Does Giving Gifts to Our Sponsored Children Make a Difference?

Sometime back, a commenter on another blog post asked questions about sending gifts to our sponsored children: Do they make a difference? Should we wait until we hear about a need? Do the children appreciate our gifts? One of my earliest lessons in […]…

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When Gifts Fail, Giving Still Wins

Christmas shopping can be filled with pitfalls — shopping injuries, re-gifting and the brick-hard fruitcake, just to name a few. As you navigate the holidays this year, laugh at the giving fails and rejoice in gifts of hope….

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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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Presents for the King

The church was packed with 200 children and their parents, celebrating the pre-Christmas program with the Compassion child cevelopment center. When the host announced the opening of the program, the room burst with clapping. Laboni was there with her…

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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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What Makes Gratitude Overflow?

There is something special about giving a gift to a child who rarely receives gifts. Most families in developing countries don’t have the extra funds to buy gifts like bubbles and Dora dolls….

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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 Year I Gave Homework for Christmas

…a book for Christmas. I pored over the Scholastic Books order form and found books for my parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. I wrapped them and carefully placed them under the tree. On Christmas Eve, when we exchange gifts with my extended family, I was so excited to watch…

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Made for a Purpose

A young man sat on a hard wooden chair in the school chapel, wondering how God would use him. He wasn’t given the gifts of teaching, preaching, healing, or other more obvious gifts that so many Christians seemed to value. He had more practical gifts […]…

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God Loves a Cheerful Giver

I have a confession to make: I’m not a huge fan of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I hate celebrating Jesus’ birth or spending time with family and friends or enjoying delicious turkey dinners. It’s the pressure that comes around…

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Christmas in India

Cringggg!!! The tabletop alarm clock rings long and loud enough to awaken Gufran from his deep sleep. He hits “snooze” to get beneath the cozy comfort of his warm blanket. Unable to find the same warmth and comfort he was enjoying, Gufran…

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Christmas in Indonesia

One might think that celebrating Christmas in Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim nation – can be a problem. Even though 90 percent of Indonesia’s 220 million people are followers of Islam, it does not mean that Christmas is not…

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What Action Will You Take for the Poor?

Do you sometimes feel so overwhelmed by the issue of poverty that it stifles your ability to act? I sure relate, but action is the very thing Jesus calls us to do. To share the love of Christ not only in our speech, but through our actions. He…

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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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Celebrating Christmas in Sri Lanka

As I entered the village community center in Inigodawela, these words rang out loud through the sound system, “Testing, 1, 2, 3… Testing 1,2,3…” This was the location for the today’s Christmas celebrations. Inigodawela, Chilaw,…

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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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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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Why Giving Tuesday Matters

When I was a teenager, my mom and I used to go shopping on Black Friday. Well … she would shop. I would usually end up sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the mall, reading a book and waiting for her to finish buying gifts for our…

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A Hand Up Is Better Than a Hand Out

Some months ago, my husband joined a men’s study group at our church, a group I refer to affectionately as the “Boys Only Book Club.” Each month the “boys” read a book on Christian living or theology and then meet to discuss…

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Easter in Peru

To talk about Easter is to talk about Christianity, and to talk about Easter in Peru is to talk about a variety of traditions in the country. The most common traditions began during the colonial times when the Spaniards brought their culture, and their…

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Valerie’s First Christmas

I was about 3 years old in my earliest Christmas memory. I had chickenpox, and because I was quarantined, my stepfather dressed as Santa to cheer me up. I don’t remember the gifts I got that year, but I remember feeling so special that Santa had made […]…

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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 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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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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Christmas in Nicaragua

It is 11:30 p.m., most of the preparations for the Compassion Christmas celebration are ready, and everyone goes home. They will be back the next day at 6 a.m. This day is so eagerly awaited because for many children it will be the day they receive their…

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Christmas in Colombia

Fernanda, Israel and David are going to their house. From the bus stop, they spent half an hour climbing. Already at the peak of the hill they can see the city. Here the houses have one floor and are made from cardboard and plastic pieces. A few…

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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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Measuring with Mercy

With a very broken heart, Nancy’s life-changing journey began. The Lord revealed to her that she used two very different yardsticks to measure His gifts of mercy and grace….

