Archives for: September, 2011 (subscribe)
Sep 30 2011

Ministry Highlight: Haiti

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We began our ministry in Haiti in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program and in 2008, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Haiti.

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According to the World Health Organization, about 80 percent of all illnesses in the developing world are caused by the lack of potable water and adequate sanitation; lack of safe water is also identified among the chief causes of sickness and death in children.

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Perspective is in low supply here in the States. I don’t mean this in a derogatory way. It’s just a fact. We live sheltered. We don’t live without heartache. We don’t live without pain. We just live with limited perspective.

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LeeAnn_Arusha

Whenever our words or actions cause others to experience the love of Jesus, we leave an aroma redolent with life.

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When we, adopted members of the family of God, sponsor, visit, love, write, protect, speak up for, adopt, and foster sponsored children in our own families we are living out the gospel. We are doing the will of our Father in heaven, and Jesus calls us brothers and sisters.

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Gerdes_1

God doesn’t want me stuck, and I don’t want to be stuck either! I want to be faithful in my little piece of world, but I also want to be a part of something bigger.

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Wess Stafford washes the feet of a Leadership Development Program graduate.

What’s preventing you from living out a Spirit of Service in your work environment or better yet, in your life?

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Sep 23 2011

Ministry Highlight: Brazil

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We began our ministry in Brazil in 1987 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2007, we started the Leadership Development Program.

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sad-girl_brazil

Currently, more slaves exist than during the time of slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce. But unlike in Wilberforce’s day, 80 percent of today’s slaves are women and girls; 50 percent are children. The slave trade is far from history. In fact, it is very much the shame of our world today.

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Vanitha_family

When 29-year-old Vanitha got married, parents from both sides were not very happy about it. When they didn’t have a place to live, she and her husband were given a cattle shed for their home.

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We often get questions in our contact center regarding different holidays. Things like, “What are some holidays that are special to my child?” Or, “To be sensitive to my child’s culture and customs, are there things I shouldn’t talk about?”

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Nui_hats

This past Mother’s Day I got an interesting gift from my daughter, Sarah, and I called to ask what it meant. The number 38 rang a bell for me, but I wasn’t sure what she meant by her note.

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Ghanian woman sewing in her shop.

Is the thing I am giving better to give than to receive? Is the gift you are contemplating simply something you want to give, or is it doing real and lasting good in the community you are hoping to help?

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Compassion is rolling out a new and improved way to send some love to our sponsored children! This all-new online letter-writing tool allows you to create bright and beautiful messages with 33 different background templates to choose from.

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Awa

Being from a Muslim family, and living in front of the community mosque, Awa’s decision to become a Christian was not acceptable among the Muslim community

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Should we call Compassion an outcome-driven organization, or do you think we are more of an aim- or purpose-driven organization?

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Sep 16 2011

Ministry Highlight: Mexico

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We began our ministry in Mexico in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. Through the years, we have moved into highly impoverished areas to help children in need. But poverty continues to impact the country severely.

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Axel_class

Although he’s young, Axel is very mature and respectful in the way he talks and treats his friends. He is a good and intelligent child. Other teenagers follow him and respect him.

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There are a few things that I am passionate about that I will never move away from. My relationship with God and my family, music and the plight of children in poverty.

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The Sonflowerz are sisters Elissa and Becca Leander. Recently Paul Haddix, Artist Relations Manager, sat down with them and discussed their new album and their involvement with Compassion.

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Ashley_Brian

After a couple months I saw one little boy on the “longest waiting” list. His name was Brian. So I clicked for more information. That’s when God’s attention to detail totally blew my mind.

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What would have to happen in your life for you to think of yourself as someone who is truly and genuinely blessed? What would it take for you to feel like God is smothering you with kindness today?

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Sep 11 2011

Presenting the Gospel

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This may be the clearest presentation of the Gospel you ever hear. The speaker is Rev. Joby Martin, Executive Pastor from Beach United Methodist Church in Florida.

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Empowerment is defined by the World Bank as “the process of enhancing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices … (that lead) to desired actions and outcomes.” At Compassion, discussions on the concept of “empowerment” are not new; but in practice, how evident is empowerment in our management behavior?

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Sep 9 2011

Ministry Highlight: Togo

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We began our ministry in Togo in 2009 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In just under two years we have registered more than 4,300 children and we partner with 20 Implementing Church Partners.

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