Every Child Ministries, Inc.

Hope, Help, and Dignity for African Children

Hebron, IN   |


Transforming lives in Jesus' name by offering hope, help, and dignity to children, families, and communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

We were reminded in 2020 that as a ministry, we are called to serve God and the children of Africa, and that how we do that often changes depending on the circumstances. COVID-19 has certainly disrupted our usual methods of ministry, but in no way has it disrupted our calling to serve the most vulnerable and needy families in Congo, Ghana, and Uganda. We will continue to do just that, in whatever way possible, as long as we are able. Thank you for partnering with us on this journey.

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Executive Director

Mr. Mark Luckey

Main address

Box 810

Hebron, IN 46341 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Christian (X20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

War, famine, disease, poverty. Each tragedy impacts the lives of children in ways most of us cannot understand or imagine. These children live without hope, struggling just to make it through the day, with little or no reason to get up in the morning or even go on living. By bringing hope through education, training, counseling, and spiritual guidance, ECM helps to make the world a better place for some of the world's most vulnerable kids.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Street Children

ECM's street children programs in Ghana & Uganda help children who are living on the street.  We first make friendly contact with them, then offer free, regular Bible teaching and counseling.  In each country the program develops differently according to the children's needs.  In Ghana our work is with teen street boys who carry items to earn money (load porters). We have an area where we meet for church on Sunday, along with teaching and counseling.  The Uganda street program offers educational assistance to Karimojong beggar children who formerly lived on the streets of Kampala but are now attending boarding schools.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Haven of Hope is ECM's solution for children in crisis in Ghana, W. Africa.  Haven of Hope Children's Home welcomes orphans, abandoned and abused children, homeless street children, children from shine slaves, and others who need a safe, loving shelter.  Haven of Hope works closely with the Ghana Department of Social Welfare, seeking to show the love of Jesus to outcast and downtrodden children, and to help them heal from their hurts in a safe, loving, home-like atmosphere for more than 30 children in crisis.  Haven of Hope Academy, located on the same campus as the children's home, is a boarding school where we seek to meet the academic needs of children from both the home and the community.  The school welcomes children from nursery through Jr. high school, seeking to help them get caught up and develop their skills educationally.  Haven of Hope Academy provided quality education to over 450 educationally deprived children last year.

Population(s) Served

African nationals are trained on two levels in DR Congo.  First, they are trained at our African Leadership Training Center, in rural Congo.  Graduates become teachers of teachers.  Second, others are trained through seminars taught by these graduates.  As a result, churches, communities and other groups are enabled to start ministries to teach and guide the youth of their communities.

Population(s) Served

ECM's Orphans & Vulnerable Children Program targets war-affected children, beggar children, and other needy children of Uganda, with smaller programs in DR Congo and Ghana.  There are two branches to the program--a sponsorship program and a community outreach program.  In the sponsorship program, we seek to find a sponsor to provide funding to assure the child stays in school.  There is also a weekly club for these children to provide them with personal guidance and spiritual care.  In the community outreach program, we provide day-camp like teaching and developmental activities several times during the year for all the children of the community. 

Similar programs in Ghana and in DR Congo assist orphans to stay in school while living with extended family by paying school fees and providing extra help with meals, medical expenses and other needs according to the specific needs of the area.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Way Home is an ECM program in Eastern Uganda that aids "grannies" who are raising orphans. The program helps keep families together by securing land that can be passed from generation to generation, improving housing, improving crops, assuring that children stay in school, and sharing the Gospel.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Widows and widowers

Mwinda means “light” in two of the major languages of Congo—both in Kituba (Kikongo) and in Lingala. (Say Mween-dah) Psalm 119:30 says that the entrance of God’s Word gives light, and the new generation in Congo is urgently in need of that light to lead them in better paths.

The Kituba-speaking people of Congo have had the Bible only since 1982, and distribution has been limited since a Bible is a major purchase for most Congolese families. Even some Sunday school teachers do not have one! The Bible is a big book, and it’s still new to many Christians.

Many of Congo's churches are eagerly teaching their youth the truths of God’s Word, using methods learned from Every Child Ministries’ trainers. Hundreds of thousands of children and youth gather each week in churches in their own communities, all hungry to learn more about the eternal truths of the Bible. Now the constant plea is for Bible lessons aimed at children and youth. To meet this need, Every Child Ministries has now developed The MWINDA Project.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

The Next Step Program provides support for a young adult for three or four years, helping to move them from sponsorship to independence. The program equips ECM's sponsored children for adult life so that they are fully prepared to live on their own once their sponsorship is complete. Children move into the Next Step Program, with staff approval, after the completion of the general child sponsorship program.

Children in the Next Step Program, working with ECM staff, develop a written plan to guide them as they make the transition to a more independent life. The young person may choose to attend university, start a business, or choose some kind of vocational training or apprenticeship to enter a trade. The sponsors are given the option to support the young person through these critical steps until they are fully ready to start life on their own. Once they complete their training or higher education, they move on from the Next Step Program and begin supporting themselves while still receiving emotional support, mentoring, and spiritual guidance from our international staff.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Family Empowerment provides education, guidance, spiritual mentoring, training, medical help, and employment opportunities for entire families, not just one or two children.

ECM staff work closely with the parents to help them develop and implement skills that will allow them to be self-sufficient and provide for the physical, educational, and spiritual needs of their children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Older adults

Wayne and Bonnie Hollyoak's ministry, In HIS Care, finds a variety of ways to reach children who are in need in Uganda. This ministry is a blessing to children of all ages and their families.

