The Lowdown on Reciprocal Letter Writing

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

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Helping Kids With the Letter Writing Process

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

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How do Cross Cultural Differences Affect Letter Writing?

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

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Letter Writing Inspiration

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

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Join the Letter Writing Club on Pinterest

Pinterest is a wonderful place for us to connect as sponsors and share letter writing ideas. Building on the online letter writing event that Compassion has on the second Friday of every month, we’ve created a new Pinterest board for letter writing and you are welcome to join us…

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4 Tips for Writing Your First Letter

…of your family. As you look through it, you read the section titled “Write to Him” and you think, Wow! I can’t even remember the last time I wrote a letter, let alone sent a card to someone! What in the world am I supposed to write to this child?…

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5 Awesome Apps to Help Your Letter Writing

Writing the child you sponsor from the Compassion app just got easier and more fun with these awesome apps!…

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

I’m not sure that I should be admitting that given that I work for Compassion, but there it is. At 31, I’m part of a generation of Canadians for whom letter writing is virtually a foreign concept. Facebook? No problem. Twitter? Easy. E-mail? Sure. But to sit down and…

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Share Your Letter Writing Ideas: #compassionletter

Over the past year, on our Second Friday Writing Club board on Pinterest, many letter writing ideas have been pinned on how to make wonderful paper items for our sponsored children that can be mailed. You can join in the creativity by pinning and sharing your fun and inspirational…

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The Impact of Letter Writing

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

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Experiencing Letter Writing Day in Haiti

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

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Letter Writing: Lost In Translation

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

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Top 5 Pinterest Ideas for Letter Writing

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

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Inside the Letter-Writing Process: Ghana

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

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Pinterest Letter-Writing Club: Father’s Day

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

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Letter Writing: An Investment of Time and Love

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

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20 Good Letter Writing Prompts

Writing frequently to sponsored children is great for everyone. It lets the child know he or she is special, and it tends to keep the child more on your mind and in your prayers. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin a letter to your sponsored […]…

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Changes to Our Letter-Writing Process

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

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

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

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20 Letter-Writing Prompts You Can Use

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

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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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Letter Writing Ideas From the Moody Bible Institute Scholars

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

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Letter Writing 101

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

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Letter Writing: Love Has No Borders

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

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When Letter Writing Isn’t Fulfilling

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

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Letter Writing Ideas

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

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20 Letter-Writing Prompts About Family and Current Events

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

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On Letter Writing: Would You Rather … ?

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

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The Journey of One Letter

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

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Desperately Waiting for a Letter

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

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The Letter’s the Thing

When it comes to Child Sponsorship and letter writing there is a ‘Seen’ and ‘Unseen’ element at work on several levels….

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4 Ways To Save Time Writing Your Sponsored Child

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

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How to Write a Letter from the New Compassion App

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

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A Minute to Write a Letter, Part Two

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

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A Minute to Write a Letter, Part One

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

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The First Letter Builds a Cornerstone

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

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Second Friday Writing Club: Share Your World

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

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A Child’s Letter: From Maria to Her Sponsor

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

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A Sponsor’s Letter: From Gayle to Her Child

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

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The Power of a Letter

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

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

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

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Second Friday Writing Club: Playtime

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

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How Important Is Letter Translation in Burkina Faso?

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

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How 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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A Sponsor’s Letter Inspires a Child’s Dream

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

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Sponsor Letter Photos (Part II)

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

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A Creative Writing Assignment for World Malaria Day 2013

If you can please take your seats! Class is now in session. This Thursday, April 25 is World Malaria Day and in recognition of this, we’re serving up a creative writing assignment. Half of the world’s population, 3.3 billion people, is at risk of […]…

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Sponsor Letter Photos

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

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Dear Sponsor: a Letter From Rwanda

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

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That Letter You Need to Write

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

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Writing Hope: A Story in Three Acts

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

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A Letter to My Fans

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

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Hope is a Four Letter Word

I was recently in Honduras with Compassion International, visiting their student centers in some of the poorest villages of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. This is not my first visit to a developing country with Compassion, but it was definitely the most eye-opening….

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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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How Important Are Sponsor Letters?

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

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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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Sponsor Letters Can Be a Family Affair

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

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Write Your Child the Second Friday of Every Month

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

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Letters from the Heart

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

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

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

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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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How to Write Letters to Teenagers

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

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What to Expect from Your Child’s Letters

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

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An Improved Way to Write Your Sponsored Child

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

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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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Love and Valentine’s Day in December

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

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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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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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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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Are My Letters Really That Important?

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

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Not Too Soon for Christmas

What does a Christmas celebration look like for our sponsored children? Do they have special Christmas traditions with their families? Do they decorate their homes with Christmas decorations? Do they attend special Christmas services at their churches? Because it can take months to get a letter to your sponsored…

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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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Top 10 Reasons to Write Your Sponsored Child

It might seem like just words on a page. But something in your letter will change your child’s thinking, draw him closer to God, encourage her to dream….

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What Can I Share in Letters to My Sponsored Child?

