What Should Our Response Be to the Deepest Needs of Humanity?

“Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers.” – Susan Sontag

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How Do You Stay in Your Child’s World?

As a Compassion sponsor I don’t want to only connect with my child when I get a reminder from Compassion. I want to be a sponsor who consistently prays for her children.

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I Was a Christian Sponge in a Tub of Living Water

I’m a cynic. And I’m a contrarian. When the pop-culture collective is doing something, I usually don’t want any part of it. By staying aloof, I nourish my emotionally wounded soul on a diet rich in the fat of condescension. That’s […]

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Confessing to Something That Probably Means I’m Human

The poverty in my life is emotional and spiritual. The poverty in the lives of the kids you sponsor and the kids we’re meeting here in Kenya is that and more.

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In the Void of Poverty

The running water in my comfy apartment cannot help the hurt in my heart today. The grande nonfat latte I picked up from my favorite coffee shop didn’t help, either. American luxuries I once looked forward to now feel empty, as nothing fills the […]

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Do You Love Your Sponsored Child?

Do you love your sponsored child? Really love your child? We already know I’m an emotionally disconnected person, so help me out here. Explain to me how you know that what you feel for your sponsored child is actually love. Come on y’all. […]

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Gratitude

Remember the Tanzanian children’s choir I wrote about in my last post? Well, it turns out that their matinee performance that day was only a taste of what was to come — an actual full-fledged concert at Friday’s chapel. And what I thought was […]

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Why Am I Here?

As you may have read recently, the Global Leadership Forum has been in progress all week and all the “big-wigs” are in town talking about . . . stuff. I don’t actually know what they are talking about because I wasn’t invited. But I’m pretty […]

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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 in Mexico for the wrong […]

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Getting 10,000 Children Sponsored in 10 Days

Have you noticed the “international” component of who we are? Compassion International. Part of that internationality is that we work in 24 countries throughout the developing world … uh, 25 countries (you know about Togo, right?) And […]

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