The Beyond the Village podcast goes behind the scenes of international nonprofit Children of the Nations (COTN). Hear from the perspective of the children in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Listen as staff, volunteers, and other partners share their joys and struggles. And explore how all of this is changing children's lives around the world.
The Unbreakable Connection Between Sioux Falls and the Dominican Republic
There’s a side of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, you’ve never seen before. For years, a number of Sioux Falls residents have been faithfully serving the impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic. In this roundtable discussion, Mark Steinborn, Olga Fedulova, and Ann Schellpfeffer explain the strong connection between the Dominican Republic and Sioux Falls, and why Sioux Falls residents keep going back.
Special thanks for music from: “Lastly” by Ketsa (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Refraction/lastly_Master) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0; “Torched” by Ketsa (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/Refraction/torched_stems_Master) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
The Ripple Effect: One Woman’s Decision is Changing Her Family and Inspiring Children in Uganda
When DeAnne Jacobson began volunteering at a local nonprofit, Children of the Nations, she never dreamed she would end up sponsoring multiple kids or traveling to Uganda with her family. It’s been a life-changing experience for the Jacobson family. DeAnn, her husband, and her son share memories from their mission trip to Uganda, and describe the impact they see sponsorship has on the lives of children been given a hand up out of poverty.
To meet children who still need sponsors, go to cotni.org/children.
Special thanks for music from: “Heartstrings” by Dave Depper (freemusicarchive.org/music/Dave_Depper/Compositions_2/Heartstrings) is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0; “The Time To Run” by Dexter Britain (freemusicarchive.org/music/Dexter_Britain/Creative_Commons_Selection/The_Time_To_Run) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; “01 - Warm and stricken by lashes” by Expwy (freemusicarchive.org/music/Expwy/Little_Hand_Fighter/01_-_Warm_and_stricken_by_lashes) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; “Traces” by Hyson (freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0; “Message Received” by Ketsa (freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/May_Starlight_Find_You/message_received_) is licensed CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
How a Medical Mission Team Inspires a Girl to Become a Doctor and Saves the Life of a Gunshot Victim
Ben and Cyndi Levine, a surgeon and nurse, have been leading mission trips to the Dominican Republic since 2011. Their teams always include medical and non-medical team members, and each trip has a huge impact on the local community and the team members themselves. In this episode, Ben and Cyndi tell stories about their blended-team trips, from their terribly-planned first trip to the latest team effort that is healing a gunshot victim and his family.
Want to have your life changed by going on a mission trip? Go to cotni.org/venture.
Special thanks for music from: “Waxing Waning” by Ketsa (freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/May_Starlight_Find_You/waxing_waning) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0; “Falling Sky” by Ketsa (freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/May_Starlight_Find_You/falling_sky) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0; “Internal Backchat” by Ketsa (freemusicarchive.org/music/Ketsa/May_Starlight_Find_You/internal_backchat) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
In an Impossible Situation, Single Moms in Africa Find Help to Transform Their Families
In honor of Mother’s Day, Tabitha and Jenifer—single moms in Malawi—share their personal stories of redemption. Left alone to care for their families, Tabitha and Jenifer could barely feed their children or keep a roof over their heads. Sadly, this is all too common for widowed and divorced mothers in Malawi. There are very few government assistance programs in this African country. At their lowest point, these women learned about COTN’s Village Partnership Program and reached out for help. Now, years later, they explain how this help has transformed their families.
If you want to help support more moms and their children, go to cotni.org/children.
Special thanks for music from: “Try” by Igor Khabarov (freemusicarchive.org/music/Igor_Khabarov/Be_1632/Try) is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0; “Rise” by Igor Khabarov (freemusicarchive.org/music/Igor_Khabarov/Be_1632/Rise_1869) is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0
A Car Crash Almost Destroyed Brenda's Life, These Ugandan Children Taught Her to Forgive
Brenda had to make a hard choice after her life-threatening motorcycle accident. Would she forgive the driver who hit her? Her decision rested on the lessons she'd learned from COTN's children in Uganda, who had survived atrocities of their own in Uganda's war. In this episode, Brenda talks about her time in Uganda, and how learning about forgiveness from COTN's children changed her life and the lives of everyone involved in the accident.
To plan your own trip to Uganda or another country, go to cotni.org/venture today. Or, sponsor a Ugandan child at cotni.org/children.
Special thanks for music from: “Traces” by Hyson (freemusicarchive.org/music/Hyson/Soundtrack_for_the_Weary_Vol_I/Hyson_-_Traces) is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0; “Ode to the World” by Kai Engel (freemusicarchive.org/music/Kai_Engel/Better_Way/Kai_Engel_-_Better_Way_-_07_Ode_to_the_World) is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0; “Tikopia” by Kevin MacLeod (freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Global_Sampler/Tikopia) is licensed under CC BY 3.0; “We All Know The Way (Instrumental)” by The Builders And The Butchers (freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Builders_And_The_Butchers/Instrumentals_1528/We_All_Know_The_Way_Instrumental) is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0; “Northern Lights” by VYVCH (freemusicarchive.org/music/VYVCH/Crazy_Fog/06_-_Northern_Lights#) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0
Grammy Award-Winner George Winston Is Helping COTN's Children through His Music
Grammy award-winner George Winston has dedicated his life to playing music and helping others. He’s best known for his solo piano recordings. In this episode he shares what inspires his music and why he gives back. This year, George will be playing four benefit concerts for Children of the Nations. Go to itickets.com/cotnwinston to purchase tickets for his concert in Mitchell, South Dakota, on May 6. For information about the remaining concert dates in Orange County, California, on August 19; Bellevue, Washington, on September 15; and Port Angeles, Washington, on September 17, contact COTN’s Community Development Coordinator, Kirstie Weeks, at 360-698-7227 or email@example.com.
Special thanks for music from: “Ms. Mystery 1” by George Winston; “Light My Fire” by George Winston; “Carousel 2” by George Winston; “Night Blooming_Carousel 16” by George Winston; “Rekindling Love” by George Winston; “Requited Love” by George Winston
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Incredible ministry and inspiring stories of love and hope!
I love feeling connected to the children and the ministry through these updates and podcasts. Definitely eye opening content and beautiful stories that helps give context to different cultures and experiences of the orphaned and destitute. So thankful for technology that allows us to stay connected to causes we are passionate about all around the world.
It is great to see a Christian organization finally get into this form of media. I am very happy to hear such wonderful podcasting(?) from COTN. Thanks for sharing and keep it up!