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Christmas in Burkina Faso

“When nights are cold and dawns much colder,” says 14-year-old Ozias, “when there is freezing wind, when our skin cracks and always looks dirty, when our mothers insist that we use lip balm, and when we do not have to wake up early for school,…

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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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The Key That Unlocks

“You are worthless.” “All you do is disappoint people.” “You will never be enough.” These are the demons in my head. And in the minds of the children we serve. Rich or poor, Satan wants to entrap us. For the children…

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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 Can A Soccer Ball Inspire Dreams?

Who gets those soccer balls you give through the Gifts of Compassion Christmas gift catalog? Does a gift like that really make a difference? How does a soccer ball make an impact on a child in poverty? After doing some research, I found this story from […]…

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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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Give a Gift in Jesus’ Name

This Christmas, what if, instead of giving gifts that break, expire or get used up, you gave a gift that will last forever?…

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Pray for Your Sponsored Child: Gratitude

Although they do not have material wealth, pray that your sponsored child would be overflowing with thankfulness to God for the gifts He has given them. Pray that rather than a bitter heart, they would have a heart of gratitude. “Help my children […]…

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What Nightmares are Made Of

This slum is what nightmares are made of. Filled with what gifts are made of….

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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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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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The Value of Sports in the Life of a Child

Sports teach children about unity and trust, about how to express themselves more freely and sports can help children discover their gifts and talents….

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He Shall Direct Your Paths

If you will love God with your whole heart and trust fully in Him, He will direct you. He wants to use your gifts and experiences to accomplish His perfect plan for your life. Where will loving God lead you?…

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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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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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10 Ways T-shirts Make the World a Better Place

I have struggled with trying to figure out how to use the gifts God has given me to do the work God wants me to do, which is is how the seed of making a difference was planted for me and has now sprouted into a company: ResQrags….

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Christmas in Haiti

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ — who was born in Bethlehem, lived a divine life, died by crucifixion, and miraculously rose from the grave. However, in Haiti it is widely celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike…

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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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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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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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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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African Childhood: Beauty in Simplicity

There’s just something about the sun-scorched regions of Africa, isn’t there? I don’t know if it’s the beat of the African drums, the relaxed pace of life, the smiling faces that greet me or that I frequently find myself humoured by the fact that…

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Our #ItsAboutGiving Contest Winners

Last month, we took some time to examine the different nuances of giving. We tweeted thoughts and quotes, shared photos and images on Instagram and Facebook and asked you to blog about giving. We also ran some contests and raised some money for children…

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4 Easy Ways to Give

You look at your money a little differently. You understand what a micro-loan is and have probably contributed to a crowdfunded project. The buckets at church pass you by because you prefer to “text to give.” You’d rather pay your rent…

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The House a Family Gift Built

Joyce is a single mother of seven in Tanzania. She describes life before our ministry, “To have full day’s meals to us would be a miracle worth celebration.” Two of her children, Raheli and Esther have sponsors. “Before being…

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It’s Christmastime in El Salvador

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

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Child Survival Program Celebrates the True Meaning of Christmas

“It’s Christmas time, joy to the world! The rich and the poor will share,” says a popular Latin American Christmas carol. Lights, colorful garlands and presents decorate Quito City, Ecuador. The wealthy families celebrate Christmas Eve with a table…

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Equipping Emerging Leaders Through Service Opportunities

Service opportunities are one of the five pillars of our Leadership Development strategy in Uganda. Every year, teams of students in our Leadership Development Program (LDP) spend at least 10 days in remote villages of Uganda, serving the local people…

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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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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 do Our Programs Help the Poor Begin and Finish Well?

 To finish well in life, it makes an enormous difference if you are given opportunities that allow you to begin well. Our Child Survival Program and Leadership Development Program help children living in extreme poverty to begin and finish well. The…

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Run the Race in Such a Way as to Get the Prize

…enough to race and he knows he is a good runner. He has received many medals and recognition, but he knows how to keep both feet on the ground. He does not boast about himself. He knows that strength, wisdom and speed, in his case, are all gifts from God….

