There Is Power in Sponsor Letters … in Your Letters

At some point, everyone feels like God has left them. Yunita, one of the youngest translators for Compassion Indonesia, felt as though she had been abandoned by God until she read the words of a sponsor. Yunita had grown up filled with passion for God….

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Sponsored Children Love Your Letters!

A letter from a sponsor is one of the most desired things a sponsored child can receive. Your letters can do more than money, because they build a relationship between you and your sponsored child. Your letters are not just pieces of paper; they are […]…

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Sponsor Letters Can Be a Family Affair

Though Fabrice’s mother lives far away, he always manages to show her his sponsor’s letters. His mother enjoys reading these letters to learn about her son’s benefactor, who lives in a country they know only by name….

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What to Expect from Your Child’s Letters

Working in the Compassion USA Contact Center, I get the opportunity to help answer the questions of Compassion sponsors over the phone, via email, or online about their sponsored children. And often there are questions about the letters sponsors receive […]…

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How Important Are Sponsor Letters?

For Compassion-sponsored children in Bolivia, one of the most special days at the child development center is Letter Day. While not every development center in Bolivia designates a specific day for children to write letters, each center decides how letters […]…

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Who Translates Your Letters?

Greetings, good wishes, and the expression of love and hope to a special person are contained in the letters you write to your sponsored child. Letters are a great opportunity to enter the world of your child and family, a wonderful experience and adventure […]…

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Letters from the Heart

Wolly was a sponsored child in the 1970s and 1980s. At at our Child Letter Campaign in East Indonesia, Wolly shared how his sponsor’s letters gave him strength to reach his dreams….

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You Can Copy These Sample Letters!

My sister thinks I’m nuts. My friends think I’m developing an addiction. Truth be told, I just love writing letters to my sponsored kids! I find writing letters easy and fun, yet I’ve spoken to many sponsors who find it difficult. Fancy templates […]…

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Making New Friends with Letters

In Bangladeshi culture, friendship is considered a relationship of the heart. It is a bond that our society appreciates and respects. We believe that friendship develops between two individuals who are close in age and attitude. Except for a few exceptions,…

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Sponsor Letters: Gifts From the Heart

For children in Togo and around the world, a letter from a sponsor is a source of great joy. Most children see letters as gifts from the hearts of their sponsors. Sadly, other children feel forgotten or unloved because they have not received a single […]…

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How Do One Sponsor’s Letters Offer Support?

In the Philippines, godmothers play an important role in the lives of children. Together with godfathers, they are expected to bring gifts and goodies on Christmas Day, birthdays and other special family gatherings. The godchild will not hesitate to…

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Why Do My Sponsored Child’s Letters Seem So Impersonal?

Questions about letter writing are the most common ones I hear in the contact center. Many sponsors call or write us because they are frustrated with the quality of the letters they receive from their sponsored children. A few days ago, I spoke with […]…

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Are My Letters Really That Important?

My name is Boer, James Boer. But you can call me Kees, which is pronounced “case.” My middle name is Jacobus, which translates to James. See, I’m Dutch, which means I grew up in the Netherlands, but doesn’t necessarily explain…

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What If This Was the Fate of Your Letters?

After taking a trip to Guatemala with Compassion, as a sponsor but more importantly as a ministry advocate, I felt a responsibility to protect all other sponsors from what I experienced. You amazing sponsors out there who put your heart and soul into…

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Your Letters Are Worth More Than You Know

When children are registered at our centers, parent and staff are happy to work together for the children’s benefit. At the same time, the adults wonder who might sponsor each child and when. Everyone is grateful when a relationship between a sponsor…

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How to Write Letters to Teenagers

What do I say? How do I begin? What should I ask? All questions that run through your mind the first time you write to the newest member of your family. Developing a meaningful long-distance relationship through letters with 5- to 10-year-olds isn’t very […]…

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Letters From Kenya

It amazes me how often God uses the “least of these” among us to teach us valuable life lessons. Having worked here for a little more than four months, I have already experienced this phenomenon many times, as the children we serve “speak” to…

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Sponsor Letters: A Source of Encouragement and Hope

Karen is a 13-year-old girl who has been forced to mature quickly. Her parents left her when she was 2 years old and her two sisters, Katherine and Micaela, were 3 years old and 8 months old, respectively. The girls’ parents were young, lacked…

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“You (and Your Letters) Made Me a Good Child”

If you were forced to quickly leave your home of 17 years, what items would you grab first? For Maribel, she rescued the items most valuable to her — her sponsor’s letters….

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3 Easy Kids Crafts For Letters

…our very first sponsored child almost five years ago. We have spent time learning about the countries where Compassion is working. And we have written a ton of letters! There are so many fun art projects that you and your kids can do together to send to your sponsored children….

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Artwork in Your Child Letters

I love receiving letters from my sponsored children. My girl in the Dominican Republic colors some precious pictures in each letter she sends us. Doesn’t it just make your day when you get artwork from your child? Have you ever considered that […]…

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What Can I Share in Letters to My Sponsored Child?

Ideas for writing your sponsored child are a very popular topic on this blog, on Facebook … pretty much everywhere. In the contact center, we hear lots of questions about what you should and should not write. While this list is not comprehensive,…

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30 Adorable Things Kids Say in Their Letters

Every once in a while, the things our sponsor kids have written to us make us pause, laugh, and thank God that we get to be a part of their lives. Sometimes these one-liners are written by the kids themselves; other times, it’s a bit lost in…

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Inside the Letter-Writing Process: Ghana

Letters from sponsors come in to the Ghana office through the Global Ministry Center (GMC) in Colorado Springs. They come in mainly by DHL, but a few letters also come in through e-mail. When these letters are received they are sorted out and entered […]…

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How Does Our Letter Translation Process Work?

Letters are not just pieces of paper. They carry a connection — a relationship — and love from sponsors to registered children. Letters are powerful tools. The prayers, encouragement and affection they contain can change a life. But a lot […]…

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The Most Desired Thing

A letter from a sponsor is one of the most desired things a sponsored child can receive. Letters from sponsors can do more than money because they build relationship between child and sponsor. These are not just pieces of paper; these letters are filled […]…

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10 Motivating Reasons to Write Your Child

I recently managed a team of editors working on letters written to sponsors by Project Facilitators. We read over 3,500 letters. Many of them included compelling stories of how your letters affect children in our sponsorship program – stories, not […]…

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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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Nine Most Common Correspondence Questions

Questions about correspondence are among the most common we hear among our support community and in the contact center. I thought I’d make it easy for you and compile our most frequently asked correspondence questions together in one place. Where…

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Desperately Waiting for a Letter

My head drops and I feel the tears clog my throat. My friends are all around me, buzzing with excitement and comparing letters. The rest of us who didn’t get a letter get quiet and walk away….

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Child Sponsorship Is About Relationship Building

Before Compassion Philippines hired Tours and Visits Specialists, I used to handle Sponsor Tours. I did my best to take good care of the visiting sponsors. I talked about my country, Filipino children and how Compassion operates here. I had three favorite…

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The Journey of One Letter

Have you ever wondered how your sponsored child’s letter gets to you? The long journey it takes from Tanzania or Thailand to Connecticut or California? There’s a lot more to it than you might think! Samuel Llanes, Guatemala’s Field Communication…

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Letter Writing: An Investment of Time and Love

‘If I had to tell a story about why letters are important, I would tell Mario´s story. He and his sponsor have developed a very strong and close relationship.’…

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Write to a Child

I wear many colorful and different hats related to Compassion’s ministry –– sponsor, child advocate, Area Coordinator for the Advocates Network, Compassion blogger. But one of my favorite hats to wear is one you may not be aware of –– child…

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Will My Name Be Called Today?

On the outskirts of Mexico City, on one of suburban Chimalhuacán’s many unpaved streets, it’s Saturday morning and the community is still. No one is out and about out except for some children in a Compassion child development center class. They…

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Helping Kids With the Letter Writing Process

In the community of Barrio George, children learn to read and write around the age of 8, which is why many children don’t normally write introductory letters themselves. We give the child development centers seven days to complete their child introductory letters and bring them to the office in…

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The Impact of Letter Writing

More than four years have passed since Haminton (age 11) wrote, with the teacher’s help, the first letter to his sponsor. His relationship with his sponsor has grown over the years as both of them share their heart and experiences through their letters. Haminton […]…

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How do Cross Cultural Differences Affect Letter Writing?

Writing letters is something I’m not accustomed to doing. In fact, it is not usual in Nicaragua. At school we study how to write letters but we never practice it. So when some of my friends leave the country, it’s hard for them to send me letters […]…

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The First Letter Builds a Cornerstone

The first letters are a cornerstone to building the new relationship between sponsor and sponsored child. These letters make the sponsorship commitment more personal, and now Vanesa and Alexandra will be waiting to hear back from their sponsors….

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Experiencing Letter Writing Day in Haiti

  The more I visit countries and talk to formerly sponsored children, the more dedicated I am to letter writing. Many students need encouragement from sponsors who believe in their potential to do well. Some have not felt loved by sponsors who are not…

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When It Comes to Sponsorship, How Much Does Age Matter?

Regardless of their sponsor’s age, children are happy to have someone overseas caring for them, someone to communicate with through letters….

