Change for Children

Did you know that for just a few cents a day, you can help a child attend school in Jima, Ethiopia at no cost to them or their family? We hope you will be encouraged by this life changing outreach as you continue to read and want to be part of this work. For more information about Change for Children or to find out how you can get involved this ministry, please contact Doug Oakes

What is Change for Children?

The Change for Children ministry was started at Westside 10 years ago and since its inception has generated over $100,000 to provide a free education to 100 children from who live in extreme poverty in Jima, Ethiopia. In addition to learning about traditional school subjects, they also receive a daily mean and attend a worship time where they learn about God and His son Jesus Christ. This ministry is overseen by the elders from Westside Church of Christ, and our church provides the sole support for this kindergarten. Without God’s blessings and your support, none of this would be possible!

This School is Changing Lives!

The students attend the school for two years beginning at the age of five. They are provided with a uniform (they wanted purple uniforms which were provided). After two years of optional schooling the students who have attended our school have been selected to attend the government schools. The government is only able to educate about 50% of the children and without the schooling we provide most if not all of these poorest of the poor likely would not be selected to be educated.

Here’s How You Can Make a Difference!

If you want to change lives, simply take a can home and return it to the office or the information booth when you have filled the can. The small change in your can will be counted and you will be provided with a receipt of your contribution if you put your name on the can.

A Helping Hand

Through God’s grace, Westside Church of Christ has raised over $100,000 to provide a free Bible-based education to 100 of the poorest children in Ethiopia.

Did you Know?

There are some incredible ministry programs and projects happening in Ethiopia!

  • 5 Preacher Training Schools
  • 625 Water Wells Have Been Drilled, Providing Clear Water for 2.5 Million People Every Day
  • 5 Schools for the Deaf
  • 2 Computer Training Schools
  • Over 1,000 Students Are Enrolled in World Bible School
  • Amharic Radio Broadcast (Based in San Jose, CA) Reaches 90 Million People
  • Solar Audio Players Have Been Distributed Throughout Ethiopia

These programs wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of individuals and churches like you!

God is on the Move in Ethiopia!

More than 1000 churches of Christ have been established in Ethiopia. Each of these congregations has an Ethiopian minister. The Ethiopian people are working hard in the Lord’s kingdom. We partner with them by supporting them financially. We have been blessed with financial resources which we can use to support one of the poorest countries in the world. There are 2 other kindergartens in Ethiopia in addition to the kindergarten we support in Jima.

If you would like to make a donation, pick up a Change for Children Can, fill it up and return it to the Guest Services Counter or Church Office.

Westside Church of Christ is committed to fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18-20

Join Us In Prayer for the Children of Jima

“May the Lord bless you
and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor
and give you his peace.”

     -Numbers 6:24-26

Get Involved

If you would like to make a donation, please pick up a Change for Children can by the Guest Services Counter, or contact Ron Nickell to learn how you can get involved in this incredible ministry!

To download this update as a PDF, please click here: Change for Children Newsletter.