Ministry Highlight: Ghana

Compassion began its ministry in Ghana in 2005 with the Child Sponsorship Program. Since then we have registered 25,000 children. Some children who were not attending school due to financial constraints at the time of registration have all been enrolled […]…

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Traditions of Ghana — “Warrior King”

The people of West Africa’s Ghana are warm and friendly. They are polite, open and trusting — even with strangers. They take life at a relaxed pace and view time as a series of events rather than a matter of hours or minutes. To Ghanaians, […]…

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Easter in Ghana

Easter is celebrated across the board in Ghana. It is celebrated by both Christians and non-Christians alike, but each group has its own interpretation and activities to mark the occasion. For Christians, the celebration starts well before Palm Sunday, […]…

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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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AIDS Crisis in Africa: What Compassion Ghana Is Doing About It

Compassion Ghana is intensifying its fight against the spread of HIV and AIDS with Compassion’s AIDS Initiative. Among the many activities aimed at achieving this objective is education. Florence Sena Amponsah is a Partnership Facilitator for […]…

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Christmas in Ghana

Christmas in Ghana is a special occasion for both Christians and non-Christians, with celebrations centered around large family gatherings and feasts. For Christians, however, the most important message – the birth of Christ – is the focus, and […]…

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Welcome to Ghana!

Welcome to Ghana and welcome to the Calvary Bible Child Development Center! It is in this place that children meet weekly for a full day of activities and learn how loved they are. And it is from this place that we have a special message for you… You…

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One Step Forward: Computer Literacy in Ghana

Fidel had a vision for his community, a poor fishing village in Ghana. Kpone didn’t have a library or computer center and Fidel understood that in today’s world, not to have computer literacy is a great disadvantage. You can also view the […]…

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Your Sponsored Child Prays For You

Amenorpe Korsi Fume is a volunteer teacher at the Faith Baptist Community Church Child Development Center at Madina, a suburb of Accra, Ghana. Korsi Fume teaches the 12-year-olds at the center and is also responsible for leading prayer and devotion […]…

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How Can Sponsorship Help Prevent Child Slavery?

The 11-year-old child I sponsor did not know that child slavery is happening in his own country — to children just like him. As his sponsor, I did not know I was helping prevent this from happening to him. Ghana’s history has long been tainted […]…

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A Squatter’s Home

What would it be like to live in a house that was at constant risk of being taken from you — not just for a few weeks, but week after week, year after year? Squatters in Ghana, including many sponsored children and their families, deal with this reality daily….

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How Can a Nation Overcome Poverty with Wealth Creation?

Ghana is currently one of the largest producers of cocoa and gold and is now also involved in oil production. They are becoming a prosperous nation and the world is taking notice….

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How to Save a Life With an Egg

When one of the children or youth enrolled in our program has a medical crisis, the Compassion staff and church partners in that country will do whatever they can to help. But what about a child who isn’t enrolled in our program? THE LIFE Sixteen-year-old…

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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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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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Nine Questions With Nyarko Twum Berima

Nyarko Twum Berima, known as Twum, has been working with our office in Ghana for five years and now serves as Partnership Facilitator Supervisor. Twum attended a small-village elementary school and proceeded to secondary school, where he obtained his […]…

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Highly Vulnerable Children: How Do We Help Them?

The walk through the haphazardly planned township of Fadama is not a smooth one. You have to stop from time to time to scan the road to avoid stepping into wastewater on the ground due to lack of a proper drainage system. Several child development center…

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HIV/AIDS: Getting to Zero

The World Health Organization reports that the African region is the most affected by HIV/AIDS, where 1.8 million people acquired the virus in 2009 alone. This means African nations must intensify their campaign against the disease, and Ghana is no exception….

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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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Three Things You Should Know About Compassion Adolescents

Our sponsor tour group received a royal Ghanian welcome when we arrived at the child development center. It was a Saturday, and overcast skies had turned bright blue. Children greeted us with drums and dancing….

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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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Gaining Financial Independence through the Highly Vulnerable Children Fund

…of things, from secondhand clothing and dishes to vegetables and fried doughnuts. Even though two of her children, Paulina and Michael, were enrolled at a Compassion Child Development Center in Ghana, there was still not much relief. So Paulina was selected to receive aid from our Highly Vulnerable Children’s Fund….