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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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How to Write a Letter from the New Compassion App

…How do I log on to my account again? There can be so many questions to answer before the letter is even written, and in our busy lives and digital culture, writing letters can be a time-consuming task. But we know that our letters connect us to our sponsored children…

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Changes to Our Letter-Writing Process

May 17, 2012: This post has been updated for clarity purposes. We feel strongly about correspondence between you and your child, and we know you do too. It’s the only way to truly speak into your sponsored child’s life and for you to get to know…

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How Important Is Letter Translation in Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso is one of nine French-speaking countries in west Africa. French was introduced by the colonial administration as the official language, and it has become the second language of Burkina Faso (spoken by 15 percent of the population), with the…

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How Are Children Told That They Have Been Sponsored?

One-to-one sponsorship helps children across the globe write off poverty and begin living a lives of hope. And it begins when someone picks up a child packet and makes the commitment to sponsor a child. That’s when our sponsorship notification…

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You Asked, We Answered: Facebook Q&A

We recently hosted our first ever impromptu Facebook Q&A session. There were a ton of great questions asked. Here are some of the most popular questions – and a few of our favorites – as well as our answers to them. A few edits have been…

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Where Do You See the Extraordinary?

One of the greatest gifts God ever bestowed upon me was the courage to open my heart and welcome a child in need. I feel so honored and privileged to introduce you to this special friend of mine. While considered ordinary when looked at through the…

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Letter Writing: Love Has No Borders

Letters are the closest connection that a child can have with her or his sponsor. The donation you faithfully give each month provides the financial support for your child’s development, but your letters provide beyond the material — needs […]…

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The Lowdown on Reciprocal Letter Writing

UPDATE: Our letter writing policy has changed. You can read more about these changes and share your comments on the Changes to Our Letter-Writing Process blog post. Hi everyone. I’ve noticed a lot of discussion over the last year in our little blog…

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“You Give Meaning to My Life So I Want to Give You a Better Life”

At the age of 84, Richard had to move to a retirement village where there are people who can assist him. He had to leave his cats and his familiar life behind, so the only thing he had left was his sponsored child. Richard longs to receive letters from…

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Three Things All Sponsors Should Know

What three things do you wish someone had told you when you first began sponsoring a child? What three things do you wish you understood about our child sponsorship program? We asked numerous employees throughout our organization the same questions,…

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Remembering Abigail

Abigail lives in Ghana, is the youngest of six siblings, and her father died when she was three years old. Abigail taught her sponsor to enjoy letters from preschool and early elementary children….

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An Inside Look: Correspondence at Compassion

Today’s post is about giving you an inside look at how we, the third-largest producer of mail in Colorado Springs, handle the letters you write to your children. To start with, allow me to introduce you to Joe Cammaroto. Joe is the correspondence […]…

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10 Questions With Sathy

Wow, you all had a lot of great questions for Sathy! It was hard to pick just 10, so I picked those that hadn’t come up before on this blog and that I know Sathy could offer special insight on. 1. Having lived in India and the U.S. and having…

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Purifying Fire: Burning Away Our Impurities

This work is imperfect because it involves people. Compassion is not program-focused (though program models are used) – it’s intensely, insanely, beautifully child-focused. And sometimes, all of the questions in your letters don’t get answered. Sometimes a child drops out of the program and you don’t get an explanation….

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4 Ways To Save Time Writing Your Sponsored Child

In the first two years of sponsoring my child, I mailed two letters. I felt terrible about sending so few, especially because I had received six or seven. So why didn’t I write more letters? The answer is simple: It wasn’t convenient. I know that […]…

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The Lie of Poverty Is a Double-Edged Sword

For five years, I had the privilege of leading the tours of our Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs. It was exhilarating showing adults and children the part they could play in bringing poverty to an end by sponsoring a child. God blessed me over…

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A Minute to Write a Letter, Part Two

A Minute to Write a Letter is a fictional story originally posted on OurCompassion. Author Emalee Warner was inspired to write it after learning about sponsored children who never receive letters from their sponsors. Read part one of this story Rendel […]…

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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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What’s Stopping You From Writing a Letter to Your Sponsored Child?

Compassion couldn’t make it any easier on us. They mail us the paper, the envelopes, the ideas. They also have a fantastic website, which allows us to donate more money online and submit letters electronically. What’s my problem?…

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Child of Compassion

Before the sun rose on a small Haitian mountain community, Ismene Alexis got up, took the water jar, and headed to the village pump for water….

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Hope in the Darkness

What do you go to? What do you go to in that moment when a bad day turns into the worst day? When that altercation turned into a situation and that situation is now a reality that is lingering and sticking? What did you go to when…

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Do Sponsored Children Have Expectations of Their Sponsors?

Pastor Sam, the director of Immanuel Child Development Center in India, shares his feelings of gratefulness to sponsors — gratefulness for the vital role they play in the holistic development of children in poverty. Here are his thoughts about a…

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Change Someone’s Everything

First there is Monday. It can be crazy. It’s also like a rebirth. Then, next thing you know, it’s Wednesday, that’s hump day. Some weeks you blink and it’s Friday. Others are more of a gradual uphill climb. That’s the standard week. There…

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What’s in Your Wallet?

My world is made up of pictures. I’m a photographer. Arriving at this profession was a journey that started with Compassion at the age of 14. Looking through the pages of Compassion’s magazine, I was moved by images of the world around me – both…

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Delivering Hope

Sponsored children receive letters from their sponsors. Unsponsored children do not. Andrea, one of the Compassion workers and our translator, told me that the only time there is a true distinction between a child who is unsponsored and a child who is […]…

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From Sponsored Child to Compassion Employee

Veerachai Nimmitthamrongkul, more commonly called Bee, was sponsored by Compassion when he was growing up. But now Bee has been working as a Partnership Facilitator (PF) for Compassion Thailand for six years. Bee still recalls the letters he received […]…

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A Sponsor’s Letter Inspires a Child’s Dream

In a community where the size of land, number of children and herds of cattle define one’s worth, Suyianga’s family is considered among the lowliest in the community. But today Suyianga is more confident about himself as a result of the encouraging letters he receives from his sponsor….

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A Minute to Write a Letter, Part One

A Minute to Write a Letter is a fictional story originally posted on OurCompassion. Author Emalee Warner was inspired to write it after learning about sponsored children who never receive letters from their sponsors. Rendel followed the other children […]…

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What Your Sponsored Child Wants to Hear From You

Sponsored children are very grateful and consider themselves blessed to have sponsors who love them and write to them. The children are touched by the affection you express to them in your letters and the prayers you share with them. They like when […]…

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A Sponsorship Story for Ordinary People

We are the Brasile family from Hamden, Connecticut:  Thomas and Esther. We have two daughters, Larissa and Leah. We believe in the ministry of Compassion International. This story is written by Esther. Music and art are very important parts of our…

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Do You Make a Difference?

Ever feel that your sponsorship doesn’t matter? That your letters don’t make a difference? That you don’t make a difference?   One of the lies of poverty is that “You don’t matter.” But that lie is not limited to those in poverty. What […]…

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What is the Most Interesting Thing Your Sponsor Has Told You?

You will often hear us mention the importance of writing letters to your sponsored child. That is because your letters have proven, over and over again, to be a precious gift to those receiving them. The things you share in your letters may sometimes […]…

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10 Questions With Dennis Tumusiime

10 questions? Yes. You asked ’em. 10 answers? Yes … kind of. They’re just not all in this post. Here we go. 10 Questions With Dennis Tumusiime, a tours and visits specialist with Compassion Uganda. 1. Do the families that Compassion…

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Seven Ways to a More Rewarding Sponsorship

Every day as I get the mail from our mailbox, I’m hoping for a letter from one of my sponsored children. Letters connect me to their worlds and engage me more deeply in the sponsorships. It didn’t use to be that way. Sponsorship was about writing […]…

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27 Wonders of the World

Margaret Lutley’s counter above her kitchen sink is framed with photos of more than 30 young people — at least one from each country where Compassion works — who are living better lives today because of her. She knows their names, personalities,…

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Magline’s Bright Future

“Magi, get going else you will be late for your classes,” Magline’s mother calls out from outside the courtyard, where she is washing dishes. Magline is deeply engrossed reading the sponsor letter she has just received from the student center. Magline,…

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Sponsored Children Need Us to Be Jesus

Of the heartbreaks sponsors may face, one of the toughest is when children leave the program without having received Christ Jesus in their heart. So far, we have “lost” only two sponsored children — one by early departure and one…

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An Improved Way to Write Your Sponsored Child

Letters equal love. It is a message I have heard many, many times during my journey as a sponsor and Advocate. When I’ve met young adults who were once sponsored children, they always convey the importance of our letters. One young man from Kenya […]…

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God’s Love for the World Is Personal

During my orientation with Compassion Indonesia, I was surprised to read a field memo on a sponsor’s concern toward his sponsored child. He asked, “Is my child sick? She looked thinner from the updated photo.” My first question was how on earth…

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“I Want to Reach My Dream”

“I want to be like my sponsor’s daughter. I want to be a doctor someday.” This was Nathan’s first statement to his mother after he read the letter from his sponsor. In that one simple letter, Nathan’s sponsor mentioned her daughter…

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We Are Chosen

Through his sponsor’s letters, Erlan grew to become a self-confident person. And through his sponsor’s faithfulness, he accepted Jesus as his Savior….

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A New Sponsor’s Journey: We Received Our First Letter!

