September 09, 2009

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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November 11, 2015

Ask Jimmy: Leadership Development, Gifts and Prayer

A few weeks ago, we asked you on Facebook, “If you could ask Compassion president Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado one question, what would it be?” The awesome questions we got from you have been compiled into the “Ask Jimmmy”…

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June 06, 2016

10 Super Father’s Day Gifts for the Hero in Your Dad

…Provider. Protector. Hero. There are a lot of titles you can give the dads in your life. This Father’s Day honor the man in your life who’s always been your hero by letting him be a hero to children in poverty too! Here are 10 Father’s Day gifts […]…

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July 07, 2012

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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December 12, 2012

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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April 04, 2016

10 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts That Give Back

How do you express to your mom how much you love her? Tell your wife what an incredible mother she is to your children? Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to provide the women in our lives with tangible expressions of love. But what if there was a…

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December 12, 2008

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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December 12, 2012

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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April 04, 2014

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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December 12, 2014

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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November 11, 2014

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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July 07, 2012

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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December 12, 2011

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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December 12, 2009

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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December 12, 2011

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….

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November 11, 2010

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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May 05, 2009

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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December 12, 2011

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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September 09, 2011

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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May 05, 2010

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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November 11, 2014

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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April 04, 2009

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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October 10, 2014

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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July 07, 2008

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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June 06, 2013

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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September 09, 2015

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

It’s hard to know what to expect when you’re expecting. Every body is different. Every pregnancy is different. There are thousands of books and classes you can take. It can be overwhelming. But one thing remains constant, the beauty of the…

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January 01, 2011

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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October 10, 2011

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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December 12, 2008

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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September 09, 2012

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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December 12, 2013

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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December 12, 2010

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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October 10, 2012

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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December 12, 2011

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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July 07, 2012

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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December 12, 2011

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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December 12, 2013

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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April 04, 2012

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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May 05, 2011

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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January 01, 2009

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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December 12, 2012

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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February 02, 2013

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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January 01, 2012

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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April 04, 2013

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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December 12, 2015

Do Not Fear [VIDEO]

As I look back at 2015, I think the word “unsettled” best describes what we’ve all experienced this year. When we just consider natural disasters, corrupt governments, and refugees looking for a home, many people around the world are living on (and…

March 03, 2008

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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August 08, 2012

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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December 12, 2009

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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June 06, 2015

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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July 07, 2008

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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March 03, 2015

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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September 09, 2014

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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January 01, 2013

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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May 05, 2012

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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December 12, 2009

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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December 12, 2008

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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January 01, 2014

What Nightmares are Made Of

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

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February 02, 2013

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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September 09, 2012

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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March 03, 2010

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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September 09, 2013

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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December 12, 2010

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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August 08, 2011

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 Beginning…

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January 01, 2012

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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November 11, 2011

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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June 06, 2010

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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April 04, 2016

5 Useful Tips to Get the Most from the Compassion App

It’s becoming a mobile world. Every day, more of the things we do and the connections we make with organizations in our lives happen with our phones. And many Compassion sponsors are finding our iPhone and Android app to be the fastest path to write…

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January 01, 2011

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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December 12, 2011

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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February 02, 2016

What Can I Mail to the Child I Sponsor?

…If your love language is gifts, this is a hard one for you because you want to be able to send material items along with your letters to show the child you sponsor that you love them. Today, I am going to share with you five things you can…

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January 01, 2014

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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October 10, 2010

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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December 12, 2014

#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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December 12, 2013

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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October 10, 2011

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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January 01, 2012

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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April 04, 2012

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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December 12, 2013

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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January 01, 2012

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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July 07, 2012

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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October 10, 2012

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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December 12, 2011

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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July 07, 2010

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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May 05, 2014

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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November 11, 2008

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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October 10, 2008

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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February 02, 2010

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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December 12, 2010

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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August 08, 2009

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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June 06, 2009

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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June 06, 2012

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 in…

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December 12, 2012

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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July 07, 2010

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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March 03, 2008

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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August 08, 2013

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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January 01, 2011

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 interpret…

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January 01, 2016

The New Year Comes Down to One Word

One of the spaces in my home that is the most challenging for my marriage is the kitchen. My wife and I both love to cook – but she’s the one who is really gifted at it. She throws a little of this with a little of…

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November 11, 2013

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 us. IJM…

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February 02, 2013

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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February 02, 2011

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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November 11, 2008

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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July 07, 2012

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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July 07, 2011

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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February 02, 2013

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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August 08, 2013

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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March 03, 2010

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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July 07, 2015

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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October 10, 2012

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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June 06, 2011

