christian stewardship We could answer the question for you, but you’d take what we say with a grain of salt, right?

How about what Ryan Langford has to say about us?

Ryan joined his wife, Stephanie, on our recent blog trip to the Philippines. He wasn’t there as a blogger, but he felt compelled to tell you what he discovered.

I’ve been praying a lot lately about the money [God has] entrusted to Stephanie and me to steward, and I can’t shake the feeling that He’s calling us to greater levels of both stewardship and generosity.

Generosity is being willing to part with the resources under your control for the good of others. Stewardship gives generosity focus. Its purpose is to maximize the impact of our generosity.

So with this sense of calling in my heart, I tagged along with the Compassion Bloggers as they visited the Philippines to see the work that Compassion International is doing among the children there. We had the opportunity to visit the head office, four development centers, and six homes — and to meet dozens of inspiring volunteers and hundreds of Filipino children.

As we visited all these places and met all these beautiful people, one question burned in my heart as the backdrop for the entire trip:

Does the money that is invested with Compassion International produce a good return on investment?

This is the question I ask myself when I’m making business decisions, so why shouldn’t I look for a good return when I’m investing in God’s business? So I spent the entire week asking hard questions, poring through accounting books, reviewing auditing practices, and evaluating first-hand the kind of impact and scale of impact of Compassion’s work in the lives of those we are called to love and serve for the glory of God.

I crossed the line of professional courtesy before I could shake the first hand, and that line quickly disappeared behind me as I invited myself into every area that I felt mattered in my quest to answer the question. To be fair to the folks at Compassion, though, they never seemed to mind my intrusions and every question was met with complete transparency and invitations to explore further.

Now that we’ve set the stage, read the entire post at Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Jun 14, 2011
    at 5:16 am

    I had the same questions initially, since so many charitable organizations can’t seem to tell us where exactly the funds go and how they are used… or even how many individual children are sponsored. So many sponsorship organizations spend millions on political causes rather than on the children… and who knows what else.

    What I found on my trip to Honduras with Compassoin last year was:

    1) They are fiscally VERY responsible and trustworthy. We were in awe, over and over and over again.
    2) Loaves and fish — God honors their integrity and work, and stretches every dollar to accomplish beyond what seems humanly possible.
    3) It’s one of the greatest impacts you can make with a relatively small amount of money.
    4) Then, there’s the relationship and gospel aspect of it… makes it priceless.

    Is Compassion worth our trust and money? Beyond measure.

  2. Jun 15, 2011
    at 11:56 pm

    Thanks Ryan, for the detailed insight into Compassion’s integrity.

    With 10,000’s of children making decisions for Christ each year through Compassion (+ family members), this ministry has a truely eternal impact.

  3. Nov 27, 2013
    at 10:11 am

    I an very satisfied with all the comments about this charity. I am considering getting involved. I would like to help get sponsers for the children but need more information on how to do this. I believe that this is a great charity and if you are thinking about getting involved you should. May God bless this charity. Kirk

    • Susan Sayler
      Nov 27, 2013
      at 7:28 pm

      Hi Kirk! It sounds like you might be interested in Compassion’s Advocates Network, a group of volunteers that help at events and in general help kids find loving sponsors. For more information, please visit: http://www.compassion.com/share/volunteer/default.htm

  4. Jeanette Mahnke
    Nov 30, 2013
    at 10:10 am

    I have been sponsoring children through Compassion for over 20 years. I trust them implicitly with my money. This is ,in part, due to the fact that I know there is oversight both in Compassion and by outside organizations. If a project mismanages their funds it is shut down. This is very sad for the children, but it is neccessary to maintain good stewardship.

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