Make an Impact

Make an impact What if we never heard the story of how David slew Goliath? Or the story about Jesus rebuking the storm? How about when Elijah brought the widow’s son back to life?

Honestly … think of your faith without all those miraculous stories.

I can’t do it. I can’t think of my faith without thinking about the great things the Lord has done.

  • When I need patience, I think of Abraham.
  • When I need strength, I think of Ruth.
  • When I need to work on truly seeking the face of the Lord, I think of David.
  • When I want to understand how to love more, I think of all the ways Jesus loved everyone … and that’s a lot of stories.

The Lord has let us in. We have access to knowing what He has done and the outcomes He has produced.

As you may know, I am a big fan of stories. Coming to Compassion has only made me fall more in love with stories. Stories take what I cannot see or comprehend and make it a reality for me.

It just so happens that Compassion is overflowing with stories:

Of course, the challenge is getting these wonderful stories to you, our faithful sponsors.

Oh, wait! It’s not that big of a challenge. We have the blog 🙂 and then, there’s our Impact e-Newsletter.

Impact is Compassion’s monthly e-newsletter designed specifically for people with a heart for children in poverty. Discover educational resources, read inspiring stories, and learn practical ways to get involved in the fight against global poverty.

It’s simple to subscribe too.

  1. Log into
  2. Click on “Update E-mail Interests,” on the left side of the page.
  3. Click the box to receive the Impact e-Newsletter.

And once you begin receiving the newsletter, we’ve included an easy way to share the content with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or MySpace.

Simple, right?

We want it to be simple because Impact doesn’t just contain “any” stories. These are stories the Lord has written. Ideas the Lord has inspired. Accomplishments the Lord has blessed.

OK, want to know something else (lean in a bit closer) … our April Impact e-newsletter is going to be packed with some amazing news. I can barely wait for it to come out, and I know what is in it!

There is going to be that story about … oh wait, I don’t think I’m supposed to talk about that yet.

Oh! But there is this new … oh no, I think I also need to hush up about that.

Well, at least I can tell that in April we will be releasing … eek! I’m pretty sure this is one I really can’t talk about.

OK, all is not lost! April is not too far away. Go sign-up to receive the newsletter today so we can talk about how amazing our new … well, you’ll know more on April 6!

39 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Chris Giovagnoni April 16, 2009

    @Jo – Aaah! I’ve learned a few things.

    1. The link we sent you to, for creating a web account on, is for U.S. sponsors without a U.S. address.

    Sorry about that.

    2. Sponsors with our partners (U.K., Canada, etc.) can’t create web accounts through the U.S. website. And we’ve already talked about the fact that not all of our partners have web account availability – U.K. being one.

    3. I took your question, which probably will come up again as Compassion becomes more visible in the world of social media, to the folks who handle our e-mails. They’re currently discussing the technical, practical, philosophical and theological 🙂 ins and outs of sending U.S. e-mails to anyone who may want to receive them.

  2. Jo April 9, 2009

    Hi Chris,

    I have tried to create an account from that link above and it wont let me, even after choosing the option for outside the USA, I just keep getting a message to say you sponsor through Compassion Uk and the compassion Uk website don’t have the option of setting up an account.

    Thank you for your help

  3. Chris Giovagnoni April 8, 2009

    @Jo – The link Brianne gave you was for the Compassion U.K. newsletter. Impact is a product of Compassion U.S.

    Did you create a U.S. web account via the link Judy Tremblay posted? If so, you can elect to receive the Impact newsletter via the manage email interests.

    Originally Posted By Judith Tremblay – You may try using this link from the main Compassion website. It’s for sponsors outside the US.

    Above the fields that ask for your information there’s an option for “outside the US” or something.

    I will have the April edition sent to you.

  4. Brianne Mullins April 8, 2009

    Hi Maria,
    Sorry for the problem. You should be receiving Impact from now on and the April subscription was just sent your way 😉

  5. Jo April 8, 2009


    I think I am subscribed for the newsleter, as early in this post I asked about it and got a reply (comment 13) which gave me a link to sign up for it there which I did.

    Thank you

  6. Alan April 7, 2009


    I received the Impact newsletter now and was subscribed on my email settings.

  7. Maria H. April 7, 2009

    I have also not received the Impact newsletter. I have verified that the box is checked in my email interests page. (

  8. Sara Benson April 7, 2009

    @Chris Giovagnoni
    Thanks Chris! I got it.

  9. Chris Giovagnoni April 7, 2009

    @Jo – Please verify for me that you are subscribed to the newsletter. You can check this by logging into (the link is in the post above) and navigating to the manage email interests page.

    @Alan – If you could verify your subscription as well, I’d appreciate it.

    We’ve sent the latest newsletter to you, but I want to make sure you’re subscribed for future version. If you are, then I have additional work to do. 🙂

  10. Jo April 7, 2009

    I also haven’t recieved the impact newsletter yet. (

  11. Chris Giovagnoni April 7, 2009

    @Sara Benson@Shelly Quigg – An Impact newsletter should be on the way, or already in your inbox. I’ve also been told that you shouldn’t have any issues going forward.