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

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How to Write Your Sponsored Child from Your Phone

Update: Download our app from iTunes or Google Play to make writing a letter from your smartphone even easier! You’ve been snapping a bucket load of pictures of your kids as they head back to school. Standing on your front porch. In front of the […]…

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Celebrate the Fall Season With Your Sponsored Child

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

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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 letterwriting 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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Share Your Favorite Sport with Your Sponsored Child

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

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Write to a Child

What is a child correspondent and why is letter writing so important that correspondents are necessary? Isn’t financial support enough?…

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Let’s Talk About Easter

This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 20. So this month, let’s send an Easter themed letter and paper craft items to our sponsored children….

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3 Easy Kids Crafts For Letters

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

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How Do One Sponsor’s Letters Offer Support?

In the Philippines, godparents are not blood relatives, yet they are looked upon as second parents. Through letter writing, one sponsor has earned that position in the life of her sponsored child….

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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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Child of Compassion

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

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Spring Is in the Air

This month’s letterwriting theme is spring! Help us find some spring ‘pins’ that would be great items to mail to our sponsored children….

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Share the Bible With Your Sponsored Children

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

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Let’s Count Our Blessings

November is the time of year that many people contemplate the blessings they have in life. This month’s Second Friday Letter Writing Club theme focuses on gratitude and blessings….

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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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How Are Children Told That They Have Been Sponsored?

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

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How Are Children Told That They Have Been Sponsored?

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

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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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Growing Up Too Fast

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

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

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

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What Is Christmas Like for an Unsponsored Child?

“They wonder why they don’t get a letter or a card. Of course we explain the situation to them and tell them it’s because they don’t have a sponsor, but that’s not enough for a child. This is something that makes unsponsored kids feel very sad and even discouraged.”…

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You Can Copy These Sample Letters!

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

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The Day Finally Came

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

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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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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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Your Letters Are Worth More Than You Know

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

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International Day of the Girl Child

United Nations Resolution 66/170 states that the “empowerment of and investment in girls are … key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights.”…

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How to be Involved with Child Sponsorship on a Tight Budget

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

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Will My Name Be Called Today?

Not every child in class is called up front to receive a letter. Some are handed a Bible verse on a small piece of paper that the center staff prepared for them. Children know the difference, and although they value the encouragement most of them hope they’ll receive a…

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The Lie of Poverty Is a Double-Edged Sword

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

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Christmas in October

It’s just the beginning of October, but mail to our sponsored children takes time to arrive, which makes now the time to be thinking about the Christmas letter you send to your child….

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Share Summer With Your Sponsored Child

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

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Snowflakes for Your Sponsored Child

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

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My Sponsor Wiped My Mother’s Tears Away

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

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Artwork in Your Child Letters

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

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Child Sponsorship: What Happens When a Child Leaves the Program?

We’ve noticed variations of these questions popping up in several of our posts about letterwriting. So we approached Bill Dunigan, a man for the people and a team leader in our contact center, to help us address them. Thanks Bill. Can I stay […]…

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There Is Power in Sponsor Letters … in Your Letters

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

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

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

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Who Translates Your Letters?

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

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Blog Month 2013 Starts September 1

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

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Remembering Abigail

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

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Sponsor Letters: A Source of Encouragement and Hope

The Damasco Student Center has given Karen the opportunity to make a good friend thousands of miles away — her sponsor, Kyoung. Every letter from Kyoung is a valuable treasure to Karen containing messages of hope, encouragement and love….

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“I Want to Reach My Dream”

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

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Are You Ignoring Their Prayer Requests?

My sponsored child asks me to pray for his studies and please pray for rain for the crops. I toss the letter on the couch and move on with my day. I’ve read it all before and as a city girl the request for rain means little to me….

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The Power in a Name

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

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I Cancelled My Sponsorship

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

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Purifying Fire: Burning Away Our Impurities

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

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The Spirit Of Words

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

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Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

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

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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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An Inside Look: Correspondence at Compassion

Since implementing the new online letter writing tool, we receive about 7,000 web letters each day compared to the 1,000 or so we received daily before the tool was implemented….

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What Your Sponsored Child Wants to Hear From You

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

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

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

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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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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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Why Can’t I Communicate With My Sponsored Child Via Facebook?

We talk about letter writing a lot. And as a result, we get lots of questions. Lately, questions like these have been coming up more frequently: Why, in this technologically advanced age, are we still relying on handwritten “snail mail” as our main […]…

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Building Relationships That Last!

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

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Hearts Apart Linked by Love

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

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A Precious Perspective

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

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The Day I Signed up to be a Compassion Sponsor

I had heard that cry only twice in my life, but the sound is burned into my memory. This cry … this lament … pierced my soul. Instinctively, I understood an emotion so great, I knew no words existed to express it. It was 2009. Atlanta. I…

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Any Last Words?

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

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A Response From YOUR Fan

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

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A Christmas Card Drive of Epic Proportions!

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

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

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

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The Power of Words and Actions

In 2010, through our partnership with Dayspring, we delivered hundreds of Christmas cards to unsponsored children in Ecuador. Your participation made the campaign a success and brought joy to countless children that Christmas. But the story didn’t…

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Five Reasons Why Sponsorship Is Great for Teens

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

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Letters From Kenya

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

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Rebuilding a Broken Heart

I recently received a letter from Ada, my 13-year-old sponsored girl in Honduras. Compassion had sent me a note letting me know that her father had passed away. This letter was the first Ada had written since that time. My father has died. Then Ada […]…

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What’s in Your Wallet?

