Archives for: October, 2010 (subscribe)

Our goal is to assist as many children and families as possible. In order to do this, we allow three children per family to be enrolled in our program.

However, the child development center staff is able to change that allowance to one or two children — based on the community’s needs. Particularly in Africa, one…

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“Sponsors have had a great impact into our lives and have supported us in many ways. Really, we could have died. I urge them not to feel tired when they are helping us. I know that God will bless them. I’d like to give the sponsors this verse — Lamentations 3:22-24. It inspires me a…

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Oct 27 2010

Poverty is a Lie

“At its very core, poverty is a mindset that goes far beyond the tragic circumstances. It is the cruel, destructive message that gets whispered into the ears of millions by the enemy Satan himself: ‘Give up! You don’t matter. Nobody cares about you. Look around you: Things are terrible. Always have been, always will be.…

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Michael W. Smith, longtime Compassion advocate and multiple Grammy award-winner, came to Colorado Springs and shared about his faith, his experiences as a songwriter, and his affiliation with Compassion.

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As the gospel exemplifies the power of redemptive grace, people are given the power to break not only the cycle of poverty, but also the cycle of violence.

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We are ecstatic that Valeri is continuing on to the next round of the Battle of the Blades. Next week sees all the survivors of Round Four take a break to make way for a second chance for one of the eliminated pairs to return to the competition.

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There are pivotal moments in human development, defining moments that shape long-term self view and identity. Those pivotal moments must be won by truth and not by “the lie.”

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Valeri Bure is back on the ice — this time as a competitor on Battle of the Blades, airing Sundays and Mondays on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. And he’s competing for Compassion.

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No different from parents everywhere, parents in poverty are in the trenches of child-rearing day in and day out. So, encourage your child’s parents in your next letter. Consider including a Bible verse or a small card “For Mom & Dad.”

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“I am very proud to work alongside the villagers. I sacrifice myself, my knowledge and my time into the savings groups. All my work wasn’t wasted. But it is growing and it can help poor villagers.” — Yamsuk

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The question of whether child sponsorship is about us or the children we sponsor generates a lot of discussion – and sometimes disagreement. Should we hold on tightly to the things and people we cherish or should we hold on loosely?

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This week, Val and Katia performed a difficult program in a dance-themed episode that resulted in a second place score of 17.4 from the judges.

The voters sent them into the bottom two for the competition, resulting in a skate-off against fellow competitors Violetta Afanasieva and PJ Stock.

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Why have we taken the first half of that sentence in John 12:8 and placed Jesus behind a lectern at a seminar on economic development while completely ignoring the second half of the sentence?

We treat the “you” in the first half of the sentence as an all-time statement to us but we happily…

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“I am living God’s dream in my life today because of my sponsor’s love, affection and prayer for me. I learned to walk close with Him and God gave me a dream of reaching out to more children and broken hearts by being a social worker.”

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“The Church is the Bride of Christ through which the world should know the Lord, and to my knowledge God has not planned an alternative.” — Palamanga Ouali, Country Director of Compassion Burkina

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It starts with a mosquito bite. Then there’s an itch. And for us, it’s just an annoyance. But for children in poverty, the bite is just the beginning, and the itch isn’t the problem. The real problem is the malaria.

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Oct 12 2010

How I Came to Christ

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Fourteen registered children, three Child Survival Program (CSP) mothers and one CSP father from the Rom–Prakun Child Development Center were recently baptized.

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Last week, despite receiving top scores, Val and Katia found themselves in the bottom two in viewer votes (which could have resulted in their elimination!). The judges saved the pair and they came back to compete in Sunday’s episode — the result?

Katia and Val are considered the ones to beat, once again receiving the top…

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A survey conducted in Niger in 2002 by the Office of the Prime Minister asked the poor of that country to describe poverty. Their answers included: dependence, marginalization, scarcity, incapacity and restrictions on rights and freedoms.

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Watch Battle of the Blades on CBC every week. NHL great Valeri Bure (of the Calgary Flames), is competing this year—and has named Compassion Canada as his charity! If you think his performance is the best, vote for Valeri and his partner every Sunday night by email, text or phone.

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On one hand, we need to do all in our power to help those struggling here at home. But we also have the challenge of viewing poverty with “global bifocals.” With one portion of the lens we see and attack needs close to home. With the other portion of the lens we focus on the…

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The youths in our student centers face many challenges. Because of cultural paradigms, poor academic preparation by the national school system (especially in rural areas), and financial barriers, one of the greatest challenges for youths is learning how to dream.

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Despite the Ethiopian government’s efforts to eradicate bridal abduction, it’s still frequently practiced in some rural areas. Bridal abduction has been illegal since 2005, but outside of the capital, the law is interpreted very loosely by the police and judges. Hence, girls as young as 11 years old are abducted and are given in marriage…

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“Sponsorship is not about the money you give but about the lives and relationships you build.” This is not just a clever thing to say. It’s a profound statement that I learned from the children themselves. I’ve seen that our children are more concerned about building their relationship with you than the help they get.

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During a party at Simon the Leper’s, Jesus says to Judas Iscariot, “The poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11). The misinterpretation of this statement has justified a fatalistic belief that, by divine decree, the world will always have poor people.

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