Missions of the Church of God in Eastern Canada




International-National Missions Team (IMT)


Mission Statement: Endeavour to share the message and life of Christ cross-
culturally, nationally and internationally, making disciples and assisting
wherever, whenever and however possible as mandated (Matt. 28:19-20).

Purpose: The purpose of the International Missions Team is to carry forward
the missionary work of the Assembly nationally and internationally, and when
appropriate, share in various ministry projects of the Church of God in Western Canada
as well as those of the Church of God Ministries in Anderson, Indiana. This may include:

  • Assisting overseas missionaries and other missionary enterprises.
  • Recommending suitable projects for churches and individuals.

The I-NMT accomplishes mission work in different ways:

1. Through the World Service Budget which is supported by the churches in Eastern Canada.
This budget is presented to the General Assembly at the annual meeting of the COGEC for
approval of the proposed projects. Presently the world service projects support
missionaries and their work in various fields.

“Funds designated for an approved and specified project, ministry or program will be used
for that project, ministry or program. However, when any such project, ministry or program
need has been adequately met, or where such project, ministry or program cannot reasonably
be carried out in a timely manner, the donor agrees that such designated funds may
be used as and where needed by The General Assembly of the Church of God
in Eastern Canada.”

2. Through projects that are self-sustaining like:

  • the Furaha Child Sponsorship Program (FCSP)
  • the Children of Hope Haiti Child Sponsorship Program (COHHCSP)
  • other projects within the countries and areas where our Missionaries are working

Furaha Child Sponsorship


About Furaha Child Sponsorship

What Is Furaha?

Furaha Child Sponsorship Program was established to provide financial assistance for programs to aid needy children in ministries of the Church of God in Eastern Canada outside of Canada. The organization presently has a sponsorship program in Uganda, Sudan, and The D.R. Congo where there are functioning Church of God congregations.

What Do We Do?

Children are the future leaders of communities and countries of the world and of the Church. Many of them have no joy or hope for a good future as they face desperate poverty, lack of education, and disease. Furaha Child Sponsorship Program is committed to assisting in these areas, to introducing the children to Christ, and to providing spiritual nurture. The organization is committed to helping build young lives in Africa in surroundings that will be physically and spiritually healthy, as well as productive in the Church and community. Your sponsorship and donations work hard to help Furaha Child Sponsor Program fulfill its purpose.

Who Are We?

Furaha Sponsorship Program is Canadian sponsored and is also known as the Africa Child Sponsorship Program. Furaha is administered by the International-National Missions Team of The General Assembly of the Church of God in Eastern Canada. The Church of God in Western Canada also supports and participates in Furaha program. Our Coordinator is Julie Wiebe and the Administrator is ken Wiebe. The program has been active since September, 1988.

Sponsorship Program Reports

2015 Furaha Final Report

Furaha-descrip. program 1- update Jan, 26, 2015

News letters

Below is a list of current newsletters.

2016 Furaha Final Report
2015 Furaha Final Report
News on the Nile Jan-July 2014

Countries We Serve In


Uganda is located in Eastern Africa. It is slightly smaller than Labrador in Canada. Thirty-five percent of the land area is arable and productive. Uganda has several fresh water lakes and rivers. It is the home of part of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh-water lake. The source of the river Nile is also in Uganda.

The average life span in Uganda is 43 years of age. This low number reflects the high infant mortality rate (93 out of every 1000 live births) and the death rate from HIV/AIDS related complications. The fertility rate is 7 children per woman. The literacy rate in Uganda is 62% (from the age of 15 and above).

View from the FCSP Leader in Uganda

In Uganda, education is very important. Unfortunately, when you grow up in the slums or in isolated areas and villages or you are orphaned or deserted due to poverty or wars, this is only a dream. That is, unless you become a Sponsor child.

A continuing problem in Uganda is A.I.D.S. Many children have no parents or immediate family to stay with so often children are found abandoned at city centers, roadsides or hospitals. There are many orphans or half-orphans left in the care of a guardians, who are already caring for many of their own or they sometimes are dear old Jajaas (grandmothers) who do not have enough to feed themselves and their own grandchildren.

With FCSP, you can help support a child to assist with education, food, and clothing. Children may attend nursery school, primary school and high school. They may continue in the program until they complete their studies in post-secondary education or until they are married or leave the area of supervision.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

The capital is Kinshasa and the population is 5,717,000. The life expectancy is 48 with literacy percent of 66. Languages spoken are French, Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba and religions are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim, traditional. The currency is the Congelese franc and the GDP per capita is U.S. $600.