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

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A Sponsorship Story for Ordinary People

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

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

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

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What Does Your Sponsored Child Want to Know About You?

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

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Ideas for Fun Items to Send to Your Sponsored Child

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

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Like Father (and Mother), Like Son

Carlo is 19 years old and he just lost his sponsor — again. “I just learned that my sponsor cancelled, but I am told that I’m getting a new one.” Only two years from completing the Leadership Development Program, Carlo has gotten…

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Living the Legacy

We are all in a story. A great creative process of writing history and being swept up in history at the same time. God is the author of the BIG story, the story of His great love and redemption. And we’re all a part of that big story….

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The Sonflowerz: Sharing Music of Faith and Compassion

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

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The Power of Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool. From the ancient Greeks to contemporary writers, we have all used stories — especially the compilation of stories we find in the Bible. Jesus Himself used stories to teach the truth about the kingdom of God to people…

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The Power of Words

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

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Hope in the Darkness

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

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10 Questions With Kenia Servellon

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

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Touching Hearts

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

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Life After the Leadership Development Program: A Voice for the Voiceless

As I look into my life, one thing stands true. God is faithful, and He knows the plan He has for each and every one of us. Jeremiah 29:11 has come true in my life. I graduated in 2005 from Daystar University with a degree in community…

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Sponsors Really Do Exist!

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

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Out of the Mouths of Babes

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

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Magline’s Bright Future

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

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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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Ministry Insider: Jeff Arnold, the Man Behind the Camera

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

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

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

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National Day of Prayer 2011

Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S., and I want to share with you the importance of prayer in our ministry. I felt wildly unworthy to write on this topic, so I sought wisdom from Eleanor. She is our Prayer Ministry Manager. At first…

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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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Your Sponsored Child Prays for You

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

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Getting Beyond Your Daily Life and Into God’s Plan

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

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10 Questions With Roberto Medrano

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

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Life as a Sponsored Child

From yesterday’s post: Compassion staff decided to extend grace and enroll ages 4 to 12 years. That was the moment I knew I was now completely netted. I could see my mother smiling broadly after the pronouncement. She had her fingers crossed all…

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Parents in Poverty: In the Trenches of Child-Rearing

No different from parents everywhere, parents in poverty are in the trenches of child-rearing day in and day out. So, encourage your child’s parents in your next letter. Consider including a Bible verse or a small card “For Mom & Dad.”…

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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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Faith of a Child

I think of my own sponsored child who, in his very first letter at the age of seven, told me of his intention to be an artist. This is a little boy in rural Africa who had never owned a box of crayons or a set of paints in…

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Hold on Tightly Loosely

My first Sponsor Tour took me to the Dominican Republic in 2005, where I first met Denisse. She was about 5 years old and wrapped her oh-so-expressive self around my heart. Our day together was enhanced by Lorena, who served as our translator. About…

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How Valuable Is a Little Encouragement in a Person’s Life?

Now a successful man who owns a large egg-selling business, Wolly Towoliu was once known as a little boy who had a very bad attitude. Wolly liked to hit his friends, sometimes even with stones. His mother once even said, “It would be better if you just went to the forest. I can’t stand any more of your attitude.”…

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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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Always Picked Last (Extreme Poverty Style)

Imagine a world where you grow up with a mommy and a daddy and live in a nice warm house with your family. You have your own bed, and sleep each night with a full belly. You go to school, and in the afternoon you go to…

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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 Does Child Sponsorship Mean in Burkina Faso?

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

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Sponsorship Means Fewer Grande, Three-pump, No Water Chai Tea Lattes

Have you ever had a monumentally bad week? I’m not talking about running late, forgetting to turn off the sprinklers sort of bad, but an epic week that shifted your normal and changed everything? Last September, I had one of those weeks. My very…

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Your Child Will Choose You

In April 2011, three months after I graduated from high school, I felt God leading me to sponsor a child. This may not sound all that crazy, but it was. I had about $40 to my name, barely enough to cover a month’s sponsorship, and while I…

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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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Do Not Be Afraid

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

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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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30 Adorable Things Kids Say in Their Letters

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

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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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Too Small To Ignore

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

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Are You There God? Do You Hear Me?

Excerpted from Compassion Blogger, Emily at With Elephant Grace. Emily won third place for the ‘Dear God’ Blog Month assignment. Dear God, I’ve put off writing this letter for a long time – and to be honest, I’ve dreaded writing it […]…

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Compassion Sunday Goes Beyond One Day

Alecia Klauk sponsors five children. She serves as a guardian ad litem within the South Carolina family court system, working for the best interests of children in foster care, and she is a member of our Advocates Network. Alecia wrote today’s…

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Life in the Northwest Region of the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic has a population of around 9.6 million people; 73 percent of the population is of mixed race, 16 percent are Caucasian, and 11 percent are of African descent. Around 95 percent of the population is Catholic. There is freedom of…

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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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We Want You to Write Guest Blog Posts for Us

For almost four years we’ve been talking to you about our ministry and children in poverty. During that time, one of the most common questions we’ve gotten is, “How can I get more involved?” We’re constantly looking for…

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Celebrating Graduation and a Bright Future

The Vida Abundante Child Survival Program graduation in the Dominican Republic started with a parade. Among those watching were elderly people and housewives, as well as motorcycle-taxi drivers awaiting a few rush hour passengers. The 19 graduating…

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Meeting Sarath

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

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Do You Make a Difference?

