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St. Andrews Child Development Center has raised several leaders, pastors and government workers across the nation. The center is located at Srivalliputhur, Virudhunagar District, on the southern tip of India, and is sowing the seeds of the urgent need for social welfare in the young minds of the area. The man behind the success…

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Feb 26 2010

Vallarasu the Outlier

Outliers are men and women who do things out of the ordinary; men and women who have drive, skill and talent, but who also are given an opportunity to succeed.
“When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots…

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Pastor Sam, the director of Immanuel Child Development Center in India, shares his feelings of gratefulness to sponsors — gratefulness for the vital role they play in the holistic development of children in poverty.
Here are his thoughts about a sponsor’s involvement in a child’s life.

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The children at Souri Child Development Center squeezed together under the thatched-roof shed, safe from the wind and rain. They eagerly anticipated the visit of the local political leader of the ruling party and a few other political leaders.
The political leaders were visiting the center to address the children with words of encouragement, as the local…

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In 2009, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) began in East India. Acceptance into the program came with three days of orientation training.
The theme for the training was “Released to Maximize Impact.” The first day’s session centered on biblical foundations and biblical mentoring principles with special emphasis on the leadership qualities of biblical characters such as…

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Dec 23 2009

Christmas in India

Cringggg!!! The tabletop alarm clock rings long and loud enough to awaken Gufran from his deep sleep. He hits “snooze” to get beneath the cozy comfort of his warm blanket.
Unable to find the same warmth and comfort he was enjoying, Gufran sits up on his bed. Freezing cold wind blowing through the narrow gaps in…

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The Church’s ability to eliminate extreme poverty is just a matter choosing to do so. We used to say that 40,000 children under age 5 die every day of hunger or preventable diseases. Today, that number is 24,000. These statistics show that in 20 years the number of children who die every day of hunger…

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Thomas Swaroop, Child Advocacy Director for South Asia, shares about the inspiration he received from a young girl who has an opportunity to shine for Jesus.

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Holistic child development has four aspects: physical, socio-emotional, economic and spiritual, and there are different issues that we have to grapple with when applying our child development model to the child survival and child sponsorship programs.

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The Child Survival Program in a tiny village in India may not be vastly different from hundreds of other Compassion centers around the world, but to this community it is a powerful, unique and tangible demonstration of God’s provision and an essential lifeline for mothers and their children.

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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.

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Yesterday, I promised you some insights into Steph’s Compassion Traveller experience, so here you go. – Irene

Steph in 30 seconds:

Age: 14 and a half

Siblings: I’m the eldest. I have a 13-year-old brother named James.
School: Year nine (third year in junior high school)
Pets: We have two cats: Maddison, a white tortoise-shell cross Persian, and…

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As a kid, did you ever daydream about venturing into the slums of Kolkata? I know a gutsy 14-year-old who did … who ventured into extreme poverty. But that’s for later.
I, Irene, grew up in a sheltered, middle-class family. Whilst I didn’t make it to India at the age of 14, I ventured…

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When I visited the boy I sponsor in India, Sarath, he didn’t talk so much. We instead communicated with the toss of a Frisbee. But at the end of the visit as he walked me back to the bus, this little boy who had said little else, said over and over, “Please pray for…

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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 uncertainty and a global food crisis, 29 of our sponsors proceeded with their decision to come to…

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I credit God with using Compassion as an instrument in His hand to grow me up in the faith. Honestly, I cannot imagine where I would be spiritually if not for my involvement with Compassion and child advocacy. I suspect I would be wallowing away somewhere in pew wondering what God’s plan was and how…

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The following is an interview with Anuradha Ghoshal, Program Communication Manager with Compassion East India.

1. How long have you been in your current position, and what are your main responsibilities?
I have been in this position for the last three years.
My main responsibility entails supervision of the three core processes for Program Communications: Field…

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Copies of maps that list the child development center numbers and give a rough approximation of where the centers are located in relation to one another.

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Since April 26, and through May 2, five bloggers have been experiencing firsthand what Compassion’s ministry to children in poverty is all about.
Visit compassionbloggers.com to travel across the world to the impoverished neighborhoods of Kolkata, East India, and through their stories, pictures and videos rediscover hope.

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My car recently got stolen (1990 Ford Laser). I received a call at 1 a.m. on a Sunday and heard Constable Burgess ask me when and where I last saw my car.
It was meant to be sitting on the street next to my block of units. It was found abandoned in a ditch at…

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I still can’t get over what we’ve experienced in producing Reflections of a Compassion Traveller. Until I turned 10 I lived in a culture that believed the existence of higher powers or gods inhabited carved figurines (plated with gold even) and were to be worshiped.
Now that I’ve come to know the Lord, I…

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Today Mel reflects on community, the power of prayer, and the ubiquitousness of Barbie after visiting a leprosy colony in Purulia.

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Have you ever embarked on a new venture, perhaps with a plan, only to realise half way (when you’ve gone beyond the point of no return) that the venture is not unfolding the way you’d envisioned?
After all, in the words of wise King Solomon: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it…

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Have you ever wondered how Compassion, an openly evangelical organization, is able to work in Muslim or Hindu countries where evangelism is illegal?

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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 seen poverty and abundance firsthand, how do you and…

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