Land Area 341,500 sq km (131,853 sq miles) and there are the grasslands of the narrow coastal plain, the land rise into a south-central plateau, and the elevated regions along its border with Gabon. Further inland and north, the land flattens, and is covered by a dense equatorial rainforest. The Congo River, and its major tributaries (the Ubangui and Sangha), nourish the land. The entire river basin is swampy, and often flooded in the rainy season.

Today this land of vast natural resources is one of Africa’s largest petroleum producers, and has significant underdeveloped economic potential. Major weaknesses include a generally poor infrastructure and inadequate health care. Travelers are still warned that journeying to the Congo can be quite dangerous.


Sudan is the largest and one of the most diverse countries in Africa, home to deserts, mountain ranges, swamps and rain forests.

It emerged from a two-decade civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the Animist and Christian south, only to see fighting break out in the western region of Darfur in early 2003. The north-south civil war is said to have cost the lives of 1.5 million people. In Darfur, The UN says more than two million people have fled their homes and more than 200,000 have been killed.

Decades of fighting have left Sudan’s infrastructure in tatters. With the return of millions of displaced southerners, there is a pressing need for reconstruction. The economic dividends of peace could be great. Sudan has large areas of cultivatable land, as well as gold and cotton. Its oil reserves are ripe for further exploitation.

Sudan’s name comes from the Arabic “bilad al-sudan”, or land of the blacks. Arabic is the official language and Islam is the religion of the state, but the country has a large non-Arabic speaking and non-Muslim population which has rejected attempts by the government in Khartoum to impose Islamic Sharia law on the country as a whole.

  1. What is the Furaha Child Sponsorship Program?

    Furaha Child Sponsorship Program is an organization that aims to provide financial, material and spiritual aid to children in the African countries of Uganda, the Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  2. How did Furaha begin and what is its current status?

    Furaha began in 1988 in Uganda and Canada with one little boy being sponsored by the coordinator. It remained this way a few years until the program was further developed, gradually adding children from Uganda. Recently the Furaha program has grown to provide aid in two additional African countries; The Sudan and the Congo. Currently there are over 280 children being sponsored.

  3. Is Furaha affiliated with any church or denomination?

    Furaha is a program of the Church of God in Eastern Canada and sponsored by the International-National Missions Team and managed by a coordinator and administrator in Canada and a coordinator/director in Uganda with the Church of God in Africa. The Furaha Child Sponsorship program is also supported by the Church of God in Western Canada. Both the Church of God in Eastern Canada and the Church of God in Western Canada are affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana).

  4. How can I be involved?

    If you want to participate in the Furaha Child Sponsorship Program you may send funds to assist with child sponsorships, special needs of sponsor children and contribute for annual gifts for each of the program’s children. You can also pray for the program and its leaders, the children and their families. If you want to sponsor a child you must submit an application form and then you will be sent information on one (or more) of the children waiting to join the program or a child presently in the program who needs a new sponsor. You will receive a child’s background information and correspondence from the child should come at least once a year. Usually there will be a photo, a letter and their report card.

  5. How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

    Regular support costs $30 a month to sponsor one child. Sponsors may also include a contribution toward the special needs / gift fund from which a gift is purchased for all the sponsored children in the program each year. Of the $30/month $1.00 is used for administration costs in Uganda and $1.00 is used for administration costs in Canada.

  6. Does this $30 cover all the education costs of the child?

    No, but it does provide for most of it. All kids get a base amount and then receive more as their grades and needs increase. There are additional costs whenever end level exams are given before the child can move on to the next level.

  7. How do they get these extra fees?

    Younger children will not need the total amount of the sponsor fee in the beginning but as they progress their fee requirements increase and the funds that have been sent in for their support will be ready for use as needed. Families also will provide some support if needed but the program also has a special needs fund which receives donations to help with these extras. Occasionally administration funds will be used.

  8. Will this cost rise as the child grows up?

    No, there is a set fee for the child’s support for their entire schooling but expenses can be supplemented with the special needs monies if necessary. These funds are available for any child in the program that needs assistance in this way.

  9. What is the administration fund?

    The administration fund is used to administer the program in various ways.

