What's New
CBC Walking Party
Please join us as we walk to up-beat music in Clarke Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00a.m. to approximately 8:45a.m.We do a warm-up, walk a couple miles, do a cool down, then a few floor exercises to tone arms, legs, abs, chest and back. We are a fun bunch! Collectively, we’ve walked thousands of miles together! Please join us! Questions? Contact Peggy Burse.

Ladies’ Breakfast
Ladies Breakfast will be held Thursday, August 30th at 9 a.m. at Slice of Heaven. All CBC ladies welcome!  

Little Dresses for Africa
The mission of “Little Dresses for Africa” is to provide relief to children of Africa, by distributing home-made dresses to little girls, primarily in African villages, but also other countries in crisis. These meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Clarke Hall beginning in September.  

Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico Initiative
A mission team from the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island will be volunteering through the Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico initiative in March 2019. The American Baptist Home Mission Societies, in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA, launched this multi-year initiative, which a number of our region’s congregations have supported 
financially. If you are interested in the possibility of joining this regional mission team, save the dates of March 15-23, 2019. More information, including costs and arrangements, will be available in several weeks. Also feel free to contact Rev. Kathryn Palen at kpalen@abcori.org or (401) 522-9731.
   

Refugees to Canonicus --First Baptist Church in America
This is the 7th year we will be sending refugees from Eritrea, Liberia and Congo to Canonicus for a week. For most of the youth this is their only opportunity to leave the city and enjoy the great outdoors. A week at Canonicus also provides opportunities for the young people to learn new skills, meet a variety of people, build self-confidence and just enjoy being a kid.  
Many churches have donated to this effort in the past. We are grateful and in need of continued support. 7 children attended day camp during week 1, 13 are registered for week 2 and 12 of the older youth are planning on attending junior/senior high camp. In addition to providing scholarships for camp, we cover lunch, snacks and any items that they need to have a successful week. If you would like to help, donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church in America, 75 N. Main Street, Providence with "refugees" in the memo line or to Camp Canonicus with "refugees" in the memo line. Thank you for your continued support of this outreach program that lets refugee families know that they are not alone.

ICN/ Matsiko News
Hello ICN-Matsiko Family!
Opening night is swiftly approaching for the Matsiko Liberian National Theater, and we could not be more excited! We are so grateful for the support that the theater has received and for the Broadway Artist’s Connection. They have already invested so much time and so many resources into making this play an amazing production experience for the children. 

As we continue to prepare for September 9th, something that stands out to us is how much joy the children are experiencing by being part of this production. From practices at the center with their new theater friends, to costume preparation, to reading into the prose of the play, the children are free to imagine.  
While imagination may not often be considered more than child’s play, it is in fact an intellectual activity. For children who have only seen poverty, crisis, violence, and
disappointment, activating their imagination is key to bringing a brighter future into reality. By imagining another world through the arts, they can imagine and create a world that is hopeful, compassionate, and resilient.  
Studies on the Arts have shown the following:
21st Century Workforce: Creativity is the #1 attribute sought by today's employers 
Academic Success: Students involved in the arts average a 15% higher GPA in all subjects, ranging from mathematics to languages 
Academic Achievement: A student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement 
Attendance: Engagement in the arts results in high attendance and lower dropout rates 
College Readiness: Low-income students with high arts engagement are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education 
Civic Pride: A high concentration of arts in a city leads to less poverty, more civic engagement and social cohesion 
Cross-Cultural Harmony: The arts help people express values, feel empathy, and triumph over their differences
 
 The arts have a special way of tying people together, and the
 children involved in the theater get a chance to feel a new  
  kind of kinship with the community around them.

There is no other organization in the world that has shown more dedication in its work to the success, independence and empowerment through a complete education for our world’s Orphaned and At-Risk children than International Children’s Network! 

ICN’s Matsiko World Orphan Choir has made a tremendous and positive impact in many nations around the world along with ICN’s educational sponsorship program. In the same spirit and dedication of accomplishment for our world’s neediest children, the Matsiko National Theater of Liberia will be created with its historic premier September 9th, 2018!

We are always looking for teams to bring the arts to our centers worldwide and would be thrilled to have you join us in this process. Please contact Don Windham at
icnwoc@gmail.com to learn more.

Donate today to contribute to the building of the 
Matsiko Liberian National Theater and to the travel 
  and supplies for the Broadway Artist’s Connection!

   
$10 Donation pays for a local radio ad announcing the free event to the community 
$25 Donation covers the cost of one child's costume 
$50 Donation covers one day of our Broadway Professionals' expenses in Liberia 
$100 Donation helps finalize the construction of the theater for its very first actors and audience. All donors who give $100 or more will have their names etched on the "Hope for Humanity" banner that will forever hang over the Matsiko Liberian National Theater stage. 
$250 Donation helps one of our Broadway Professionals fly to Liberia. All donors who give $250 or more will have their photo hung in the Founder's Tribute Hall in the Matsiko Liberian National Theater. (After donating, please email your photo to lindsey@icnchildren.net).
Thank you for joining us in the fight to empower our world's 600 million orphaned and at-risk children!

Sincerely,
Don Windham Founder/President
International Children's Network /Matsiko World Orphan Choir