Ministry Highlight: El Salvador

Our ministry in El Salvador started in 1977 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2009, we implemented both the Child Survival and Leadership Development programs. In July 2008, the ministry in El Salvador obtained facilities that will enable us to […]…

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Easter in El Salvador

Easter Week in El Salvador is celebrated differently than the way it is celebrated in the United States. In the United States, Easter includes the Easter Bunny and egg hunts. In El Salvador as well as many other Central American countries, it is celebrated […]…

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Life in El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. Located between Guatemala and Honduras, it possesses 21,041 square kilometers (about the size of Massachusetts) and is tropical, with an average temperature of 30° to 35°C (80°to 95°F). The […]…

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Leadership Development Program: Getting It Started in El Salvador

“One day, we will see a formerly sponsored child lead our nation.” This is the dream that fills the hearts of the Compassion El Salvador staff. What started in 1977 in El Salvador with the implementation of the child sponsorship program, is now taking […]…

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It’s Christmastime in El Salvador

December is a magical time in El Salvador. Right after the last September rains and the windy days of October and November, a cool breeze and fresh spring-like days fill the atmosphere, announcing that the dry season (usually called “summer”) is […]…

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Celebrating Christmas in El Salvador

To celebrate Christmas in El Salvador means to mix a variety of traditional Christian beliefs and adopted Western customs. Christmas for El Salvadorans still carries a strong meaning that brings families together. Despite the gangs on the streets and the red, green and white flooding the environment, Salvadoran people…

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Beating the Global Food Crisis in El Salvador

On October 1, the Chamber of Agricultural and Agro-industrial Affairs in El Salvador published in a local newspaper that about 8 million quintals (1 quintal = 220 pounds) of maize were lost during the harvesting season last August. Prices in general […]…

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Battalions of Evangelism Bring the Gospel to San Marcos, El Salvador

It is noon on Sunday in El Salvador. The traffic starts to increase slightly as the shadows move to dwell perpendicular under their owners. There are people going in different directions in downtown San Marcos, many of them coming out of the Sunday service […]…

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Do You Sponsor a Child in El Salvador?

More specifically, do you sponsor a child in one of these three child development centers in El Salvador? ES526, Bethel Student Center ES808, Cachorros de León Student Center ES782, Comisión de Amor Student Center If you do sponsor a child in one […]…

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Your Sponsorship Brings Hope: A Report from El Salvador

A frequently asked question about child sponsorship is this: How does it make a difference? People want to know that their concern, their money and their intentions are safe in our hands. This video from El Salvador highlights one of thousands of similar […]…

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Ask the Field: El Salvador and Haiti

Okay, everyone. Limber up those fingers. It’s time for the next round of Ask the Field. It’s time for you to ask questions of two of my fabulous coworkers, Ephraim Lindor of Haiti and Roberto Medrano of El Salvador. Ephraim has been working […]…

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Compassion Bloggers: Live Video Chat From El Salvador

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10 Questions With Roberto Medrano

Your curiosity about out country staff is exciting, and again we have 10 questions that will inform and inspire you to help fight for children in poverty. We asked Roberto Medrano, communications and tours specialist for Central America and the Caribbean…

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The Next World Cup All Star?

The eyes of hundreds of thousands of people are glued to the field. A commentator narrates the last seconds of the game: “… and there comes Landaverde with a pass from Valdez… Landaverde surpasses the defense quite easily; he aims at the goal… shoots… AND SCORES!!!” El Salvador wins….

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Trials and Tribulations Reveal God’s Blessing

“Lord, if you allowed this to happen, it’s because you will give me something better.” These were the words that Rosalva expressed when she saw her home torn apart by an earthquake that hit the town of San Lorenzo, in the department of Ahuachapan,…

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The Sonflowerz: Sharing Music of Faith and Compassion

The Sonflowerz are sisters Elissa and Becca Leander. The group, based in Colorado Springs, began writing music in 1999, and their fourth album, By Faith, releases today. Elissa and Becca have a long history of partnering. Recently Paul Haddix, Artist […]…

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Pray for Me and I’ll Pray for You