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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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Serving the Barrio of La Cruz Nicaragua

If you are not very familiar with Nicaragua, here are some sobering statistics: Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, behind Haiti. 17% of the population lives in extreme poverty, on less than a dollar a day. Four million…

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Can I Send This Gift to My Sponsored Child?

Our correspondence team receives many gifts from sponsors for their sponsored children that can’t be sent to our country offices. If this happens to your gift, we will contact you to see if you’d like the gift returned or donated to a local Colorado […]…

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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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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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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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Surviving a Drought: A Single Mom’s Story

Nooltetan is a Maasai peasant farmer who has been unable to farm because of the severe East African drought. Mostly, she has depended on raising cattle for her family’s survival. In the past 10 to 20 years the Tanzanian government has encouraged…

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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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Celebrating Christmas for the First Time

Thursday, December 16, 2010 was a special day in Saksida, a little suburb of Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. In this neighborhood, not far from the noisy traffic of the town, time seemed to have stopped. In the community Bonheur Ville…

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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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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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#GivingTuesday 2014: A Baby’s First Steps

Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s about creating a new tradition during the holiday season. We have traditions of giving thanks. And traditions of giving gifts. Now we have a tradition of giving back. If you want to promote generosity, we’d love for […]…

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Provide a Lifetime of Hope for a Child in Poverty

What if, instead of giving gifts that break, expire or get used up, you gave a gift that lasts forever?…

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Of Bugs and Mountains

I hurry to the window in near panic as I hear screams outside. After a few moments I realize that these are not screams but squeals of delight! Precious children point and scream at hundreds of bugs swarming to the lights. Little hands try catching…

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Where Is Gratitude in the Midst of Death?

This news came to me via text message. “He didn’t make it. He died.” My friend, Laura, had lost her father. A sudden heart attack took his life just two weeks before Christmas. It shook all of us. He was young and healthy. How could something like…

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Come Pin With Us!

Did you know that we’ve been on Pinterest since October? I probably should have mentioned that before … eight months have passed. Sorry! So now that you know, please come and join us on Pinterest. And now I have a confession … I am slightly…

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Ministry Highlight: Guatemala

We began our ministry in Guatemala in 1976 as a family help program run by missionaries. The Child Sponsorship Program started in 1980, and the Leadership Development Program began in 1997. We have one main office in the capital city and two satellite…

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The Importance of Mentoring in Leadership Development

In 2009, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) began in East India. Acceptance into the program came with three days of orientation training. The theme for the training was “Released to Maximize Impact.” The first day’s session centered on biblical…

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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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Fall, Football … and Fasting?

It is autumn in North America. Leaves are falling. In some places, the first snows have swept through the trees and over the peaks. Crops have been harvested. It is a time of transition, and we’re only about a month a way from celebrating Thanksgiving. Whether…

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Bearing Good Fruit

I grew up in Wisconsin, a part of the U.S. that doesn’t get a lot of attention. But it’s a beautiful, fruitful area. There are farms, gardens, orchards and, of course, dairy cows. My first job was working on an apple orchard when I was 14. The…

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Josh Durias on Children in Poverty

We’d like to introduce you to Josh Durias and his photography. Josh was born and raised in Seattle. He’s a father of two, and a husband to one. We’re plagiarizing here … jes so ya know. He’s a son of Philippine immigrants…

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Child Sponsorship: How Do We Choose Which Children to Register?

No more than three children from the same family can be registered in our Child Sponsorship Program, though each country may choose to limit this to fewer children so they can help a larger number of families. “There is so much need in Nicaragua that…

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Complementary Interventions With Heidi Partlow

The first thing Heidi Partlow does each morning is check her e-mail. It’s always packed. As Compassion’s complementary interventions manager, she gets all kinds of e-mails each day. E-mails about how to submit a proposal for a complementary…

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God’s Little Girl Strives for Excellence

Excellence is answering God’s call to the best of our abilities with the gifts and resources He has given us. It is carrying out God’s work with an attitude of enjoyment. Thanks to the Leadership Development Program (LDP), Talita is living in the […]…

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Modern-Day Wise Men

The nativity story has many incredible twists and turns, so wonderfully sewn together that people mistake the truth of Christmas as fiction: Bethlehem, the manger, the star, the angels, the shepherds, Herod, and so on. One such twist was the coming…

