Archives for: March, 2009 (subscribe)

On a recent trip to Africa, I met a man. A man named “John” who is living positively with HIV and even AIDS.

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I still can’t get over what we’ve experienced in producing Reflections of a Compassion Traveller. Until I turned 10 I lived in a culture that believed the existence of higher powers or gods inhabited carved figurines (plated with gold even) and were to be worshiped.
Now that I’ve come to know the Lord, I…

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I realize that God wants me to look at my sponsorship of Evelyne from a whole new perspective. My goal now is to win Evelyne’s entire family to Christ.

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Mar 28 2009

$32 a Month

Today’s half sentence sprang from the minds of Compassion Dave and Judy Tremblay.
Before I sponsored a child, I used to spend $32 a month on . . .

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Mar 27 2009

Back From Colombia

I recently had the privilege of visiting my three correspondence children, a few children that I helped find sponsors for, and the sponsored child of my pastor in Colombia. It was a trip I will never forget (unless I get a serious bout of amnesia).

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Leadership Development Program graduate Michelle Tolentino talks about the value and meaning of Compassion’s programs in her life.

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Mar 25 2009

Make an Impact

What if we never heard the story of how David slew Goliath? Or the story about Jesus rebuking the storm? How about when Elijah brought the widow’s son back to life?
Honestly … think of your faith without all those miraculous stories.
I can’t do it. I can’t think of my faith without thinking about the…

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You can also view this Thank You Message video on YouTube.

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Today Mel reflects on community, the power of prayer, and the ubiquitousness of Barbie after visiting a leprosy colony in Purulia.

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Have you ever embarked on a new venture, perhaps with a plan, only to realise half way (when you’ve gone beyond the point of no return) that the venture is not unfolding the way you’d envisioned?
After all, in the words of wise King Solomon: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it…

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Do you remember Richmond? He’s one of the Wess Stafford-Moody Bible Institute Scholarship recipients Celina told you about.
Do you have 21 minutes? If so, you’ll be hard-pressed not to be impressed by this humble man.
Greg Nettle, senior pastor of Rivertree Christian Church, conducts the interview.

You can also view this Richmond Wandera video on…

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Mar 22 2009

World Water Day: Be a Voice

Today is World Water Day. This year’s theme is “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities.”
Nurturing the opportunities for cooperation in transboundary water management can help build mutual respect, understanding and trust among countries and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth.
Previous World Water Day themes included:

Sanitation (2008)
Coping With Water Scarcity (2007)
Water and Culture (2006)
Water for…

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Visit ourcompassion.org to connect with sponsors from your area or who sponsor a child in the same development center as your child.

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Take a swig of this.
I drink bottled water because I like the convenience and because I like the taste. I LIKE … and every bottle I choose demonstrates what I value most. I value myself.
Drinking bottled water is not a sin, and this post isn’t about guilt, but they are both about perspective. And…

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Mar 19 2009

Diarrhea Stinks!

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Join a skeptical young couple from Denver, Colo., as they visit a Healing Waters International church partner in Guatemala to learn how the Healing Waters ministry model works.

Take a trip with Healing Waters.

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Mar 17 2009

Thank You, Friends

If you have ever wondered what happens when God’s people pray hard and work hard, look no further than last Wednesday – Global Food Crisis Awareness Day.
Millions of dollars were raised to feed hungry children and their families around the world. In addition, thousands of children were sponsored! I know you played a part…

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The churches we partner with must meet a few requirements to be considered for a child development center. They must be part of an evangelical denomination, have a children’s ministry, have good church facilities to host children and have personnel to teach and care for the children. If they meet this criteria, then the formal…

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Mar 17 2009

World Water Day 2009 is March 22

Today’s post is written by Dan Brown, Chief Marketing Officer for Healing Waters International.
World Water Day, March 22, was initiated by the United Nations in 1992 to help focus attention on the 1.1 billion people in the world who still lack safe drinking water.

And for World Water Day 2009, we, Healing Waters, are celebrating our…

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The problem of contaminated drinking water is a serious one. 3.4 million people, mostly children, die from water-related diseases each year — that’s the equivalent of thirty-eight 777s crashing every day and killing everyone on board. — UNICEF/WHO, Global Water Supply and Sanitation Assessment 2000
There are many organizations in this world building clean water…

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Mar 14 2009

What Do You Half?

For those of you who are new here, we have this Saturday thing where we start a sentence and we ask you to finish it. We haven’t done our thing in over a month, but we’re doing it today – sort of.
We really don’t have any new, unfinished thoughts – so we’re linking to some…

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Mar 13 2009

God Heals

I’m an American mom who raised two sons, one stepson and one stepdaughter. We were your classic “blended family,” I suppose, and it wasn’t easy. Issues that come up for blended families can be extremely complex.
All four of my children were teenagers at the same time. It was challenging.
I would hear things like, “My dad…

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Mar 11 2009

Perform a Miracle

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we…

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Mar 10 2009

The “Do-Over” Miracle

I’ve been struggling lately with one of Jesus’ miracles. You’re probably familiar with it — it’s in the book of Mark, chapter 8, verses 22-26.
Jesus was in Bethsaida, when a group of people brought a blind man to him. The crowd begged Jesus to touch the man. So Jesus took the man by the hand…

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