Confessing to Something That Probably Means I’m Human

The poverty in my life is emotional and spiritual. The poverty in the lives of the kids you sponsor and the kids we’re meeting here in Kenya is that and more.

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What Does God Want From Me?

Jesus is traveling with a crowd, teaching as He walks. A blind man sitting by the road hears the passing commotion and asks what is going on. When he learns that Jesus of Nazareth is near, he calls out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Several […]

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Why Can’t I Communicate With My Sponsored Child Via Facebook?

Because we want you to have the best relationship possible with your sponsored child, and your questions are reasonable ones, we are currently considering a few technology-driven options to help you connect more directly with your child.

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Using One Word to Fight Your Personal Spiritual Poverty in 2010

Do you talk with God? Or do you talk at Him or to Him? How much of your prayer life, your conversations with God, is about you? You talking. What you want or need. What you think should happen. When you’re listening, are you interested in what’s on God’s mind? Or are you really just listening for God to talk about the subjects you choose?

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Does My Sponsored Child Really Need My Help?

In all the time and through all the experiences you’ve had with Compassion, have you ever questioned whether the child you sponsor really needs your help? Have you ever seen a photo of a Compassion-assisted child and thought, “That kid doesn’t […]

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From the Outside Looking In

Back in May I published this photo and asked you to give it a caption — Photo Caption Wanted. I also included a little context from the photographer. “Along the wall outside the Compassion project, many children watched and waited while […]

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Jesus Laughing – Poverty Transformed

The first time I ever saw this picture of Jesus laughing, I was transfixed. There’s life in it. And even now, I still respond to His expressive joy. I laugh. He laughs. He knows how I feel! This idea that Jesus knows us isn’t just a concept; […]

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Sponsor Letter Photos (Part II)

It’s been eight months since my last sponsor letter photos post, so I felt it was high time to raid our digital library again and round up another batch of photos showing sponsored children reading letters from their sponsors.

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Alexander Needs Heart Surgery

Have you ever heard of Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)? Apparently, it’s a congenital heart defect. If you have a defect in your interatrial septum, the tissue that divides the right side of your heart from the left side, your blood can get confused. And […]

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Rwandan Genocide: Where Was God?

In a country identified as 90 percent Christian, Christ-like behavior essentially vanished as children and babies were hacked apart with machetes. What happened to God? Where was He?

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Drinking Bottled Water is Not a Sin

Take a swig of this. I drink bottled water because I like the convenience and because I like the taste. I LIKE … and every bottle I choose demonstrates what I value most. I value myself. Drinking bottled water is not a sin, and this post isn’t […]

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Word of Thanks

A word of thanks to everyone who shared their one word for 2009. A copy of the 2009 Compassion calendar is being sent to: Daryl G. Short, whose word for 2009 is innocence. Jolanda, whose word is action. Holly Spiotti, who received the word Emmanuel. Evelyn, […]

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