One of the greatest joys of sponsoring children is watching them come to know the Lord, receive their own Bible, and mature into a disciple of Christ. Marry’s sponsor has had this privilege for the past twelve years.
By partnering with AMG International, he helped break the cycle of poverty in Marry’s life while giving her the opportunity to prepare herself spiritually, physically, socially and intellectually to become all God calls her to be. Marry is eager to graduate and enter the workforce so she can begin giving back to her village. Many adults in Marry’s community have not received an adequate education. However, with the educational support and skills training, she has received at the Paliparan Child Development Center, Marry will be able to go to college and find an excellent job. With the income she earns, she hopes to help provide for her parents and three sisters and become a sponsor herself in order to support another child in need in her community.
“I don’t know what life would have been like for me if I hadn’t become a part of the center, and if I didn’t have a sponsor. My life is so much better because of my sponsor, and I met God through AMG, and I am so grateful for that. I have graduated and will start college next year. I hope to help provide for my family once I graduate. Be a light to someone and sponsor a child, it makes the difference!”
When Kavya Bhogaparapu was 10 years old, her mother died of heart problems. Shortly after, her father abandoned her, leaving Kavya with her grandparents. Kavya’s aunt enrolled her in an AMG International school in India, and that connection led to her being sponsored by a generous individual. From there, the doors opened for a future with many bright options.
Thanks to her sponsor, Kavya completed junior high and high school and then attended a government-run junior college. Her sponsor continued to financially and prayerfully support her through a nursing program at a regional training center.
Through sponsorship, Kavya received a quality education, books, food, clothing and general support. More importantly, she gained hope and developed a dream to become a nurse.
“AMG International has changed my life … I would likely have stopped going to school to work as a maid to help support my grandparents,” says Kavya, who is now a nurse-midwife at a local AMG International hospital. “I was in a position where no one helped me, but AMG gave me and my family hope.”
Equipping children to live productive lives
Each day, 15,000 children under 5 die from malnutrition and preventable diseases. Those who do survive often can’t escape the cycle of poverty rampant in their communities. To address the deepest needs, AMG International’s field partners operate orphanages and youth development centers in 10 countries. Our ministry also is designed to demonstrate the love of Christ to people in need, while gently guiding them into relationship with the Savior. Children have proven to be more fertile ground for coming to a saving knowledge of Christ. In fact, 80 percent of people who become Christians do so by the age of 14.
AMG International meets the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the children in our programs in partnership with local leaders, churches and like-minded organizations. We employ committed believers and provide ongoing biblical instruction. Kids in our programs exceed the national academic standards in their countries. For example, 100 percent of the kids in our Haiti program graduate from high school and pass the national exam, which opens doors for good jobs and future educational opportunities. Likewise, the majority of the children we serve across our centers rank in the top 10 percent of their classes.
Through our child sponsorship program, we are committed to building a “Bridge to Life” to safely carry children over the rivers of brokenness that have trapped their families for generations. Our holistic approach puts the Gospel front and center, as AMG International national leaders share the love of Christ through word and deed. In short, we equip children to live productive lives, provide hope for a better tomorrow, train up future leaders of the faith and strengthen the local church. In the process, we also provide much-needed support for their families.
Our child sponsorship program addresses the following areas:
Physical care | This includes providing a safe environment for children to learn and be mentored. Basic nutrition and medical needs are addressed, as well as room and board for children who have no home or have no school in their village.
Intellectual care | Children have opportunities to learn arts, crafts and musical instruments through AMG International’s child development centers. They also receive tutoring, vocational training and scholarships.
Spiritual care | This is the cornerstone of our child sponsorship program. AMG International leaders direct children in discipleship, Bible studies, Christian summer camps, and other activities that nurture children’s spiritual growth.
Emotional care | A healthy family life is vital to a child’s emotional well-being. We share the Gospel with families and teach them about children’s needs for safety, education and protection from mental and physical abuse.
Social care | AMG International in-country leaders partner with local churches to organize mentoring programs and other activities that help children build their character and sense of responsibility, equipping them to become thriving adults.