We finally got it! Our first letter from our sponsored child through Compassion International! Even though we were a few months into the child sponsorship journey with Compassion (researching the organization, praying about sponsoring a child, and…

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The Power of a Letter

I met Esther and Marcos at the Compassion office in Lima, Peru. They help process letters between sponsors and sponsored children. They were both sponsored children themselves. I met Angie in Ica, Peru. She has just recently been sponsored. The three […]…

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20 Letter-Writing Prompts About Family and Current Events

Over the past few months I’ve shared how, while we often don’t know our sponsored children very well, we want our letters to have a personal feel. I’ve found that explaining about ourselves is a great way to start letters and build relationships. Try […]…

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September is Blog Month at Compassion

UPDATED Oct. 3, 2012: You did it! You helped us meet and pass the goal. The final number of children sponsored was 3,159. We’ll announce the prize winners in a blog post on Oct. 8. Stay tuned! September is Blog Month at Compassion. And what that…

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And the Winners of Blog Month Are…

And the winners of blog month are…THE CHILDREN. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you again. Your participation and support of blog month helped offer hope and opportunity to thousands of children living in extreme poverty. And on their…

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The Letter’s the Thing

Paul the Apostle spent quite a lot of time talking about the “seen” reality versus the “unseen” reality in the world, and how it’s important for Christians to focus on the unseen things that God is doing instead of on how…

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10 Questions With Edwin Estioko

Recently, we gave you the chance to ask Edwin Estioko, our Field Communication Specialist in the Philippines all your burning questions about himself, the Philippines and Compassion in the Philippines. Here are his answers … 1. Can you tell about…

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I Cancelled My Sponsorship

Hello, my name is Brianne and I cancelled my Compassion sponsorship. File that tidbit right under, the thing I didn’t want any of my co-workers to know. And definitely something I didn’t want you to know. But I am currently suspended in the air,…

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Letter Writing: Lost In Translation

When we wrote the blog post “30 Adorable Things Kids Say,” it was no surprise we saw a great response from you on the blog and Facebook about the joy contained in the letters you receive from your little family member in his or her faraway […]…

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Giving a Gift to Your Sponsored Child: The Whys, Whats and Hows

Working in the contact center, I speak to many sponsors who ask for directions for sending a package to their sponsored child. Regrettably, packages can’t be sent. However, you can send a monetary gift — an option many sponsors I speak with are…

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Dear God: It’s Been a While

Excerpted from Compassion Blogger, Kim at Three Little Larks. Kim won second place for the ‘Dear God’ Blog Month assignment. Dear God, It’s been a while. I used to write letters to you all the time. Now, with the kids, work, and all […]…

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Blessings From Korea to Ecuador

Anchayacu is a small town located in the province of Esmeraldas, in northern Ecuador. It has a little more than 2,500 inhabitants, most of whom are Afro-Ecuadorians. Melisa is one of them. This beautiful, openly smiling girl is shy when she starts a…

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Lessons From a Wonderful People

I am not the first person to talk about how being a sponsor is as much of a blessing to the sponsor as the child, but I nevertheless want to tell you about the blessings I have received and especially the lessons I have learned through sponsoring…

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Letter Writing Inspiration

As Compassion sponsors, we have the opportunity to pour love into the lives of the children we sponsor with encouraging and uplifting words in every letter we mail to them. The words in our letters can make a difference. Here’s some inspiration for your letter writing so you can…

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Six Ways Child Sponsorship Can Change the Life of a Six Year Old

Just one book. That was all our library had. Just one book about Nicaragua. And it was enough – more than enough to give us a glimpse into the life of our newly-sponsored child, Elias, as we patiently waited to receive letters from him. My son asked […]…

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This One’s for the Men

Our translator nudged him. “Edmon, look up.” He’s shy. And his eyes wander all over the known ground. His glances travel everywhere but to my eyes. “Is he shocked that I am a woman?” I go ahead and unpack the elephant that…

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Ask Sathy

Here at Compassion, I get to sit by a really cool guy named Sathy. Sathyaseelan Pannirselvam, that is. (One of my proudest moments was when I found out my last name is longer than his.) Sathy is a native of Chennai, India, and has worked for Compassion…

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“I Now Care for the Man Who Abused Me.”

Indian student Maggie nurses her father. She feeds him, dresses him and washes him. Not so long ago, her father systematically abused her. “I hope that he will show repentance before his death. I believe that God has a plan with our family, and…

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Pinterest Letter-Writing Club: Father’s Day

Last month we asked you to join the letter writing club on Pinterest and I was so excited by the wonderful ideas you pinned to the Second Friday Letter Writing Club board. I even included a couple of these items in my letters. So now it is time…

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“What’s the One Thing You’d Like Your Sponsor to Know?”

Sponsored children reflect their commitment to God no matter the circumstances around them. As they share their lives with you, they are encouraged by your response to them through your letters and prayers. To help you get to know the children better, […]…

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What Does Child Sponsorship Mean in Burkina Faso?

Pastor Korogo has been a pastor since 2002. He officiates as junior pastor in the central church of the Assemblies of God Church of Ziniaré, 30 kilometers from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. In 2008, when the church began partnering with…

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Your Sponsored Child’s Most Prized Possession

I recently saw a photo essay that featureshoot.com characterized as Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions. With that title I expected to see evocative photos capturing the strong personal connection between the…

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Building Relationships That Last!

In this video, I interview Ouma Willy, a former Leadership Development Program student who currently studies at Moody Bible Institute, about his experience as a recipient of letters from sponsors. His testimony will no doubt encourage you to keep writing […]…

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The Spirit Of Words

I love that I don’t always know why I write what I write to my sponsored children. At first glance, words on pages may seem as though they are merely words, but an 11-year-old boy named Sam from Ghana provided a powerful reminder that words prayed…

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20 Letter-Writing Prompts You Can Use

My husband and I have been sponsors with Compassion for about six years. During that time, I’ve heard a lot about the importance of writing letters to our sponsored kids. We even have a friend now who was once a child in the Compassion program, and […]…

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What Is Christmas Like for an Unsponsored Child?

For many people, Christmas is a time of celebration and thanksgiving — a time filled with family and steeped in tradition. It is a time of praise and gratitude as we reflect on the birth of Jesus, our Savior. For a child in poverty, Christmas can…

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Prayer Requests for the Philippines

The following is an email from Menchit Wong, our child advocacy director. It contains new prayer requests and an update on previous prayer requests for our Philippines brothers and sisters, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Dear Friends, Brothers and […]…

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5 Awesome Apps to Help Your Letter Writing

We spend about 37 hours a month using apps on our mobile devices. 37 hours! That sounds like a crazy amount, but let’s be honest, apps can make life easier, teach us new things, keep us connected to news, and entertain us. And with 1.5 million…

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When Letter Writing Isn’t Fulfilling

I sponsor a boy in India. Scratch that. I just got his latest picture, and he has a full-on mustache. I sponsor a young man in India. Several years ago I got to meet him, and as he’s gotten older, we’ve developed a warm friendship. He calls…

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Haiti News: Changing Children Within a Community

Growing up in Haiti, Milord was no stranger to need. In his rural home of Petit-Goave, where the average income is barely more than $1 a day, he experienced poverty personally and saw how it affected those most vulnerable, women and children. It became…

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Five Reasons Why Sponsorship Is Great for Teens

As a junior in high school, I have many opportunities to make a difference and change lives. Whether it is donating to worthy causes, helping out at the soup kitchen, or leading the youth group praise band, the choices are endless. But, with so much…

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Sponsors Really Do Exist!

Matthew never stopped smiling as the children swarmed around him and wanted to shake his hand. Even though he was not their sponsor, the children were thrilled to meet the very first sponsor to visit their child development center. “Matthew! Matthew!…

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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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Sponsoring Yeison: The Best Decision We Ever Made

Everyone needs to be humbled. We need to be reminded of how much bigger the world is beyond the realm of our small lives. We hear about extreme poverty from celebrities and we see starving children line the pages of National Geographic. But really–…

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Differences

I can still remember the first time my family decided to sponsor a Compassion child. After hearing a presentation from a Compassion staff member at a Sunday church service, my parents asked my sister, brother and me to choose a photo of a child we had…

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This Christmas, Tell Your Story and Give the Gift of Hope

Most of us have a story. Actually, most of us have a lot of stories. We have our life story. We have relationship stories. We have travel stories. We have “remember that one time when … ” stories.  Stories make up our lives. They hold memories,…

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A Shining Future for Rosa

It is 6 a.m. in Honduras and Rosa’s mother has already left to work at a local restaurant. Rosa wakes up and starts her chores around the house. Rosa’s daily workday begins with making the first round of tortillas to sell, followed by tending…

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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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A Response From YOUR Fan

SUBJECT: Responses to One on One With Anthony Njoroge – A Letter to My Fans Do you have a favorite Bible verse or story that has personal meaning to you? Yes, I do. My favorite Bible verse is Lamentations 3:21-25. And if you read the whole chapter…

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The Day Finally Came

Today’s post is written by Steve K., The Leopard at the Summit, member of the blog on child poverty hall of fame and latest addition to our SpotLINK focus on you, our readers. The other day I received my first letter from my sponsored child —…

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Artist Spotlight: Robbie Seay Band

