Archives for: May, 2008 (subscribe)

We recently gave you the opportunity ask our president, Wess, any questions you like. We’re publishing his transcribed answers one day at a time. If you want to catch up, here’s the background skinny.

What do you think is the largest challenge in eradicating poverty on the earth? (Allan)

The biggest challenge of eradicating poverty in the…

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We recently gave you the opportunity ask our CEO, Wess, any questions you like. We’re publishing his answers one day at a time.

How does it feel to be making such a large salary? Do you feel like it would benefit more children in poverty if you were to take a cut in pay…

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We recently gave you the opportunity ask our president, Wess Stafford, any questions you like. We’re publishing his transcribed answers one day at a time. Here’s the background skinny.

How do you balance your priorities between a “job” that is way more than a job and your family? (Amar Rama)
I’d love to hear how Wess navigates…

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May 28 2008

Wess Speaks

We recently gave you the opportunity to ask our President, Wess Stafford, any questions you like. You didn’t disappoint. We got a variety of questions ranging from serious to silly.
Wess is a fascinating storyteller. We wanted you to feel as if he were answering your questions in person. So we sat down with him, recorded…

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May 28 2008

A Little Can Mean a Lot

Our SpotLINK guest contributor today is A. She currently serves as a worship leader and choir director. She blogs at Be Thou My Vision and co-maintains Women in Worship, a site connecting Christian women who are passionate about worshiping and serving God through music and the arts.
I remember when I first felt God leading me…

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May 27 2008

Global Food Crisis

My heart is very heavy with the sad news we are hearing about how the current global food crisis is affecting many of our Compassion children, their families and even some of our country staff. Although we are still attempting to determine where the greatest needs are and the number of children being most adversely…

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About nine years ago, when Compassion began operating in Tanzania, we were received with mixed feelings by the church.

Some thought there is no genuine organization that can offer the benefits CI claims to offer to children. Some were not comfortable that we want different evangelical denominations to come together and have a common objective in…

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SUBJECT: Responses to One on One With Anthony Njoroge – A Letter to My Fans

Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that has personal meaning to you?
Yes, I do. My favorite Bible verse is Lamentations 3:21-25. And if you read the whole chapter you’ll see why even more.
My favorite Bible story is the…

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May 23 2008

Smile

I just got this cute, cute picture of Pamela at her child development center, viewing herself on the blog from Wednesday’s post! Samuel says she was embarrassed at first but couldn’t help smiling once she saw it.

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Many of Compassion’s sponsors are young families. Our family fits that category with children 9, 6, 5 and 2 years old. Not only do we want to help little ones overseas, my wife and I want our own children to realize the hope-stealing effects of poverty. We want our kids to understand poverty to a…

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“Life has meaning when someone touches it at tender age. Someone stood out and shaped my life. I believe in life of fullness. Thank you my sponsor where ever you are.” – Ruzamba Niyomwungeli

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Have you ever wondered how your sponsored child’s letter gets to you? The long journey it takes from Tanzania or Thailand to Connecticut or California? There’s a lot more to it than you might think!

Samuel Llanes, Guatemala’s Field Communication Specialist, gives us a peek at the journey of one letter from Guatemala to a…

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This is a sample of what my sponsored children write to me. Although the words are different, they often have the same message.

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SUBJECT: One on One with Anthony Njoroge
To all my fans,
Based on the many emails, letters and phone calls I have received I’ve decided to give you an opportunity to ask me any questions as you would like.
As part of this, I have already hired quite a number of secretaries and personal assistants to help…

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I’m willing to bet that every person, at some point during your involvement with Compassion, ponders some variation of the following question:
“Does Compassion’s ministry really work? Compassion knows how to share stories, but how do I know it’s actually making the difference they claim?”
Guess what? We’ve wondered the same thing. So 11 years ago…

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Rasmata and Aguirata stand at the entrance to their courtyard

It was noon when I reached the family’s house. There was too much sun. Rasmata and Aguirata were sitting with their mother, Fati, in the small living room because there was no shade outside. Only a small tree that was planted by Aguirata could be seen in the courtyard.

The family lives in an area that…

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See the photo? The one at the top of the page. It was done by one of you.
Eric Chapman (aka chappyphoto) took it. He’s a friend we met by way of our Flickr group.
We liked his photos so much we asked if we could use one in our blog header. Then we asked if…

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What would you do … to give a few moments of pleasure to a person drowning in poverty?

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May 13 2008

Cultural Compassion

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“Given the extensive comments in the Bible regarding the importance of taking care of the poor, we expected to see a larger distinction between the responses of born-again Christians and non-Christians.” – David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group

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May 13 2008

Silent Tsunami

Working at Compassion is hard on your heart.
When I purposely expose myself to the ugly things in life, I open myself up to possibility that my heart will be hurt. It’s a scary, vulnerable place, but it’s exactly where God has called me to be.
My heart hurt badly last week when I read this…

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May 12 2008

Caption Please

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Blogging gets children in poverty sponsored.
Here’s da proof that blogging works.

Be Thou My Vision
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429 children sponsored as a result of the Uganda blog trip.

And here’s da rebuttal.
The Search Kindly “Money Thermometer” shows that only $203 has been raised for Compassion this month.
Using highly complex advanced math skills that bend the imagination as well…

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May 10 2008

2008 Compassion Sunday Update

Be forewarned. What follows is pure rah-rah. It showed up in employee inboxes … from MARKETING. It’s just a small glimpse into the response Compassion Sunday 2008 has received so far.
We’re at over 9,700 children sponsored. Our goal is 22,000. It’s not too late to host your own event.
“Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free Church…

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In his book The New Friars, Scott A. Bessenecker tells a story of living in and serving a garbage community in Cairo with his family and some college students. After a month, “what at first was repulsive — rotting garbage piled everywhere, animals feeding off the trash, mothers climbing rubbish mountains with their babies…

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May 8 2008

How Far Is The Hill?

I’m in Guatemala right now, taking a handful of sponsors and radio broadcasters on a trip to see how Compassion is changing the lives of children in poverty. And I just had to share something that hit me today. I’ll try to keep this short because the internet service here is so iffy that I…

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