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

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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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Lessons From a Wonderful People

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

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How Different (and Similar) are Compassion Canada and Compassion USA?

For the past year, I’ve been working for Compassion Canada as a marketing writer. (Did you know that Compassion International truly is international? Our sponsors come from the U.S., Canada, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Germany,…

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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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Wess Stafford Goes to Washington

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

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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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A Little Can Mean a Lot

Our SpotLINK guest contributor today is A. She currently serves as a worship leader and choir director. She blogs at Be Thou My Vision and co-maintains Women in Worship, a site connecting Christian women who are passionate about worshiping and serving…

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They Have Dreams Too

A few words. A small portion of a sentence, stopping me mid-read and swooping air out of my lungs. Walking by the desk in our living room, I glanced at the thank-you note my younger brother wrote to our grandma for his birthday money. In his small,…

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What Are the Best Things in Life?

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

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I Love My Job!

My husband and I got the same message from God, but it still seemed like I stopped breathing when I heard my husband say that we would move to Manado from east of Borneo. I prepared an application letter for my husband to take to a big hotel…

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Sponsoring Yeison: The Best Decision We Ever Made

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

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How Does a Church “Graduate” from Compassion?

If you’re a faithful reader here you might remember our interview with Wolfgang Riedner, who talked about the possibility of “graduating” churches from Compassion. He said: “One thing we are working on is understanding that partnership…

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Sharing a Moment in Time

In his book Just a Minute, Wess Stafford asks the question, “How long does it take to change a child’s life?” And he answers that question with, “It takes just a minute.” Just. One. Minute. Time is something valuable to…

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Ministry Highlight: Philippines

We began our ministry in the Philippines in 1972 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1996, we started the Leadership Development Program, and in 2005, the Child Survival Program. In 2009, the 50,000th child was registered. We have been blessed to…

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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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I Didn’t Ask to Fall in Love

I didn’t ask to fall in love. Didn’t ask for my heart to swell with unspeakable joy and look into the harsh, cruel face of poverty through rose-colored glasses, or open wide my arms to hold the limping hope staggering about the city. But as the life…

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Deserts Like Eden

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

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Prayer Requests for the Philippines

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

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Download our Free iPhone App

Download our free iPhone app. And let us know what you think about it. What do you like? What don’t you like? What features* need to be added? *Data security issues prevented us from including a letter writing feature in this release, but it […]…

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Nine Questions With Cesiah Magaña

You asked your questions of Cesiah, field communication specialist in Mexico, and she answered. Take it away, Cesiah. 1. First of all, thank you so much for all you do for the precious children of Mexico! My question is, as you go through each day…

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Leadership Development Program: Getting It Started in El Salvador

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

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How Is My Money Used Each Month?

Thirty-eight dollars a month. That’s how much it costs to sponsor a child through Compassion, which is more than the price of sponsorship at other organizations. The difference sometimes leads to questions like these. “When I first starting…

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Team Compassion Rides in the Courage Classic

On Saturday, July 19, 10 Team Compassion cyclists participated in the 25th annual Children’s Hospital Colorado Courage Classic, a nearly 200-mile bike ride to raise funds and awareness for the Denver Children’s Hospital Foundation. Together,…

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Blessings From Korea to Ecuador

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

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What Can a Hard-working Person Accomplish?

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

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View from the Contact Center

Every day we take calls from sponsors saying, “They sent me a new child to sponsor,” or “They stopped taking monthly support.” Any of us might be prone to think, “Who is ‘they’?” Well, it’s me. Or you. It’s us. People don’t assume…

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Just Believe

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

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Experience Compassion Conference: Colorado Springs 2014

    We want to celebrate your partnership with us! Because of your child sponsorship and all the many ways you advocate on behalf of children living in poverty, we want to gather together to encourage and equip you with deeper ways to engage in…

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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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Elves, Genies and Compassion’s Ministry Paradigm

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

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Our Mission Statement Expanded and Explained

Our mission is our enduring purpose. It describes why we exist, what we are passionate about and what our programs are meant to accomplish. It’s summed up in the phrase, “Releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.” “In…

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Why Your Sponsored Child is a Hero

When you look at these precious faces, what do you see? Do you see a collection of stories, weaving together, intersecting with God and moving toward hope? I do. Every single person has written a story with their lives. You are writing one and I am […]…

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Dear God: It’s Been a While

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

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Ministry Highlight: Kenya

We began our ministry in Kenya in 1980, with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2001, we started the Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2004. Country Director In 2004, Joel Macharia joined our ministry in Kenya…

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If at First You Don’t Succeed — Sell Banana Chips

Apriliz studied hard so that she could enter the Leadership Development Program. She was registered at the Kids Haven Student Center and became one of the center’s young leaders. She led the praise and worship team, taught in Sunday school, was…

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How Can Repetition Get the Creative Juices Flowing?