I’m amazed how God makes children so unique. My oldest son is 10 and is a great drummer who is fascinated with Legos and space travel. My daughter is 7, loves to swim, and has the charm and savvy to convince you that Earth is flat and…

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The Cost of Being a Sponsor

I’ve been keeping watch. Pacing footsteps. Counting heart-mends. Not heartbreaks. Even though Nicaragua brought heart splits, tear drops, knees bent. I’ve been holding breath. Thinking… And when all the pain swelled and heaped up…

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How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Letter Writing

“Write your sponsored child — you have no idea how much it means to them,” said the worker at Sendero de Amor Child Development Center. While it didn’t surprise me, I hoped I wouldn’t hear this while I was at the center. The truth is,…

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At the Compassion Mexico Office

We spent this morning at the Compassion Mexico office. After a brief introduction and welcome by Omar, the country director, our group of 30+ sponsors broke into three smaller masses, in order to get a little more intimate with the different ministry…

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Five Ways You Stopped Poverty in Its Tracks

When Maira came to the child development center at age 8, her family was going through difficult times; her mother was a housewife and her father was a barber. The family lived on her father’s income from the haircuts of a limited number of customers. Sometimes…

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A Past Full of Poverty, a Future Full of Hope

Just as artists on the stage have people working behind the scenes to make them shine, Felipe has a grateful heart toward one person who helped him shine: his sponsor, Barry. “If it wasn’t for him, his love, his letters, and his sponsorship maintaining me in the center, I’m…

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Back From Bolivia

As many of you know, I recently took a trip to Bolivia to visit my sponsored children. It was an experience I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I had planned on visiting my children for a long time, and this was one of the reasons why I sponsored…

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How Do You Stay in Your Child’s World?

In my humble opinion, Compassion more than does its part to help children in poverty. Since I’m not part of their staff, I can say that! There are things like the letters I receive from my sponsored child and there are also the country spotlights. […]…

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20 Good Letter Writing Prompts

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin a letter to your sponsored child. Here are twenty questions to help you get your letters started….

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The Words We Carry

Your words are not just printed ink on paper. When I think of the cards I see a weapon that will be used by God. I see hundreds of hammers, in the shape of letters, shattering the lies of poverty. I see the grip of discouragement falling away from…

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One Sponsored Child’s Success Story

Saidel is his father’s 30th child. His mother, one of his father’s five wives, died when Saidel was only 3 years old. His father was abusive and Saidel’s early years were very difficult. After his mother’s death, Saidel was taken in by his…

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How Are Children Told That They Have Been Sponsored?

Once a child is fully enrolled in our sponsorship program, each of our partner countries begin working to link the child with a sponsor. While this occurs, the staff in our Ghana country office and at our church partners begin praying for kindhearted…

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Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

I sat in a crowded, dank space and listened to the rain water dripping. I squinted in the dark and leaned in to hear the quiet voice of Vincent, a sponsored child, living in the heart of Kenya, in the middle of Hell, known as Mathare Valley….

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Gezahegne’s Community Development Work

Gezahegne is director of Mekanisa Addis Kidan Child Development Center, one of the oldest child development centers in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. When asked to initially volunteer his time as the center accountant in 1991, he said, “For…

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Join the Letter Writing Club on Pinterest

I just love Pinterest! I have found so many creative ideas like date night ideas for my husband and me, new recipes to try and an abundance of craft projects. Speaking of crafts, one of my favorite boards to add “pins” to is my Compassion…

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Letter Writing Ideas

“…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us some e-mail.” — a 4-year-old girl reciting the Lord’s Prayer Perhaps this little girl didn’t get it quite right, but she certainly illustrates the point I want to share…

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“My World Turned Upside Down So I Could Live Right-side Up.”

My sponsorship story started almost 20 years ago after hearing a Compassion presentation. The name of my first sponsored child was Danny and he was from Honduras. I was a churchgoer living in a fog, not surrendered to Christ. I sponsored a child because…

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New Mobile App: Carry Your Sponsored Child With You

I’m waiting at the pharmacy to pick up a prescription and, like everyone else standing around me, I pull out my phone. “Dead time” — unplanned downtime — I hate dead time! What app shall I pull up? Angry Birds? Facebook? Email? (No, not […]…

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Blog Month 2013 Starts September 1

If you remember, last September we held our first Blog Month. And our God-sized goal was to get more children sponsored online that month than we ever had before. We’re not lying when we say our collective knees were knocking a bit as we made the…

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Vastly Different Lives Connected in Christ

I am sitting at my desk at the Global Ministry Center, responding to emails just as I do every day. This email is from Stephen in Kenya; that one is from Galia in Bolivia. Another flies into my inbox from Amos in Ghana….

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Pray for the Philippines

The following is an email sent to many Compassion employees yesterday by Menchit Wong, our child advocacy director. It contains prayer requests for our Philippines brothers and sisters in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Dear Friends and Spiritual Family […]…

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Giving Up Coffee for Jordano

Our Contact Center recently received the following email from Sarah W., a brand-new sponsor. She sponsored her first child on March 25, 2011. We love receiving emails like this. I just wanted to tell you what happened to me. I have never been so clearly […]…

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20 Days About Giving

And so it begins…officially. 20 days about giving. During this time, let’s move beyond just examining our lives for the gifts and blessings we have received. Let’s also look at those moments where we thought about giving, wanted to give…

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Top 5 Pinterest Ideas for Letter Writing

It’s the second anniversary of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club! And we want to celebrate by sharing our favorite Pinterest ideas from the last two years. Wonderfully fun and beautiful ideas to include in your letters to your sponsored child!…

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Getting Beyond Your Daily Life and Into God’s Plan

I want to share with you, to somehow put into words, what Compassion means to me. I struggled to write this. With my blank pad of paper in the orthodontist’s office, surrounded by a reception area with magazines filled with royal weddings, advice…

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Holding Hands in the Kibera Slums

We weave through a maze of debris, shops and homes on non-existent roads. I’m in Kibera, Kenya, in the front seat of a car with 9-year-old James. As we bounce over piles of trash and splash through rivers of raw sewage, I hold James’ hand. I tell…

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4 Tips for Writing Your First Letter

You attended a concert a couple of weeks ago or maybe someone spoke at your church and your heart was moved to sponsor a child through Compassion. Yea! Congratulations! And then, just yesterday, you received a welcome packet for this new member of your…

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Not Too Soon for Christmas

With two December birthdays in our family (and one of those birthdays being mine!) we have a tradition of waiting until my daughter’s birthday to put up our Christmas tree. We decorate our tree with lots of special ornaments we have made or collected…

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The Mystery of the Blue Corner

Chances are, you’ve noticed it. It’s found in the upper right-hand corner of Compassion’s brochures, child sponsorship packets, posters, promotional materials and letters from our sponsored children. For quite some time, that blue […]…

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Being a Sponsor is Not Easy

Yesterday, I spent four hours with the boy I sponsor. It was our second time together, and I enjoyed seeing him again, seeing how he has grown and hearing him speak a few words of English. Three years ago he didn’t know any English. I was delighted…

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How Can I Fight Poverty?

How can I help fight poverty? What in the world can I do? The problems are just so big, and I’m just so small. I want to be used by you, God, but I just don’t know what to do. I’ve thought and prayed these things many times….

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It’s Not Too Early for Christmas

I know it may seem a little early, but now is actually the perfect time to get your Christmas gifts and letters in the mail to your sponsored child….

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Bizzy’s Burden

Elisabeth “Bizzy” Mellado chose her sponsored child because they had the same name. Bizzy quickly realized that Elisabeth was a very real part of her life. This is their story … Elisabeth “Bizzy” Mellado’s first encounter with Compassion…

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How to be Involved with Child Sponsorship on a Tight Budget

With today’s economy and political debate going haywire, it’s more important than ever to buttress our commitment to the children we sponsor. It’s as vital as connecting other, unsponsored children with sponsors. When God puts a child…

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On Letter Writing: Would You Rather … ?

The topic of letter-writing always sparks lively discussions. It even seems to spontaneously come up in posts on other topics. So seeing as we genuinely value your input (and OK … I admit … in an attempt to stimulate a discussion), I hereby…

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10 Ways to Choose Which Child to Sponsor

You want to sponsor a child, but you don’t know where to begin. “Exactly how does one go about choosing a child?” It is a daunting prospect when you consider the impact your sponsorship will have on the child and the child’s family. How…

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Letter Writing Ideas From the Moody Bible Institute Scholars

Four Leadership Development Program graduates now attending Moody Bible Institute share some tips on what you should include in the letters you write to your sponsored children….

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A Trip of Small Miracles

My trip to meet the children I sponsor actually began in 1955. That was the year my parents-in-law loaded up two toddlers and flew to their new home in Siguatepeque, Honduras. Fast forward a few years and they welcomed a new little “catracho,” a…

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Chatting with Pastor Matt Chandler

We recently talked with Pastor Matt Chandler about The Village Church, child sponsorship, the poor and his book, The Explicit Gospel. Can you tell us about The Village’s partnership with Compassion in Guatemala? We wanted tangible ways for the church…

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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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What Are the Best Things in Life?

Growing up in Bolivia, Ronnie lived with his mother and three siblings. Throughout his childhood his family faced many difficulties; however, with the innocence every child has, he doesn’t recall specific tough moments. “When one is a child…

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Why Me, God?