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United by Baseball, United Through Christ

Awestruck. That’s the word of the day. Nothing else can adequately describe how I feel about the transformation of Batey Aleman. You know, we talk a lot about children and we talk about our different programs, but really, we at Compassion don’t…

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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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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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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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This is How You Are Saving Lives in Bangladesh

Hlaa me u lives in a village where pregnant mothers are afraid to go to the clinic or hospitals. The mothers don’t rely on modern medical care. The nearby clinic has some limited facilities for safe baby deliveries, but old superstitions keep the villagers…

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In One Word, 2011 Will Be About …

Each year, usually in December, I write a blog post encouraging you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a word for the upcoming year. Not a phrase, not a statement, just one word — a word to serve as your lens to better see and…

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The Reality of Giving – Is Oprah Right?

Forgive me for being somewhat confused. Oprah’s “The Big Give” TV show debuted on Sunday night to huge ratings – 15.6 million viewers – a huge hit for the ABC suits. The show bases its obvious popularity on the benefits found…

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A Legacy of Generosity

Priya Juliet helps bring freedom to modern-day slaves. She serves as the Director of Administration for International Justice Mission (IJM) in Chennai, India. She is also a formerly sponsored child. Our friends at IJM shared Priya’s story with…

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Shame on Us Grownups

I remember when I was a kid and thought the year 2000 was a million years away. That’s because as a kid you can’t really see yourself as an old(er) person, a grownup, an adult. A child lives and thinks in the present. I figured out that…

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What Are You Doing?

The following letter is from Emilda’s pastor, Joseph Alba. He talks about the inspiration your efforts are giving the church and the children in the development center in the Philippines. Dear Compassion, Hi! My name is Joseph Alba, and I am the pastor…

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Cultural Change in the Maasai Community

The Maasai community has been rearing cattle for years, all their known lifetime and history.

In fact, there is a joke that goes around Tanzania about how the Maasai people claim that all the cows in the world belong to them, and the Maasai have the duty to return the cows to their natural home, in the Maasai community, which is why in the past there has been cattle rustling in the community….

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Three Unexpected Surprises

 Ten years ago I visited my sponsored child, Josue, in Haiti just before he completed his sponsorship. At that time I began sponsoring his little brother and it was always my hope that I could meet him, too — and perhaps see Josue again. This…

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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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Grow in the Lord With a Good Book: The Hobbit

Between 2005 and 2012 I read very little fiction. I’m still not entirely sure why. I like fiction, and especially love seeing the mechanics of storytelling at work. But for whatever reason, for about seven years I read virtually nothing but nonfiction…

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Saddam {it’s more than a sponsorship}

A touching message of sponsorship from the Shauna Pilgreen blog. i’ve just returned from uganda. i got a bug bite that needed to be drained and was put on an antibiotic during the process so infection would not set in. after seven days into the medication…

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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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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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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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Lord, Keep Their Hearts Only for You

It was difficult to sleep. Anticipation had kept me awake, as did the roosters crowing every half hour, the dogs barking (probably fighting over a discarded dinner bone), and the stuffy, humid air. I wake up early and eagerly get ready for the long-planned…

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What Does Sponsorship Mean? (I Didn’t Think I Would Cry)

We arrived half an hour earlier than scheduled and did not expect for our sponsored child to be there. “Edwin!” I heard a staff member howl, and from the tone of her voice I knew right away that our child was already there waiting. She came an…

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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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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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Taking Photos of Children Isn’t an Easy Task

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

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Ministry Insider: Jackie Nyaga, A Voice for Children in Poverty

Our field staff are some of the most remarkable people around! Jackie Nyaga is no exception. Jackie serves as In-Country Communications Specialist in Kenya. God is using Jackie to tell the story of children in poverty, the local church, and our ministry…

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The Perfect Gift

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. – Luke 21:1-2 (NKJV) The Perfect Gift — Generally Speaking The perfect gift comes from the heart. Love drives […]…

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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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Formerly Sponsored Child Now Serving the Poor With Compassion

