Child Sponsorship

Divya*, age 15, lives with her family in Nepal, where her father works as both a Nazarene pastor and a brick-layer. This story is all too common for many families struggling with limited opportunities for income.

Every year, Nazarene churches around the world extend compassion by highlighting the ministry of Nazarene child sponsorship.

Being a teenager anywhere in the world can be a challenge. For Siva*, a 16-year-old boy who attends a child development center in Nepal, the last year and a half has been in and out of restrictive lockdowns. 

Instead of growing frustrated, Siva wrote to his sponsor to tell her that he was using the time in lockdown, “as a great opportunity to learn creative things.” So, always a creative soul, Siva is teaching himself how to play the ukulele.  


Emanuel lives in the Dominican Republic. He is 17 years old and a Nazarene pastor’s son who has benefited from child sponsorship.

Here he shares his experience and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This weekend, Nazarene churches joined together to highlight Child Sponsorship Sunday, an opportunity for churches to invite families and individuals (or even small groups) to sponsor a child living in poverty through Nazarene Compassionate Ministries child sponsorship program. 

When Avezi Kilemi got married in his home country, Kenya, this past August, Lois Knight and her husband, Curtis, were able to attend the wedding. Virtually, that is. Because of the ongoing pandemic, Kilemi and his new wife, Caroline, set up a way to stream their wedding, which meant Knight could watch it from her home in Idaho, USA. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a temporary closure of most schools and child development centers around bangladeshthe world. So, what have children done with their spare time?

Read on to learn how two students in Bangladesh are filling their days while waiting for schools to reopen.