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Sep 30 2011

Ministry Highlight: Haiti

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We began our ministry in Haiti in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program and in 2008, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Haiti.

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Aug 23 2011

Child of Compassion

Classroom in Haiti

Ismene loved school. She loved learning how to work math problems. But Ismene was worried. Her grandparents might not make enough money to buy food and keep her in school.

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On our Compassion tours, parents often bring their teenagers but rarely their younger children. Which raises the question: When should we start teaching our kids about poverty and exposing them to the needs in the world around them?

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Forty-year-old Jesula was a homeless lady who slept at the church daily. While staying at the church one night, Jesula heard about the Child Survival Program.

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Laying the foundation for the Capitol Child Development Center in Haiti

After the Jan. 2010 earthquake in Haiti, one of our biggest challenges was to design a short-term strategy to address the urgent needs for children to resume school activities in a country where only slightly more than half of all school-aged children attend primary school.

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Ancyto

Anticipation kept me awake, as did the roosters crowing every half hour. I wake up early and eagerly get ready for the long-planned visit with Ancyto, the Compassion child my family and I sponsor in Haiti.

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Five Compassion program graduates share a common story – they overcame the slavery of poverty and are now able to provide for themselves and others.

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Does child sponsorship through Compassion really work? How does it make a difference in the life of a child?

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Life in Haiti can be very difficult – especially when you are a mother. Test your knowledge of how a mother in Haiti helps her children survive.

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Teaching staff members at the office in the Philippines.

We speak different languages. We live in separate time zones. We follow different customs and practices. We lead such vastly different lives but we are all connected by the fact that Christ dwells in our hearts.

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A person can live four weeks without food, but only three days, depending on the circumstances without water. Lack of water can cause short-term memory loss, fatigue, and trouble learning. Your body will not function without water.

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“When you are young, and when you experience hard times, you grow up with lessons in courage and perseverance. You realize that you will make it and that God will provide.” — Ana Morales

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Jan 14 2011

They Missed the Story

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This was one of the worst natural disasters in human history. Millions of people affected. An entire nation shaken. The world captivated. And there was barely a mention on the anniversary. But, I think, perhaps what disappoints me most is the stories they missed.

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I once read an article that cited a relief and development organization who said that they couldn’t rely on churches to do the work they needed to do in the third world. They claimed that the needed expertise and skill sets simply weren’t there. It made me scratch my head.

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On the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, Pastor Chris Seay spoke at our employee chapel service. He shared a message of hope for Haiti and a challenge to be radically generous to those in need.

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haiti-report

Download this report which details our work in Haiti beginning in the days following last year’s earthquake to our future rebuilding efforts.

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Jan 12 2011

The World Will See

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I believe there will be a day when the world looks back on this incident in Haiti and sees that God is still in control. God is still here. Download the free song, The World Will See.

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The work is still large. It won’t happen overnight or even in a year. It will take years for Haiti to come back from this earthquake. But Elissaint isn’t leaving. Compassion Haiti isn’t leaving. And the local churches who implement our programs aren’t leaving. They are raising a generation of children to believe that their…

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This has been a tragic year for Haiti on many fronts. In a matter of months after January’s earthquake, Haiti endured a hurricane which threatened those already homeless and displaced, a cholera outbreak has taken the lives of thousands more, and recent elections were so filled with corruption that rioting and violence followed them. …

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The streets are still filled with debris, smoldering tires and overturned cars. Few cars can pass, so transportation is limited to motorcycles and feet. There are still pockets of violence throughout the city, but it’s so much quieter today. Quiet enough for me to think. Which can sometimes be dangerous.

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I thought I was imagining it at first. I do have an overactive imagination, after all. But I couldn’t mistake the chanting. I crept to the window, and as icy cold water from the air conditioner dripped on my feet, I heard the city exploding. Nothing had blown over. It had blown up. I lay…

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I saw people begging on the streets, just as I thought I would. But I also saw a young man, profoundly handicapped, sitting in a dark alley, pounding his head against the wall. That single image of brokenness, of pain, sits in my chest like a stone. Haiti somehow breaks my heart.

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“I grew up poor, just like you,” explains Albert Pujols. “No matter how successful you may become in baseball or in life, you can never forget where you came from. Never be ashamed of being poor; never forget that Batey Aleman is your home. You will always have a responsibility to your God, your family…

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The anticipation of the official launch of “batey baseball” with Albert Pujols, the president of Rawlings, 60 Minutes, the Pujols Family Foundation and of course Compassion, is evident at Batey Aleman. People have really come together in this community to take ownership of it, to take pride in it, and to give thanks for it.…

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The question of whether child sponsorship is about us or the children we sponsor generates a lot of discussion – and sometimes disagreement. Should we hold on tightly to the things and people we cherish or should we hold on loosely?

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