Nearly five months after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Abraham Lincoln reminded those attending the new cemetery's dedication that "from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion."  He believed that there was a grander purpose, a higher calling, and that those who died on the battlefield did not die in vain. This should give us something to think about.  

We will all die. But is there a higher calling that defines our life and gives purpose to our death? Are we living for more than just ourselves and what we can gain?

Recently, the ECM family lost one of its finest, Russ Baugh, who along with his wife Marcia founded and operated The Way Home, an ECM ministry project in Uganda which brings hope to widows and their orphaned grandchildren. Russ was a tireless advocate for the widows and orphans of Uganda, always searching for creative ways to bring them hope and to share with them God's love and the Good News of Jesus Christ. Like any soldier in battle, Russ was devoted to a cause for which he was willing to give "the last full measure of his devotion." But it was not just any cause. It was THE Cause - sharing the Gospel with a hurting world.

Russ was an inspiration to many of us at ECM. His work was never about him, but always about the widows and orphans he and Marcia served. As we continue to serve, we do so with a devotion to the cause to which we have all been called, even if doing so requires the last full measure of our devotion.
Executive Director

P.S. Look for more about Russ, Marcia, and the Way Home in the next Hope is Rising newsletter coming later this fall.
Your Impact
Sylvia joined ECM when she was in primary six because her father died. ECM was able to help her continue on with her studies and eventually complete her course in hair dressing. Now she is gaining clients and growing in her trade!

Thank you for your support of ECM which enables us to help people like Sylvia succeed!
Ghana Impact Report -
Transformed by the Grace of God!
Lillian Yeboah is an example of a life transformed by the Grace of God! For most of her life Lillian was disrespectful and promiscuous. Her mother loved her so much, but her heart was broken over Lillian’s behavior.
When ECM Ghana staff learned of Lillian’s situation, they began to provide help and support to her. They shared the love of Jesus with her and she began to see the value of a different way of life. Through the program and the intense prayer of ECM staff, God began to change Lillian’s heart!
Lillian’s mother is so happy and grateful to God and ECM for this transformation in her daughter! She never thought her daughter would change and now she also believes in the power of prayer. Please pray for Lillian to continue down this new path of transformation God is leading her on.
Prayer and Praise
  • Pray for our missionaries as they faithfully serve. Some of the issues that they incur are the lockdown in Uganda, health issues, dips in support, discouragement, and frustration. Pray that they would be surrounded with people that continue to encourage and lift them up, and that they would stay focused on God's purpose for their lives.

  • Thank you for your prayers for Russ Baugh. Russ is now at home with the Lord. He served grannies and their grandchildren at The Way Home Project in Uganda. Please continue to pray for his family.

  • Praise! The Fly-In / Drive-In was a great fundraiser! The weather was beautiful and many people showed up to enjoy the day and support ECM. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the day possible!
Share the Hope Banquet
Our annual Share the Hope Banquet is coming up on Saturday, November 13, 2021! The banquet will be held at Centennial Park in Munster, IN and tickets are $25 per person.

There will be a guest speaker, door prizes, games, dinner, African crafts marketplace and more!

We hope you’ll join us for this fun time of fellowship that supports our mission. Click HERE to register now! (Registration is required!)
Shoe Drive Fundraiser
We're excited about our latest fundraiser because you don't have to buy ANYTHING! We’re collecting all types of gently worn, used and new shoes: sneakers, boots, dress shoes, sandals, athletic and casual shoes - We want them all!


Will you help us reach our goal?

Shoes may be dropped off at our home office. There is a collection box in our breezeway where you can drop off your shoes at any time that is convenient to you!

Click HERE for more details and updates!
Child Sponsorship
Above you've seen some of the ways you've helped. Now, won't you pray about the opportunity to help this or another child who is in need of sponsorship? Simply contact our office for more information, or visit our website to search for one of many other children needing sponsorship.
Martha lives in a small two room house with her mother, four sisters and one brother. Sadly, their father passed away in 2019 due to a motorcycle accident. Martha’s mother sells silver fish and tomatoes to support the family, but she cannot provide for everyone to both eat and go to school, let alone any medical expenses.

The family is Catholic and regularly attend church. They also learn more about Jesus by attending the Saturday club meetings with our ECM staff.

Martha likes drawing and coloring pictures. She is in primary 1 but needs a sponsor to help her continue school, so that she can have a brighter future!

Could you be that person to change Martha’s world forever?

Tororo, Uganda