Jul 28 2008

10 Questions With You

You’ve asked questions of Wess.

You’ve asked questions of Edwin.

You’ve asked questions of Anthony.

And we’re tired of all the questions. :-) WE WANT some answers.

How about it?

  1. What’s weird about you?
  2. How did you choose your sponsored child?
  3. Why do you care about children in poverty?
  4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
  5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
  6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
  7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
  8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
  9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
  10. What’s normal about you?

We haven’t forgotten the questions you asked Dennis. We’ve just forgotten the answers. We’ll get ‘em to you eventually. Sorry for the delay.

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  1. Sarah
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 5:33 am

    1. I like observing people, like at the mall, etc…

    2. I found my first child on a sponsorship table at a christian concert. The second I picked on Compassion.com.

    3. I have always loved children and biblically God is clear about his heart for the poor.

    4. I think you guys are optimistic enough to say “most of them”.

    5. Yes.

    6. I hope so.

    7. Sense of humor.

    8. Education, health training, prayer.

    9. The financial integrity is obvious. Also, my youth group got to visit our sponsored children in the D.R and see firsthand the money actually goes to the kids. That is why I felt confident and comfortable enough to become a sponsor individually.

    10. I am a good friend. :)

  2. Jul 28, 2008
    at 6:48 am

    1. What’s weird about you? I’m an extremely picky eater.

    2. How did you choose your sponsored child? The first was given to me by Compassion; the second, I chose a child from the website but she was already taken so Compassion gave me a “similar child” (if such a thing exists…); the third I chose as she was born the same day as my niece; the last two from the website with much prayer and guidance as to which child to choose.

    3. Why do you care about children in poverty? I care about children, period. To think of kids in need of vital things breaks my heart.

    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? All of them.

    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? If they’re pronounced the same there as here, I can pronounce 3 of them. The other 2 I think I’m saying correctly, but who knows.

    6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? I’m sure one can since we have the same name. :) The others, probably, but they can’t spell it correctly!

    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? That is indescribable…

    8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? malaria intervention, child survival program, AIDS initiative

    9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? Because of Compassion’s focus on spiritual development. What real good does it do to save a child from poverty on earth only to leave them spiritually impoverished, with no future hope?

    10. What’s normal about you? I have a job.

  3. Jul 28, 2008
    at 7:33 am

    1. I separate out and eat the smallest, broken potato chips first, before eating the big, whole chips.

    2. The picture of my first little girl (in El Salvador) just grabbed my heart and I was afraid someone would sponsor her before I could. For my second, I searched for a very impoverished country (Bangladesh) and then a very poor community so my dollars would do maximum good, then chose a little girl with a large family. That’s the long answer. The short answer is that God chose them for me.

    3. Because there but for the grace of God go I.

    4. All of them.

    5. One of them I’m sure I’m pronouncing correctly. The other, I alternate between two different pronunciations.

    6. I believe one of them could because there’s a close pronunciation in Spanish. But I doubt my little girl in Bangladesh can.

    7. It’s a tie between his kindness and his sense of humor.

    8. Mosquito nets, Maternal/Child care, global food provisions.

    9. Because you are a Christian organization, because I get to sponsor and communicate with my own special children, and because so much of my money goes for their support and not advertising.

    10. I love ice cream.

  4. Jul 28, 2008
    at 8:13 am

    1. I’m creepy with remembering numbers. Don’t know why, but account numbers, all former addresses, phone numbers, even friends numbers from elementary school, anything that involves a number, it’s stuck in my head forever. Now, expect me to remember to set the trash out on Thursday…not gonna happen. :)

    2. I mentioned this in the last post, but it was because he was wearing girl’s shoes, and I thought that was too cute!

    3. I have always had a special place in my heart for kids, and I have a superb memory of my own childhood (good, bad in between from age 2-up) so when I think of kids in poverty, I can really put myself in their shoes, and when I do, it hurts my heart. That’s why I care.

