A Short Guide to Talking About Africa

As a U.S. citizen, I’ve heard many reactions to my nationality as I travel to other places. A few gems: “We love Americans!” “We hate Americans!” “You can print your own money at an ATM.” “You’re all fat.” People have ample opportunities to see the United States in news and entertainment, so they have ample opportunities to form opinions of us — for better or for worse.

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What Does Poverty Mean?

What does poverty mean to the poor? What does poverty mean to you? What does poverty mean to God?

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A Trip of Small Miracles

My trip to meet the children I sponsor actually began in 1955. That was the year my parents-in-law loaded up two toddlers and flew to their new home in Siguatepeque, Honduras.

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The Worst Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making

Affirming words from mentors and teachers and even strangers, make us into the people we become.

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What Nightmares are Made Of

This slum is what nightmares are made of. Filled with what gifts are made of.

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Letting Go of the Right Dream

Poverty is a strong force. And it’s lies cripple.

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This One’s for the Men

Sponsorship isn’t just for women.

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Grace and the Lord’s Resistance Army

Freedom came for Grace when soldiers from the government raided the Lord’s Resistance Army camp where she and her mother were being held. After this, for seven years, they moved frequently, looking for a place to live.

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Follow Us to Uganda! (Again)

It’s our five-year anniversary of Compassion Blog Trips. It all started in Uganda. Did you know that you’re the reason we get to celebrate five years?

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Compassion Bloggers are Going Back to Uganda

A team of Compassion Bloggers will be in Uganda from January 27 through January 31, 2014 marking our fifth year of blogging for children in poverty.

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We Broke the Bed

We went, seven Compassion sponsors, flush with excitement, filled with the desire to help, hearts ready to connect. We went to Gladys’ modest home to learn about her world. We went with the best of intentions. And then we broke her bed.

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