Some people are foodies. I, on the other hand, am a wordie. I love words and if I let myself go, I would have a home decorated with inspiring quotes and zero open wall space. Luckily for me, I get my wordie fix through my work here…

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Inspire a Child to Greatness

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

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Three Things About One Word: Silence

I’d be remiss if I remained silent on the inspiration for this post and our second Blog Month writing assignment. Thank you, Kathy Escobar, for introducing me to the Three Things About One Word concept. THREE THINGS ABOUT ONE WORD: SILENCE Silence […]…

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Someone Loves Wendy

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

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The Sound of Love

There’s a journal sitting on the table next to my bed. There’s also one sitting on the table next to the rocking chair in Edison’s room. I have one to write my thoughts and feelings through my pregnancy and the other to journal through the first…

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Become a Child Advocate

“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” —  Proverbs 31:9 (NIV) In the movie Pearl Harbor, Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle surveys a group of pilots who have stepped forward to go on a dangerous mission. In response…

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Celebrate 5 Years With Us In Uganda

We’re celebrating 5 years of blogging for Compassion with a trip to Uganda – where it all began. Want to join us? Go here and tell us about yourself. This isn’t a mission trip. We’ll be traveling to Uganda as online journalists – asking…

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Catching the Rain

Compassion Blogger, Faith, Life and Compassion won third place during Blog Month by writing from the perspective of a child living in extreme poverty. The night is dark and I can’t sleep. I climb over the sleeping bodies of my younger brother and […]…

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Committed Love Moves a Sponsor to Ecuador

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

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Choose One Word to Embody 2014

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

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And I Named My Dreams, I Named Them Big

Compassion Blogger, wynnegraceappears won first place during Blog Month by writing from the perspective of a sponsored child. The rumbles come in the night. In my tummy. They are funny like its talking. Like its saying good night but it lasts for a […]…

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I Still Have You

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

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How Do I Share Holiday Traditions With My Sponsored Child?

Who doesn’t like a good holiday celebration? I know I do. I often get questions in the contact center regarding different holidays. Does my child celebrate such and such a holiday? What are some holidays that are special to my child? To be sensitive…

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The Ongoing Journey of a New Sponsor

Sami Cone shares her ongoing journey as a new sponsor… Well we finally received our child sponsorship information and got to “meet” our kids for the first time thanks to the welcome kit! It was extremely important to our kids that…

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Sponsored Children Need Us to Be Jesus

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

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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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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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What is the Value of Your Sponsorship?

Have you considered how much you mean to your sponsored child? If you are still unsure after watching this video, then we hope you will take a few minutes to write and ask them. They will be very happy to tell you. You can also view the…

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Funny Things Kids Say

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

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Your Sponsored Child’s Most Prized Possession

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

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The Words We Carry

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

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I Write My Sponsored Child

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Hope Deferred

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

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When a Child Leaves Our Sponsorship Program

Our desire is that every child participates in our Child Sponsorship Program until completion. Regrettably, this does not always happen. After an average of 5.87 years in our program, 10.3 percent of children leave our program — for a variety of reasons….

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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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Who Is Blogging From the Boonies?

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

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Who is Your Hero?

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

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Ministry Highlight: Indonesia

Compassion began its ministry in Indonesia in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program. Between 1984 and 1985, because of financial integrity issues we terminated our largest partnership which resulted in the closure of most of our child development…

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Love and the Fiber Mat

He might have forgotten, but I still remember. It was an act of love from one child to another. The memories of this wave of love in a remote village school will always stay with me. It was early in the morning, and I was wheezing from…

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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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It’s Almost Compassion Sunday!

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

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The Journey Back to Haiti

Life sometimes has a way of taking us back to the beginning, back to our roots, to the very thing that motivated us in the first place. I’m going back to Haiti. That is where my Compassion journey began. In 1988, I had been praying about helping…

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Pressing On

Today I am predisposed to be sad. For the past months I have been witnessing and hearing different stories across my country of church leaders, pastors, and volunteers who are not willing to be involved in ministering to children anymore. However, I…

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Overcoming Abuse Through the Love of Jesus

Fancy is a beautiful Ugandan girl. Looking at her, you might think that her life has been as beautiful. But behind that beautiful face is a childhood she would rather forget. Fancy was born in a home of more than 14 children. And the number kept increasing…

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A Mother’s Hope

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

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How Do You Start a Conversation About Jesus With a Total Stranger?

Lloyd Pulley is the senior pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Bridge in New Jersey and author of Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact. After 9/11, Pulley spent time in New York City sitting with those who had been traumatized, listening to them and their…

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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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Delivering Hope

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

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Five Ways You Stopped Poverty in Its Tracks

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

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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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Ministry Highlight: Ethiopia

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

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The Importance of Names

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

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To Such As These

This is me. I have a name, but it is not easy to remember or pronounce and the person to whom it is attached is of no real value. Or so people tell me. I am small. And the world around me is so big. I try to contain…

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Fasting and Feasting at the Table

He sat with orange juice dripping off his four-year-old elbows, a pile of clean peels in front of him. His little legs curled beneath his body on the simple wood floor. No table, no chairs. Just a blue plastic plate with a few grains of rice clinging…

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The Making of an Entrepreneur

As any successful entrepreneur knows, all it takes is the right opportunity. Living in the slums of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Mimose couldn’t provide for her family of five when her husband died. But she prayed to God that, because her talented son…

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Do I Really Trust?

