International Child Care Ministries (ICCM) tackles injustice in the name of Jesus because every street urchin is made in the image of God. Partnering with the global Free Methodist Church, ICCM currently provides education, meals, clothing and basic medical care to 20,000 children in more than 30 countries for just a dollar a day.
Now in its 50th year, ICCM has sponsored more than 100,000 children collectively, but according to UNICEF 2014 statistics, 150,000 children are still orphans. That means these children are more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation through sex trafficking and child labor. In some locations, children can be bought for $3. That’s less than the cost of a drink at Starbucks.
“ICCM is a means of connecting those of us who have more than enough with children in the parts of the world where they just can’t take for granted nutritious meals, education and medical care,” Linda Adams, Director of ICCM, said.
With at least 821 references to the poor, widows and orphans in the Bible, Jesus clearly makes caring for the vulnerable a priority. After all, it was He who gathered the children on his lap, challenging his followers not only to become childlike, but also to care for them.
“God sees our care for vulnerable children as a central act for justice and mercy because that’s His heart,” Linda said.