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I Have Malaria (or Thought I Did)

My body ached. It felt like I was rolling around in a pit of broken glass. I came home from Ghana with severe chills, headache and a fever. I’d been in Africa two weeks, and these symptoms alarmed me. I recalled seeing the pesky little mosquitoes in […]…

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Almost Buried Alive

The people of the Basofi Ningo community in Ghana are migrant peasant farmers who are deeply rooted in superstitions and who strictly adhere to their traditional religious practices. One Saturday morning, Seth, Project Coordinator of Apostolic Rescue […]…

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Ebola Outbreak in Africa: Our Response

Update (08/12/14): The map in this post has been updated to reflect the most current information available. With the recent outbreak of Ebola in West African countries, many sponsors have been asking if their children are safe.   First and foremost,…

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Fear, Ebola and Me

“Are you sure you want to travel there right now? Couldn’t you get … Ebola?” My friend hesitantly asked me this question before my recent trip to Uganda, in eastern Africa. I found a map and showed my well-meaning friend the actual distance from…

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How Can Jewelry Making Provide Hope and an Education?

While we want every child to attain the highest possible level of formal education, not all children are meant to be academicians. This is why our staff in Ghana expose children to extracurricular activities that often lead to income-generating ventures….

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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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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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Changing One Teenager’s Perspective

Like most 13-year-olds my son’s age, Joshua had difficulty grasping the reality of what we would see and experience in our efforts to make an impact on the child slavery situation in Ghana, West Africa, where five of our Compassion children live. “I […]…

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The Case for Compassion Togo

Today, we’re beginning a four part series to introduce you to Togo, the newest country Compassion works in. The Compassion office is now open, and the staff are working to begin registering children in the fall. An Overview of the Country Located…

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There’s No More Idol Worship and the Difference Is Jesus

Elizabeth lives with her two granddaughters, Amakor and Mana, in a house very close to the Lord’s Pentecostal Church in Kwashieman, Ghana. The compound of houses where they live is known in the community as the idol worshippers’ house or, for short, […]…

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Ministry Insider: Derek Gordon, Called to Serve

Derek is one of our whizzes who works in Complementary Interventions. He is seriously committed to Compassion — he interviewed for five jobs here over four years before he was hired! He’s one of the people God is really using at Compassion through…

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The Prayer

This is Emelia. She is a sponsored child in Ghana. And obviously, she’s praying. We don’t know what she was praying for in the moment the photo was taken, but if she’s anything like us, it might’ve been for the photographer to […]…

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The Power in a Name

 In the vast majority of American Christian homes, it’s not too difficult to notice our refrigerators — covered in array of family pictures, Christmas cards, and often a photo of a sponsored child in another country. Without hesitation, most of our…

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The Heroes of Rollaball

Our culture is obsessed with heroes. In the U.S. alone, the top grossing films are often those that feature a comic book character who jumps from tall buildings while rescuing humanity from the schemes of a diabolical villain. And Hollywood isn’t alone…

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No More Fear

Eyram is one of the first children enrolled at the La Grace Child Development Center, located about 50 kilometers from Lomé, Togo. She lives with Pierre, her father, and Julienne, her mother. Pierre is unemployed and Julienne is petty trader. During…

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Investing in a Good Harvest

As early as 5 a.m., Martin Antwi is already working on his vegetable farm. He works until the harsh mid-day sun does not allow him to work any longer. Later in the afternoon, Martin returns to his land to weed, plow and water all the plants until…

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The Shunammite Woman’s Faith

Consider the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman in 2 Kings 4. Scripture says that she was a wealthy, married woman who blessed Elisha with meals and a place to stay. For her reward, God miraculously gave her a son of her own. One day, the…

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Water of Life: Filtering Water From the Akora River

One Wednesday morning, the quiet, small community of Ghana’s Ekwamkrom came alive with joy and hope. Parents hurried to Ebenezer Methodist Church where each household received two large plastic buckets and a water filtration system. There was finally […]…

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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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The Stigma