* Ministers to a fishing village by distributing jerrycans, long bars of soap, and food distribution.
* Medical Center for Mukuuba Landing Site dedicated on July 21, 2022. This center is a free medical center for the Mukuuba Landing Site in Bwerenga Village.
* Tailoring programs-where students learn and then have opportunity to make money tailoring as they continue learning.
* Cobbler program- students learn shoe making and many leaders from around the country are learning and taking the skills back to teach youth and even incorporating it into their school.
* All about Albinos Program -provides hats, sunglasses, even full outfits and custom-made sun lock and lip balm for children with albinism.
* In HIS Care is in the process of working on free Christian radio and proclamation stations.

Population(s) Served
Widows and widowers
At-risk youth

Beautiful Blessings is a ministry of ECM missionary Sharise Riether in DR Congo. It is a safe place where babies and young children are cared for while their mothers are learning a trade to lift themselves out of poverty. Sharise’s goal is to love and care for children so they know the love of God, combat malnutrition, and have life and joy in their eyes. Sharise explains below how Beautiful Blessings partners with the Tabitha Centers to make a difference in the lives of mothers and children. We have heard good reports from the women and children who are coming. A supervisor for Tabitha Centers said that one woman who was skipping classes because of her child, has started attending them consistently! The Mama told them that it was because she knew her child would be fed and taken care of, so it gave her even more reason to come to her class. Beautiful Blessings is making a difference. The big goal is to open new Beautiful Blessing programs near other needy Tabitha Centers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work


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Affiliations & memberships

STEER, Inc. 1990

Moody Bible Institute 2010

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Every Child Ministries seeks to improve the lives of African children who are downtrodden, neglected or abused and their families by showing them the love of Jesus in practical ways and sharing the Gospel.

Expected outcomes include provision of safe shelter & loving care, churches & families providing loving, Biblical teaching & training for their children, freeing victims of ritual servitude, rehabilitation of victims of ritual servitude & war so that they can make an adequate living, helping former victims learn to live with confidence rather than fear, and providing an appropriate education that will prepare them for life.

We also seek to prevent tragedies that negatively impact the lives of African children, for example, by fighting child trafficking, ritual servitude & abuse proactively.

ECM presently targets vulnerable children in parts of DR Congo, Ghana, and Uganda.

In DR Congo, we have a long history of training church workers in children's ministries, and this continues, using both an intense one-year program and a week-long seminar method.

In Ghana, we seek to prevent child trafficking through a child sponsorship project in an area known to be a hotbed of trafficking activity. This same sponsorship program also helps assure that the children stay in school. We also work closely with former trafficked women and and children, providing training and support.

In Uganda, we work primarily through child sponsorship programs, keeping the children in school and working with their families, and with children with albinism through public education and distribution of sunscreen and protective wear.

Each of these strategies and approaches are moving us toward our goal of improving the lives of downtrodden African children, since each has an immediate positive impact on the children and families involved.

ECM has been providing hope for the hopeless for over 35 years. Our experience enables us to provide the type of help that is so desperately needed. We have connections with many nationals of influence and national groups, developed through many years of ministry in Africa.

We have national and regional offices in each country where we work. Our projects are organized and run by local, trained national staff, with oversight from country directors. We have extensive properties, including lands and buildings both in Africa and in the US.

The US office provides overall visionary leadership and funding through extensive fundraising efforts. The ECM budget has grown by 37% over the past 2 years. We have a committed partner base including donors, volunteers, prayer partners and advisors.

Experienced missionaries are able to work alongside national staff, promoting not only individual projects but also the general work of the ministry in each country.

• ECM has established over 5000 Sunday Schools since 1985.

• Nearly 400 children, in 2021 alone, received spiritual guidance, had medical and other physical needs met, and received educational support through sponsorship.

• In the last year, at least 13 children have completed the program and begun independent lives.

• Karamojong mothers displaced in Kampala, Uganda continued to received vocational training in tailoring, and to date 32 received sewing machines to begin businesses, while 16 of those women have been able to return with their children to their homeland.

• In DR Congo, ECM has established two training centers and developed a training course in all the major languages of the country. We have also taken youth off the street, establishing them with family members or enabling them to become capable adults through vocational training.

• In Ghana, ECM has established Haven of Hope Children's Home to give safe shelter in a loving family atmosphere to children in crisis situations, and Haven of Hope Academy, to provide education to over 400 children in the community and beyond.

• In Uganda, ECM started a pilot program to aid families, providing training, mentoring, and financial assistance to enable them to reach a point where they can provide for the basic educational and physical needs of their own children.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children and families in the African countries we work in that have a hardship of one kind or another, i.e. parents or caretakers that cannot afford to send children to school, struggle with discrimination because of albinism, abandonment by one or both parents, families displaced by drought, flooding, etc., children at risk to traffickers, children on the street, children that have experienced the trauma of civil war, etc.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    For a while we have felt that child sponsorship, while an incredibly effective tool for improving the lives of vulnerable children, it does not come without limitations. Family Sponsorship combats some of these limitations. Family sponsorship provides education, guidance, spiritual mentoring, training, medical help, and employment opportunities for entire families, not just one or two children. In Uganda, we are operating a pilot program to meet the needs of families, with the hope of expanding into other countries in the coming years.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our African staff are able to share their ideas and visions for ministry with both their national and international leaders, and are then given the authority and resources to carry out approved ideas and visions, based on available funding. This process rewards our staff for their creativity, and encourages them to dream big!

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,


Every Child Ministries, Inc.

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Every Child Ministries, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Green

Havensight Consulting

Carl Lane

Wille, Steiner & Brust

Lee Lane

Genetos Lane & Buitendorp LLP

David Bryant

Bryant Consulting Service/Wela Financial

Kurt Minko


Kimberly Minko


Charese Smith

University of Chicago

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/19/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/03/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.