Alejandro and Nixon are cousins who have also been friends most of their lives growing up in El Salvador. They are “first cousins,” a term that, in their culture and language, means a close relationship and is literally translated “cousin-brothers.” Their […]…

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Seeds for the Harvest

The green leaves start to receive the first rays of the sun, leaving the darkness and cold of the night behind. It is 6 in the morning and the harvest looks ready – ready to be separated from the corn bush, ready to become part of a…

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The Power of Storytelling

…was recently exercised in the minds of 221 children in Compassion through the contest “Tell a Story.” The story of Sara Rivas (both the one written and the one lived) is a small sample of the great treasures hidden in the children who receive support through Compassion in El Salvador….

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School for Parents

It is a sunny Sunday morning in San Salvador. It is dry season. Just as any other Sunday, there are people in the streets coming and going. Housewives with shopping bags going to the local outdoor market to buy the ingredients for lunch, families with […]…

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Write Your Child the Second Friday of Every Month

Members of the Virtual Child Sponsorship Letter Writing Night group in OurCompassion have committed to write letters to their children on the second Friday of each month. The group provides letter-writing ideas and/or craft projects to use as a theme…

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Waiting … and Waiting for a Sponsor

Growing up, my husband and I were never exactly the first ones picked to be on the kickball team. We weren’t second or third either. We’d languish in the line of kids with knobbly knees as it grew sparser and sparser and our humiliation grew deeper…

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Letter Writing: An Investment of Time and Love

It is almost 2 o’clock in the afternoon in the city of Santa Ana, El Salvador. Mario walks across the church parking lot and heads toward the back of the main building. Mario is satisfied with his day. He attended school from 7 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., […]…

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The Piñata Maker

The community of Montelimar is south of San Salvador, near a town named Olocuilta. The road near Montelimar, which leads to the airport, takes you past a scene that appears desolate. Even though the community has brick houses, electricity and potable […]…

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Sponsor a Singing Bunny!

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10 More Reasons to Write Your Child

Letters are the heart and soul of this ministry. For many of us, the letters we exchange are the closest we’ll ever come to our sponsored children. And even though we may understand the impact of our letters, it is still difficult to actually make…

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How Far Would You Go to Fetch Safe Drinking Water?

I live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa. Last month I received an automated call from the city saying that two water samples had tested positive for E. coli but that no other tests had duplicated these results. According to the city, our…

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What Is Child Sponsorship All About?

When I began sponsoring my little boy in El Salvador I had my heart and mind set on helping a child in poverty. Tony with his sponsored child Cesar (right) and Cesar’s brother I […]…

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Hardworking and Blessed

Cindy is a little bit shy but always smiling. Her mother, Ana, is a fervent Christian who wants the best for Cindy and Antonio, her two children. Ana enrolled Cindy at the Generación para Cristo (Generation for Christ) Student Center, knowing her daughter’s…

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One Step Forward: Virtual Communication

Effective staff communication helps create a more unified, cohesive environment in which our ministry workers can thrive. The implementation of virtual conferences and online training modules in El Salvador has allowed our staff to move one step forward […]…

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What Happens After a Hurricane Hits My Child’s Country?

Many of you have asked about the impact Hurricane Ida had on your children as it moved through El Salvador. As we receive specific details from the El Salvador office about they’ve been affected we will contact you. The good news is that no children […]…

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A Beautiful Visit and Hope for the Future

Recently I was able to go to El Salvador to witness the ministry’s work firsthand and to meet my sponsored child Mayra, her sister, Marina, and their mom, Veronica. Our story began in July 2009 when I volunteered at my church’s Compassion Sunday […]…

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Church 2 Church

With our Church 2 Church initiative, churches are trading short-term “love ’em and leave ’em” missions for long-term partnerships with each other. When U.S. pastor Joe Wittwer visited Iglesia Elim in Armenia, El Salvador, he saw […]…

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Lifting the Burden of the Family By One

I spend a fair amount of time educating people about Compassion and what we do and how we are different. I love the process, and I love helping tie all the loose-ended questions together for people. It’s pretty simple to explain what we are all…

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God Is Faithful (Milagro, the Miracle)

Milagro was a 5-month-old baby girl. Her mother, Veronica, was fighting the darkness of a home without electricity with the cheapest alternative she had — a candle. Veronica was taking care of little Milagro just as any other mother anywhere in […]…

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The Nobel Peace Prize Went to a Child. And it’s About Time.

