Current as of Sept. 20, 2013: Select blog posts are recorded and turned into podcasts and listed here alphabetically.
- A Day in Port-au-Prince: What is Port-au-Prince like? What are the people like?
- At the Batey: The situation on the batey is as hard as the dirt ground, but there are a few shards of hope gleaming out of it.
- Beauty From Ashes: In the midst of so much evil, we serve a Lord who restores.
- A Chance to Be Family: Our partner churches in the developing world aren’t charity cases, they are our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. They don’t offer us a chance to be heroes to those in need. They offer us a chance to be family.
- Child Focused: Valuing the One: We are unashamedly and singularly focused on the child. We place value on children simply because God does.
- Child Sponsorship: How Do We Choose Which Children to Register in Our Programs?
No more than three children from the same family can be registered in our Child Sponsorship Program, though each country may limit this to fewer children.
- *Child Sponsorship is Not in Vain: Peninah Esianoi Pashile, a sponsored child at Imaroro Child Develoment Center in Kenya, shares her story.
- Child Sponsorship: It’s a Family Affair
Sponsorship is a family affair, no matter how many children from the same family are enrolled in the program.
- Child Sponsorship Releases Generations From Poverty
Child sponsorship doesn’t just release the sponsored child from poverty; child sponsorship frees that child’s descendents from poverty too.
- Child Sponsorship: What Happens When a Child Leaves our Program?
Can I stay in contact with my child if he or she graduates or leaves the Child Sponsorship Program?
- Child Sponsorship: What Impact Does Giving a Family Gift Have in a Child’s Life?
What difference does sending a monetary gift to a sponsored child make in the life of the child and the family? This is the story of Biswanath.
- Child Sponsorship: When a Child Leaves Our Program
What do we do when a child leaves our child sponsorship program? How is the sponsor notified?
- Child Survival 101: Our Child Survival Program works to prevent maternal childbirth deaths.
- Cognitive Dissonance Theory, Wealth and Poverty: What is the relationship of cognitive dissonance theory to Christianity?
- Compassion is a Child Development Organization, Not a Child Sponsorship Organization: How is child development different than child sponsorship? What is the difference?
- Dear Good Samaritans: What does a Good Samaritan look like in today’s world?
- *Does Giving Gifts to Our Sponsored Children Make a Difference?
Are gifts appreciated? Should I designate what the money is for? Are gifts really that important in helping release a child from poverty?
- Do Not Show Partiality to the Poor: What God wants from us isn’t to become judgmental of the rich and syrupy sappy with the poor. What he wants is justice.
- Faith of a Child: What do we lose on our journey from childhood to adulthood? Do we need it? Is it important? Should we care?
- Financial Accountability: How is My Money Used Each Month
How much of the $38 I send each month to sponsor a child is used for the child? How much is used on fund raising? What does my child get? Where is the money going that isn’t going to the children?
- Foster Development, Not Dependence
Development is what Compassion is about. We don’t want to give a handout; we want to do the things that will truly help a child become a self-sustaining, responsible adult.
- Giving a Gift to Your Sponsored Child: What are the rules for giving gifts to your sponsored children?
- Highly Vulnerable Children: What Special Needs Do They Have?
Highly vulnerable children in our programs are children at greatest risk of physical, psychological or social harm relative to other children in our child sponsorship program.
- Holding Hope: Is it possible to hold someone else’s hope?
- Holistic Child Development: How Do We Teach the Children in Our Programs?
We have created a global curriculum to help develop children holistically—physically, spiritually, cognitively and socio-emotionally. It is designed to be nonacademic, similar to an after-school enrichment program.
- How Long Does My Child Sponsorship Last?
Although age is a determining factor, our completion guidelines include consideration of the individual goals each child has personally set.
- How is Our Christian Child Sponsorship Program Different Than “Regular” Schooling?
We facilitate a holistic child development program that complements and supplements the school systems in the countries we work in.
- The Importance of Prayer: Our weapon against poverty isn’t cash. Our weapons “have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
- In the Midst of Poverty
Poverty is evil, no question about that. But God is still working in the midst of it.
- The Last Mile: How Our AIDS Initiative Works
The lifesaving anti-retroviral tablets that travel 10,000 miles sometimes don’t make it far enough.
- The Lie of Poverty is a Double-edged Sword
The lie of poverty is a double-edged sword. It tells the poor they don’t matter, and it tells child sponsors that sponsorship doesn’t make a difference.
- One Man’s Crawl Space, Another Man’s Castle: A New Perspective on Poverty
It’s easy to lose perspective, especially in a country full of abundance.
- Poorism: A Double-Edged Sword
There is more to poorism than just wealthy people paying money to go and look at poor people.
- The Stigma of AIDS: One of the huge challenges facing people living with HIV is the overwhelming stigmatization and discrimination that exists in many countries.
- This Man has AIDS: If you haven’t felt especially connected to our AIDS Initiative, this man may help change that.
- A Typical Day at a Child Development Center in Brazil
Share a day with Renan and get a glimpse into a what a typical day is like for sponsored children in our Child Sponsorship Program.
- A Water Wake-Up Call: Water-related diseases are the second biggest killer of children worldwide.
- What are You Doing, God?: We had prayed that God would do with us what He would, that we would be open and available to what He wanted to do for us, to break our hearts on this trip. And He did.
- What Does Sponsorship Mean? (I Didn’t Think I Would Cry)
What does sponsorship mean to the child and to the sponsor? Is it different if the sponsor grew up in poverty?
- What is Sacrifice?: “For you, when you help take care of our children, is it easy for you, or is it a sacrifice?”
- What is Want? (Understanding Want)
Do you understand what real want is? Hunger and want are so unreal and unknown to us that we don’t even blink an eye at it because the want in the developing world is not personal to us.
- What is Worship? (Live Like We Sing)
What does worship look like? When does worship begin and end? What constitutes worship?
- Why Do Children Leave Our Christian Child Sponsorship Program?
For what reasons do children tend to leave our Child Sponsorship Program?