    4. I think you KNOW we will answer all of them, because we are the blog-commenters, the ones who like to answer back! :)

    5. Yes. At least I believe I’m pronouncing Majyambere and Natinael correctly!

    6. Hmmm… good question! I don’t think Melissa is too hard…

    7. I love that they totally get me. Sometimes I feel like a freak, but I know to that one person, I totally make sense.

    8. Um, I believe the Child Survival Program, for the wee-little ones, Complimentary Interventions, I would also give credit to the Leadership Development program, because those WERE children, and hopefully they will take an active role in releasing other children when they are done with their schooling.

    9. I believe in the ONE child at a time mentality. I believe Jesus was great at making people feel like they, individually mattered. I also like Compassions holistic approach. It’s not just about feeding and clothing the kids, and it’s not just about telling them about Jesus.

    10. I’m assuming normal means the thing you have in common with all humans? I think the most normal thing about me is I have a hard time seeing my own faults, as hard as I may try. I think everyone in the world is like that.

    • Jun 4, 2010
      at 6:04 pm

      haha Melissa. . .i know 2 non-family members’ social security numbers. how is that for creepy? and i know my mom’s old license plate, my friends’ plates. . .and every time my phone crashes, i need to retrieve no more than about 5 of the hundred-plus numbers. my boyfriend even asks me what his brother’s number is.

  5. Jul 28, 2008
    at 9:19 am

    1. What? Who says there’s anything weird about me? :o)
    2. Denisse’s and Tausi’s packets were on a table after church, one Sunday. Denisse reached out and grabbed me; God definitely chose Tausi for me, but I didn’t know that until I received her first letter. I visited Maria’s project on my first sponsors tour to DR; I knew as soon as we arrived that my next child would come from that project. I received her packet two weeks after we returned home. I received Uwizera’s packet after I responded to an appeal to sponsor an older child; again, with her first letter, I knew she was a gift from God to me. Our LDP student, Rebecca, came to me in the same way: after I responded to a mailing from Compassion.
    3. Because God poured His own passion for children, for the poor, and especially for the children in poverty, into my heart that first day that I saw a Compassion table.
    4. I thought I wouldn’t answer them all, but . . . oh, well!
    5. Denisse’s, Maria’s, even Tausi’s names, I know how to pronounce. I do the best I can with Uwizera’s, but I’m not even positive that’s really her first name! Rebecca’s name is no problem.
    6. Probably.
    7. Oh, boy…you want a list? He’s kind, affirming, supportive, fun, smart, creative, and he adores me! That’s just for starters!
    8. It’s been said, but…the Child Survival Program, Complementary Interventions, and teaching the CDSP students a skill so they will be able to support themselves and their families.
    9. Because Compassion is truly Christ-centered, child-focused, and church-based. I know my funds are being used to benefit the children in a holistic, long-term battle to defeat the poverty of their lives. And in the process, so many do give their lives to Jesus Christ. In brief, we’re not satisfied with making them more comfortable on the road to hell.
    10. Absolutely everything!

  6. Carrie
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 9:52 am

    What’s weird about you? Hmmmmm, I like to pick at dry paint.

    How did you choose your sponsored child? The first I chose online because she has a large family like me, so we have something in common, the second one is kind of a funny story, but I will just say that God works in mysterious ways.

    Why do you care about children in poverty? Because God has given me a heart for missions and children, it breaks my heart to see a child suffering and without Christ, sponsorship is one way I have been able to help.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? All of them. We are amazing.

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? I think I have Krisha correct, but Raquel I’m not too sure about…

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? I think so.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? I am close to several people, but I love that they will all tell me the truth and love me even when I fail.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em Leadership development, Malaria intervention, child survival program

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? Actually, I have another girl sponsored through GFA, I sponsored her before I got involved with Compassion. I like working with both. I like them because they are Christian, similar programs cannot work to their full potential because they don’t have Christ.

