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I heard on the radio the other day that it’s probably the biggest thing that’s ever come to Denver. They were talking about the Democratic National Convention, of course. And they’re right … it is big. The local news has been dominated this week by headlines from the convention.
All this political hype has me…

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I’ve been glued to the coverage of the Olympics for the past few days. (I mean seriously, how can anyone NOT get excited watching Michael Phelps crush his competition every single time?! The man is unbelievable.)
Watching the Olympics makes the world seem very small.
Athletes from every corner of the globe — from every race,…

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Jul 30 2008

Sharin’ the Love

Back in February, you, our fantastic friends, helped us win
the MySpace Impact Award. (This blog was just taking baby steps then, so
unless you were our friends on MySpace or Facebook, you might not have
heard our cheering.)
Well guess what? Another organization, The Love Alliance, has recently won
the MySpace Impact Award. (Congratulations, TLA!) And here’s the cool…

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Jul 10 2008

Our Calling

I used to work on the web team, which meant that writing for the blog was part of my actual job description. But God made it clear to me that He had other plans, and now a month later, here I am working on the International Communications team. Basically, my new job is to be…

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In an effort to keep you from becoming emotionally disconnected …
This video, featured on Washingtonpost.com, is the most effective video I have seen yet on the global food crisis, in terms of showing the awful reality of poverty.
As I learn more about this crisis, I am increasingly convinced that THIS – the global food crisis…

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Jun 12 2008

Comfortably Numb

Have you ever repeated a word over and over in your head so many times that it eventually loses its meaning and starts to sound like nonsense? It happened to me the other day with the word “lemon.”
I said lemon so many times that it started to sound like a word I made up.…

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I’m willing to bet that every person, at some point during your involvement with Compassion, ponders some variation of the following question:
“Does Compassion’s ministry really work? Compassion knows how to share stories, but how do I know it’s actually making the difference they claim?”
Guess what? We’ve wondered the same thing. So 11 years ago…

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May 13 2008

Silent Tsunami

Working at Compassion is hard on your heart.
When I purposely expose myself to the ugly things in life, I open myself up to possibility that my heart will be hurt. It’s a scary, vulnerable place, but it’s exactly where God has called me to be.
My heart hurt badly last week when I read this…

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About six years ago Compassion’s headquarters moved to our current building. It’s waaay up north on the very edge of the Colorado Springs city limits. Back then there wasn’t much around. (Not so anymore, though. Colorado Springs is included on the list of fastest growing cities in the U.S.!) But back when we first moved,…

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poverty tourism

Are we, through our exposure trips, simply promoting another form of poverty tourism?

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I ran across this quote on another blog. It’s definitely deeper than your average beach reading, but it’s worth your time. What do you think?
… Jesus in his solidarity with the marginal ones is moved to compassion. Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously,…

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I’m a fan of American Idol. I’m an especially big fan this week.
Wednesday marks the second year that the Fox reality show takes a break from their regular programming to do something virtually unheard of on television these days — focus on something other than making money.
Idol Gives Back is an effort to raise…

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Apr 2 2008

Proof

I sponsor a child in Haiti named Youvens. In the seven years I’ve sponsored him, I’ve never, ever seen him smile.
Even when I visited Haiti and brought him a soccer ball. No smile. He played soccer with me, ate lunch with me and never let go of the ball. But he never smiled.

It’s…

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Mar 10 2008

Tell Me a Story

Dominican Republic (February 2007) Submitted by: Michael Patterson

I have a confession: I love reality TV shows. It’s true. Although I’m enough of a realist to realize that as viewers, we see a heavily edited version of actual reality, I still like watching the shows because they tell people’s personal stories. They tell stories about people that actually exist. I love people’s stories.
Communications at Compassion is largely about telling people’s stories. And it’s something…

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What shapes your perspective on poverty? Are you ready to have it shaken up?

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Feb 22 2008

6,574 Days

I ran across this quote on another blog the other day …

“There are only 6,574 days between a child’s birth and their eighteenth birthday. Don’t waste a single one.”

I have no idea who first said it but it kind of puts the brevity of life into a new light, doesn’t it? Makes you want to move…

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There are a lot of things I love about working for Compassion. In fact, I’m going on eight years here, which is practically unheard of for my generation. (I’m a twenty-something.) But I’ve not stuck around this long by accident. 
I was reminded this morning of one of the reasons I love this ministry. Every Wednesday…

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