Kids”

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

A special opportunity is now available for you to become an ICC Ambassador.

As the name suggests, an ICC Ambassador is one who promotes our collective mission to rescue and restore the lives of orphan children.

Many options are available for ICC Ambassadors to share our mission with others.

We will work with you individually and provide you with the tools and training needed to be a successful Ambassador.

Here are some specific ways that you can serve as an ICC Ambassador for “His Kids” —

  • Share the Que Pasa, brochures, and videos with family & friends.
  • Share ICC materials with local business owners.
  • Introduce ICC to your pastor and church leaders. Offer to make a presentation about “His Kids” during a church program.
  • Encourage your Pathfinders or youth group to participate in a mission outreach project for ICC.
  • Plan a fundraising event to benefit “His Kids” such as food fairs, bake sales, car washes.
  • Invite ICC supporters near you to an annual ICC family reunion. If possible, ICC will provide a guest speaker for your event.
  • Represent ICC at your local camp meeting. Displays and materials will be provided, and reasonable expenses will be covered.

You’ll find more information on our website at the ICC Ambassdor page.

Or you may contact William Hurtado directly at (800) 422–7729.

 

Amazon Smile Supports ICC Children!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Do you enjoy the convenience of shopping online? If so, you can support ICC’s mission for children by using Amazon’s special weblink: smile.amazon.com.

You will find the same Amazon interface, and you will have access to the entire Amazon selection of products. What’s special is that Amazon will donate a portion of the price of eligible purchases to ICC!

It’s easy to sign up! Just follow these steps:

How to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Visit smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials
  3. Search for and select “International Children’s Care” as the charity to receive a donation from Amazon.
  4. Start shopping!
  5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile

Thank you for your added support of the children when you shop smile.amazon.com!

 

Charity Navigator Awards ICC 4 Stars

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

There is no higher honor in the nonprofit realm than receiving a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

ICC’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned us a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

This is the first time that ICC has earned this top distinction.

Since 2002, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.

Accountability and transparency metrics, account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, revealing which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

Members of ICC’s staff celebrate ICC being rewarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined.

Members of ICC’s staff celebrate ICC being rewarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator, is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined.

“ICC’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator.

“Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity.”

ICC’s rating is available free of charge on CharityNavigator.org.

Charity Navigator, is the largest charity evaluator in America. The organization evaluates more than 8,000 charities.

Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data.

Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity itself, depends on support from individuals, corporations and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America’s charitable givers.

One of the Most Needed Persons at ICC Is…

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

By William Hurtado

Dorothy Larson has been a volunteer at ICC for 29+ years.

Dorothy Larson

Dorothy Larson is not only the oldest and longest serving volunteer of ICC, she is one of the most needed.

At 94 years old, she has been volunteering at ICC’s main office for 29 years. She has been faithfully organizing volunteers to help prepare the monthly Que Pasa mailings.

What a blessing she continues to be!

There is a lot to tell about Dorothy’s life; but one detail about the times she lived in may exhilarate you.

In 1922, three years before Dorothy was born, the Oregon Compulsory Education Act required that every person having custody of a child between eight and sixteen years of age must send the child to a public school.

Children were being forced to receive instruction from public teachers only. This law, taking away the right to oversee the religious development of children, was bitterly resisted by many, so a suit was filed to have it declared unconstitutional.

In 1925, the year Dorothy was born, the court ruled in favor of faith-based instruction. It said that “the child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.” Pierce, 1925, p. 535

Dorothy’s beginning of life coincided with a historical event allowing children to be educated within a faith community.

Now — for 29 years and running — Dorothy contributes to an orphan-care ministry that operates Adventist schools for children coming from destabilized situations.

These schools teach ICC children about their “additional obligations” — to love God with all their hearts, souls, and minds, and their neighbors as themselves.

Do you think Dorothy’s 29-year investment at International Children’s Care has been worth it? You bet! Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every year, every decade has been worth it. Why? Because every child needs a family. Because every child God has given to ICC needs her. And needs you.

For an educated future and for a faith-filled life, will you continue your dedicated support–alongside Dorothy, and all of the other devoted staff and volunteers–to ICC’s cause? Like a contemporary of Dorothy said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

A Personal Message

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

From Doug Congleton

It was like an electric charge that went from my fingers into my very soul. It was so simple, yet it was one of the most amazing things that has happened to me since joining God’s service for His kids at ICC. Let me tell you how it happened.

I was on the campus at the Las Palmas Children’s Village in The Dominican Republic working with our new industries planning team. Things were going really well, and I was pleased with the work that had been done.

We were working on new ideas and the implementation of the things we had decided to get going previously. As always, we stopped during the Sabbath hours to take time to rest and contemplate the good things God is doing in the children’s lives.

Sabbath morning I went to the on-campus church. At the end of the service I went outside and started walking down the road back to where I was staying on the campus.

As I walked I heard footsteps running up behind me, and then I felt little fingers reach out and take hold of my hand without ever saying a word.

That may sound simple to you, but in that moment, those little fingers touching mine sent what felt like an electrical current into my very being.

This little girl who I had never even been introduced to, ran up and just wanted to share her heart with me in taking my hand and walking with me those few hundred yards.

So, we walked together hand-in-hand down that little roadway until she let go in order to run off to her home to have lunch with her family.

After running a short distance, she stopped, turned back and smiled a huge smile at me as if to say, “Thank you for loving me. It feels so good!” I know my heart felt the same way!

In those brief moments I thought of our many family members of donors at ICC who give so unselfishly and faithfully. God’s people who care enough to make a commitment to providing for these little children each day.

In a very real sense, these are the people that little hand was reaching out to. That electrical charge is something that was meant for each one of you to feel for yourselves.

It’s a moment where time stands still, and you know that what you are doing is the very thing that Jesus wants from you. I totally understand now what was on the heart of Jesus when He told us in His word to “Take care of the widows and orphans.” James 1:27.

It is a responsibility that He left to each one of us to take care of these children until He comes again. It is something that I will always remember for the rest of my life.

These special children need you so much. It is only possible with your help for ICC to take loving care of these children. This is the moment when I believe that Jesus is looking to see who will stand for what is right for His children.

He is wanting to see who it is that will take the hands of these precious children and lead them to His kingdom.