ChildCry works alongside local ministry partners in 20 countries around the world to feed hungry kids in their communities. 100% of every dollar you donate to ChildCry is used to purchase food for hungry kids. Overhead costs are provided by Times Square Church. Whether it’s curried rice for kids in India, naan for kids in Afghanistan or veggies and sausages for kids in Papua New Guinea, ChildCry partners serve kids culturally appropriate meals that they can not only recognize but also enjoy.
At the corner of 48 & 65 streets in Medellin, Colombia stands a six-story facility that serves as the headquarters for Ciudad Refugio (City of Refuge)—a growing inner-city ministry founded in 1993. Moved by the despair and homelessness in Medellin, Douglas Calvano, a Times Square Church missionary, started taking “agua panela” (sugar water) and bread to those on the streets. Eventually the street outreach grew into what is now a multi-faceted project including a rehabilitation and discipleship program for men and women, a feeding program, a shelter for homeless men, and a vibrant inner-city church.
Today, some of the more recent developments of Ciudad Refugio include skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities which help to sustain the ministry and train those in the rehabilitation programs. These initiatives include a bakery, and a micro =-enterprise of hand finishing products. God has also expanded their vision to reach other regions of Colombia, beginning with a church plant in the rural community of Planeta Rica as well as an open invitation from the government to minister on the small Caribbean island of Providencia.
Feed New York supplies healthy food to local churches that are committed to helping people in their community who struggle to provide food for themselves and their families.
We found that the most effective way of making sure food gets to people who need it most, is working with local churches. Churches know the needs in their communities and people know that they can turn to churches in times of need.
Often the needs go beyond hunger. That’s why prayer is important to Feed New York. Our church partners not only provide food, they provide hope through prayer and an opportunity to find a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
In the midst of the poverty and oppression of the red-light district, a woman from Times Square Church along with a team of local staff serve women in the red-light district, opened a rehabilitation center for women rescued from the brothels, and two group homes, one for girls and one for boys, rescued from the brothels. The physical location of the center and two group homes is significant as they are in the exact geographic center of the city. They are truly a light set on a hill for all those hiding in the dark, hidden world of sex slavery to come out and find hope and a new life.
This team in India goes to serve women in the red-light district. They show the love of Christ and pray that their acts of love and service will warm their hearts to Jesus and give them courage to leave the red-light district. For those who do choose to leave, they have a rehabilitation center to help them find their healing in Jesus Christ and restore their dignity. The team mentors the women, helping them to find housing and directing them to other organizations that focus on vocational training so they can start their new lives outside the red-light district.
The group homes for children offer a safe environment with adults who demonstrate and teach the love of Jesus Christ, provide hope and healing, and training to live productive lives. These kids, whose lives were once used purely for financial gain, are given a nurturing home and taught that their lives are infinitely valuable.
Evelyn is currently based in Puerto Rico where she also serves in a ministry that works with children from impoverished areas by counseling through the arts. In addition, she shares God’s Word in churches throughout the island and continues to support various overseas missions projects as a counseling consultant.
Evelyn Badillo-Cordero serves as a missionary through consulting, teaching and training church and ministry leaders in the areas of counseling and mental health issues. She has served in this capacity in Africa, the Caribbean, and New York since 2009. The counseling trainings are based on Biblical principles and are tailored to meet the emotional needs of those being served.
Harry and Margaret Dietrich are serving with the Ciudad Refugio in Medellin, Colombia. They are involved in training the men and women in the center’s one-year restoration program, as well as the men of the homeless shelter.
Harry ministers in the church primarily through preaching, teaching, counseling and training. In addition to working with the women, Margaret helps coordinate the children’s ministry and a VBS-style program in the neighborhood.
Their two children, Ashleigh and Ashira, are involved in many aspects of the church ministries as well. Ashleigh is involved in accounting, Children’s ministry, Youth ministry, and Praise and worship. Ashira is serving in Stokach, Germany with WorldWide Volunteers.
The family has been serving full-time with Ciudad Refugio since 2008.
In September of 1999, Jacqueline Meihsner made a 6-month commitment to the Lord to serve the people of Kosovo. In February of 2000 5 orphans showed up at her doorstep. She believed she along with a number of other missionaries could provide short-term shelter for them until they could be placed in an orphanage. The problem was there were no orphanages in Kosova until 2004. The first six years of her service were spent mothering these 5 children and supporting the local church.
She continues to work with children and youth in Drenas and other unreached areas teaching English and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. She also ministers under Jeta me Begati Fellowship in Gjakove where she shares God’s word and helps with children’s ministry. She is a partner of Please Pass the Bread whose mission is to share the love of Christ by feeding hungry children. Springtimes are most often spent preparing for VBS summer camps.
Ilya Bantseev is the pastor of a growing church which he and his wife, Janet, founded in his home city of Novokuznetsk, Russia in 1993. With a congregation of approximately 1200 people, they currently minister in prisons, orphanages, and to people with life-controlling problems and addictions.
Ilya and Janet also help organize ministry and missionary teams to plant churches throughout Siberia as well as share the Gospel with professional groups such as doctors, athletes, police, etc. One of the most fruitful ministries is the Teen Challenge Siberia program called “The Source of Life.” Many have come to Christ and have been set free from heroin through this program.