My journey of learning to trust God has developed over many years — sometimes with giant leaps, but mostly with baby steps. The beginning of trust came when I reached out with confidence and humbleness to know God personally and intimately. This did…

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My Sponsored Child Pinterest Contest

UPDATED: Sept. 28, 2012 – The winners of the contest have all been notified and the names are included in a comment to this post. Dearly Beloved, We are gathered here today to learn about a new opportunity to bless your sponsored child. Electric…

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How Do You Fight Human Trafficking?

“The girls are being forced to do things they don’t want to do. They were planning to take girls to other countries. I never thought they were going to release me; I even thought my family wasn’t doing anything. I didn’t think I was going to return…

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National Reconciliation

“Let’s not curse the darkness, instead let’s light a candle.” – Anonymous Hello everyone. By now, I am sure some of you may wonder where I disappeared to. My blog absence has been for a good reason. From December 27 to late January…

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Divine Appointments

I spent some time today making room for the numerous pieces of schoolwork my son Christian brings home. You moms know what I’m talking about; I can’t bear to recycle them….

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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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School for Parents

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

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A Beautiful Visit and Hope for the Future

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

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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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The Last Days of an HIV-Positive Child

Eva was fondly called “everybody’s friend.” At 10 years of age, she was young and tender. The most striking feature about her countenance was the long, delicate, silken hair that framed her beautiful face. It was often said of her at Bugolobi…

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Celebrating Christmas in El Salvador

It is sunrise on Friday, just a week before Christmas. The morning smells fresh and the sun shines strongly. A light breeze fills the air with that cool Christmas feeling. For a foreigner, it would almost feel like spring, but for Salvadorans, it feels…

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Mistaff Meets His Sponsor

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

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The Value of Vocational Training

Enock, who is currently 16 years old, was 6 years old when he became a Compassion-sponsored child. It was just a couple of months after his father passed away. Enock’s father was a subsistence farmer and the sole breadwinner in the family of seven…

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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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Ministry Highlight: Peru

Compassion began its ministry in Peru in 1985 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2003, both the Child Survival Program and the Leadership Development program began. Due to the extreme poverty of many Peruvian children, the Triennial Health Program…

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How Far Would You Go to Fetch Safe Drinking Water?

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

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

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

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Opening a Child Development Center

The churches we partner with must meet a few requirements to be considered for a child development center. They must be part of an evangelical denomination, have a children’s ministry, have good church facilities to host children and have personnel to teach and care for the children. If they meet this criteria, then the formal application and review process can proceed….

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Child Sponsorship Releases Generations From Poverty

People often ask me what my favorite part of my job is. For me, the answer is easy: the people I get to meet and know around the world. There are people working for Compassion with such heart and passion and such incredible stories of their own….

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

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

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Solidarity

If compassion is about anything, it is about choosing solidarity with those in need. In a literal sense it means “to suffer with.” Jesus took this concept to the extreme when He came to earth as a helpless child, not for a visit, but for life. He…

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Dear Good Samaritans

The below translated letter was composed from an interview we held with a caregiver of a sponsored child named Kudra. Kudra is now taken care of by his grandmother. After the death of his father, Kudra’s mother remarried another man and left Kudra […]…

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Artist Spotlight: Kelly Burton

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

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Change Someone’s Everything

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

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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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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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Submissions Wanted for Compassion Kids’ Magazine

Last week we asked if you’d be interested in receiving a Compassion magazine for kids ages 8 to 12. Many of you said, “Absolutely!” Because of your responses, we’re moving forward and mailing our first issue this January. And now, we’re inviting…

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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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27 Wonders of the World

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

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How Can We Be a Voice for Mothers?

The tears rolled from my cheeks. Heavy, thick sobs that could no longer be hidden as my body shook with each contraction. There wasn’t much space to breathe, nowhere to escape, and the emotion of the moment caught up with me. My midwife, whom I’ve…

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Busy Bee…*bzzz*

Setting: Sitting in the arms of the big Jesus statue in the Compassion foyer. Eyes closed. I’m so tired. Last week was quite the whirlwind. But oh the productivity! Let me just tell you, we’re moving forward! As you may remember, after delivering…

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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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The Twinkie Project

Do you ever feel as if you are on the cusp of something big? Do you wrestle with restlessness in your spirit that you can neither calm nor pinpoint a reason for? It’s as if you feel that you, your life, is on the brink of something,…

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Shaun Groves on Third World Symphony and Keeping Jesus the Main Thing

Catching up with Shaun Groves is a thrill ride of deep emotion, spontaneous wisecracks, and purposeful passion. In a conversation that touched on his own struggles with doubt and surprised me with his renewed focus on treating vegetables with respect,…

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Changing One Teenager’s Perspective

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

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Song of Hope

He is the most remarkable storyteller there is. More than that, the brilliant author. He speaks and there is light. From His voice comes life. His workmanship becomes ingrained within our being. He weaves stories into our lives. Stories of triumph,…

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How Can Sponsorship Help Prevent Child Slavery?

