Sports teach children about unity and trust, about how to express themselves more freely and sports can help children discover their gifts and talents.Continue Reading ›
God never abandons his children. He is never late, but He is never early either. Rather, He is ALWAYS there.Continue Reading ›
Meeting Joel gave EJ a clear picture into the ways that Jesus’ followers need to work together to care for each other.
When EJ Swanson stood in his sponsored child’s tiny, nearly un-liveable house with walls leaning sideways, spiders in the rafters and a muddy floor, it hit him: “Sooner or later, we have to stop watching, and do something!”
A trip to the Dominican Republic gave Compassion artist, Robbie Seay a unique opportunity to see how child sponsorship shapes the lives of children living in poverty.
When exactly does that happen — that our joy is snuffed out, stuffed down or smothered? What happens to stifle that unspeakable joy that used to well up at the slightest provocation?
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. In 1994, we started our Child Sponsorship Program.
Our Child Survival Program not only helps young children survive the vulnerable first four years of their lives; it also provides mothers an opportunity to be trained in vocational skills so they can help increase their family income.
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 Santo Domingo.
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?