After learning that his wife was expecting a second child, Giovanna’s father became angry and asked her to have an abortion. But the young mother decided to have her baby. She found out that her husband had another woman and already had children…

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Seven Ways to Give of Yourself — In Every Season

If you’ve visited church on more than one occasion, it’s likely that you’ve become acquainted with the parable of talents found in Matthew 25: 14–27. Delving into the meaning behind the parable, many have concluded that Christ was trying to reveal…

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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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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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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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One Child Sponsorship Helps an Entire Family

When Akite first joined the Child Sponsorship Program, her family did not know that they too would benefit. Akite’s father, Awany, was grateful to God for helping him with one of his four children. We gave Akite school fees, medical care, a mosquito…

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How You Can Follow Along on a Blog Trip and Introducing a Contest

UPDATED: Time for the Twitter party is 9:00 PM Eastern time, not 7:00 PM Eastern time as was mentioned below. This week is the week. Our Compassion bloggers are traveling to Nicaragua. Beginning tomorrow you will be able to experience what poverty is…

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What Is Life Like for Mexico’s Suburban Poor?

Our child development centers are distributed in different types of settings in Mexico; the biggest difference is between urban and suburban areas. In the context of this blog post, the term “suburban” is defined a bit differently than in the developed…

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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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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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A Day in the Life of a Child Development Center Accountant

Biplab has a very charming and loving personality. He is married with a son who is 5 years old. His wife is a teacher. Biplab has a very good sense of humor and knows how to be like a child when relating to children. Children at the…

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Small Things that Matter to Children

I am a Leadership Development Program alumnus. One day at my former child development center, we children picked up papers thrown in the dust bin, and we realized they were old home-visitation reports made by the development center staff. I came across…

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Grow in the Lord With a Good Book: Knowing God

Every year, we make lofty goals about what we want to do in the New Year … but before too long, our good intentions fall by the wayside. Because I’ve got a bit of a (well-deserved) reputation as a bookworm, I want to encourage you to read…

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An Indonesian Idol

God creates every child with unique gifts and abilities. One of the joys our church partners have is identifying and nurturing the talent in the children we work with. Eleven-year-old Marclif is a talented singer from Wori Village in Manado, North Sulawesi. […]…

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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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Compassion Sunday Is Child Sponsorship Taken to the Next Level

Compassion Sunday is an annual event that provides sponsors and donors across the United States a chance to speak to their churches on behalf of children in poverty. The purpose is to draw the attention of the Church to the needs of the world’s poorest…

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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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Love Thy Neighbor (in Action)

A teacher of the law walks up to Jesus while He is teaching and asks Him, “Of all the commandments, which is the greatest?” Jesus says to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and…

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Never More Loved

Shortly before her graduation from the Child Sponsorship Program, a significant event happened that almost prohibited Lea from completing our program — she discovered she had thyroid cancer. “A diagnosis like that is not easy to accept. I…

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Unlimited Love

Eliane was meeting her sponsor for the first time. The sponsor brought her many gifts: rice, clothes, a school bag and various toys. It was a special day for Eliane and her whole family. Everybody was happy, including the sponsor herself. The critical […]…

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Paper Angels All Year Long

When I read stories from our field offices about people coming to know Christ as their Savior, I get really excited. Over the past few weeks stories about Eva, Anthony and Awa have really stood out to me. What struck me about each of their stories were…

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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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Former Sponsored Child Becomes an Entrepreneur Success Story

David, now 30 years of age, joined our Child Sponsorship Program in 1990. Living in Masaka, Central Uganda, he grew up in a large family and could not afford to further his studies past high school. But David was firm that he would succeed in life. In…

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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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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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My Sisters Are Sponsored. What About Me?

Little Mariam was still sleeping, although the roosters had already crowed several times. Laid on her mat, she was huddled under her covers; it had rained the previous day, and the weather was a bit cold in the first hours of the morning. Though she…

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Feliz Cumpleaños With No Piñata?