When Aline in Burkina Faso (not her real name) was first found to be HIV positive, the other children in the family would inch away when she came near.  Now that Deede in Ghana has found out she is HIV positive, she’s afraid that if anyone else […]…

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Visit Compassion’s Fun Kids Web Site

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

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Uniting the Global Church Through Compassion Sunday

I remember when I first decided to sponsor a child. When I was growing up, my family sponsored children through Compassion. Once I was on my own and had a job, I meant to start sponsoring a child, but years passed and I never took action. I knew…

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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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Christmas Around The World

Traditions of dancing, singing carols, pageants, parades and nativity scenes fill our holiday season with joy — uniting us with family and friends as we remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our friends celebrating…

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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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Is the Word in You?

Where have you kept the “Word”? Having the Bible in your bag, under your pillow, or on your desk is not enough. The only way to walk blameless before God is by reading and meditating on it, allowing the Word to prune you, shape you, and enable you to become a candidate for heaven….

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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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Who Is Blogging From the Boonies?

“Blogging from the Boonies” is Michelle Wright, grand-prize winner of Blog Month! Michelle is a Compassion Advocate, sponsor, blogger, wife, mom and so much more. But we’ll stop talking now and let you read the words she shared with…

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Who Told You?

Genesis 3:1–11 reports how our first parents, Adam and Eve, were tempted by Satan, the great deceiver. Clothed as a serpent in the Garden of Eden, he deceived them after God had told them not to eat a particular fruit. “Did God really say you must…

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Let the Wise Listen

We sometimes fail to listen to advice because we are looking for the “right” person, someone of equal standing. We need to listen regardless of the speaker. Pride can hinder our ability to listen; humility has a way of enabling us to listen. …

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The Instagram Prayers of Sponsors

A few weeks ago we posted this picture of little Nicholas and his friends praying at their Child Development Center in Uganda on Instagram. Inspired by his earnest posture of prayer, we asked you to share your prayers for the child you sponsor. We were…

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He Is Risen!

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

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Relationship: An Art of Awesome Worship

Imagine! There is a big donor conference to raise millions of dollars to further God’s kingdom. Jesus has been invited to chair this conference. A donor announces a donation of 100 million dollars, but the Master is not impressed. The people around…

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Thank You for Defending the Cause of the Weak

As a sponsor your whole relationship with us is one of focusing on others. But during the Christmas season your commitment to the children and families we serve is always magnified. This past holiday season, through our Gifts of Compassion catalog,…

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Unfaithfulness

The apostles of old spread the spirit of faithfulness throughout the whole church. Unfortunately, one unfaithful couple, Ananias and Sapphira, sold some land and gave part of the proceeds to the apostles, reporting that they had given all the money to…

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A Short Guide to Talking About Africa

As a U.S. citizen, I’ve heard many reactions to my nationality as I travel to other places. A few gems: “We love Americans!” “We hate Americans!” “You can print your own money at an ATM.” “You’re all fat.” People have ample opportunities…

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Six Reasons We Can Trust God

If you lead others or carry organizational responsibility, you find plenty of reasons to worry: meeting deadlines, financial pressures, and meeting quotas, to name a few. These make your stomach churn and account for many sleepless nights. Jesus cautions…

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United We Build

The men of Babel were very responsive to the call from their leaders. Many might have taken offense with each other, but instead they ignored it, accepted each other, and continued building together….

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Loyalty

I notice that the very simple things I believed and held onto in my early Christian life have not changed. They have kept me growing in the faith. As a young Christian, I was trained to be faithful in little things. As a working wife and mother,…

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World Cup Fever

The 2014 World Cup. Thirty-two teams. Twelve stadiums. Sixty-four soccer matches. Thirty-one days. As far as sporting events go, it’s one of the biggest, with 10 percent of the world’s population watching. That’s more than 715 million people tuned…

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Words of Faith

Consider the story of Elisha and the Shunammite woman. Scripture says she was wealthy and lived with her husband but had no son. She blessed Elisha, and for her reward, God gave her a son of her own. And then her son died. She carried him up…

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Maps of Child Development Center Locations

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

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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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International Day of the African Child

African children face a myriad of challenges as they grow up. But what is also true about African children is: they love, play, learn, hope, dream, pray — they live!…

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