    @Alan – I’m checking into this for you.

  12. Alan April 7, 2009

    I also have not received the Impact newsletter yet (

  13. Chris Giovagnoni April 7, 2009

    @Shelly Quigg – I’ll check into this for you as well, and make sure the April edition gets sent to you.

  14. Shelly Quigg April 7, 2009

    I still haven’t gotten anything. Can someone forward one to (

    Thank you!

  15. Chris Giovagnoni April 7, 2009

    @Rebecca – You did receive the latest newsletter. That was just a ploy to increase the number of comments on this post. 🙂 Actually, it was a proofing oversight. Sorry for the confusion.

  16. Chris Giovagnoni April 7, 2009

    @Sara Benson – I’ll check into this for you.

  17. Sara Benson April 6, 2009

    I am still not getting the newsletters. I have been signed up for awhile but the only things I get are the copies of the letters I email. Can anyone help me?

  18. Rebecca April 6, 2009


    I just received an impact email… it was entitled Impact E-Newsletter April 2009… but when I opened it…. it was dated March 2009… did I receive the latest impact newsletter?

    Thanks for clarifying!

  19. Rebecca April 6, 2009

    its april 6th!! when are we gettin gthe newsletter? I can’t wait!!! hahaha…

  20. Brianne Mullins March 31, 2009

    Hi Allen & Katie, just wanted to let you know that you should be receiving the Impact email now 🙂

  21. Brianne Mullins March 30, 2009

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you know I am looking further into this.

    Tina & Shelly we have made some changes and you should now be receiving Impact.

    Impact comes out the 1st of every month, but for April it will come out on the 6th.

    Jo, I am also looking into your question further 🙂

    I will keep everyone updated!

  22. Judith Tremblay March 30, 2009

    @Shelly Quigg@Allen@Katie – Yeah, I never got the emails with my Gmail address; I’ve been getting things mailed to my Yahoo account after I switched my information. I don’t know if the type of address makes a difference.

  23. Judith Tremblay March 30, 2009

    @Jo – You may try using this link from the main Compassion website. It’s for sponsors outside the US.

    Above the fields that ask for your information there’s an option for “outside the US” or something.

    Hopefully your account will have all the features of those for US sponsors, particularly child information and emailing the children options.

  24. Allen March 26, 2009

    Same here, Katie and Shelley!

  25. Jo March 26, 2009

    Thank you Brianne, I have signed up for that now. But do you know if I am able to sign up for an account online, where I am able to view information about my sponsored children?

    1. Chris Giovagnoni March 31, 2009


      I posted a reply to your question about signing in to your account on the Compassion U.K. website on the other post. I apologize that you had to ask the question several times before getting an answer.

  26. Brianne Mullins March 26, 2009

    Hi Jo, you can sign-up for Compassion UK’s e-News here and you will receive the April Impact!

  27. Shelly Quigg March 26, 2009

    I wonder if there is a glitch in the subscription pricess. I was already registered to receive all the mailings and I have NEVER received anything.
    I hope this is fixed soon so I can get the Impact email in April!

  28. Katie March 26, 2009

    I’m signed up for all the email communiques but never get anything. 🙁

  29. Jo March 26, 2009

    Does anyone know how I can sign up for this, I am unable to log into and get an account because I sponsor through compassion Uk, but I don’t seem to be able to find any log in details on the compassion UK website. I would like to be able to create an account online. So if anyone knows if there is a link on the UK website or not and if not do you know if there is any plans to do so.

    Thank you for your help

  30. Compassiondave March 26, 2009

    I love the S. O. B. story–its not what you think.

  31. Juli Jarvis March 25, 2009

    Oh boy — it reminds me of that time — ok, I won’t bring that up.

    But really, there was a great story about — no, it isn’t my turn is it?

    You really ought to tell them about — no, that might take too long.

  32. Tina March 25, 2009

    I’ve been signed up forever, but it seems like I only get it about half the time…hope it comes this time!

  33. Laurie Neumann March 25, 2009

    Compassion is such a faithful organization. We have been a part for many years, and have been very impressed with your work.

    It sounds like you’ll have a great newsletter. Stories touch people’s hearts, so it should be great.

    Thanks for all you do.

  34. Britt March 25, 2009

    Ok Brianne….so not fair with the teasers! ;P

  35. Sara Benson March 25, 2009

    I went to sign-up and realized that I already am 🙂

    So…when in April does this come out?

  36. Mike Stephens March 25, 2009

    I agree with Amy, the stories help us OVERCOME ourselves!!!

  37. Amy March 25, 2009

    I love hearing Compassion stories. I just made an account so I can get Impact!

  38. Vicki Small March 25, 2009

    Lost count of the “teasers”! Good job!

    Also…when I’m resisting obedience, I think of Esther.

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