Piñatas are often associated with Hispanic birthday celebrations. However, some birthday celebrations in Guatemala do not include a piñata. For example, Zunilito is located on the west coast of Guatemala and is known for its crops. Despite the fertility…

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A Child’s Response Saves Her Mom’s Life

Ansu saved her mother’s life by demonstrating wise, calm presence of mind in a crisis situation. As her mother walked in front of their house carrying a metal bar to pluck coconuts, the bar came in contact with an electrical line. High-voltage…

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Every 15 Seconds a Child Dies From Water-Related Diseases

We cannot live without water. It cleanses and nourishes our bodies. Every living creature needs water to survive. In Matthew 10:42 (NIV) Jesus recognizes how precious and life-giving water is: “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one…

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The Value of Churches Working Together

Compassion Philippines is partner to 320 evangelical churches from 17 Christian denominations. While normally denominations such as Baptists and Pentecostals in the Philippines would not see eye to eye in matters of doctrine and practice, our church…

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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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Christian Love and Confrontation

After I returned from another frustrating men’s ministry event my wife, Emily, told me “You need to quit.” “Pardon?” “You need to quit that ministry. You’re not using your gifts. You hate it. It’s killing you. You need to quit.” I’d […]…

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When Compassion Becomes a Gold Rush

We never know what we are going to experience on a Blogger Trip. Certainly each day is planned out — Child Development Center visits, meeting sponsored children for the first time, home visits — but there is often something special that…

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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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India Sponsor Tour

The India communications manager wrote this short article about the recent sponsor tour to India for the country office’s internal newsletter. So we thought we’d share her perspective with you. In the midst of turbulent economic times, political…

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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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Easter in Guatemala

Guatemala, a country whose religion is chiefly Roman Catholic and Protestant, is deeply rooted in local traditions that make the celebration of Easter a colorful and massive one. Each year, the event that starts Easter week in Guatemala is usually a…

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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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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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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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Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child

Everybody has one. Old or young, we all celebrate it. It doesn’t matter if they are big or small celebrations, we all look forward to a little acknowledgment that day – a little something from the world that says, “I see you.” And for a child…

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He Go Go

Our sponsored children are tremendously talented! While finishing our ministry’s Africa Regional Conference, we threw a big celebration dinner. Staff from nine different countries came together to dance and celebrate all that the Lord had done…

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The Luxury of Water and Hair Washing

For six weeks in Kigali, Rwanda, I showered with a bucket. And a small jug of clean water. I joked with friends back home that for six weeks, it looked like I never washed my hair. Trying to juggle the red bucket and the jug meant I…

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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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How Important is Prayer?

When I visited the boy I sponsor in India, Sarath, he didn’t talk so much. We instead communicated with the toss of a Frisbee. But at the end of the visit as he walked me back to the bus, this little boy who had said little else,…

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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 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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How Do You Determine Need Versus Want?

I just had my first baby shower, at which I was showered with love and presents. Now I’m back home, trying to elbow and squeeze all my new-found baby possessions into my sweet little baby room — which is now looking more like a storage unit….

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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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Do Dreams Come True?

Fides is a young mother from Moshi, Tanzania. She moved to Arusha to make money and began selling fruits and vegetables. It was at this time she met her husband and they got married. Their first child was born the year Fides got married and three years…

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Visiting Uganda

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail that Paul Moede, the leadership development marketing director for Compassion U.S., sent to his family last week and also shared with his co-worker, Gayle White. Paul is currently traveling in Uganda. Today we visited…

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From Tragedy, Make Something Beautiful

If there is one thing that seems fairly certain in this life, it’s the simple fact that tragedy will inevitably find you. Not exactly the post-Christmas message you were expecting, is it? It’s true though, isn’t it? How many of us have managed…

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Are We People Who Reflect God’s Heart?

Last November I married Brett. I wish you could meet him. His heart for orphans and troubled youth is inspiring. When he asks questions, he genuinely cares about your answer. Being married to my best friend is one of my most cherished gifts. However, […]…

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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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Ministry Highlight: Thailand

We began our ministry in Thailand in 1970, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. In 2002 the Leadership Development Program began, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2007. After 40 years of ministry in Thailand, our ministry is now…

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Who Leads Our Emerging Leaders in South Asia?