    What’s normal about you? I like to go shopping.

  7. Jul 28, 2008
    at 10:09 am

    What’s weird about you? I eat ketchup on my ham and cheese sandwich! I never knew this was weird until I realized that I may be the only one I know that does that.

    How did you choose your sponsored child? Compassion chose 2 of them for me and I chose the other on online. I chose someone who had been waiting longer than 6 months and that was in a HIV/AIDS area

    Why do you care about children in poverty? I love all children. I became a children’s minister because of some huge things in my youth. I never want a child to go unnoticed or feel alone and abandoned. But my heart aches so much more for children in poverty.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? All of them

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Unfortunately, I can’t pronounce our newest one yet. I emailed a lady that named her daughter that same name to find out how to pronounce it. I haven’t heard back yet. She may just think I am crazy!! :)

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? hhmmm…haven’t thought about that. It seems pretty easy to me, but I’m sure theirs does to them too.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? He loves us no matter what we do.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em AIDS initiative, Malaria nets, and the global food crisis fund

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? I love the relationships that are formed between the sponsor and child. The fact that over 80% of the monies contributed goes to that child. I love that through Compassion they the children aren’t just getting enough to survive, but instead they are given a chance at changing their life and their family tree. I love that Compassion provides other ways to get involved so I don’t have to go other resources. I also love the fact that we are able to go meet our sponsored children if we would like.

    What’s normal about you? I am a sinner

  8. Steven Williams
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 10:48 am

    How did you choose your Sponsored child?
    My first child was chosen by Compassion, I just asked for a boy. The second was also offered to me by Compassion. His packet was sent to me because my first child was no longer in the program (sadly he could not be located after some political conflicts in his country). The third and fourth were chosen from the website by my 11-year old and 6-year old daughters (their only guidelines were to select a girl their own age). My plan is for them to become good friends and that I can someday take them each to visit their sponsored sister.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? Three.

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Yes, at least I think so. One I’ve met, and he didn’t correct me when I said it.

  9. Tonya Cline
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 11:02 am

    1. I tend to check things many times such as locking the door. I’ll check it many times to make sure I did it. Yes, it is a little OCB, lol!
    2.I had Compassion choose my child because I couldn’t pick one over the other.
    3.God wants us to care for the poor. Also, children cannot help the circumstances in which they live.
    4.All of them!
    5.Only the first anme.
    6.I don’t know.
    7. My husband’s caring and nuturing side to him.
    8.Education about God, academics, and health care.
    9.There was a church presentation, and I felt that God spoke to me to be involved in this program.
    10. I love my husband and pets! I also love to read!!

  10. Jul 28, 2008
    at 12:24 pm

    What’s weird about you? I’m very tall and I have a dog with really short legs!

    How did you choose your sponsored child? It depends on which one, but most of them I picked on the Internet from Bolivia.

    Why do you care about children in poverty? Because Jesus cares for them.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? I’ll try all of them. How many answers will you read? LOL!

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Yes, all of the names in Bolivia. I also sponsor some other children that I might not be able to pronounce their name, especially the last name.

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? Yes, I would think so, if they knew how to pronounce it. Most English speaking people don’t pronounce my name right if they just see how it is written. It’s pronounced “Case” just like “in case” :-)

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? My dad’s love for Christ.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em:
    Child Survival Program, Leadership Development Program, and Crisis Interventions.

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    1. Because it shares the Gospel with the children. 2. It’s church based, 3. It’s committed to integrity. That last one was really important to me, when I first got started.

