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January 2013

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The Eye Of The Nightmare
Do you wonder if your sponsorship with, or your contribution to, ICC really makes a difference? Rest assured it truly does.

Recent events in the DR Congo, from even the first days of this new year, continue to show just how important is your continuing support of “His Kids.” Our Patmos Children's Village is located in the eastern region of the DR Congo, one of the most chaotic and evil-infested places on the face of the planet.

Yet, at Patmos, life for our kids is as close to normal as one could expect when living within the chaotic, unstable nightmare that surrounds our project. Because of you and your support our kids can live within the calm that lies at the eye of the nightmare.

Jeffrey Gettleman is the New York Times bureau chief for East Africa and a recent recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on East Africa. Mr. Gettleman has written an excellent article for the NY Times that vividly describes the maelstrom that is that DR Congo.

This article is a personal window through which you will be able to see why your support is so vital to “His Kids.” You really are truly, daily, saving lives.

Read Jeffrey Gettleman’s Article >

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Sponsors Tell Their Stories
A new feature begins with the February 2013 Qué Pasa. We will be offering stories from our sponsors that will tell of how their lives have been personally affected by sponsoring a child through ICC.

Doug Congleton, ICC’s executive director, has written a special message that tells how you may participate in this new feature for the Qué Pasa. Follow the link to learn more.

Read Doug’s Special Message For Sponsors >

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A Special Message From India

Dear Friends:

As you celebrate this Christmas may our Lord’s birth be experienced in your hearts and bring you joy and hope for eternal bliss. Soon we will enter into another New Year, 2013. May the Lord guide and bless every step that you take and every decision you make.

God had blessed Sweet Home in many ways. My heart is filled with gratitude as I look back on what our children have accomplished by the grace of God.

One boy completed Masters in Biotechnology, and received a medal for his outstanding performance, four have graduated with B.Sc. Degree in Nursing and nine have graduated from Academy. They certainly made me proud. I wish to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your great support and encouragement.

“And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11

With best wishes,
Sweet Home Family,
Lilly F. Kaligithi

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Help Our Kids Come Home
Do your kids come home from boarding school and college during holidays and summer vacation? Our kids here at ICC also enjoy going home during school breaks. Unfortunately, the distance that some must travel to get home is significant requiring for some days of travel.

The costs for our kids to travel home during school breaks and holidays is also significant. Joel Reyes, ICC’s director of public relations, has written a letter that best explains our needs for transportation. Please follow the link and read Joel’s appeal.

Read Joel’s letter about transportation needs >

Thanks again for all you do to support “His Kids!”

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ICC Shows Off At The Mall—Redux
Thanks to all of you who stopped by our display booth at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Vancouver, WA, in December and voted for ICC as having the nicest custom Christmas wreaths among all the participating charities.

Unfortunately we did not win the grant awarded to the charity whose wreaths garnered the most votes but we do appreciate your voting. Our booth did allow us the opportunity to further raise awareness for ICC in our local community.

Thanks again for voting and for ALL that you do to support “His Kids!”

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ICC’s Online Gift Catalog Is Now Open!
ICC now has an online Gift Catalog from which you may directly support your favorite ICC project! Your purchase may be from you or as a gift on behalf of a friend.

This online gift catalog is a simple and wonderful way to provide much-needed items for our ICC families. Please take the time peruse our catalog and support our kids!

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What’s In The Next Qué Pasa?
The January 2013 Qué Pasa brings a special message from ICC’s international development director, Kent Greve. In this message Kent relates the importance ICC places on education and how you’re making that happen. Here is an excerpt:

“When you invest in the life of an ICC child through our sponsorship program, you help make it possible for that child to receive a quality education. It may not be in a fancy school with all the latest technological innovations and trendy curriculum approaches, but it will provide the child with the skills and training he or she needs to be a productive, contributing member of society.”

You can read Kent’s article and much more in the January 2013 Qué Pasa. Look for it to be in your mailbox soon!

How would you like to get a digital copy of the Qué Pasa? One that you can read on your computer, tablet or smart phone? Click on the following link and you’ll be able read the Qué Pasa in PDF form. Enjoy!

Download January 2013’s Qué Pasa. >

ICC Logo on a blue background None of this work would be possible without those who have committed their efforts to saving and changing the lives of “His Kids.” The children of ICC want to thank you from the bottom of their hearts for making a difference in their lives.

Occasionally when we call for funds for a specific need we receive more in donations than we requested. In those instances when we have received more money than we solicited, those funds will be placed in “Alcyon’s Angel Fund.”

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Seen The Video Page On ICC’s Website?
You may now view a number of ICC's videos on our website. So please take a few minutes and watch one, or several, of our videos!

Go to the video page of ICC’s website >

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ICC Engages In Social Media
ICC has both a Facebook page and a blog. We would really appreciate your ‘Liking’ our Facebook page and becoming a regular reader of our blog. You may also subscribe to our blog through an RSS feed. The following links will take you to the appropriate online destinations.

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