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

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Ministry Highlight: Ecuador

We began our ministry in Ecuador in 1974, with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2002, we started the Leadership Development Program and in 2006, the Child Survival Program. Country Director Fernando Puga joined our ministry in Ecuador as Country Director…

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Lifting the Burden of the Family By One

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

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What’s Your Word of the Year for 2013?

Sometimes a single word can change everything. When I learned about the concept of a God-given “Word of the Year” in 2008, I took it to heart and started asking God for a single word theme for the new year. The word He gave me was “hold”…

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I Am One Life

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

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Former Sponsored Child Gives Back to His Community

I was born in Burundi, where my parents had migrated during to the 1959 war in Rwanda. My father passed away when I was 2 years old and my mother was pregnant with my younger sister. Life became very difficult for us because my mother was jobless…

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Cook with Compassion: Tres Leches Cake

My husband and I are excited to be going to Nicaragua for the first time later this year. In order to better understand the Nicaraguan culture, I thought I better try a Nicaraguan recipe, Tres Leches Cake (Cake of Three Milks) from Compassion Nicaragua’s…

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Could You Eat Like Your Sponsored Child for a Week?

For Christmas my husband and I decided to give our children a gift that would keep on giving, so we decided to sponsor a Compassion child in honor of our kids. It was such an awesome gift that the whole family would enjoy. Our kids were so…

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Why Do Child Development Centers Close?

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

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How Can I Fight Poverty?

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

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Planning for the Unforeseeable Future

I met Bill in November and we started dating almost right away. I was 38 and Bill was just a few years older. One day the next April, he was getting ready for work. Something just felt off to him physically, and he dialed 911. He had an aortic aneurysm….

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Drinking Bottled Water is Not a Sin

Take a swig of this. I drink bottled water because I like the convenience and because I like the taste. I LIKE … and every bottle I choose demonstrates what I value most. I value myself. Drinking bottled water is not a sin, and this post isn’t…

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Throw-Aways

I’ve been putting off writing this post. There are some things that are just easier not to think about. They’re called “throw-aways,” people whom the world has no use for. Children who don’t have anyone to feed them, youth with no identification […]…

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Follow Us to Uganda! (Again)

I’m running back and forth between gazing at an empty suitcase and writing this post. You see, I’m breaking camp. Or at least I am attempting to do so. Getting out the suitcase is the first step, I hear. For some reason, staring at an empty suitcase […]…

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Your Sponsored Child Prays For You

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

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There are Only a Few Things I’m Passionate About

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

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Best Books of 2014

A few months ago, our blog guru, Sam, asked me to write a post about five of the Best Books of 2014. He probably asked me this because I’m a writer. And I read pretty much all the time. But also because I think reading is a way…

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Leadership Development Academy

The Leadership Academy in Guatemala was implemented in 2005 for the first time to prepare students to enter the Leadership Development Program and find good candidates for the program.

The idea consisted of a leveling up camp called ‘Leadership Academy.’ Guatemala learned from the Dominican Republic’s experience … We adjusted their idea to our country’s needs and came up with a two-to three-week camp to offer tutoring, leadership training and orientation as the final stage of the selection process….

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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 Are Jesus’ Brothers and Sisters?

As my wife and I have begun the journey of family building — getting married, nesting into our home, walking through the baby section at department stores — I have been remarkably struck by the seemingly loose definition Jesus uses to describe…

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A Typical Day at a Child Development Center in Brazil

The weather is cold, and it is hard to get out of the bed. It’s 7:30 in the morning on a typical day, and despite his wanting to stay under the blankets, Renan has an appointment he wouldn’t miss for anything. Lilian, his young mother, enters the…

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Cognitive Development of Children in Poverty

Compassion’s Program Field Manual describes cognitive development as being that in which an individual perceives, thinks and gains understanding of his or her surroundings. It is the ability of an individual to acquire knowledge and to enhance skills…

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A New Take on a Lifetime of Birthdays

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

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Ministry Highlight: Uganda

We began our ministry in Uganda in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1999, we started the Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2006. We are privileged to have had many new programs and innovations begin…

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Ministry Highlight: Burkina Faso

We began our ministry in Burkina Faso in 2004 starting with the Child Sponsorship Program. So far we have 20,000 registered children in Burkina Faso. Country Director Palamanga Ouali joined us as Country Director of Burkina Faso in May, 2009. Palamanga…

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A Week in the Life of Wess Stafford

A week in the life of Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International, doesn’t allow much down time, but all the hard work and effort is worth it to him. Over the years, Wess has discovered that even the quickest minute can make a…

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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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Confessing to Something That Probably Means I’m Human

I’m an introvert. I don’t like attention. But visitors to child development centers get lots of attention, and that means I’m experiencing a lot of discomfort and fear on this blog trip to Kenya. My dislike for attention is connected…

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Six Things I Learned From a Local Church in Peru

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

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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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Compassion Summer Intern: Hope Is Here

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

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Admitting Failure

I stumbled across this video, and I think it’s worth every second of the 13 minutes it will take you to watch it. OK, did you watch it? This video resonates with me because as a marketing writer for Compassion, my whole job is to tell the…

