What makes JMI different?

Where does my money go?


Vulnerable Child

  • works through local churches and children’s programming
  • provides tutoring & spiritual development
  • provides shoes, clothes, hygiene items, and school supplies
  • you will receive a seasonal update from your child’s village through email
  • you will receive periodic letters

Jungle Pastor

  • Pays for one pastor or pastor’s wife to attend the annual jungle pastor conference
  • covers all meals and accommodations for 5 days
  • they receive practical and biblical training that will help them disciple their people in their church

Priority Needs

  • provides a family with a food bag
  • these food bags will feed a family for a month

Special Needs

  • provides medical care and medicines
  • staff conducts routine check-ins
  • basic necessities for the individual and family
  • you will receive a yearly update

I’ve been working with Justice & Mercy International since my first trip to the Amazon in 2009. Since then, I’ve participated in yearly jungle pastors conferences, taken trips to serve the vulnerable in Moldova, and advocated for the mission across the country. JMI is part of my daily life and passion. To serve the often forgotten people of the Amazon and Moldova has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I’m blessed to do it with an organization that keeps the Gospel of Jesus Christ at the center of all we do. He is the reason JMI exists.

—Kelly Minter
Author, Speaker & JMI Program Advisor


Can I send a package to my sponsored child?

If you’d like to give your child a birthday or Christmas gift, the best way to do so is by making an extra one-time donation on our website and indicating on that form who what the funds are for (i.e. Ion Sirbu birthday gift). We ask that you not give over $45 for these extra gifts.

How often should I write my child?

You can write your child once a month, and writing within the first 10 days of the month makes it easier for our staff on the ground to deliver your letter that same month. Set recurring a reminder on your phone or computer so you don’t forget!

Can I include my social accounts or contact information in my letter?

We recommend that you keep contact limited to the JMI letter writing system. Some older kids may have social media pages; you may connect with them there but we ask that if you run into anything troublesome, you make JMI staff aware. Some sponsors prefer to keep all communication restricted to the JMI site for their own protection. 

How do I know that my child received my letter?

Our Moldova-based staff is diligent about delivering your letters. You can expect to receive a response within a month or so, depending on when you write. Writing in the first 10 days of the month makes it easier for our staff on the ground to deliver your letter that same month. 

Where can I get more information about my child?

Biographical, family and other information about your child can be found, along with photos, on your child’s JMI profile. If there is something specific you’re looking to know, we encourage you to ask those questions in your letter writing!

Is there anything I should avoid writing about in my letters?

We advise against

  • making promises you may not be able to keep;
  • indulging their fantasies/desires about coming to America or being adopted by you;
  • any discussion with a child that is not age-appropriate (although you should be sensitive to any statements that might pertain to past abuse or potential human trafficking);
  • any evaluative statements about any particular religious denomination or taking any political stances