For about 35 years, once I first heard of such a possibility, I wanted to sponsor a child. But for most of that time, I simply could not afford even $10 per month. About mid-2001, watching a commercial on TV for another organization, I realized I could…

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How Deep Does Compassion Run in Your Family?

I (Juli) recently dreamed I was climbing a lot of barriers (including locked gates) to get to my sponsored child Nuy, and she was doing the same to get to me. Nuy is the precious girl in Thailand I sponsored from the time she was 8 years old…

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Passion to Serve Poor Children

Sitting under a tent away from the hot sun, talking, smiling and enjoying a plate of rice and chicken is a group of teachers from Fey Esperanza Child Development Center before the beginning of another afternoon with the children. The teachers are having…

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Who Can You Sponsor a Leadership Student With?

In 2006 my wife and I went on a sponsor tour to the Dominican Republic. Before our trip, we thought we knew what Compassion did, but our understanding of the ministry fell far short of what we saw. When I came home from that trip, I signed…

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Our Business Model Is Out of Date. Help Us Innovate.

At the end of April, Compassion held an “innovation summit” in Colorado Springs. More than 100 people from multiple areas within the organization attended the two-day event. One of the speakers was David Kinnaman, president of The Barna Group….

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Give the Gospel a Chance Through Small Actions

When you hear someone like Jey talk, you’re immediately confronted with the easiness of your life. Born into a Kenyan slum, Jey spent his childhood begging for food money. One day, finding his efforts weren’t working, he took matters into his…

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Waiting … and Waiting for a Sponsor

Each child who got a sponsor would be so excited and proudly show their pictures and letters to the other kids. Rabbi kept waiting for that to be him. And he kept waiting and waiting as the line of kids who needed to be sponsored dwindled….

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Child Sponsorship: It’s a Family Affair

My husband and I sponsor a 10-year-old girl in Burkina Faso named Evelyne. Evelyne has five siblings, none of whom are in our Child Sponsorship Program. Compassion’s policy is that a maximum of three children from the same family can be registered…

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Wess Stafford Goes to Washington

This is the story of how our beloved president, Wess Stafford, traveled to Washington D.C., rubbed shoulders with the mighty and powerful and still managed to return home the same humble man that we adore. Take it away, Wess. So where to start . ….

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What Happens When a Child Isn’t Sponsored?

A question we sometimes hear from sponsors is, “What happens to unsponsored children?” Do they have to wait to receive benefits until a sponsor is found? What if someone stops sponsoring — does that child lose benefits until a new sponsor…

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A Tribute to the Sponsor

Through the letters shared between the sponsor and the child, hope is not only stirred, but relationships are built, wounds healed and love blossoms. These and so many other things start a chain reaction not only in the child’s life but also in the lives of those around him…

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The Importance of Names

Names are important. They have power. They define us. They’re more than a bunch of letters grouped together to sound pleasant to the ear. Names are more than a convenience allowing us to talk to each other. Names are a gift from God. They contain […]…

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Dear God: Listen in on a Private Conversation

Excerpted from Compassion Blogger, She Getz the Shot who won first place for the ‘Dear God’ Blog Month assignment. Abba. You know I mean business when I sit down to write out my thoughts to you… Well. Here’s the thing. I’m selfish….

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From Korea to Bolivia: Passing on the Love

Esther and Pastor Caleb moved from South Korea to Bolivia because they each felt in their hearts a passion to help Bolivians. They came as single missionaries, then met and married in the city of La Paz 14 years ago. In 1996 they started Bet-El Presbyterian…

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Kamal’s Life After Child Sponsorship

Kamal grew up in a rickshaw puller’s community. His father ferried passengers on a tricycle rickshaw to earn money for the household. They had a large family, with two of his uncles, one aunt and grandparents living with them in a small, one-roomed…

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Share Your Favorite Sport with Your Sponsored Child

NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS. If you know what each one of these acronyms stands for, then you must be a sports fan. Sports are pretty beloved here in the United States. But do you know that sports are popular in other countries? You will be surprised…

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Share the Bible With Your Sponsored Children

Felix likes the story of King David. Lina has learned about Creation. Abner’s favorite verse is Psalm 8:3, and Victor always lets me know that he and his family are praying for me and my family. These are all things that my sponsored children have…

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Conversations with Alumni: What if I Don’t Write My Sponsored Child? [VIDEO]

Here on the blog, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of letter writing and how much your words have power in the life of the child or teen you sponsor. And we’ve talked about how, sometimes, it’s the absence of words that has power too… leaving…

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Maintaining Dignity

Hello everyone. My name is Rick Carter, and I work for Compassion in Asia as part of the communications team. My team is responsible for bringing you the stories that talk about our child development centers in Asia, such as A Day in the Life of a…

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There are Only a Few Things I’m Passionate About

There are a couple of things you should know about me. Number one, I am a dreamer and an idealist. I literally dream about an ideal world. I am super-sentimental and hypersensitive about everything. I cry in every sappy movie, every father-son moment,…

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Share Summer With Your Sponsored Child

Summer! It’s my favorite season of the year: flip flops, long sunny days, ice cream, day trips to the beach, fresh produce. Do you have a favorite season? Most of us do and we all have great reasons why that particular season is our favorite. Have…

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5 Ways to Build a Relationship With Your Sponsored Child, and Why It Matters

A few months ago, I helped people at a local church sign-up to sponsor children. During the first half of my shift, I got asked a lot of questions. Are there any children with a birthday closer to my kid’s birthday? Can I write to my child…

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10 Questions With Jeimy Reyes

1. How long have you been in your current position with Compassion Honduras, and what is your job? Seventeen months. I am an auditor. 2. What are the main responsibilities of being an auditor? Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the partner…

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Inspire a Child to Greatness

Extreme poverty is more than a lack of basic physical needs. Experiencing poverty firsthand shows that its true power comes from killing one’s inner drive which pushes us all forward in life. In Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs, physiological needs —…

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A Christmas Card Drive of Epic Proportions!

We’d like to make a way to send hundreds and thousands of words of encouragement to kids who really need them in this season of Thanksgiving. That’s where YOU come in! Well you, DaySpring, and Compassion International….

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Snowflakes for Your Sponsored Child

Winter is not my favorite season. I am a summer person, most definitely! By the time most of you read this post, I will be on my first sponsor tour…in Mexico, enjoying some tropical, summer-like weather! But as I look forward to wearing summer…

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What Is Child Sponsorship, Really?

How do you describe the very real, very tangible effects of child sponsorship? We hear so many gut-wrenching stories of hopelessness from the field – those embattled, crime-ravaged, destitute places across the globe affectionately known as home to…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write Your Sponsored Child

Here are 10 great reasons to write your sponsored child. Don’t miss your chance to make a difference in his or her life! You were hand-placed for a purpose. God paired you with your child for a reason. Ever think about that? Out of all the kids…

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Ideas for Fun Items to Send to Your Sponsored Child

Many of you have asked about the larger pieces of mail that you send your sponsored child. The correspondence team processes this mail and they really go above and beyond to make sure your mail makes it safely to the children. Suzanne works on our correspondence…

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A Sponsor’s Letter: From Gayle to Her Child

A lot needs to happen before a sponsor like Gayle can receive a letter from her sponsored child. In this video we see the sponsor side of the sponsor-child letter-writing journey. You can also view the A Sponsor’s Letter: From Gayle to Her Child…

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Four Sponsor Sacrifices of the Heart

Sponsorship brings to us sponsors both joys and blessings, but we also make certain sacrifices. For many, the monthly cost of sponsoring requires sacrifices — eating out less often, engaging in recreational activities less frequently, and so on. But…

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Celebrate the Fall Season With Your Sponsored Child

We are enjoying the last bits of summer here in central California, where I live with my family. But we are quickly moving into the fall season as kids head back to school, thoughts of homemade soups and bread fill my head, and I start thinking about…

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Hearts Apart Linked by Love

A message of love from the Fancied Freedom blog. Ever since I knew about Compassion International and their child sponsorship work helping children in impoverished areas of the world, I knew I wanted a child of our own to sponsor. My idea was to find…

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Christmas in October

Advent candles in October? Wait a minute? Christmas is still 2 1/2 months away! Now I know it is just the beginning of October, but given the fact that mail to our sponsored children can take 2 to 3 months, now is the time to find and…

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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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How Do We Decide Which Churches to Partner With?

The concept of partnering with a church may seem simple enough, but what’s actually involved in choosing which churches we should partner with? It’s relatively simple question with a not so simple answer. In the Philippines, it all starts in the…

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Friends of Compassion

Hello friends! Glad you’re here. I haven’t met all of ya yet, but I do knows a lot of ya. If you’re new to our blog, please leave a comment, I’d consider it a privilege to make your acquaintance. So that you feel welcome, let…

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Missions in Action: Episode Three

In the third Missions in Action episode we get to visit with our Special Olympics Bronze Medalist, Emilda Soriano. Learn more about Missions in Action at www.missionsinaction.tv Just last week we heard that Emilda and her entire family got baptized…

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Responding to Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan is the strongest cyclone that has hit the Philippines. In fact, it is considered the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. Haiyan hit on November 8 and seven days after, the unofficial casualty count is feared…

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Who Do You Say We Are?

My husband and I recently adopted a puppy from the local humane society. When we got her home, she was a normal, happy, playful puppy. But within a few days, symptoms of kennel cough showed up. So like a good pet parent, off to the vet I…

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It’s Almost Compassion Sunday!

