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Time used to dance slowly for me. I remember my creeping countdown to Christmas break. Spring break. Summer…The beginning of our lives was marked with seasons broken up for us, with rest. Then there was college and marriage and all the responsibility that piles itself high. It feels like a new kind of time that…

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christmas miracle kenya slums

A woman came running to our business and amid uncontrollable emotions and said, “I have seen some abandoned bags at a bush near our house and I think it may be the things stolen from you.”

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christmas around the world twin angels

Traditions of dancing, singing carols, pageants, parades and nativity scenes fill our holiday season with joy. Uniting us with family, friends and church communities as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our friends celebrating Christmas around the world!

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second friday letter writing club featured

Children everywhere have a strong capacity to be creative because God created us that way. And research shows that when the brain is growing, play is needed to make connections that contribute to memory, learning, emotional regulation and social intelligence. At the Compassion centers, sponsored children are given the opportunity to spend time playing and…

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surviving a typhoon street

In the Philippines, tropical cyclones come and go frequently. The country is battered by an average of 9 typhoons a year; some don’t make international news, and those that do will have caused devastating destruction. Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) hit the islands on December 6. And currently, it has affected 70 of our church partners and…

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pray

Winston Churchill was not known for being a spiritual man. But even this world-renowned leader who led Britain’s fight against the then seemingly unstoppable might of Hitler’s military admitted to praying, saying the practice “comforted him” in times of crisis and danger. I find this fact interesting because it demonstrates God’s design of the human…

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givingtuesday unselfie

Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s about creating a new tradition during the holiday season. We have traditions of giving thanks. And traditions of giving gifts. Now we have a tradition of giving back. If you want to promote generosity, we’d love for you to join with us in raising $25,000 to build a Child Survival Program…

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world aids day 2014

Vanitha heard a familiar song in a nearby house across the street. Alone in her own home, the aching mother was looking at her child breathing, slowly and with great difficulty. Barely fifteen years old, Vanitha had struggled for months to keep her HIV-infected child alive with local medicines. She had nightmares about this day.…

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happy thanksgiving

As we join around the table today with our loved ones, we want to say a sincere THANK YOU to you – for loving your sponsored kids, for having compassion and for being the best advocates for kids in poverty in the world.

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pray with kids

We know Jesus’ call to love our neighbor isn’t only for adults, but how do we include kids in praying for children in crisis? Most children in late preschool to elementary years are concrete thinkers so, when you invite them to pray, start with two things they know they themselves need.

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giving tuesday featured

When I was a teenager, my mom and I used to go shopping on Black Friday. Well … she would shop. I would usually end up sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the mall, reading a book and waiting for her to finish buying gifts for our family. It should be noted, though, that…

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Nov 20 2014

To Such As These

universal children's day

This is me. I have a name, but it is not easy to remember or pronounce and the person to whom it is attached to holds no real value. Or so people tell me. I am small. And the world around me is so big. I try to contain it in the folds of my…

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world toilet day black

I love awkward situations. What makes most people squirm makes me break out in a fit of laughter. I enjoy watching people react in uncomfortable situations and don’t mind entering awkward situations myself. At this point, you’re probably asking yourself two questions. How does this woman have any friends? Is she about to ask us…

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second friday letter writing club featured

You attended a concert a couple of weeks ago or maybe someone spoke at your church and your heart was moved to sponsor a child through Compassion. Yea! Congratulations! And then, just yesterday, you received a welcome packet for this new member of your family. As you look through it, you read the section titled…

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perfect-gift-write

I’m a big reader. As a child, I had books hidden away everywhere — in the cushions of the couch, tucked under my brother’s car seat and stuffed into my pillowcase. So when I was about 10 years old, I decided I would buy every person in my family a book for Christmas. I pored…

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setting goals

I want to talk to you about goals. I think goals are powerful. You certainly need them to be successful in athletics or in academics. Goals are powerful because they can create the right conversation, spur the right imagination and give you direction to the right amount of scaling for what you’re trying to achieve.

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baby elephant edwin

You’ve probably met Wass. Wass is the baby elephant who’s been in the news recently after he was rescued from a well in Northern Kenya. Unable to be reunited with his herd, he and two orphaned ostrich chicks were airlifted to safety by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Now meet Edwin. Edwin is the head…

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Oct 24 2014

Fear, Ebola and Me

ebola clinic

“Are you sure you want to travel there right now? Couldn’t you get… Ebola?” My friend hesitantly asked me this question before my recent trip to Uganda, in Eastern Africa. I found a map and showed my well-meaning friend the actual distance from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak to Uganda. It’s about 4500 miles,…

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wait is over hashtag

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Every year, the United Nations dedicates one day to raise awareness on global poverty. This year’s theme is “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.” At Compassion International, we dedicate our LIVES to the very same thing. We’ve been marking…

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international day for the eradication of poverty oscar

This Friday, October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, also known as World Poverty Day. This year’s theme is “Leave no one behind: think, decide and act together against extreme poverty.” Meet Oscar, a Compassion graduate, and learn what you can do to spread awareness.

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nobel peace price Malala Yousafzai

This morning, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Though Yousafzai’s name may not be familiar, you probably remember her face—the face of a pale teen, eyes rimmed with dark circles, her head shrouded in bandages, clutching a white teddy bear. Two years ago Yousafzai garnered the world’s…

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second friday letter writing club fb link

United Nations Resolution 66/170 states that, “..empowerment of and investment in girls are…key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” This is the resolution that sets aside October 11th of each year as the International Day of the Girl Child.

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first christmas valerie

I was about 3 years old in my earliest Christmas memory. I had chickenpox, and because I was quarantined, my stepfather dressed as Santa to cheer me up. I don’t remember the gifts I got that year, but I remember feeling so special that Santa had made a house call to visit me. That memory…

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head above water well

Most families in Africa don’t have enough water to take baths every day. They must boil water for drinking, cooking or brushing their teeth, and they hand-wash all their clothes. For the poorest families, even fuel to boil their water can be too expensive. Learn about being a part of the solution in our Fall…

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Sep 24 2014

4 Easy Ways to Give

easy ways to give christmas gift

There are simple ways you can make a difference in the life of a child who lives in poverty. In addition to sponsoring a child, here are four easy ways to give to Compassion that you might not have thought of!

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