Stepping Out – October 2013

Dear Friends & Family,

Your prayers and notes of encouragement have been such a blessing! Your partnership means so much to us. Thank you for praying for our ministry for the children.   Here’s some exciting news!

Francis – High School Senior
Our sponsored teen, Francis, is beginning his senior year at the International Christian Academy in Malawi and is so excited. He recently wrote, “I am expecting to sit for my final exam in 2014. I am working harder to achieve my goals of being an electrical engineer.”

Francis lost his parents to famine in 1996 and we began sponsoring him in 2004. God has transformed a shy, orphaned boy into a grateful teenager, studying hard to pass his exams for entrance into Electrical Engineering College. We hope to visit him at his college graduation in 3 years.

2004 - We met Francis for the first time
2013 - Francis as a senior attending I.C.A.
Good News – Children of the Nations is still growing!!!
COTN continues to prove good stewardship with stellar financial audits, continued membership in the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability (ECFA) and a continued 4-star rating by Charity Navigator.  We have seen a 10% growth in total donations in 2013.

This past January, all of the behind-the-scenes gift processing was switched to a new database system and this included some unique challenges. With the Lord’s help, COTN has been able to overcome most of these challenges. Please continue to pray for our efforts to minimize the remaining hurdles by the end of this year. Your support has been crucial and so encouraging during this time.

Dominican Republic / Haiti Trip in March 2014
Many of you remember our hope to visit Sierra Leone in 2012, then possibly a trip to the DR in 2013. For various reasons, including an increased workload due to ministry growth (a great thing), we have left the trip plans to God to confirm…and He has!

Our team will serve in a variety of ways - staff training for Finance and Resources, some medical and facility projects and a First Aid/CPR training seminar. Trip costs are $2,500 per person. We are so looking forward to visiting the university students, who were still in elementary during our last visit 7 years ago.  

Your investment makes a difference!
Please CLICK HERE to support our trip and monthly support! 
Thank you!

Current prayer requests:
1)      31 more families or individuals to join our monthly support team.  We currently have 39 monthly supporters.  Thank you!
2)      Increased monthly support.  We currently need $1,000 more per month to reach our personal goal of funding our ministry in Finance and Resources.
3)     Special gifts toward our DR/Haiti Trip planned for March 2014.
4)     Wisdom for planning and budgeting for 2014 ministry goals – personal, USA and COTN Countries.

For the children,
Dave & Reneé Schertzer 
Serving with Children of the Nations

360-536-2277 cell                         360-698-7227 office

Your investment makes a difference!
Please CLICK HERE to support our trip and monthly support! 
Thank you!