    What’s normal about you? I have exactly the same number of fingers as toes. :-)

    Kees

  11. Jul 28, 2008
    at 1:06 pm

    1. I am totally quirky… comes from being a science geek and being married to one!

    2. Compassion picked for me, I just wanted one in a Spanish speaking country so I could write him.

    3. Because they are children and they deserve a chance.

    4. All of them?

    5. Yes

    6. No, I know my name is really hard to pronounce properly in Spanish!

    7. That he’s as goofy as I am!

    8. You mean like various funds? I don’t think I understand the question.

    9. It’s the first one I heard of that had a one on one relationship with the child. And now I like how well you manage our money.

    10. Who defines normal?

  12. Tom Easterday
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 1:23 pm

    1. What’s weird about you? Just about everything, but I try to hide it from everyone else.
    2. How did you choose your sponsored child? We wanted Ecuador because of the 1950′s incident with Jim Elliot and the others killed by the Auca indians; we choose the girl we did because of her stern little face that seemed to dare anyome to take her picture or love her.
    3. Why do you care about children in poverty? Because I’ve seen what it does and the difference my meager offering can make in their lives.
    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? I don’t have a clue.
    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Yes
    6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? Tom? I hope so!
    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? That she loves me unconditionally.
    8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em Yes; Child survival prodjects, Leadership development program and any of the various complementary intervention programs.
    9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? I believe in the holistic approach to helping a child in poverty to develope to their potential.
    10. What’s normal about you? My heart hurts when I see others suffer. I hope that’s still normal.

  13. Jul 28, 2008
    at 1:25 pm

    Some of you folks are really weird. :-)

    We’re having fun getting to know you. Keep the answers coming!

  14. Melissa
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 2:27 pm

    1. What’s weird about you? Almost everything.
    2. How did you choose your sponsored child? I allowed Compassion to choose for me.
    3. Why do you care about children in poverty? I love children. I love God and love people. I do so in response to God’s love and mercy towards me.
    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? I don’t know.
    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? I don’t know. I think I know how it’s pronounced
    6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? Hope so. That will give me something to ask her next time I write.
    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? Child-likeness.
    8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em.
    9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? Integrity.
    10. What’s normal about you? Absolutely nothing.

  15. Jul 28, 2008
    at 2:52 pm

    What’s weird about you?
    I never purchased my own underwear
    How did you choose your sponsored child?
    I didn’t, God did
    Why do you care about children in poverty?
    Again, it’s God’s fault…he broke my heart
    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
    All of them (I’m bored)
    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    Yes, yes, yes, no, yes, no, yes,
    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
    However they do it will be good enough for me
    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    I don’t deserve her and she stays anyway
    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
    Pray/listen/obey
    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    I’ll defer to God again
    What’s normal about you?
    I’m a sinner like the rest of you bums

  16. Sara
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 4:44 pm

    What’s weird about you? I like to talk with my hads all the time. (I’m a Sign Language Interpreter )

    How did you choose your sponsored child? My first child was chosen after vewing hundreds of kids on the website. The main reason was that whe was cute and had a big smile :)
    I chose my second Child because whe was older (17), and had multiple handicaps, yet was still above avarage in school.

    Why do you care about children in poverty?
    For the same reason that I care about all Children, they are loved by God and deserve to know that. Children in poverty have less opportunities to hear that.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
    Probably all of them. otherwise we would not have responded.

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    Yes. Mine are all easy

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
    My name is kinda universal.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    I can share anything with them and they see when somethingis wrong.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
    ok…LDP and Child survival program maybe? Do the interventions like the crisis and malaria and aids count?

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    My grandfather worked for compassion when it was only Korea and I grew up hearing stories about my mom’s experiences growing up in Korea and Singapore.

    What’s normal about you? I have a job.. i guess.

  17. Mary
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 5:43 pm

    1. I love to put my M$Ms in the freezer before I eat them.
    2. I choose my first child from the Compassion waiting list. The second and third children from the website.
    3. I have always loved to help children gain a strong sense of self-esteem/confidence. I’m love to encourage them to be their best.
    4.All of them
    5. Yes, I can pronounce all three of their names.
    6. Yes, they can pronounce my name.
    7.They love me unconditionally.
    8.CSP, LDP, crisis interventions.
    9.When I started with Compassion I never knew about other organizations.
    10. I love music.