It’s almost April 13 — the official date for Compassion Sunday (CS) — the largest sponsorship effort of the Advocates Network during the entire year. Our on-call workers are still feverishly working through stacks of material orders that are inches…

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Stress Relief

Do you check work email on the weekend? Do you sometimes eat dinner with the TV on and the laptop open, even while you try to carry on a quality conversation? Hallelujah! Maybe you have arrived at this page for a reason! Psalm 23 is pure stress relief….

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Living Close to the Line

I open my email to see I’ve been hit with three “your-mailbox-is-over-its-size-limit” messages over the weekend. So I sort by size and delete a few messages that have “MB” rather than “KB” next to them. I weed out just enough to keep working, […]…

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What Does Advocacy Look Like?

The keynote message had just finished wrapping up, and hundreds of women spilled into the venue hall. Aly Chase was in her usual place, standing alongside the Compassion booth, speaking to hundreds of curious women about child sponsorship. A young woman,…

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A New Take on a Lifetime of Birthdays

My birthday falls during the Christmas season. It seems fairly common for those of us with December birthdays to grumble a bit about our birthdays being overshadowed by the holidays. December is when everyone is buying presents and our resources get…

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Not Your Typical College Road Trip

Ask any group of college students what their summer-break plans are, and here’s what you might hear: Road trip. Eat a lot. See the world. Work on a tan. Hang out with friends. Jason Hardrath and Travis and Alissa Hilley plan to do all that and more….

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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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The Contact Center: Who Are You Talking To?

Did you know that Compassion’s contact center was actually started by Wess himself? He thought it took too long for sponsors to receive a response to their questions by mail, so he decided that adding a call center would be the perfect solution. These…

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Are You Interested in a Compassion Magazine for Kids?

We’re developing a kids’ magazine designed to educate 8-to-12-year-olds and develop their hearts of Compassion. This free publication will teach kids about poverty and other cultures, and encourage them to engage with children in need. They will…

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A New Way to Give More to Your Sponsored Child

Did you know this year we are celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Compassion Bloggers Network? Happy anniversary! When we launched the network, we had a vision to bring bloggers and the mission of Compassion together to release more children…

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One Meal One Day Photo Scavenger Hunt

UPDATED Nov. 7, 2013: Our photo scavenger hunt prized winners are: Yvonne Reynolds, Jill Foley, Janet Ridgeway, Hannah Hinojosa, Luann Cubbage, Cheyanne Kopera, Anka, Micah Headdings, Beveryly Yearwood, Mandi Royman and Megan Knox. We will contact our…

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I’m Going to Mexico

I’m going to Mexico! And I want you to come with me. I was left behind once, and I’m grateful it wasn’t in the “missed the Rapture” sense. Because of that experience I will do my best to make you feel like you’re in…

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Second Friday Writing Club: Share Your World

When we first became sponsors five years ago, we headed to the library to check out a book about Colombia. We didn’t know a lot about the country, and since my children were 15 and 10 at the time, it was the perfect time for all of us…

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You Are Not Helpless, You Are Empowered

Recently a very well-known Mommy Blogger traveled to Bangladesh with a non-profit organization dedicated to child and maternal health. Immediately following her first post from the developing country, the UK news publication The Guardian ran an article…

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Expand Your World with Our New iPad Magazine

Do you have one of “those” stacks in the corner of your living room? YOU know the one we’re talking about. It’s on the coffee table or next to your favorite chair — it’s the pile of magazines you love but are not sure…

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What is Want? (Understanding Want)

Put simply, I don’t understand want. I learned that today. I’m a member of a local CSA farm here in Colorado, which stands for Community Support Agriculture. You buy a “share” of a local farm for one season, supporting the farm…

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Summer Volunteering with Compassion

The smell of deep-fried Twinkies permeates the air as you jostle through a happy crowd eating your sticky blob of cotton candy. All around you people sing in and out of tune to the strains of the latest Casting Crown song blasting from the massive stage…

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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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Grieving the Loss of a Sponsored Child

How do you say goodbye to a sponsored child who has died? Have you ever had to do that, or to say goodbye to another child in your life? As with many things, there’s often the thought, “Oh, that won’t happen to me. That sort of stuff…

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Budget, Schmudget

Numbered out! When you’re an arts and letters person like me, waking up to figures, budget targets and terms like “capital depreciation” are like, well…an alarm clock that just makes you want to keep hitting the snooze button. But face reality […]…

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Someone Loves Wendy

Excerpted from compassion Blogger, Emily at An Ounce of Compassion. Emily won second place during Blog Month by writing from the perspective of a sponsored child. The walk home today is more painful than the hunger growing in my stomach. Fear whirls…

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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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Let’s Get Praying for Our Sponsored Children

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and it has me thinking about praying for my sponsored children. As sponsors, we want to develop relationships with our sponsored children, but space, time, and sometimes uninformative letters can make those relationships […]…

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10 Questions With Anuradha Ghoshal

The following is an interview with Anuradha Ghoshal, Program Communication Manager with Compassion East India. 1. How long have you been in your current position, and what are your main responsibilities? I have been in this position for the last three…

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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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What is True Impact?

Sooner or later, we’re all programmed to struggle with legacy and impact. Each of us is keenly aware that we’ve been engineered with talents and abilities to contribute to the world in some way while we’re here. I don’t know about you, but I…

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A New Generation of Sponsors in Colombia

One of the most encouraging things to me is when I hear about our field staff sponsoring children. It’s quite a testament that those who know the work best, who see it firsthand, believe enough in the efficacy of the program to sponsor children…

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If Given a Chance: The Essence of Child Sponsorship

The children at Souri Child Development Center squeezed together under the thatched-roof shed, safe from the wind and rain. They eagerly anticipated the visit of the local political leader of the ruling party and a few other political leaders. The political…

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Keeping Dreams Alive in the Midst of Hardship

Our Timoteo Student Center serves 311 children who live in the city of Cobán. Cobán is one of Guatemala’s major cities, located 219 km (316 miles) from Guatemala City. It is rapidly developing due to its location at the center of a coffee-growing…

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Deserts Like Eden

The blistering sun and dry desert are nothing but fertile soil to produce God’s miracles in our lives and in the lives of our communities. As we walk through the journey of life, we might experience some kind of pain: to be rejected by a friend, to…

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10 Days, 14,000 Feet and 19 Children

Hello again. I’m about to take a trip to Bolivia, where I can meet many of the children that I sponsor plus several others too. I’m so excited right now!! I’m stoked. I think I spelled that right. On June 27, I’m taking off from…

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Too Small To Ignore

“I learned in my childhood in Africa that a child may be born in poverty but poverty is never born in a child. The worst aspects of poverty are not the deplorable outward conditions, but rather the erosion and eventual destruction of hope and therefore…

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Ministry Insider: Dinah Meyer, Faithful Servant

Dinah Meyer has been working for Compassion 18 years — which by the looks of her means she started at age 11. (Dinah likes to joke that she started at Compassion before child labor laws were in place.) Dinah has been around for much of Compassion’s…

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I Still Have You

In a world where texting, tweeting and re-tweeting have become all but the norm, four simple words delivered the “old fashioned way” humbled me — opening my eyes wide to a greater appreciation of the privileged role we all share as…

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A Letter to My Fans

SUBJECT: One on One with Anthony Njoroge To all my fans, Based on the many emails, letters and phone calls I have received I’ve decided to give you an opportunity to ask me any questions as you would like. As part of this, I have already hired […]…

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2,000 Screaming Teenagers

The title of this post scares me. I love all of God’s children, but the thought of a room full of teenagers makes me a little nervous. The exception will be this Wednesday night when I travel deep in the heart of Texas for the start of the Hawk…

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Committed Love Moves a Sponsor to Ecuador

Allen Charles Graham is single, but he understands the meaning of the word “commitment.” He started sponsoring children in 1989 when he lived in the United States, working at a TV network. Currently, he lives in Ecuador and is the Training…

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Ministry Highlight: Ethiopia

In 1993 we began Compassion’s ministry in Ethiopia with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2004, we started the Leadership Development Program and in 2006, the Child Survival Program. Country Director Tsehaywota Taddesse joined our ministry as…

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“Thank You for Calling Compassion, My Name is Brad…”

For 16 years, I have worked in the customer service and contact center industry. Until coming to Compassion, my experience was strictly in the for-profit world. Over the years, I’ve personally handled or listened to thousands upon thousands of customer…

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Christmas Memories

It was Christmas morning, and I lay impatiently in my bed awaiting the sound of my parents stirring downstairs. We’ve never been the kind of family that wakes up and rushes to the living room to tear into the gifts before we have properly washed the…

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Can My Sponsored Child Visit Me?

Sponsors travel far and wide to visit their sponsored children and see how we work in the field. For many, a visit to their sponsored child’s country is simply not an option. Most likely, it’s because of health or financial limitations. I would LOVE…

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Leadership Development Program: A Dream Opportunity

From yesterday’s post: By the time I had completed high school, I did not know what the next step would be for me, because in Kenya at the age of 18 years I was due for graduation from the Compassion program and that was it. I heard…

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Letter Writing 101

Writing letters is a crucial way to build a relationship with your sponsored child…but also one of the most challenging. In this infographic we have everything (and by everything, we mean some of the things) you ever wanted to know about letter writing….

