Striving to protect, empower, & love children together!

OUR VALUES

Treating a Child as One of OUr Own. Always. 

Jesus is at the center of all we do

Everyone deserves a path to upward mobility

we serve all religions and faiths

caregivers must be cared for and trained

integration of indigenous leadership is vital

all leadership should be well trained in holistic orphan care

we care for the whole person - from vetting into the program through graduation

We provide bootstraps' they can't pull themselves up with warm wishes

Mission

to provide a loving and nurturing environment for orphans and vulnerable children by protecting them from becoming victims of extreme poverty and child trafficking so they can grow to fully understand the love of Jesus Christ. We strive to empower forgotten children.

Vision

to safeguard orphans and vulnerable, forgotten children from poverty, abandonment, and the evils of human trafficking, as clearly directed in the Bible. We believe that every child deserves to know their Heavenly Father is crazy about them.

Our history

Since Forgotten Children Worldwide was founded in 1999, we’ve been on a mission to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time. 

It began with the incredible conviction of our founder, Matt Hartsell. He identified the heartbreaking state of life of children in developing countries. He took a first step by providing for a basic need: clothing. From clothing distribution, it turned into orphan home construction. Then child sponsorship. And now self-sustainability and empowerment programming. 

 Although millions of children worldwide are vulnerable to extreme poverty and human trafficking, we are encouraged. Thanks to our generous partners and sponsors, together we can bring hope and transformation so they have a chance for a hopeful and independent future.

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U.S. Team

Matt Hartsell

Founder & Executive Director

Kody Kumfer

Associate Executive Director

Jeff Patterson

Marketing Director

Janee Nussbaum

Chief Financial Officer

Leah Beer

Creative Design & Communications Director

Maeghon Mohler

Finance Assistant & Child Sponsorship Director

partners

James

Everlasting Life Ministries 
Malawi

Maxwell

Grace Orphan Care Centre
Malawi

William

New Life Africa
Uganda

Emmanuel

Side by Side Ministries
Uganda

INdia Partners

For the safety of our partners in India, we will not mention them or picture them here. We are grateful for our 4 partners there and pray for them daily!

Nepal Partners

For the safety of our partner in Nepal, we will not mention them or picture them here. We are grateful for our partner there and pray for them daily!

board members

Matt Bertsch

Board Chairman
PLS, EL – Principal
Bertsch-Frank & Associates
Fort Wayne, IN

Tami Swymeler

Board Secretary
Director of Operations
World Partners/The Missionary Church
Fort Wayne, IN

Duane Burris

Advisory Member
Pastor
Life Community Missionary Church
Fort Wayne, IN

Lisa Isenbarger

Advisory Member
Director of Business Valuation Services
Haines, Isenbarger & Skiba, LLC
Fort Wayne, IN

Keith Koteskey

Advisory Member
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries
Bethel College
Mishawaka, IN

Trout moser

Advisory Member
President
National Oil & Gas
Bluffton, IN

Chris HOnegger

Advisory Member
Part Owner/Chief Engineer
Rethceif Enterprises
Ossian, IN

Dr. Jeff Aupperle

Advisory Member
Director of Calling and Career
Taylor University
Upland, IN

program management team members

Matt Bertsch

Country Advocate - Nepal
PLS, EL – Principal
Bertsch-Frank & Associates
Fort Wayne, IN

Bill HOran

Member
County Director/Extension Educator
Purdue Extension - Wells County 
Bluffton, IN

Cory Ivins

Country Advocate - Malawi
Director of Customer Relations & Quality
Roembke Mfg & Design
Ossian, IN

Kody KUmfer

Country Advocate - Uganda
Associate Executive Director
Forgotten Children Worldwide
Bluffton, IN

Michael Lautzenheiser

Member
Director/GIS Manager
Wells County Area Plan Commission
Bluffton, IN

JOsh MIllard

Country Advocate - Uganda
Financial Planner
Crossroads Financial Group
Fort Wayne, IN

Stacey Stucky

Country Advocate - Malawi
Farmer
Bluffton, IN

Janee Nussbaum

Member
Chief Financial Operator
Forgotten Children Worldwide
Bluffton, IN

Jeff Patterson

Transition 2 Success Leader
Marketing Director
Forgotten Chidlren Worldwide
Bluffton, IN

Dave Hedden

Country Advocate - India
ICU RN
Terre Haute Regional Hospital
Terre Haute, IN

Matt Hartsell

CHAIRMAN, COUNTRY ADVOCATE - INDIA
Founder & Executive Direcotr
Forgotten Children Worldwide
Bluffton, IN

Jenna Leatherman

Member
Service Delivery Manager
Showoff
County Tipperary, Ireland

Ben Leatherman

Member
Project Manager & General Contractor
Wagler & Associates
Angola, IN

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