  18. Misty C.
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 5:51 pm

    What’s weird about you? I eat peanut butter sandwiches with Chili.

    How did you choose your sponsored child? First one, I picked out at a concert, but his project shut down so Compassion sent me Nahum. The next two, I really couldn’t say, except God. In El Salvador on a Compassion trip to meet Nahum, I met and fell in love with Sara, and she wasn’t sponsored, so I added her to my family. Most of the rest, I picked up off the website, by photo, name, or by longest waiting. One by country (I wanted to go to Thailand) and well, lots and losts of reasons…All leading back to God tugging at my heart when I see the “right” photo. While in El Salvador, God spoke very clearly to me, that I was supposed to sponsor children, that they would be “my” kids, since I don’t have any of my own. And I love each one as if they were my own.

    Why do you care about children in poverty? My mom raised me that way. She sponsored a child thru a different organization while I was growing up.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? All.

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Most of them. I know I can’t say Pui’s right!

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? So far they all can!

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? It’s my mom, and she is the best mom on the planet, and my hero. She was loving, generous, and always there for me. She is my best friend.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em? Helping with food crisis, medical aid when needed and LDP.

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? I like going on tours? The program my mom went thru didn’t teach the kids about God and Jesus, even though they said they were Christian. I knew I needed a better program than that! Michael W. Smith supported Compassion and that was good enough for me! And everything I have learned on my trips has made me realize just how awesome Compassion is!

    What’s normal about you? Am I normal?
    God bless

  19. Jul 28, 2008
    at 6:11 pm

    1. What’s weird about you? I’m a vegetarian.

    How did you choose your sponsored child? I chose all of mine from Compassion’s website – Pyrah, my 1st, and Briceyda, my 4th, were chosen “randomly” (as if a God thing could be called random!). I chose Lyd, my 3rd, because she was Pyrah’s cousin, and I chose Keyla, my 2nd, because she was on the list of longest waiting children. The other 3, Rebecca, Abidisa, and Ura, were assigned to me through the correspondence program.

    Why do you care about children in poverty? Because I believe that every child should have the opportunity to dream big, regardless of the circumstaces they are born into.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? 10

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? I’m pretty sure about Rebecca, Keyla, and Briceyda, the others are just guesses.

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? I don’t know.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? his loyalty.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em. Child Survival Program, LDP, and the AIDS program.

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? Compassion was the first thing that showed up when I googled “child sponsorship”
    What’s normal about you? not much, I hope – normal ppl are boring.

  20. Kalaya
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 7:11 pm

    What’s weird about you?
    -I sponsor seven Compassion children and am correspondent to five of them. Twelve in all!

    How did you choose your sponsored child?
    -Various ways. In one circumstance, I had been correspondent to a boy for five years and picked up the sponsorship when the sponsor decided to cancel. In another instance, I let Compassion chose my child and ended up with a lovely girl from Ghana. The rest of them were chosen from the website for various reasons.

    Why do you care about children in poverty?
    -As a mother, I could not bear the thought of my children going without things that they need. How could I not help someone with the basic needs of life when God has been so generous to me?
    -I feel it is God’s calling for me to watch after the poor.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
    -Maybe not this one! :)

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    -Some of them! After 2.5 years I still have yet to figure out the pronounciation of “Ahimbisibwe.”

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
    -Probably not! Just because it’s so unusual, there could be a variety of ways to pronounce it.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    My children…I could go on forever. They are love personified.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
    -Volunteer at the homeless shelter
    -Become a correspondent and write faithfully to that child. Encourage them in their relationship with God and with their studies.