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) in India produces eminent young leaders to influence and inspire their churches, society and nation. And Andrew Christopher plays a vital role in the South Asia region as team lead. The young and dynamic Andrew…

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The Front Lines

Fresh out of college and excited to be in Indonesia, I was finally on the front lines* of ministry. A romantic at heart, I considered the front lines of foreign ministry to be my evangelical destiny. I had trained years for it and couldn’t wait to…

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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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Getting to Know the Compassion Experience Team: Ashley Cooper

Hello once again, friends! I can’t believe it’s already time to introduce you all to another member of our team. We’ve been going full force and we’re gearing up for another busy few months. The word is getting out about the tour and the turn-out…

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Back From Colombia

I recently had the privilege of visiting my three correspondence children, a few children that I helped find sponsors for, and the sponsored child of my pastor in Colombia. It was a trip I will never forget (unless I get a serious bout of amnesia). On…

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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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Memories of Christmas in Tanzania

My best memories of Christmas take me back about 40 years to when I was a child in Tanzania. Christmas had been, and will remain to be, the biggest day in our calendar year of events. At Christmas, we expected to see friends and relatives who lived…

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Does This One Come in Blonde?

The other day as I checked Facebook in the early morning, I read this article and was aghast. I shot it off to my team in indignation. My boss quickly wrote back, “Isn’t this a joke site?” How embarrassing. But this article is funny because it’s…

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He Leaped into My Arms and My Heart Was Gone

He leaped into my arms and my heart was gone. We hadn’t been at the Haiti child development center more than five minutes when this child chose me. His thin body felt light in my arms. I’ve had the privilege of meeting children in many of our…

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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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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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Mayonnaise Sandwiches

When I was a kid I used to love mayonnaise sandwiches. That’s right, just two pieces of bread, with a thick helping of Miracle Whip (which technically, isn’t mayonnaise — it’s salad dressing) in the middle. No meat, no cheese…no…

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The Compassion Life

Ministers and fellow workers of Christ, in our daily activities, we ought to be spiritual men and women in order to show those we work with the way they should behave and how to be an example for the children. But if we are behaving as those…

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To See a Child Smile

Ivan does not smile. We all sit in a circle and laugh and pretend to know Spanish and laugh some more. But not Ivan. He does not smile. I stare at him long and hard. And just when I think he is about to look up at…

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Long Time No… Read?

So, it’s been a while, and in case any of you had wondered where I had disappeared to, I am back to fill you in on the latest happenings in my neck of the woods. Considering it has been over a month, I have a lot tell you, so…

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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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Girl, 13, Says No to Child Marriage

The thirteenth year of a girl’s life should be a sweet time. She is in between childhood and adulthood. Dreams, hope and excitement make it an amazing period of life. This is certainly not the time to get married and have babies. However, for many…

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Yesterday morning, my wife was preparing pancakes for our daughters, Jane and Juanita. My daughters began to argue over who would get the first pancake. My wife saw the opportunity for a moral lesson and said, “Now children, if Jesus were sitting here,…

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Trials and Tribulations Reveal God’s Blessing

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

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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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How is Our Child Sponsorship Program Different Than “Regular” Schooling?

Many sponsors have the misconception that Compassion runs schools. We do not. However, we do facilitate a holistic child development program that complements and supplements the school systems in the countries we works in. My country’s (Kenya)…

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Jaimito: A Day in His Own Words

Jaime is 11 years old and lives in the La Prosperina neighborhood. He had the happy opportunity to be registered at Jesús es Amor Student Center about six years ago. Jaimito, as many of his friends call him, is a very joyful, outgoing, obedient and…

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Giving Tuesday: Make an Eternal Impact

On Giving Tuesday you can change the life of a child. Give a gift that will have an eternal impact….

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How Do You Include Jesus in Your Christmas Giving?

Christmas is such a festive season, so full of rich traditions that have long been a part of our culture. But as much as I love turning on the Christmas carols and look forward to time with family and friends, it’s all too easy for me to…

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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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The Perfect Christmas Gift

Have some difficult people on your Christmas shopping list? You could get them a gift that has a shelf life…or you could give them a gift that lasts forever!…

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What Does Financial Sacrifice Look Like?

Almost half the world – over three billion people – live on less than $2.50 a day. And at least 80 percent of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.* I first heard these statistics as I was listening to a Francis Chan message. I don’t even…

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