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I Want to Be Part of Something Bigger

I am so blessed to be a part of something bigger than the little piece of world I sit in. Don’t get me wrong; I love my “little piece of world.” It is filled with many good and wonderful things: family, friends, pets, a home, church…

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Between Tears and Joy

During the rough times the world is facing, the Lord has allowed us to be His arms and legs as we are part of this ministry. I believe many of us have had the moment to wonder, as we sit in front of a computer, run from…

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What is Worship? (Live Like We Sing)

Today’s post is written by Shawn Wallace. He’s a bit of a tech gadget/nerd. He has a wife, a daughter, a cat and a dog. We stumbled across him because he links to us – shawnw.org. You know how it goes. Sunday church finishes and we…

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The Key to Ending Poverty is Hope

The third week of Blog Month has arrived, and with it our third writing prompt. Pick one of the photos below as your inspiration. Try to connect with the story behind the photo. Imagine the life and activity that preceded that moment. You can come […]…

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

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

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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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Reflections From a Spiritual Mirror

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

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Would You Immerse Yourself in Extreme Poverty to Get a Job?

You know when you go on a mission trip that is a completely life-changing experience, and you come back all fired up? You just stared injustice in the face and realized you can actually do something about it. Your life takes on new purpose. It’s like…

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God’s Attention to Details is Mind-blowing

Sometimes you have friends you feel at home with the moment you meet them. You shake hands, and turn a corner into a forever kind of friendship you somehow just know will stand the test of distance and time and hardship. I don’t know how it happened,…

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The Question Game

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

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A Little Bit About the Compassion Internship Program

You know the expression “Time flies when you are having a good time”? That’s an understatement, to say the least. Here’s another question for you: Remember how I started out as an intern? (I really hope you are nodding your head up and down at…

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Uganda Blog Trip

I’m writing from the Columbus, Ohio, airport waiting to begin my trip with 14 other Christian bloggers to see Compassion’s ministry to children in need in Uganda. We will combine the power of our blogs to educate and inform within our circles […]…

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Are You Interested in a Compassion Magazine for Kids?

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

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Ministry Highlight: Haiti

We began our ministry in Haiti in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1996, the Leadership Development Program began, and in 2003, we started the Child Survival Program. In 2008, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Haiti. During 40 years of…

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It’s Time Extreme Poverty Came to an End

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

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Change the Story: The Compassion Experience

 During the last six weeks I’ve spent countless hours mudding, cementing, painting, and lifting pieces and parts of something called Change the Story: The Compassion Experience. It’s a traveling, interactive exhibit that allows you to journey…

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Relationship: An Art of Awesome Worship

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

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Sharing a Place at Our Table

My 6-year-old son always surprises me. From the things he says to the things he does to the things he tries. Like the artichoke. I honestly can’t remember what piqued his interest in the unusual green vegetable. Ever since my husband showed him…

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Differences

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

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Ministry Insider: Wolfgang Riedner and Qavah

There are a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes here at Compassion that, as a sponsor, you might not hear about. I want to give you a little glimpse into just one of them by introducing you to Wolfgang Riedner. Wolf was born in Nuremberg,…

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The Poverty of ME

Last week, I was in Mexico. On a sponsor tour. And I saw the deepest, darkest poverty of my life. But I didn’t have to travel to ME, the abbreviation we use when referring to Mexico, to see it. I only had to look at me. I was…

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Love in Action

Whoa, writing my last blog post (Getting 10,000 Children Sponsored in 10 Days) has been one of the most rewarding experiences ever. One of my friends actually sponsored a child after reading the post. I’m ecstatic! It’s wonderful to know I’ve […]…

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

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

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Ministry Highlight: Dominican Republic

We began our ministry in the Dominican Republic in 1970 as a relief program donating food, medicine and money for children selected by the local churches. This relief program transitioned into a school program in the 1980s. In this program, children…

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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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A Safe Haven for Children

Life was harsh for Rediet and her twin sister, Belene, until the day the child development center came to their Ethiopian village. With a fully paralyzed, terminally ill father and a mother who was busy trying to support the family, there was really…

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Will You Come to the Rescue of Children in Poverty?

Picture something with me. In your mind’s eye, in front of you is a house on fire and a person shouting from the top floor of the house that he’s trapped and can’t get out. Scary and intense, yes? Stay with me. Now to your right you see…

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What Does the Aroma of Christ Smell Like?

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

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Heart of Compassion

Hello Compassion Blog readers. My name is Aaron, and I’m a member of the marketing and media communications team at Compassion Canada. I’ll be honest, I feel a little strange writing on a blog — I normally spend a lot of time teasing the “pajama-hadin” […]…

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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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Ask the Field: El Salvador and Haiti

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

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

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

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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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Lives Transformed

One of the most impactful things I observed during our trip to Uganda was the profound difference between the children in a Compassion child sponsorship program compared to other children. Compassion-assisted children are connected with a loving, church-based…

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“Thank You for Noticing Me.”

It’s a simple act. A simple gesture. But it makes a huge difference. There is a sweet, elderly man who attends my church. Though he is getting on in years, he has a handshake and grip that puts many young men to shame. He reminds me so much…

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