March 23

Posted by: Linda Mason

Children of Promise cordially invites you to two events that will celebrate 25 years of giving hope to over 12,000 children in 29 countries in the world.

Children of Promise will host a reception in Anderson, Indiana on June 17, 2017 and a banquet in Wichita, Kansas at the Church of God Convention on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

At 21 years of age, Jewel Leodones works as a Protocol Officer for the newly elected president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.  Jewel likely did not envision working in the President’s office when she was sponsored through Children of Promise at five years old.  As a sponsored child, Jewel received assistance with her education, nutrition, medical care and spiritual nurture.  She was encouraged and nurtured by her church family and Children of Promise staff  in The Philippines.  She performed well in school which opened the door to studying consular and diplomatic affairs at the prestigious De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde in Manila.

She continues to teach Sunday School to young children at her church in Tondo, Manila.  In 2012 she became the National Youth Coordinator for the Church of God in The Philippines.  She will share her story at both COP 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

Reception – Children of Promise will host a reception on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Madison Park Church of God.  Light refreshments will be served.  Jewel Leodones will share about her life as a sponsored child through Children of Promise.  Alanna Story band will share in concert.  Sisters Ally West and Anna Hodge grew up in a musical family and were steeped in Church of God history.  They, their husbands, Stephen West and Ben Hodge, and friend Joel Burkhead round out the band.  Alanna Story began a partnership with Children of Promise in 2016.  They visited the COP sponsored children in Ecuador with Dr. Paul Maxfield, executive director, and thoroughly immersed themselves with the children.  In late 2016, they began presenting children who need to be sponsored to their concert audiences.

If you plan to attend the 25th Anniversary Reception, please email cop@echildrenofpromise.org or drop us a line to Children of Promise, PO Box 2316, Anderson IN 46018 and tell us how many people will be attending with you.  This will help us in preparing for the evening.

Banquet – Children of Promise will host a banquet at the Church of God Convention on Wednesday, June 21, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM. (Doors open at 4:15 PM) at Central Community Church Activities Room.  A meal will be served (menu listed below) after which Jewel Leodones will share about her life in The Philippines and the impact Children of Promise has had on her.  The following missionaries working with Children of Promise programs will be in attendance:  Bobby Mishill (Cote d’Ivoire), Jenny will be in Indiana awaiting the birth of their second child; Jon & Karen Lambert (Ecuador), retiring; and Corey & Abby Stocksdale (Botswana – our 30th country).

Buffet meal being served:  Sautéed Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce, Beef Tips, Twice Baked Potatoes with Cheese & Bacon Topping, Fresh Grilled Vegetables, and Assorted Pies.

Banquet Cost:     $25  Adults     $10 Children under 12 years old

(Price covers the cost of the meal and bringing our international guest.)


Reservations  (Final deadline is June 11, 2017)

  • By Credit Card – Online
  • By US Postal Mail:  To order your tickets by US Postal Mail (final deadline – must arrive by June 11, 2017), make your check or money order payable to Children of Promise.  With your check, send a paper that this donation is for the 25th Anniversary Banquet and list all of the people for whom you are purchasing a ticket.  IMPORTANT – List any dietary restrictions the person(s) may have (beside his/her name).  Example:  Vegetarian, Gluten Free, etc.  
  • By Phone:  Call 765.648.2190 and tell the receptionist you want to purchase a 25th Anniversary Banquet ticket.  Please have your Debit or Credit Card available for the purchase.  You will be asked for the names of the people for whom you are purchasing a ticket.   IMPORTANT – Please tell the receptionist if there are any dietary restrictions the person(s) may have.  Example:  Vegetarian, Gluten Free, etc.