This morning, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize. Though Yousafzai’s name may not be familiar, you probably remember her face—the face of a pale teen, eyes rimmed with dark circles, her head…

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He Is Risen!

Hallelujah! Hosanna! After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb….

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Saving My Generation

Jochebed, the mother of Moses, teaches us a great strategy on how to save our generation: Take a chance on a life! Jochebed faced risks and challenges when she sent her baby down the Nile. Today, we preach Jesus to children or teenagers, and that involves…

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In God We Trust

What’s your reaction when you read a newspaper or tune in to the news on TV or the radio? Global recession, large companies stumbling and falling, failing banks, unemployment, climate change, wars, earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear disaster — what…

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Ministry Highlight: Honduras

We first began our ministry in Honduras in 1974 when child development centers were opened in Guatemala and El Salvador. In 1998, our ministry in Honduras became more official after we responded to the impact Hurricane Mitch had on this country. In 1999, […]…

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Where in the World is Skippy?

Skippy wished he could stay in El Salvador, but duty calls. Besides, he’s looking forward to doing some mountain climbing. Where do you think Skippy is this week?…

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Six Things I Learned From a Local Church in Peru

Earlier this year, while my husband was on sabbatical in Peru, I spent time at the Tesoros del Señor Child Development Center. I visited the center every Wednesday for five weeks. A friend at the church I attended in Lima was familiar with the center…

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The Reality of Child Prostitution in Brazil

Beautiful landscapes, exotic food and historical monuments are not the only attractions that draw foreigners to Brazil. The image of a country full of beautiful, sexy, young women has been used for decades to attract tourists to the country of Carnival,…

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10 Questions With Kenia Servellon

1. How long have you been in your current position with Compassion El Salvador, and what is your job? Two years. I am a supervisor within the Sponsor Donor Services department. 2. What are the main responsibilities of your position? I make sure the […]…

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One Mom’s Deep Spiritual Hunger

It was at the end of the rainy season in 2009 when our Child Survival Program opened its doors to 50 mothers in the small town of Armenia in El Salvador. As daunting as poverty is here, violence is perhaps worse. Dangerous gangs wage war with each other….

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Artist Spotlight: Kelly Burton

I remember how overwhelmed I felt in that moment. Music played. Images flashed on the screen. I heard stories of children living in physical and spiritual need around the world. A man spoke about Compassion International and something stirred inside…

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Meet Our Friend, Bob Lenz

Bob Lenz is one of our ministry’s closest speaker partners. If you are a sponsor who connected with us at a summer music festival or on the recent Newsboys tour, you may already be familiar with Bob. What you may not know about Bob Lenz is that…

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Visit Compassion’s Fun Kids Web Site

Are your children pretty web savvy? Do they spend a LOT of time online? I mean are they typical kids? How about you? Are you a kid at heart? If you said yes to any of these questions, we have some exciting news just for you. We just launched our…

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The Happiest Day of a Sponsored Child’s Life

For a while now, we’ve — well, more like you have — been discussing “Should I visit my sponsored child?” Here’s one thing you need to consider when you ask yourself that question. It’s courtesy of Whittaker Woman and the…

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14 Playful Photos of Kids Being Kids

…world? No matter what country they are from, they LOVE to have fun. Here are 14 of our favorite pictures of kids being kids from the countries in which we work. Ecuador       Indonesia     Kenya     Rwanda     Philippines       El […]…

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Children Becoming Kings and Priests

There is no opportunity more beautiful than letting a child know the precious value our God gives them. I have served the Lord by loving and teaching children since I was 17, believing strongly that children are fertile ground in which to sow love,…

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World Water Day — Celebrate With Amos Batungura

Tomorrow is World Water Day! Today is World Puppetry Day, and yesterday was World House Sparrow Day. Do these days mean anything? I hope that meeting Amos Batungura will give meaning to your World Water Day (WWD). Amos lives in a mud hut in Uganda….