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    -I feel a strong tug toward Compassion, and I can only think that it comes from the Holy Spirit. I see my donations to Compassion as an eternal investment. While other programs might offer schools for the community, clothing, and food, and that is just fine, Compassion teaches the children about Jesus. I feel like I am being a missionary in a child’s life. It’s so much deeper than the here and now. It’s impacting lives for eternity.

    What’s normal about you?
    I have a full-time job, car payments, and a mortgage.

  21. Jul 28, 2008
    at 8:03 pm

    1. I have a ton of miscellaneous info that rattles around in my head and pops out. Like dust is 98% dead skin cells and the Purple Cow poem I memorized in second grade or that dolphins are one of the only creatures that can kill sharks. Great for trivia games but weird at other times!
    2. I have two. Delia I heard about on the radio and gravitated to her because of language (Spanish – I took it in high school and college but can’t really speak it). Kayringwa is in Rwanda. I read a book called The Good News About Injustice many years ago. It deals with the Rwandan genocide. It gave me a heart for that country.
    3. Tough question. Probably because Jesus told us to care for the widows and orphans, to leave the edge of our fields for gleaning for the poor. But then I’ve also seen it first hand when I worked in social service.
    4. Hopefully all of them!
    5. I can pronounce Delia but have no idea how to say Kayringwa. I’d love someone to be able to tell me how to say it!
    6. I’m not sure. Good question. I hadn’t thought of it in the reverse.
    7. I love that my friend Jill chooses to spend time with me. She is very busy with 5 kids and speaking and writing and such. She still chooses to spend time with me. I love that.
    8. Working in the community, providing information on serious world wide issues (like the food crisis), and prayer
    9. I love what Compassion means. It means more than feeling sorry for someone but being moved to help them. From what I’ve read and heard, Compassion really helps children, families, and communities. My friend Jill went on a Compassion trip. She told me first hand about what she saw and that 80 cents of every dollar goes directly to help the child. That is amazing in a day with high over head costs!
    10. The only think “normal” about me is that I live in “Normal, IL”! Yes, we set the standard for the rest of you!

  22. Michael
    Jul 28, 2008
    at 8:21 pm

    What’s weird about you?
    I did an unusual career switch kind of late in life. At 35, after 12 years working as a graphic artist, I became a career firefighter, where I’ve been working for 10 years now.

    How did you choose your sponsored child?
    We have all girls in our family, so we wanted to sponsor girls. We selected the Dominican Republic because we wanted a relatively close country in case we decided to go there. From that point, we looked online and had a family vote.

    Why do you care about children in poverty?
    We love children, and know that children in poverty are especially at risk of violence, abuse, and illness.

    How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? Uuuhh, I dunno.

    Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? Yes

    Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? Yes, we have met them in person, and know they can.

    What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    She puts up with me.

    Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
    1. Micro loans
    2. Increased access to clean water
    3. Increase emphasis on Sponsor Tours & Short term missions (because these opportunities change the lives of sponsors and show them what a great organization Compassion is. This benefits children in the long run).

    Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    We originally got involved because of Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith. Now that we have been sponsors for a long time, and have seen in person Compassion development centers, we love the level of integrity. We know how the money we send is being spent.

    What’s normal about you?
    God loves me even though I don’t deserve it!

  23. Jul 28, 2008
    at 8:26 pm

    1) I’m fairly average at almost everything … not too bad, but not the greatest … Even Steven!
    2) I was looking for a Spanish speaking country, and since Costa Rica wasn’t listed, Peru seemed like a good choice and nice to visit in the future!
    3) I care about anyone in poverty. Children especially, because they were born into it and they have not made any bad decisions yet.
    4) All 10 … we’re blogging junkies!
    5) Yes, reading Spanish names is pretty straight-forward.
    6) There’s a 90% chance, Steve is a one-syllable word.
    7) I love her because she is my wife and best friend.
    8) These are educated guesses – PRAYER, “lobbying” with political groups, education (the great equalizer).
    9) I’m not familiar with the other programs (who was Sally Struthers associated with?!)
    10) Almost everything. My highs aren’t too high, my lows aren’t too low … again, I’m Even Steven!

