Archives for: August, 2011 (subscribe)

The message from Compassion International on my voice mail said, “Call right away.” I had a knot in my stomach. Something was wrong. Compassion does not call sponsors just to chat.

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Aug 30 2011

Do Dreams Really Come True?

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Do dreams come true? Yes. Not by wishing on a star. But through the actions of committed Christians who are willing to live out their faith in practical ways.

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The term nam jai (water + heart) means “water from the heart” and is used to describe genuine acts of kindness. It implies that these acts of kindness are done without any expectations — with no strings attached.

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girl looking in mirror

Spiritual mirrors are not normal mirrors. They are not a tangible piece of formed glass hanging on a wall. Spiritual mirrors are people, experiences, challenges, tragedies, etc. that show us our spiritual maturity.

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Aug 27 2011

Where in the World is Skippy?

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Last week it was running in Greece with Emilda, and this week it’s working on the coast of…?

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El-Salvador_Classroom

Our ministry in El Salvador started in 1977 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2009, we implemented both the Child Survival and Leadership Development programs.

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Nado_Parents

What parents do and say will affect what their children do and say. Whether direct or indirect, intentional or unintentional, what parents live out every day will influence their children. This is seen in the life of Nado.

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Drought_Kenya

You’ve watched as the crisis in East Africa has unfolded, you’ve been praying and now you’re ready to respond. Now the question is, “What is Compassion doing amid this crisis?”

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Families who participated in our 2009 food security programs have now built up adequate reserves to survive two or three years of poor harvest.

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Aug 23 2011

Child of Compassion

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Ismene loved school. She loved learning how to work math problems. But Ismene was worried. Her grandparents might not make enough money to buy food and keep her in school.

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A group of children in Thailand having fun in front fo the camera.

To all you teens out there who are hesitant about making the decision to sponsor a child, I want to encourage you to go for it! I am living proof that what you do makes a difference in so many lives, including your own.

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Aug 21 2011

The Currency of Humility

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Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Compassion USA, talks about the currency of humility within the economy of unity, specifically showing humility toward one another.

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Aug 20 2011

Where in the World is Skippy?

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Last week Skippy went hiking in Colorado, this week our mascot is going for a run. Who is Skippy getting ready to run with and where are they?

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Walking Street is a place in Chiang Mai where local vendors hawk their wares. My family and I thought we would take a few hours, see what it was all about and then head to church. We were wrong.

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Aug 19 2011

Ministry Highlight: Thailand

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We began our ministry in Thailand in 1970, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. After 40 years of ministry in Thailand, our ministry is now well known by the majority of evangelical churches in the country.

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Church-in-Philippines

Churches that wish to open a child development center will go through an application process, and maintain a continued relationship with local Compassion staff who provide training, support and accountability to their child development programs.

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Sponsors at my church have been experiencing financial hardships with gas prices, unemployment, and the overall cost of living. I’m not sure if you’re experiencing this same tension, but I suspect that with finances being tighter, many of us are investing less time in this ministry.

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CSP-Mom-in-Ecuador

Moms in our Child Survival Program typically lack the opportunity to learn basic home economics skills. Knowledge that we consider common sense is not always common for them.

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Water of Life_Parasites

We’re in the midst of a campaign to takeover the Water.org Twitter account. Water.org’s 432,000 Twitter followers represent a whole new audience for us. An audience that may not know what we do, why we do it or who we do it for. This is what we want to tell them.

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A major success in a poverty-reduction goal for the new millennium — halving the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 per day — was probably reached three years ago.

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The son of the High Chief, knowingly or not, showed his friends an image of what Jesus Christ did for each of us when He went to the cross. He stood between them and the evil one, who wanted to hurt them.

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Aug 13 2011

Where in the World is Skippy?

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Skippy wished he could stay in El Salvador, but duty calls. Besides, he’s looking forward to doing some mountain climbing. Where do you think Skippy is this week?

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Aug 12 2011

Ministry Highlight: Ghana

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Compassion began its ministry in Ghana in 2005 with when the Child Sponsorship Program. Since then we have registered 25,000 children.

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In the community of Barrio George, children learn to read and write around the age of 8, which is why many children don’t normally write introductory letters themselves. We give the child development centers seven days to complete their child introductory letters and bring them to the office in Santo Domingo.

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Wake Up

We want to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. And 58: is about all of the other children that we can’t sponsor, but want to.

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