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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July 07, 2008

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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June 06, 2012

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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April 04, 2010

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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December 12, 2011

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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July 07, 2013

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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April 04, 2008

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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January 01, 2009

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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December 12, 2012

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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June 06, 2013

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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November 11, 2015

The Invisibility of Poverty

We’ve all been there—stuck at that red light, stopped at the cross-walk, waiting on that corner. And despite our best efforts to avoid it, there we are: eye-to-eye with a person with a sign. It doesn’t matter what the sign says. Suddenly, the…

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October 10, 2012

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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October 10, 2012

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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March 03, 2013

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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December 12, 2011

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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February 02, 2010

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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September 09, 2011

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…

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March 03, 2012

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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April 04, 2008

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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January 01, 2013

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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October 10, 2015

3 Things I Learned at My First Compassion Christmas Party

As a writer at Compassion, I get the privilege of traveling the world and bringing the stories of the children we serve back to you, our sponsors, donors and friends. It’s a privilege and a challenge to walk through those dusty villages and crowded…

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April 04, 2016

3 Great Letter-Writing Ideas for the New Letter Delivery Process

Since the launch of our Second Friday Letter Writing Club board on Pinterest three years ago, our team of ‘pinners’ have shared many creative paper crafts items and printables for us to mail to the children we sponsor. We have had to work with adjusting…

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August 08, 2010

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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December 12, 2012

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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April 04, 2010

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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February 02, 2012

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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September 09, 2009

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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May 05, 2013

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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July 07, 2012

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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January 01, 2012

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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March 03, 2009

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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July 07, 2012

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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May 05, 2016

The Counterintuitive Surprise of Generosity

…My friend Mark’s daughter, Julia, is nine. For years she’d been saving money she’d receive from birthday gifts, Christmas and her weekly allowance in a small pink piggy bank. After years of saving, she had $200. When Julia saw a handmade flyer at […]…

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January 01, 2010

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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August 08, 2008

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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June 06, 2012

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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January 01, 2012

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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June 06, 2012

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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July 07, 2013

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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July 07, 2011

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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August 08, 2013

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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February 02, 2012

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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September 09, 2012

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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September 09, 2011

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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November 11, 2010

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 partners…

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April 04, 2011

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 university…

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January 01, 2011

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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July 07, 2013

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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May 05, 2009

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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June 06, 2012

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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March 03, 2015

Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child

UPDATE, April 8, 2016: Since the publication of this post, letter-writing guidelines have changed to speed up the delivery of letters and as a result you may not be able to send some items through Compassion’s correspondence system. Before you send…

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May 05, 2013

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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November 11, 2015

How To Empower a Child

Sometimes in marketing for non-profit charities (including Compassion International) you’ll see words like “hero” – “You can be a hero to a child in poverty.” It can be effective marketing. Who doesn’t want to be a hero and change the…

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November 11, 2015

They Told Me To Leave Him By the River

In 2013, Compassion International Ghana entered a fifth region of Ghana—the Ashanti Region—and is giving hope to more children and their families. Mercy Baptist Church in Kumasi was one of the first 15 churches in the region that Compassion Ghana…

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August 08, 2011

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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August 08, 2008

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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February 02, 2014

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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March 03, 2013

A Change of Destiny: 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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March 03, 2012

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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April 04, 2016

It’s Easier to Change a Life Than You Think

Eradicating child poverty across the globe – that sounds like a daunting task. But what if I told you that, by using what you’re already doing in your everyday life, you can play a significant part in achieving that goal? Others have already started…

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November 11, 2008

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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February 02, 2011

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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March 03, 2012

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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December 12, 2010

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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January 01, 2014

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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May 05, 2016

For the Love of Her Daughter With Down Syndrome

She’s a track and field star, has earned medals in dance and played music for the Supreme Court of Justice. This sweet-loving, joyful 14-year-old adores her family and studies hard in school in Machala, Ecuador. What you wouldn’t know from this list…

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August 08, 2011

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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March 03, 2008

“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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December 12, 2011

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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March 03, 2009

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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April 04, 2011

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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November 11, 2012

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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September 09, 2009

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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December 12, 2013

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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October 10, 2013

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 pin…

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February 02, 2013

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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March 03, 2012

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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July 07, 2009

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 disciplined…

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February 02, 2009

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,…

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February 02, 2012

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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February 02, 2009

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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February 02, 2008

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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August 08, 2010

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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February 02, 2013

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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January 01, 2014

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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July 07, 2013

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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June 06, 2013

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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December 12, 2011

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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August 08, 2012

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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December 12, 2012

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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November 11, 2012

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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May 05, 2012

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…

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