Pigs of Promise

written by June Harvey Flores, ICCM Philippines Project Manager Not everyone would find a pig to be a good gift. However, children looking toward their future schooling think they are a wonderful gift! ICCM Philippines have given pigs for children in Bless the Child Ministries, one of its projects in Panagangan, Agusan del Sur. Everyone was excited to … Read more

Choosing Hope

written by Mark Logan, Northgate Pastor, Batavia, NY (blog excerpt) “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve August 22, 2019 It’s about 6:15 a.m. the door to my room is open to the outdoors. I am listening to the wonderful birds of Africa wake the world. A group of people are tending to their … Read more

A Fond Farewell, But Not Going Far…

Photo of Ann Vanvalen, Linda Adams, and Alma Thompson standing in front of a world map

When I accepted the call of God and the Free Methodist Church to lead International Child Care Ministries, I could never have imagined the joyful journey I was about to begin. Eleven years later, my memories are expansive and glorious! My travels have brought me to exotic lands, beautiful cultures, teeming cities pulsing with life, … Read more

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Six a.m. Wednesday, August 14, do you remember what you were doing at that moment? Around 6 a.m.-9 a.m. (CST), you weren’t aware of it, but during those hours, you, an ICCM sponsor, were being prayed for!

ICCM Director to Serve as Bishop

As many of you know, for the past several months my name has been among those being considered to serve the Free Methodist Church on the Board of Bishops. On July 17, the church honored me by electing me to serve in this role, along with two fine colleagues, Keith Cowart and Matt Whitehead. I’m humbled, amazed and grateful that my Lord has seen fit to entrust to me this leadership responsibility.

I’m back!

After 28 years of serving the Free Methodist Church, first as a pastor then for the past 10½ years at ICCM, I took a six-week mini sabbatical. For one week, I was in a silent retreat at an abbey in the Coronado National Forest of Arizona. I watched the sun rise silently over these mountains every morning, and then I went to chapel and let the sound of Psalms being sung wash over me. I read six books, journaled, prayed, exercised and rested. It was wonderful! The other weeks were filled with rejuvenating time with dear friends … and more exercise and rest in beautiful Arizona.

Thrive Kenya Supports Days for Girls

Thrive, a group of young women in Kenya who are raising awareness of gender based violence, human trafficking and ways to connect survivors to services, has been traveling to International Child Care Ministries schools to talk with and educate girls about Days for Girls (menstrual health and sanitation).     Violet reports, “The Days for Girls was such … Read more

When a Sponsored Child Gives Back

Achiever. Leader. Teachable. Dependable. These are the qualities that define an 18-year-old ICCM scholar, Sheila May Bayanban. She has been sponsored for 11 straight years, and while being a sponsored child she has become a role model to the younger generation in their hostel in Saloy, Calinan, Philippines.   She expresses how thankful she is … Read more