Apr 23 2009

Class of 1985

Class of 1985 1985 was the year that Eastenders first appeared on our televisions, Live Aid rocked the world, and Cristiano Ronaldo was born.

But for 50 Filipino children it was the year they were registered into God’s Special Gift Student Centre, run in partnership with Abkasa Baptist Church in Bacolod City, the Philippines.

More than two decades on, some of those students reflect on how their registration in the Compassion child development centre transformed their lives.

  • Click on the image below to view a slideshow of the students’ reflections.

Download the electronic magazine article (pdf) containing this feature.


Upload your photos to our Flickr group.

  • 7 Comments
  • Print This Post Print This Post
  • Add a Comment

7 Comments Add a Comment
  1. Leslie
    Apr 23, 2009
    at 7:57 am

    What a great idea, Compassion! I hope one day that my little boy Kervin (in Haiti), will choose to follow God’s direction in his life…I keep telling him in my letters that he is loved SO MUCH and how TRULY GOOD our God is!!!

  2. Apr 23, 2009
    at 8:46 am

    One of the comments that really touched me came from Jeremiah: His sponsor had been so good to him, and then the sponsorship ended, very suddenly. I realize the sponsor may have had a crisis that made continuing impossible, but Jeremiah’s plaint is no doubt echoed over and over again, around the world, when sponsorships end, suddenly. I’m not sure any reason, when one is given, is ever enough for a child, but when no explanation comes, the child is left to think badly of himself. Did I say something bad? Did [the sponsor] stop loving me? Will anyone else choose to love me?

  3. Amy Wallace
    Apr 23, 2009
    at 9:33 am

    It’s so cool that most of them are volunteering with Compassion now!

  4. Mike Stephens
    Apr 23, 2009
    at 10:48 am

    I love seeing the TRUTH in the stories. I am so thankful to see sponsors who stuck it out for 17 years in some cases!!! There example encourages me.

    I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for YOU!!!”

  5. Mike Stephens
    Apr 23, 2009
    at 8:07 pm

    We serve an AWESOME GOD, it helps me greatly to see sponsorship come full circle. I am AMAZED!!!!!!!

  6. Apr 24, 2009
    at 7:17 am

    I love to see these kind of reports–I wish there were a database, not just so we could see where these kids are physically, but how they are doing spiritually in their walk’s with Jesus!

  7. Ellen Ohene Addo
    Apr 29, 2009
    at 7:09 am

    Am most grateful to God for the wonderful things people are doing in these children’s live’s.am a volunteer and a teacher as well.all i say is that God richly bless all the sponsors and keep them for their children. The God that we serve shall surely reword you all and your family.GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

© 2008-2014 Compassion International. All Rights Reserved.
ECFA Charity Navigator BBB