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Growing Up Too Fast

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was growing up, my dream occupations changed frequently. Librarian Teacher Lawyer President of the United States! And I also had access to educational opportunities, with the freedom…

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Photos, Comments and A Promise for More

The Internet connection wasn’t the best in Ethiopia. In fact, it was non-existent. It’s not like it was a blog trip to Uganda or anything. The Internet connection wasn’t a priority for the sponsors that went to Ethiopia to meet their…

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Servant Leadership Lived Out

Our ministry in Bangladesh is blessed by excellent managers who are contributing to the lives of marginalized children. Piyush is one of those managers making a difference in the local community with his intelligence, talent, creativity and, most importantly,…

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Funny Things Kids Say

What puzzling, quirky, amusing things have your sponsored children written in their letters to you?…

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What Can a Hard-working Person Accomplish?

It’s 5 a.m., in the midst of complete darkness, and members of the Pentecostal Church of God in Batey Magdalena are gathered in one of the dusty streets of this sugarcane-cutting community. Worshiping the Lord, they pray for spiritual healing for…

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Resilient and Bearing Good Fruit

Bolivia has a very low percentage of youth who graduate from school. Only around 18 percent finish their school studies and 71 percent of them enter university. However, later on 38 percent abandon their studies, according to SITEAL (Educative Information…

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Mistaff Meets His Sponsor

Stories and photos By Consodyne Buzabo, Compassion Uganda field communications specialist An air of anticipation and excitement hung over the Muzahura Child Development Center on the morning of August 26, 2008. While any day at the child development…

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10 Questions With Mark Peters (Part II)

Yesterday, Mark shared about what child sponsorship is through Compassion and how it has evolved over the past 55 years. Today, Mark answers the question “Why Compassion?” 6. There are a lot organizations who use child sponsorship to fight…

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10 Questions With Mark Peters, Vice President of Ministry Integration & Innovation

This week we continue our 10 Questions series on Compassion’s holistic child development model with Brandy’s interview with Mark Peters, Compassion’s Vice President of Ministry Intergration & Innovation. The Child Sponsorship Program…

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Death of a Child

I still haven’t figured out a great way to mourn Alfan’s death. It still makes me sad. I’m still overwhelmed by the tragedy of the death of a child. However, I cling to hope!…

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Why Do Child Development Centers Close?

You started sponsoring little Jessica three years ago. You picked her because of her mischievous grin and her pigtails. You’ve been writing letters back and forth and are slowly starting to feel like you’re getting a glimpse into her world and what […]…

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Will You Stand for Orphans?

We’ve seen them before — the commercials. “For less than a cup of coffee, YOU can change an orphan’s life today!” But instead of picking up the phone to sponsor a child, we probably picked up the remote and changed the channel. And yet,…

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Conversations with Alumni: Proof That’s Real [VIDEO]

I know you’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. If we’re being honest, we’ve ALL thought it… Is this child real? Does this whole sponsorship thing really work? Where is my money really going? When you walk into a Compassion program at any of our…

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Leadership Development in the Dominican Republic

César Antonio Beltran is the first graduate of the Dominican Republic’s leadership development program, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in computer engineering in February 2008. He has now traveled to the United States to pursue a master’s…

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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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Made for Each Other

Each of your sponsored children is uniquely yours. You may not know the reason exactly, but that child was chosen by you for a reason. And you were chose for for that child….

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Child Sponsorship: Why Do Children Leave Our Program?

At only 5 years of age, Michelle had to say goodbye to one of the places she loves the most: her child development center. Michelle has been sponsored since she was 3. She was raised by her grandmother, who registered her in our Child Sponsorship Program….

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Hope Deferred

I hate waiting. Yet in one area of my life I have found myself waiting for a long, long, LONG time. (That was a LONG time if you couldn’t tell – HA!) As I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, waiting in this one area…

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Compassion Summer Intern: Personal Compassion

Editor’s Note: Every summer, 20 university students enroll in our 10-and-a-half-week internship program for the opportunity to gain professional experience within Compassion ranging from church engagement, child advocacy, and field video editing…

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“That’s Not a Need, That’s a Want”

When I was younger and held my beliefs like a stick that was good for leaning on, and sometimes for swinging at people with, I had some life-shaping experiences with people who lived in extreme poverty. My life took course because of what I had seen…

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But Then, We Had Compassion

It’s Sunday morning, and in the distance I hear the Rwandan Church, lifting its praises to God. Familiar music and smells and sights fill the air and my heart fills with gratitude. For the first time since my visit here four years ago, I am back…

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Got Any Great Fundraising Ideas?

As we begin to say farewell to 2010, many of us are thinking back on what we’ve done for our sponsored kids over the past year. We’ve written letters, sent cards, mailed in family gifts, and participated in the Compassion blog. Some of us became […]…

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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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Reflections From a Spiritual Mirror

Mirrors are excellent tools. I use one every day. Looking into a mirror is often one of my first actions of the day. With mirrors I see details about myself I otherwise would not know exist. For our physical well-being mirrors are important. Without…

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The Worst Mistake You Don’t Know You’re Making

In high school, I had a teacher, Mrs. Kuntz, who was so tough on her students that we all feared failing her class. Never before had I worried so much about earning a passing grade, but her high standards made me wonder if I had what it…

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Do Not Be Afraid

Two nights before heading back home to Sri Lanka, my husband and I were walking down a dark side road in Chennai, India. We had just completed a ministry vision workshop and I was pumped. Reaching out to 1,000 children in our little tear-drop nation…

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Tips from Compassion Sunday Pros

We’re getting so excited for Compassion Sunday on April 26! This is a day when thousands of children living in poverty will gain a sponsor and new opportunities for their lives. But we know that hosting Compassion Sunday can be a little intimidating,…

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Is Compassion a Trustworthy Organization? Are You Being Duped?

Note from the Editor: In early 2015, Compassion received a “4-star” rating from Charity Navigator – for the 14th year in a row! Financial accountability is so important to us, we want to show you our books. See our 2014 Annual Report…

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Elves, Genies and Compassion’s Ministry Paradigm

So to follow up on the clock analogy, what makes Compassion tick? Which gears and teeth make Compassion run and how? Are there letter-writing genies in the basement? Does Compassion’s headquarters even have a basement? Do Santa’s workshop personnel…

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

I recently became a mom. It’s been the greatest thing ever…and the hardest thing ever. My daughter has just started copying what I do — it’s the most precious thing in the world! I’ll blow air out of my mouth and she will try…

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Second Friday Writing Club: Playtime

When I was a little girl, I was a big bookworm. Well actually, I still am! But as a little girl, I used my imagination and resources I had around me to create my own little home library. Card catalog, library cards, and borrower cards gave all of…

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I Am One Life

A few months ago, we saw a picture on Instagram that made us very excited (and yes, we do look when you tag us!). A sponsor named Kensi had posted a picture of herself holding a thank you note to a friend who sponsored a child through Release3….

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Where Do You Sponsor a Child?

Over on another blog post – Are My Letters Really That Important? – several sponsors have started trying to connect with other people who sponsor a child in the same child development center(s). Until we have a better way to help you with […]…

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Halftime Report

I’ve reached the halfway mark and it’s finally starting to get good. Why is that? Why is it that whenever I really start to fully understand and enjoy where it is that I am and what I’m doing, the end seems to be a mere few feet away?…

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A Christmas Miracle

This story was orginally published on December 23, 2010 In December 1993, a thief broke into our house and stole our Christmas gifts. My sister and I were sponsored and we received many gifts from our sponsors. Her sponsor was from Australia, and there…

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The Question Game

Warning: This post may be bit uncomfortable… Before I sponsored my first child back in college, I had a lot of questions: Where is all my money going? Will this child actually know about me? Is she really the one writing these letters? Does she really […]…

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New to Mexico: The Child Survival Program

Tere lives in a 13-by-13-square-foot cement home with thin layers of cardboard for a roof. She lives there with her three daughters while her husband, a mason, works doing construction in Mexico City. He sends home about U.S.$50 every two weeks and…

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Siriporn: A True Christian Warrior

Some people say that being a champion is hard, but that remaining a champion is even harder. A little warrior champion named Siriporn was going to prove this in her second tae kwon do competition. This match was very different from her last one. Siriporn…

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Poverty Eradication: That’s a Tall Order

I’d like to share with you something that startled me this morning. Yesterday the team and I visited Nuevo Amanecer (New Dawn) Student Center here in Ecuador. I spent much of my evening processing what the Lord had shown me during the day. Then, this…

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MyCompassionSunday: Expanding Jesus’ Family

Children all over the world long to experience a loving family, and Compassion Sunday is a time when we have the opportunity to share that love with them. While we may be far away, linked only by letters and photos, our loving words and smiling faces […]…

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It’s Time Extreme Poverty Came to an End

From the prayers, to writing letters, to a personal visit, being touched by God’s grace through a sponsored child is a tremendous gift. Sponsors, you and I come to help, but end up receiving unexpected and wonderful blessings ourselves. If you […]…

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From 5th Grade Farmer to PhD

Life held nothing promising for Masilamani. Born in the south Indian village of Thirumanickam, he was the son of farmers. The life of a farmer in India is difficult, and despite their hard labor, Masilamani’s family lived a life of extreme poverty. In…

