Jan 2 2009

Best Post of 2008

Do you have one? A favorite? A blog post that meant something special to you?

We’re interested to know if what we like is even remotely similar to what you like.

And if you’re not much into leaving comments on blog posts, this is a great opportunity to work on that New Year’s Resolution we know you made. You know, the one about becoming a blog extrovert. :-)

Happy New Year!

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  1. Jan 2, 2009
    at 5:45 am

    The story about Kamrul needing a bike, and the way folks pitched in and bought it. I wish stories like this could be posted more often, awareness of specific need often makes one more inclined to give than just a general awareness of, oh these families are needy.

  2. Jan 2, 2009
    at 7:23 am

    I too appreciate stories/notices of specific needs. The story of Kamrul was great (especially that they let us know when he got it). I’m glad that Compassion honored the one-sponsor-one-child commitment and contacted the sponsor to find out if they’d be ok with everyone pitching in. :)

    I only recently signed up for a Twitter account, and am glad to get the updates on how they’re using the Global Food Crisis Fund money, and got a prayer request for warm clothes for the children in northern Thailand–going to do some research on how we sponsors can help answer that prayer.

    I don’t know if I have only one personal favorite blog post from 2008; I started reading in September (when I became a sponsor), and started clicking around through the archives. I enjoy reading any story that gives us a look into the lives of the children or the projects they attend. One series that meant a lot to me was tracing the journey of a letter from a sponsor to a child and back. (Having been clicking around, following “related posts” links, I’m not sure when it was originally posted!)

  3. Jan 2, 2009
    at 7:40 am

    Two recent favorites are:

    1) Sponsor Letter Photos
    2) Fellowship of the Unashamed

    I also like the “10 questions with…” posts. I always learn something interesting when I read those.

  4. Jan 2, 2009
    at 8:37 am

    I can’t point to a single favorite, either, but one update I’ve been wishing for is about Anthony, who graduated from LDP in March. I’d love to know how he’s doing, these days.

    And Judith mentioned the updates in Twitter on the global food crisis. I haven’t subscribed to Twitter–and because of time constraints, I probably won’t–but I’ve been wanting to know the current status on both that crisis and how the GFC Fund has performed.

  5. Barbara Mankoski
    Jan 2, 2009
    at 9:06 am

    I really appreciated the “Do my letters really matter?” I correspond with several children and try to be very faithful about writing each one on a regular basis. At times when return letters are few and far between I often ask myself that question. Reading this post keeps me encouraged to continue to be faithful.

  6. Cheryl J
    Jan 2, 2009
    at 9:18 am

    There are so many posts that I loved. I can think of 3 favorites right off the top.

    The first was the post about the project that a sponsor donated money to help the church build some classrooms. I was glad to find out we can give a project gift. I wish there was a way to find out if any of the projects our children attend have any critical issues like that.

    The second one was about the woman (with donations from customers of her business) that bought a goat for each child in a specific project. That also was a thought-provoking idea.

    The third one was the video from Compassion Australia that they used in trying to get a specific number of sponsors, I believe, in 100 days. I love the ending of that video where the little boy is speaking and thanking his sponsor. I actually don’t know how to get back to that video, but I would like to use that segment of it when speaking to people about Compassion. It is such a powerful way to show people how much the children love and value their sponsors.

  7. kristinn
    Jan 2, 2009
    at 9:30 am

    stories…LOVE the stories. i don’t think i could pick a specific out of all that you have shared, but i know that i look forward to hearing about a child, a family, a project somewhere in the world each day. it’s a wonderful reminder of what God is doing through compassion and to pray for all those beautiful children!
    THANK YOU for all that you are doing!!!!!!

  8. Jan 2, 2009
    at 9:40 am

    I would have to list three:
    Kamrul
    Sponsor Letter Photos
    Cute Baby Pictures

  9. Jan 2, 2009
    at 9:41 am

    Also the 10 Questions series, especially “Wess Speaks!”

  10. Jan 2, 2009
    at 10:41 am

    Vicki–

    in response to your post asking for details about the Global Food Crisis, I found several updates in the past month from Twitter. There’s bound to be more being done that just hasn’t been mentioned, but here’s what I found:

    In Honduras, GFC donations created productive micro projects (poultry & fish production farms) to fight the crisis long-term.

    79,016 = number of children your GFC donations have allowed us to impact with immediate food relief.

    In Ethiopia, GFC donations helped provide therapeutic supplements, staple food grains & medication to nearly 11,000 families.

    In the DR, GFC donations provided food certificiates to 775 CSP participants (mothers & children) & their families.

    In El Salvador, GFC donations have provided food to more than 3,100 children and parents in 30 child development centers.

  11. Jan 2, 2009
    at 11:46 am

    Thank you, Judith!

  12. Sara Benson
    Jan 2, 2009
    at 1:47 pm

    I really appreciate posts that give me a peak into the world where the sponsored children live and tell their stories (especially with pictures).
    And posts that present a need like the cycle van driver.

    I also liked the posts about the meaning of letters. I enjoyed reading the comments for this post and gleaning ideas to make my correspondence even more meaningful.

  13. Geri
    Jan 4, 2009
    at 5:07 am

    My favourite is;
    Are My Letters Really That Important? – May 20, 2008

    I write often to my children but sometimes it takes a long time to get an answer and it is hard to keep motivated when this happens. This post has really encouraged me to keep writing and to write more often.

  14. Jan 5, 2009
    at 6:49 pm

    Hey Cheryl J,

    The 10,000 Children … 10 Days video can be found at: http://blog.compassion.com/10000-children-10-days/

    It’s also on YouTube at:
    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=qsDiz8MqPeA

    Thank you for sharing it!

  15. Jan 8, 2009
    at 9:25 am

    Lisa,

    Your two current favorites were mine. What a wonderful warm fuzzy. :-)

    Vicki,

    You can follow our Twitter updates from the sidebar of this blog. We usually just send one a day. However, signing up for Twitter takes about five minutes, and once you “follow” us you can have our messages sent directly to your cell phone as text messages.

    Also, I hope to get Anthony to write us a new post very soon. I just heard from him after a looong time.

    Juli,

    We’ll have some more 10 Questions posts in the next month or so.

  16. Heather
    Jan 9, 2009
    at 2:50 pm

    I loved the Kamrul and his bike post and LOVED the fact that we were able to help him and see how his life changed! :)
    I loved the “Are my letters that important” post also..I always love the stories..Another fave was the story about the sponsor who helped her childs community with a gift of goats. I hope to be able to do something like that someday!
    Whoohoo!! Just joined Twitter!! :)

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