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Ministry Insider: Jeff Arnold, the Man Behind the Camera

I had a chance to sit down with Jeff Arnold over lunch and talk about what he does for Compassion — to give you a little peek into behind the scenes at the ministry. Jeff is a videographer. Here’s just one of the things he might be…

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The Best Perspective on Setting Goals

As part of a recent global staff meeting, President Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado shared his perspective on the power of setting goals and achieving them. I want to talk to you about goals. I think goals are powerful. You certainly need them to be successful…

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Missionary on the Couch

What is it about the Olympic Games that suddenly turn us into Couch Coaches and Sofa Judges? We may never have seen gymnastics, pole vaulting, or aerial skiing live, let alone attempted the sport ourselves, yet if you listen to our commentary you’d…

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Five Ways to Teach Children About the Needs of Others

When our daughter Hailey was 5 she asked, “Are we rich or poor?” At the time, we actually had little in comparison with what’s often expected in our culture. But we also knew that how we answered her question would leave a lasting impression on…

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Rebuilding Haiti: Where We Stand

It’s been nearly two years since the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010. In the months following the disaster, we received lots of donations to help rebuild and support the families and children affected. In all, we received…

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Taking Photos of Children Isn’t an Easy Task

When we choose to sponsor a child, most of us closely examine the photos of the available children. The children stand very straight in their pictures, as if they are in the military service.  And many have serious looks on their faces. The children…

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Where Is the Love?

What was Christ like? The book of Matthew describes him as a teacher and lover of all who come to him. He loves us with all of our fears, failures, and our broken promises. Most of what Jesus taught was love, acceptance, and forgiveness. I believe His…

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Rebuilding Haiti: 5-Year Anniversary

It’s been five years since the devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the impoverished nation of Haiti. Over 250,000 lives were lost and even more men, women and children were injured. Homes, businesses, schools and churches were laid to ruin,…

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Your Sponsored Child’s Photo: What Does It Tell You?

I’ve taken many calls from sponsors about their children’s pictures. “Why is my child wearing such nice clothing?” “Why is my child not smiling?” “My child’s newest picture doesn’t look like my child. Why?” Picture this: You’re…

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Who is Your Hero?

You, the sponsor of a child living in poverty, are a hero. And you may not feel like a hero, but you are one. With every letter, every prayer and every donation you show a child a very important truth. A truth that tells them that they…

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Sponsor Letter Photos (Part II)

It’s been eight months since my last sponsor letter photos post, so I felt it was high time to raid our digital library again and round up another batch of photos showing sponsored children reading letters from their sponsors. Hope you like ’em. If…

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Roberto Medrano: My Best Day in Ministry

Roberto Medrano has worked for Compassion for seven years and now serves as a Learning and Support Specialist for communication and tours in the Central America and Caribbean region. Read…

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What Are Your Hopes and Dreams for Your Child?

What are the hopes and dreams mothers in the developing world have for their children?…

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#BestDecisionEVER

Hashtags are a cultural phenomenon. And today we are having a little fun with our friend, the hashtag. …

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“I’m Not Broke”

The lies of poverty tell a child that they are broke, unfixable and hopeless. But then there is Jesus. And Jesus tells a very different story….

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Maps of Child Development Center Locations

Over on another blog post – Where Do You Sponsor a Child? – several sponsors have been exchanging maps of the countries where we work; maps that list the child development center numbers and give a rough approximation of where the centers…

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Does My Sponsored Child Know My Name?

Do the children we sponsor know how much they mean to us? Do they know our name? …

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Sponsor Letter Photos

Right before Thanksgiving, I was rootin’ around in our digital asset management library and saw some child photos I absolutely had to share. Photos of children reading letters from their sponsors. The photos helped me picture my sponsored child,…

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Focus on the Forest

I’ve been working at Compassion for eight months, and I dig it. I dig it like Dig ‘Em digs Honey Smacks. There’s good people here, plenty of parking, a fantastic view of Pikes Peak, stellar lunch specials at the New Dehli Café and of…

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