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Meeting Sarath

When I was in India last month, I met the boy I sponsor, Sarath. I had been hoping and praying to meet him, and I just happened to be taking a work trip to India. I was a bit nervous. Don’t tell, but I’m not great with kids. I…

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10 Questions With Ephraim Lindor

Thank you to all of you who submitted questions for Ephraim, my esteemed colleague in Haiti! As you all were curious cats and asked more than 10 questions, I picked 10 that I thought were representative of all the questions. As I mentioned before, Ephraim…

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The Mighty Act of a Small Whisper

I wish to tell you a story about a voice, a whisper, and a boy named Samuel. We’ll start with the voice. Echoing through the streets and the slums, it spins a convincing tale of consequence and fate. With loud delivery, it continually shouts that…

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A Mother’s Hope

Has your sponsored child ever called you Mom, Dad, Auntie or Uncle? Someone recently asked me if I thought it was demeaning to parents for their child to be sponsored by someone across the world. Does it make them feel inadequate, like they’re not fit…

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Choose One Word to Embody 2014

Prayerfully choosing one word that embodies the promise of the upcoming year is a discipline we’ve shared with you for many years. This practice of asking God for His yearly theme in our lives endows us with strength in the tough times. It renews…

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One Day in the Life of a Tour and Visits Team Leader

My name is Soledad Agreda, and I am the Tour and Visits Team Leader of the Peru office. I have been doing this work for about a year and a half now, and my main responsibilities are to organize, facilitate and host individual sponsor visits and tours…

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The Real Ministry of Child Sponsorship Lies in Letter Writing

It has been a while since I’ve written a blog post. I’ve had one thing on my heart that I’m not entirely comfortable writing about. But other people seem to think it’s worthwhile, so here goes. Several months ago, I had sponsorship…

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A Day In the Life of a Ministry Social Worker

Alemnesh’s strong passion and love for children have kept her working with Compassion Ethiopia for 16 years. Before joining us as a social worker, she was engaged in a local church’s outreach to children. Alemnesh loves ministering to children and…

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Interview With a Child Development Center Coordinator

Our Child Development Center Coordinators fulfill many daily responsibilities to serve the children in our ministry. Godfred Abbey is the center coordinator at Manheam New Life Child Development Center in Ghana. He plays an important role in the lives…

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Introducing Your Children to Poverty: When Should You Start?

Remember when Val Bure and Katia Gordeeva won the Battle of the Blades? Val donated his award money to Compassion — and mothers and babies in Moca, Dominican Republic, are now receiving health care, nutritional support and a whole lot of love thanks…

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Making a Visible Difference in Haiti

My return to Haiti was amazing in every way. As I reviewed the thoughts I shared with you prior to this trip, one statement jumped out at me: “I have a feeling it will be very different from what I expect.” What did I expect? Since I…

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That Letter You Need to Write

The message from Compassion International on my voice mail said, “Call right away.” I had a knot in my stomach. Something was wrong. Compassion does not call sponsors just to chat. When I reached the lady at Compassion, she told me the startling…

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Let the Child Sponsorship Journey Begin…

Have you ever seen those commercials on TV asking for a dollar a day to help a child across the globe? Or perhaps you’ve tried to get your kids to eat their vegetables by using the phrase, “Do you know there are kids starving in Africa who…

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What Does the Aroma of Christ Smell Like?

Is there a childhood memory or particular person that you associate with a certain fragrance? For me, the scent of a particular facial cleansing bar instantly transports me back to my childhood. The face of my grandmother, who always used that product,…

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We Are Called to Be Encouragers

“Discouragement is the cancer of the soul. Fear debilitates and cripples a person from believing God and taking risks. These two are master strokes of the enemy, for we are most vulnerable when fear and discouragement begin to control us” (Barnabas…

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Haiti Earthquake Update

UPDATED: June 30, 2010 at 1:45 p.m. (MT) – Out of more than 22,000 children affected by the earthquake we are still in the process of locating around 350 children. We are continuing to contact sponsors whose children we do have specific information…

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Just Believe

We are proud to present this inspirational story by Silvano Assanga, a formerly sponsored child. I lost my father at the age of 4, and it was predicted that we would end up in the streets as beggars. He was our sole breadwinner, and he did not…

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Writing Hope: A Story in Three Acts

We tend to grow into what we see around us, which can be good if we’re emulating a positive role model. However, this truth is anything but good for Murthy, who is beginning to lose all hope. Each morning, young Murthy follows his dad, a bonded laborer,…

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What Should I Do if My Sponsored Child Contacts Me Via Facebook?

The other day, I received a call from Sandy in New York. She was ecstatic because her sponsored child, Erica, had asked to be her friend on Facebook and wanted to know if she could correspond with her child through Facebook instead of writing letters. […]…

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Compassion Summer Intern: Hope Is Here

 Editor’s Note: Every summer, 20 university students enroll in our 10 1/2-week internship program for the opportunity to gain professional experience within Compassion. This is just one of the many experiences from their country trip to Guatemala. “Hope…

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Your Sponsored Child Prays for You

It is almost 4:30 p.m., and 22 church staff members and six sponsored children are gathering in a church classroom. They are beginning a time of fasting and prayer for sponsors. “We are usually gathered to pray every first Monday of the month. Our…

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Singing for Jesus at Easter

Tabitha leans on the table and writes to her sponsor about how she and her family will celebrate Easter. She is the younger of two children in a family with a strong Christian background. Her father is an evangelist and singer, and recently released…

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Out of the Slums of Kenya

I grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, in a slum, right next to a large dump site — a horrific place. People bring their dead babies there. View of a slum in Kenya We were…

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The Making of a Special Olympics Champion

At the 12th Philippine Special Olympics, Emilda Soriano won a gold medal, two silver medals and a bronze medal in track and field. Her national triumph qualifies her for the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. The Philippine…

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Touching Hearts

After I became part of the Sponsorship Service Team, God put something on my heart when I read 1 Thessalonians 1. Just as Paul was filled with great love for the Thessalonian church, it’s been on my heart to pray that each and every sponsor would be…

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Any Last Words?

Compassion UK first posed the question in Twitter. Grab the last letter you received from your sponsored child and share the closing sentence with us. We liked the question so we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook friends to participate. Here’s…

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My Sponsor Wiped My Mother’s Tears Away

The moment I was sponsored through Compassion at age 8, I became aware that I was bigger than poverty. Poverty was a situation, a condition, but I was a life. All I needed were positive messages of hope to grow out of it. It is the relationships…

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Let’s Count Our Blessings

November is the time of year when many people contemplate the blessings they have in life. And it is no wonder. Since 1863 in the United States, we have had a national holiday set aside to give thanks for God’s blessings in our lives. Many people…

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A Precious Perspective

Paper scraps, bits of string, crumbs and stray Cheerios — as a stay-at-home mom who homeschools two active girls, I spend a fair amount of time sweeping up random stuff that happens to fall to the floor. On one particular day, I found myself making…

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Broken Home, Healed Heart

Born into a broken home, with what looked like a dismal future, Luis only had his grandparents. His grandfather, who passed away last year, was a taxi driver, and his grandmother still works, cleaning at a university. She is an alcoholic, and every time…

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20 Letter-Writing Prompts About Food and Your Local Church

When you need an idea to get your next letter started, you might turn to one of these questions. I hope you find them, and the questions I’ve shared in previous posts, helpful. Which questions have you used when writing to your sponsored child?…

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Spring Is in the Air

Do you ever think about what the different seasons are like for your sponsored child? I wonder how cold it gets for my child, Felix, living in Mexico City. How similar or different are the seasons where he lives, compared with where I live in central…

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Are You Ignoring Their Prayer Requests?

Frustration mounts as I open my car door and step into a large puddle that covers my shoes. The wind blows my umbrella inside out and I grit my teeth to keep my tongue from sin. I can’t believe how much rain has fallen! The freezing wind bites,…

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The Power of Words

Words have power. They can destroy and they can create. When we write to our sponsored child, our words are often the very thing that help create future dreams. And sometimes those dreams are to be just like us. You can also view The Power of Words…

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What Does Your Sponsored Child Want to Know About You?

How many of us sit in front of a blank computer screen or sheet of paper wondering what to share with our sponsored child? What do you say or not say? What would he or she be interested in knowing? A group of older children in Ethiopia were asked,…

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A Child’s Letter: From Maria to Her Sponsor

Letter writing is essential for the special one to one relationship between children and sponsors. In this video, Maria from Bangladesh just found out that she has a sponsor and eagerly writes her first letter. Come on a journey with us and see how Maria’s…

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Dear Sponsor: a Letter From Rwanda

The following letter was written by Ruzamba Niyomwungeli, a 24 year old graduate of our Child Sponsorship Program. It was written in Kinyarwanda and translated into English at the Compassion Rwanda country office. “Life has meaning when someone…

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Love and Valentine’s Day in December

This month on our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board on Pinterest we’re focusing on love (and Valentine’s Day). We would love for you to join us in finding some great projects to send to our sponsored children. Webster’s Dictionary defines…

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It’s Your Birthday, and I’ll Write If I Want To

Time to celebrate! It’s been a year that we’ve been sharing monthly letter-writing ideas, printable items, and crafts to send to your sponsored child on the Second Friday Letter Writing Club board. I’m excited about the ideas that many…

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