    • Provides for expenses incurred by the coordinators for program business.(e.g. review trip to Uganda every 2-3 years)
    • Office supplies for correspondence, record keeping, website expenses, etc.
    • Sometimes to assist with support of children in the program who need new sponsors or when sponsors are late in sending in support.
  10. How much of my sponsor fee goes to the administration of the program?

    Two dollars of each month’s support goes to administration fees – $1.00 for Canada and $1.00 for Africa.

  11. What specific benefits will the sponsored child receive?

    The Furaha Child Sponsorship program provides funds for each child’s education and some assistance may be given for relief such as food, clothing, basic medical needs or transport.

  12. How are children chosen for the Furaha program?

    Sometimes children are found along roadsides or in other places where they have been deserted and someone brings them to a pastor, leader or school. Sometimes guardians/pastors/a parent will bring them to the church headquarters in Kasubi and request assistance. The need is then checked out to determine if it is legitimate by contacting government officials or social workers in the area. Children are sometimes referred by the clinic supervisor for consideration for the program.

  13. What is the role of a Furaha sponsor?

    A sponsor provides regular funding to enable a child or children to join the program. It is encouraged that the sponsor correspond with the child/children, mail can be sent to the sponsor office at Kasubi in Kampala, Uganda or to the office in Canada. A sponsor can also pray for the child and the family and for any specific needs that are shared. A sponsor may also send extra for the gift fund and/or special needs fund but this is not required.

  14. Will I be the only person sponsoring a particular child I’m helping?

    Sponsorships occur in various ways: by individuals; by groups, such as Sunday schools, clubs, ladies groups; or by a group of friends who share the cost of sponsoring a child. When you join the Furaha program donating $30/month you enable one child to join the program. You are then sent the information on a child (in the program or from the waiting list) for you to follow through the program and correspond with. Your giving to the program enables that child to join the program and continue until they exit the program.

  15. Will I always have the same child?

    The sponsor may continue with the same child as long as the child is in the program. In the event that there has been a significant delay in the provision of child support, the child may be assigned a new sponsor. If the original sponsor wants to re-join the program they will then receive a new child to correspond with if the previous child has been given a new sponsor to correspond with. If your child exits the program and sponsor continues to support the program the sponsor will enable another child to join the program and the sponsor will be sent the information on that child.

  16. If I must discontinue my sponsorship, what happens to the child I sponsor?

    Please notify the coordinator if you want to leave the sponsorship program. A new sponsor will be found to enable the child to continue in the program.

  17. How long will a sponsorship last?

    A sponsorship lasts until the child is finished their education at whatever level it is pursued, whether it is secondary, post-secondary, or technical schooling. If the child sponsored moves out of the supervision area, gets married or refuses to cooperate with reporting, they will exit the program and the sponsor will be assigned a new child to correspond with.

  18. Are there other ways to help besides sponsoring a child?

    Yes, program sponsors may contribute to the special needs / gift fund or to the general program and it will be used where it is needed most.

    Also, see # 7 & # 13 information.

  19. How can I communicate with the child I sponsor?

    Communication with the sponsored child is done by sending mail through the sponsorship office in Kasubi. It is sent to:

    Child’s name

    c/o Colleen Stevenson

    P.O.Box 1353.

    Kampala, Uganda, E.A.

  20. Will I receive correspondence from/about my sponsor child?

    When you join the program you will be sent the background information page with a photo. The goal is that you receive annually, the communication form that includes a photo, letter and a school report. Some children write more frequently than others and sometimes children are in remote areas so communication is less frequent.

  21. May I send material gifts directly to my child?

    No, you are to send correspondence and personal gifts through the sponsorship office at Kasubi and it will then be distributed to the child. Small gifts for birthdays may be sent in a small bubble package

  22. Is there anything I cannot send to my sponsored child?

    Do not send money or large parcels that require duty payment on the receiving end.

  23. How do I respond to requests for money from the sponsor child?

    Do not feel obligated to respond to these requests since the support they are already receiving through the program is providing significant assistance. Please let the coordinators know of the request as it may be a need wherein it is determined that the program special needs funds can be used.

  24. As a sponsor, how else can I learn about the child I am helping?

    If you inquire of the coordinators regarding the child’s situation, those in the sponsorship office will endeavor to provide the requested follow-up information.

