Archives for: November, 2008 (subscribe)

Benson wakes up at 6:00 a.m. every Saturday excited that he will see his friends and learn Bible lessons. On this particular Saturday, the children at his child development center learn a life-lesson, and child development director, Mercy, takes them through the devotion.
It’s chilly and the teacher starts the lesson. As drum beats fill…

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After seven years of selling music on those little silver discs, I’m giving it away. My new song, “Kingdom Coming,” is totally free. But it might cost you something else.
Let me explain.
When you download the song you will not be asked for any money, or a friend’s e-mail address, or to fill out a…

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Hi, my name is Stephan Archer. I joined Compassion a few months ago as the U.S. Communication Specialist. Although I am in the business of communicating from day to day, this is my first attempt at blogging, so bear with me as I try to figure this out.
My calling to Compassion was really a journey…

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Maasai Community With Goats

The Maasai community has been rearing cattle for years, all their known lifetime and history.

In fact, there is a joke that goes around Tanzania about how the Maasai people claim that all the cows in the world belong to them, and the Maasai have the duty to return the cows to their natural home,…

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Nov 22 2008

The Prayer

This is Emelia. She is a sponsored child in Ghana. And obviously, she’s praying.
We don’t know what she was praying for in the moment the photo was taken, but if she’s anything like us, it might’ve been for the photographer to hurry up and take the picture.

Will you join us and Emelia in…

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Story by Delanyo Tenge, Compassion Togo program communications manager, and Barb Liggett, Global Strategy Office intern

September 17, 2008 was the day the staff of Compassion Togo (CIT) had prepared fervently for, and the excitement had reached its peak. As Compassion’s newest country, the staff began registering children in Compassion Togo’s first child development center.
At MESA…

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Nov 20 2008

At the Batey

At the batey

The situation on the batey is as hard as the dirt ground, but there are a few shards of hope gleaming out of it.

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A few of my colleagues here at Compassion Australia decided to give up coffee this month. Why? We are all participating in a month-long campaign called FAST for FOOD.

If you drink at least a cup of coffee a day, the thought of fasting from coffee is probably pretty painful. But we weighed up the facts:

Firstly,…

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Nov 17 2008

So Human Blog Contest

Okay, y’all. The paint is barely dry on our first blog contest (which Juli Jarvis won) which means it must be time for our second contest. This time we’ve asked Tim Glenn to pony up the prize.
You may know Tim for his thought-provoking posts. But do you know that he is also a…

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Nov 15 2008

Favorite Bible Verses

My sponsored child’s favorite Bible verses are . . .

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Maritza, from the window of her one floor house, is watching me as I come towards her home. It is made from planks of wood, painted in blue heaven, and between plank and plank the sunlight streams inside.
To get to Maritza’s house, I jumped from stone to stone to keep out of the mud…

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QMU. Town Hall Meeting. Ever heard of  ‘em? No? Allow me to fill you in then.
QMU stands for “quarterly ministry update,” and, as you may have guessed, it happens once a quarter. Crazy. At least one representative, from each team within each department goes to listen and report the latest on Compassion stats for the fiscal year. 
I took it…

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Nov 12 2008

Who Do You Hope Wins?

The stories all of you shared during our first blog contest were encouraging, inspiring and, well . . . everything that Christ is, to all of us.
Thank you for giving us a glimpse into how “hope lives” in your lives — how He lives.
And thank you for participating.
Would you please take some…

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ugandan-children

Does my Compassion child attend school at Compassion’s child development center?

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Nov 11 2008

Your Caption Here

Besides giving a caption for this very cute photo, what country do you think the photo was taken in?

Your caption here

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“You’re a little mover and a shaker. You’re going to change the world.”
Ok, I am not sure why I am tearing up as I write that sentence, but I am. It’s just me, I’m emotional.
I heard that phrase from my mom for over 23 years. I heard it on my first day of school,…

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Nov 8 2008

I Extend Grace

I extend grace . . .

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Nov 7 2008

To God Be the Glory

I’ve been so focused on the preparations for the 2009 Compassion Sunday campaign that I had NEXT YEAR’S goal in my head when I was reading a recent child sponsorship progress report. It dawned on me just this week that we actually SURPASSED the 2008 Goal of impacting the lives of 22,000 children through Compassion…

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Even though the Compassion Bloggers trip ends today, you can still advocate on behalf of children in the Dominican Republic.
Add these banners to your blog, if you haven’t already grabbed them from somewhere else; your readers will be instantly transported to a place where they can choose to sponsor a child from the…

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Alright folks, it’s time for an update; the scoop, this dish, the latest happenings. A little FYI, if you will. Forgive me; my coffee is stronger than normal this morning. 
Since we met last, progression on the program has been both productive and sluggish.
Productive in that meetings are set, conversations have been had, and a “plan…

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Hi. I’m your Compassion internet communications specialist. I specialize in being especially excited about web stuff.
Do I have fun on occasion? You bet. Is most of it work? Always, and did I mention that saving kids from poverty is my commitment? No? Well, there you go.
Recently I was sent by Compassion to…

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Nov 4 2008

Visiting Uganda

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail that Paul Moede, the leadership development marketing director for Compassion U.S., sent to his family last week and also shared with his co-worker, Gayle White.
Paul is currently traveling in Uganda.

Today we visited a child survival program deep in a rural area. Sometimes it boggles my mind to see…

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Nov 4 2008

Our First Blog Contest

We’ve been wanting to do this for a looong time now, and it’s finally here — our first blog contest!
It took some time to hoodwink someone into donating a prize, but we finally found Amber.
Well, we knew where Amber was the whole time, so the truth is that we finally thought to ask her…

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César Antonio Beltran is the first graduate of the Dominican Republic’s leadership development program, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in computer engineering in February 2008.
He has now traveled to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in Arts in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship at the Moody Bible Institute (MBI). Out of…

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Nov 1 2008

Amazement

My sponsored child amazes me . . .

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