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I heard the other day what many would call “good news.” According to the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, the recession is over.
Only the thing is, the “good-ness” of this news is relative … it’s only true for those of us living within certain geographic boundaries (read: the developed world.)
So, while we may be…

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Sep 29 2009

Live for Him Blog Challenge

Our friends at Kerusso, creators of this incredibly fine-looking Live for Him apparel*, have offered up some T-shirts for this little thing we’re doing.
Beginning later today and continuing through Friday, October 2, we will periodically update our Facebook fan page status with questions about this here blog.
If you answer the question correctly and are…

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Seven years ago, Nicaragua’s National Assembly made it official that the last Sunday of September would be dedicated to celebrating the translation of the Bible from Greek to Spanish.Throughout the national territory we celebrate. Sunday, Sept. 27, was the 440th anniversary.
In every department and/or town, churches from different denominations get together to celebrate.
Flowers, palm…

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One of my earliest lessons in the importance of our gifts came from Tausi (Tanzania). I began sponsoring her soon after her stated birth date (which later proved to be wrong, but…) and immediately sent a gift of $25.

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Moody Bible Institute scholar Tony Beltran shares his amazement and excitement about a child he met who was determined to help others, just like Tony’s sponsor.

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Last week we asked if you’d be interested in receiving a Compassion magazine for kids ages 8 to 12. Many of you said, “Absolutely!”
Because of your responses, we’re moving forward and mailing our first issue this January.
And now, we’re inviting your kids to submit the following materials for a chance to be published in the…

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As birds sing morning songs to begin their days, Eugene Bahire, in charge of Tours and Visits at Compassion’s Rwanda office, starts his day with a morning prayer at 5:30 and prepares himself for work.
He leaves home at 6:30 a.m. and takes 45 minutes to reach his office.
After morning devotions with all Compassion Rwanda staff,…

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“One day, we will see a formerly sponsored child lead our nation.” This is the dream that fills the hearts of the Compassion El Salvador staff.
What started in 1977 in El Salvador with the implementation of the child sponsorship program, is now taking a step closer toward that dream.
A few months ago, after a…

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Wess Stafford could be a rising star among evangelical leaders, filling his days with speaking engagements and guest appearances on TV talk shows.
He could be driving a luxury car, living in a mansion and coasting on his achievements as CEO and president of Colorado Springs-based Compassion International.
He wants none of it.
His life is all…

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Let’s find out.
Beginning today and continuing through this Friday (Sept. 25), we will send out tweets about specific children in need of sponsors.
And we’d like you to retweet them for us.
When you do, you’ll be eligible to win your choice of some free Live for Him* apparel:

T-shirts
caps
rings
wristbands

Every retweet counts as an entry, and…

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We’re developing a kids’ magazine designed to educate 8-to-12-year-olds and develop their hearts of Compassion.
This free publication will teach kids about poverty and other cultures, and encourage them to engage with children in need.
They will enjoy photos showing what a day is like for kids in other cultures, tips for writing to their…

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Jacob Kitonsa began working for Compassion in Uganda in 1999. He currently works in our International Program Group as a Senior Leadership Development Program Specialist.

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Edouard Lassegue is the Vice President of our Central America and Caribbean Region. He talks about our efforts to stem the food crisis in Guatemala.
Embedded video from CNN Video
You can also watch this video about the Guatemala Food Crisis on CNN.

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Veerachai Nimmitthamrongkul, more commonly called Bee, was sponsored by Compassion when he was growing up. But now Bee has been working as a Partnership Facilitator (PF) for Compassion Thailand for six years.
Bee still recalls the letters he received from his sponsor from Canada. The letters always encouraged him to keep on studying and stressed…

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Now, I know the organizational structure of a company is not all that exciting, but it does say a lot about how an organization is run, what its priorities are and how it tries to achieve its objectives.
Just take a look at your church.
If it has a senior pastor, five associate pastors, two youth…

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Allen Charles Graham is single, but he understands the meaning of the word “commitment.” He started sponsoring children in 1989 when he lived in the United States, working at a TV network. Currently, he lives in Ecuador and is the Training Director at HCJB Global Voice radio station.
“This was something I always wanted to…

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So to follow up on the clock analogy, what makes Compassion tick? Which gears and teeth make Compassion run and how?
Are there letter-writing genies in the basement? Does Compassion’s headquarters even have a basement?
Do Santa’s workshop personnel kick it here during the off-season addressing and licking envelopes and sleighing over to Togo, India and…

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Lest I misled readers with my first entry on the epic move from New York City to Colorado Springs, I must confess that I am not a true city slicker.
While yes, I did most recently come from NYC, it was only a two-year stint for graduate school. An unfortunate amount of that time was…

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For every 100,000 views this video gets, Dude Perfect will sponsor a child. It’s all explained at dudeperfect.com.

You can also watch this Dude Perfect video, along with Dude Perfect’s other amazing videos, on YouTube.

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Compassion partners with churches in the developing world — they aren’t our subjects or our charity cases, they are our partners. But beyond partnership, they are our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Moody Bible Institute scholar Richmond Wandera shares how the telling of his story and one woman’s response to it reminded him that child sponsorship is a part of God’s work.

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Every year from June until September, the people in Minahasa, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, have celebrated a traditional thanksgiving holiday from generation to generation, called Pengucapan. It is the way the people of Minahasa express their gratitude to God for the blessings of the previous year.
The Pengucapan tradition started when the people in this remote…

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“So you moved from New York City … to Colorado Springs? Wow.” Full stop. “That must be a big adjustment …”
“Yes indeed,” I reply.
And that is the most common reaction I (right) get. What makes me chuckle though is the momentary look of utter confusion that passes over a person’s face as the “How”…

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Philippians 2:3-8 adds value to the concept of servant leadership.

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Compassion International CEO Wess Stafford talks about the history of Compassion’s marketing message and why it will always be about Jesus.

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