  25. May I visit my child?

    Sponsors have sometimes visited missionaries or traveled with mission / work camps and have been able to visit the sponsored child. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

  26. Why does Furaha place so much emphasis on helping children?

    The Word of God instructs us to care for the needy, the widows, the orphans, the poor and our neighbors. In Africa there are so many orphans and half-orphans who may have nobody to care for them or, they are being cared for by siblings, pastors, elderly grandmothers and guardians and they have no hope of an education without outside assistance. We can’t help everyone but we can help some. With sponsorship we can make a difference in their world and what opportunities they will have with an education and skills to make a living.

  27. What is June Sponsorship month?

    June is the month that has been chosen when the churches within the organizations of the Church of God in Western and Eastern Canada are encouraged to promote the Furaha Child Sponsorship Program. This is a time to share stories of sponsored kids and seek more sponsors for the children waiting for sponsorship in the Furaha program

  28. How important is prayer in sponsorship?

    Prayer is very important – prayer for the families and the children in the program; prayer for the leaders and workers; prayer for financial needs for the various special needs.

  29. Must I hold and practice specific Christian beliefs to sponsor a child through Furaha?

    No, anyone may join the program but it must be understood that the program is operated by a Christian organization: The Church of God in Eastern Canada.

  30. Are my contributions to Furaha, including my sponsorship support and gifts, tax-deductible?

    Contributions for projects within this program are tax-deductible. Additional gifts given or sent directly to specific individuals are not tax-deductible through the charity.

  31. Does Furaha insure that my support actually benefits the child/children I sponsor?

    Your support is for the Furaha program the children are participating in. As long as the child you are enabling and following through the program he/she will receive funds for his/her needs. The program is monitored by on -site of the Canada in coordinator and/or an I-NMT every 3 years as a minimum. A program agreement (with Service Canada Requirements) is in place with the program director in Africa-missionary Rev Colleen Stevenson. An administration Fund policy is in place. Program funds are audited as part of the General Assembly of the Church of God in Eastern Canada. The program is monitored by on-site visits of the Canadian coordinator and/or a Board of Missions representative every three years as a minimum. A program agreement (with CRA requirements) is in place with the program director in Africa – missionary Rev. Colleen Stevenson.

  32. Can I see a copy of Furaha’s most recent audited financial statement?

    There is no separate audited statement for the Furaha Child Sponsorship program. It is included in the financial statement of the Church of God in Eastern Canada which is registered with CRA. Financial information on all registered charities is available on the CRA website.

  33. What is the policy if the program is over-funded or discontinued?

    Funds designated for an approved and specified project, ministry or program will be used for that project, ministry or program. However, when any such project, ministry or program need has been adequately met, or where such project, ministry or program cannot reasonably be carried out in a timely manner, the donor agrees that such designated funds may be used as and where needed by The General Assembly of the Church of God in Eastern Canada.

  34. Who is on the Furaha Sponsorship Program team?

    Ken & Julie Wiebe,  Denuja Navaratnarajah. Coordinator: Julie Wiebe

  35. What is the new contact information?

    Sponsors who send support through the Church of God in Western Canada (COGWC) will continue without any changes.

    Checks are written to: Canadian Church of God Ministries

    Mail to:

    Canadian Church of God Ministries

    Unit 102 4909B – 48 St.

    Camrose, AB T4V 1L7

    All other sponsors write checks to: Furaha Child Sponsorship Program   Mail to:Furaha Child Sponsorship Program  10 Cloverhill Ave Dundas, On L9H 2P2

    Email Address: furaha.africa@yahoo.com

    Optional Payment method:  Make payment through Canada Helps.  (see link to Canada Helps at bottom of web page)

    Please note: If you choose to support through Canada Helps the amount is $31/month to help cover the 4% service charge.


    Children of Hope in Haiti

    About Children of Hope In Haiti

    Children of Hope is committed to raising the next generation of Haitian leaders. Children are Haiti’s greatest resource. Children of Hope is a holistic child care program targeted towards meeting the essential needs of poor and hurting children in Haiti. Our Goal is to provide physical, educational, emotional and spiritual care for every child, so that each one will become a responsible and productive citizen of Haiti.

    Children of Hope is led by Karen Goodyear, who serves as our Canadian Coordinator, and Phylis Newby, who serves as our missionary in Haiti.

    For more information go to the website below:



    Reports & Newsletters


    The Church of God works in conjunction with HELPS International in supporting projects in Haiti.
    Click report to read the summary report.

    2015 Year End Report – HELPS
    HELPS Newsletter Feb 2014

    COH Final Report 2016

    2016 Year End Newsletter HELPS


    Future Opportunities