Archives for: April, 2012 (subscribe)
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If you could ask God anything — absolutely anything — what would it be? Sponsored children sit down with us and share their questions for God.

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Our house leaked, so water came inside and everything got wet — as wet as if we were outside. Life was very bad in this way. It made me hate poverty. I wish that Compassion had been in my country then.

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You are invited to the Experience Compassion Conference to be held at our Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on July 21, 2012. Hope to see you there!

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Apr 27 2012

The Dung Gate

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Repairing the Dung Gate was not the most prestigious job. Does anyone ever stand in line to do insignificant jobs – like repairing the dung gate?

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Kelly Burton’s role as an artist has changed and she feels a new sense of purpose when she stands before a crowd. She is an advocate, speaking for those with no voice.

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Apr 26 2012

Serving Selflessly

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It is important to God that we serve one another selflessly, without dishonest gain, and care for each other voluntarily, without exercising dominion over others because of leadership positions.

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Apr 25 2012

World Malaria Day 2012

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As they toured a village in Uganda, they came upon a grave on a hillside of a man – a father, a husband, a friend, a son – prematurely taken from his family because of malaria. Malaria, a disease preventable with as little as a mosquito net and an elementary health education.

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Apr 25 2012

You Give It to Them

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Sometimes we do things we do not understand because they are known only to the Lord. This is what our ministry does.

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The need for mosquito nets for children in Burkina Faso is high, and solutions are being sought. Parental education is also a big step in the fight against malaria.

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Rebekah is a perfect example of how to do something from the bottom of our hearts — as unto the Lord.

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As we ate our final Lenten meal, anticipating the feast of Easter Sunday, the grand mystical celebration of life breaking past death, I felt content. Thankful.

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Jesus had a busy travel schedule. He met people from place to place yet ignored His own need for meals, lodging, extra clothes, and cash.

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Apr 22 2012

Why Do We Do What We Do?

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Why do you do what you do and how do you explain the “whys” to others in your life?

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No matter where we sit, the stories of our bravest moments are basically the same. They are stories in which we stepped out into the unknown — not knowing what waited for us or what was going to happen next.

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children of uganda

With more than 87 million views Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video has focused attention on Uganda and the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). As a result, we have received many questions about our work in Uganda and our efforts to protect the children in our programs.

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What is this crazy loyalty to the “Lord’s anointed”? Why was David so adamant for 15 years about not killing the “Lord’s anointed”?

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Saidel is his father’s 30th child. His mother, one of his father’s five wives, died when Saidel was only 3 years old. After his mother’s death, he was taken in by his older sister, a street vendor named Mireille.

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Apr 19 2012

Loyalty

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Loyalty means not changing, faithful. Loyalty is the principal qualification for every minister.

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Bouncing over piles of trash and splashing through rivers of raw sewage, Katy held James’ hand in the front seat of the car, telling herself it was to cheer him. Later she would realize that she needed his hand to steel her and keep her brave.

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Apr 18 2012

Living in Integrity

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To walk in integrity is to proceed correctly before God and men. It is to give without expecting something in return.

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This Murgir Korma recipe is from Kevin Stout, who helped open our offices in Bangladesh and now serves as the ministry’s Church Partnership Development Manager. His wife is Bengali, and this is her family’s recipe for murgir korma, or sweet chicken curry with yogurt.

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Apr 17 2012

Unfaithfulness

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Nothing speaks to others more loudly than a leader’s faithfulness. Effective leaders gather for others and then give away.

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Carl was the last to get on his horse, and he realized that the entire village had come out to watch him mount up. “Big Papi!” they chanted as they all laughed.

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Apr 16 2012

Rejoice in Suffering

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When we look for the source of our troubles, let’s not forget that God has allowed them to refine our lives. God uses them for good, even if Satan or anyone else intends it for bad.

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Contemplating what to share with her sponsor.

How many of us sit in front of a blank computer screen or piece sheet of paper wondering what to share with our sponsored child? What do you say or not say?

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