The Landik family has spent the last 10 years in Ukraine as Times Square Church missionaries working with orphans and Christian youth. Their goal is to inspire these young people to seek and hear God for themselves..
Understanding that this task is too large for their family alone, they established the Hebron School of Ministry, Transcarpathia to help local churches train lay ministers to influence local youth.
Currently, the Landik family is taking part in the Sabbatical program at Summit School of Ministry. They continue to pray to be a part of God’s work among youth and young adults in Europe, or anywhere else he decides to send them.
Pastor Ivan Rios planted a church in La Perla-a slum area long known as a retail drug bazaar in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is also involved in several other ministries in San Juan including a feeding, clothing, and counseling program called “Puente De Amor” (Bridge of Love), a weekly Bible study, a homeless ministry called “Las Duchas” (the showers), a Saturday children’s program, and a weekly soup and prayer outreach within the community.
Pastor Ivan was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City where, as a young adult, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He became a missionary in 1992 when he was led to Medellin, Colombia to teach the gospel. After several years in Colombia, Pastor Ivan returned to NYC where he continued working for Times Square Church. In 1998 Pastor Ivan, along with colleague Treg McCoy, opened the doors to East Harlem Fellowship-a coffee house outreach and church plant. After 12 years, Pastor Ivan felt God calling him back to Colombia where he spent almost a year before embarking on his current journey in La Perla, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
La Perla was one of the most notorious slums in Puerto Rico, however it is home to a small congregation, Iglesia La Perla, planted by Pastor Ivan Rios. He uses many forms of art work, english classes, one on one street evangelism and much more to reach the community. Pastor Ivan continues to serve the Lord and the community and frequently professes that he “just wants to please God.”
Malyn has been serving as a missionary physician in the Philippines since 2000. She ministers as part of the pastoral team of Christ the Living Word Church (CLWC) in Mandaluyong City and manages poverty alleviation programs with Care Channels, Inc. (CCI), a Christian non-profit organization in Quezon City.
In CLWC, she shares the Word, trains women and children in Christ-centered living, conducts free medical clinics, and oversees a ChildCry supplemental feeding program. In CCI she manages poverty alleviation programs such as medical-dental missions, Community Development and Empowerment (CDE), education sponsorship, and income-generating projects through partnership with 45 churches in poor communities.
Malyn is married to Pastor Mike, the senior pastor of CLWC, and together, they are fostering a beautiful daughter, Rose, taking their mission home.
Douglas Calvano is director of Ciudad Refugio and founding pastor of Casa Refugio Church in Medellin, Colombia. Sent out as a missionary from TSC in 1993, Douglas has spent his time serving Colombia´s most vulnerable communities through a variety of programs including: drug recovery, microenterprise, spiritual formation, children’s ministry, youth development, and community outreach.
In recent years, Douglas felt a calling to extend himself and his team to help form young pastors and missionaries in front-line ministry. This includes a commitment to develop the next generation of Christian leaders sending Colombians and other international youth to serve as volunteers in Europe while also hosting local and international youth annually in Medellin to visit, volunteer, and serve within ministry programs.
Douglas’s wife Marilu and their two children are an integral part of the ministry. Marilu leads the praise and worship ministry and the church’s discipleship programs. Juan Marcos and Maria Luisa follow closely in their parents’ footsteps and are already serving in many of the ministry’s programs and outreaches. The family is accompanied by two beloved pets, Don Dugo and Lulu.
The Marshalls have been serving in Central Asia since 2009. They lead a team for a Christian NGO that helps people rebuild their lives through education, community development, and relief work. Over the past 10 years, they have been designing water systems that provide clean water to remote villages, helping build latrines and providing health and hygiene classes in areas where people have never had a bar of soap or clean water.
The Marshalls also help oversee one of the ChildCry projects that provides food to a local boys’ orphanage. In 2014, they started a vocational training program to help the older orphan boys learn a skill before they have to exit the orphanage.
Daily they continue to flood the area with prayer and spread His joy to many who have only known war and bloodshed. They have been able to see God move and enjoy coaching others. They have two fun children, a 9-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter who have grown up overseas.
Rebekah manages Ciudad Refugio’s local and international missions projects including: feeding programs, community outreach, humanitarian aid in vulnerable Colombian, and a youth exchange partnership between Colombia, Germany and other countries. In recent years, Rebekah has been teaching at a local bible school, exposing youth to God’s heart for the lost and facilitating annual missions trips throughout Colombia…MORE
After becoming a Christian at Times Square Church in 1999, Rebekah felt immediately drawn to inner city missions and serving the poor. Before arriving in Colombia, Rebekah served in various U.S. inner city missions in Harlem, San Francisco and Alabama as well as short-term international missions through Times Square Church. After completing her Masters of Divinity degree, Rebekah transitioned to the international mission field in Africa. In 2012, Rebekah found her permanent missions home with the Ciudad Refugio family in Medellin, Colombia.
Rebekah is mommy to Isabella Grace and the two are accompanied by Casper and Copito (a puppy and a rabbit).