  24. Jul 28, 2008
    at 9:23 pm

    1) What’s weird about you? I tend to wear shorts in the winter and sweaters in the summer — I’m never dressed like anyone else. And I stay up far, far too late at night.

    2) How did you choose your sponsored child? Off the website. I was open to any country, any gender. I had a very “hand of God” moment when I saw him.

    3) Why do you care about children in poverty? Injustice of any kind really bothers me. I can’t just let it go. Children wanting for the basics in life — food, shelter, healthcare, an education –that seems like a wrong that needs to be made right.

    4) How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? All of them, and I’ll probably make up a few of my own. lol

    5) Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name? No problem — Israel and Tesfaye. Israel’s brother’s name is Ebenezer — which is a name that I think deserves a comeback in the U.S.!

    6) Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name? I don’t know. Perhaps I should get one of those “record-your-voice cards” and say our names & send it off to Ethiopia. That would clear things up.

    7) What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life? My daughter. She is so funny. She’s a card. She just learned how to answer the phone and she asks everyone who calls if they’re a telemarketer. Apparently that’s part of her screening process.

    8) Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? Child Survival Program. Leadership Development Program. Disaster Relief Fund.

    9) Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs? I researched all of the big programs meticulously. I liked the “find a child” function on Compassion the best. Also, it just felt like the most dynamic organization out there. It’s an organization that really wants to know its donors — that really wants them to participate.

    10) What’s normal about you? My life turned out far more “normal” than I ever thought it would — I’m married, have a child, live in a smallish town and have four cats. I think I need to go out and do something abnormal this year! :)

  25. Jul 28, 2008
    at 11:06 pm

    1. I organize my CDs by “mood.” I thought everyone called Tuna Noodle Casserole “tuna nuna” until I was in college.
    2. I had a dream about helping a little boy, and when I was looking at packets at a concert, Delman looked like the boy in my dream. I found Koblah online. He had been waiting for a sponsor, lives in an area affected by AIDS, and looked like he needed me. God put us together.
    3. God put a love deep in my heart for disadvantaged youth. How could I not love them?
    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer? 7.35
    5. I can pronounce their names just fine. It’s another story if I am pronouncing them correctly.
    6. I’m sure if I heard one of my kids trying to pronounce my name I would find it adorable.
    9. Compassion was the first child sponsorship organization I knew about. I have stuck with them because I love my kids and respect their ministry.
    10. I put my pants on one leg at a time. (A friend’s mom used to remind us that “we all put our pants on one leg at a time” when we would tell her about the weird kids at school.)

  26. Jul 29, 2008
    at 1:58 pm

    1. What’s weird about you?
    I like to eat cottage cheese and potato chips (together).

    2. How did you choose your sponsored child?
    I have 7 sponsored children and I’ve never chosen a single one! They were all sent to me! I do have one that shares the same birthday as me, and one that has my mom’s maiden name (I always thought I would name my son, if I had one, Dominic…)

    3. Why do you care about children in poverty?
    Because they are precious…as a mother of young children, I would be grateful to anyone who would help my children survive if it was necessary.

    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
    All of them!

    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    Sure I can….now whether it’s correct or not is another question!

    6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
    I don’t really care!

    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    The support and love I get.

    8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em
    Child Survival program, Leadership Development Program, Global Food Crisis fund

    9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    Because I know Compassion works! I know that they do what they say they do and the heart of the ministry is pure.

    10. What’s normal about you?
    I’m married, 2 kids, 1 dog, and drive a minivan!

  27. Kathy
    Jul 29, 2008
    at 4:42 pm

    1. What’s weird about you?
    Probably that my house is decorated in early American Dalmatian
    2. How did you choose your sponsored child?
    She looked sad, and I wanted to make her smile
    3. Why do you care about children in poverty?
    Children should be filled with hope, and children in poverty aren’t. Also, God said we’re supposed to care and act on it!
    4. How many of these questions do you think that we think you will answer?
    Somewhere between 10 and 1000?
    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    For certain I can pronounce 2 of our kid’s names, the 3rd I’m not sure, but I think we’re saying it correctly.
    6. Do you think your sponsored child can pronounce your name?
    Probably.
    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    He has an incredible mind, is absolute King of unimportant trivia, and he indulges my love of all things canine.
    8. Can you name three ways, other than Child Sponsorship, that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name? If yes, name ‘em.
    Yes! Child Survival Program, Leadership Development Program and Global Food Crisis Fund
    9. Why are you involved with Compassion International instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    I believe in doing more than feeding a child. I want them to know Christ as Lord and Savior.
    10. What’s normal about you?
    Probably not much! And exactly what does “normal” mean?

  28. Jul 29, 2008
    at 6:01 pm

    1. What’s weird about me?
    One man’s weird is another man’s normal.

    2. How did you choose your sponsored child?
    We have 3. Our first was chosen because I noticed his birthday was the same as my mother-in-laws. The second was given to us in a “packet pass.” The third was chosen by our 8 year old as she’s the one sponsoring her!

    3. Why do you care about children in poverty?
    I firmly believe they are “the least of these” that Jesus was talking about in scripture.

    4. How many of these questions to you think that we think you will answer?
    All 10 of course!

    5. Can you pronounce your sponsored child’s name?
    Yes; all three of them!

    6. Do you think your child can pronounce your name?
    I think so, but they can call me whatever they want! I’d love the privilege of hearing it for myself sometime!

    7. What do you love most about the person you are closest to in life?
    His dedication to our family.

    8. Can you name three ways, other than child sponsorship that we use to help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name?
    Only three? Malaria Fund, LDP, CSP, Global Food Fund.

    9. Why are you involved in CI instead of another organization that offers similar programs?
    I love the passion that is shared by those involved in the program as well as being able to build a relationship with my sponsored children that will last a lifetime!

    10. What’s normal about you?
    See #1.

  29. Jul 29, 2008
    at 9:09 pm

    Wow. I’m learning a lot — especially the question about the other 3 things Compassion does. I think we’ve listed many more!

  30. Stevi
    Jul 30, 2008
    at 2:03 pm

    1. I’m allergic to mangos.

    2. I picked my first sponsored child, Arlan, from a table at a youth conference. I chose a Filipino child because I had several penpals in the Philippines and knew about the culture. When he left the program, I requested a child from Honduras, since I spend at least a week there every year on mission trips. I requested a child in the Tegucigalpa area, since that’s the airport I fly into. Hopefully someday I can stay a few extra days and get to visit with my “ahijado,” Luis Fabricio. Also, I speak Spanish, so I can read his letters and write to him in his own language. It just so happens that his birthday is on my wedding anniversary, so it makes it easy to remember.

    3. I think children are so precious and so vulnerable, but also so resilient. I feel like every child should be loved and cared for, have their needs met, and have the opportunity to become what God wants them to be.

    4. You know we’ll answer all of them.

    5. Yes. But I’m not sure if he goes by his first or middle name. All the Compassion info refers to him by his middle name, but his teacher (who writes his letters) calls him by his first name. To be safe, I put both names on his letters :-).

    6. Probably, my name isn’t too hard for Spanish speakers.

    7. He’s very easy to get along with, fun-loving, and always very giving of himself.

    8. Leadership Development Program, AIDS Initiative, ummm… I think there’s a Malaria project too…

    9. Compassion found me first. I sponsored my first child when I was 16. I’ll probably get to sponsor a child through the missions organization I work with, but I won’t give up my Compassion connection, because it’s dear to my heart as well.

    10. I work in an office as a receptionist. “How may I direct your call?”

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