In its worst expression, poverty tourism is not just the exploitation of one group — the poor — it is the exploitation of two groups, those visited and those visiting.
My heart is overflowing as I return to the dry climate and high altitude of my Colorado Springs home from my first trip to the island of the Dominican Republic. I left with a deepened assurance of the investment that the project staff have in each child. Have you ever wondered about the hearts of…
How can we take photographs of people that treat them with dignity? Here are five ways in which our photographers strive to take great photos of kids.
In her first couple of years as a volunteer child advocate, Vicki strongly encouraged a couple of enthusiastic sponsors to join the Advocate Network.
Shauna Pilgreen, in the hospital for an unknown illness, can only think of one thing — her sponsored child Sadaam.
We desire to serve the neediest possible. Sometimes that means traveling to where buses and cars cannot easily go.
Despite the hurt and past experiences, Veronica has hope that her daughters’ futures will be different. Our ministry is fueling that hope through the local church and child development center where they are registered.
There was something about this boy that Katy just couldn’t shake. How could she connect with a child when she didn’t even know his name?
Although she refused to say a word, one sweet girl in a bright pink outfit did not leave a visiting sponsor’s side. They had a connection that was strong although unspoken.
On his arrival to the student center, one six-year-old boy had a packet of cigarettes in his top shirt pocket. He drank and smoked, usually receiving alcohol and cigarettes from the men of the village who he would hang around with.
What would it be like to live in a house that was at constant risk of being taken from you — not just for a few weeks, but week after week, year after year? Squatters in Ghana, including many sponsored children and their families, deal with this reality daily.
When Pierre’s sponsor came to visit him for the second time, he immediately noticed a difference in his sponsored child.
Bob Lenz is one of our ministry’s speaker partners. Poverty takes many forms, and Bob Lenz has given his life to helping young people who struggle most with poverty of the heart.
God has given limits to everything except to His love. He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to save mankind. This kind of love is boundless.
Neldi lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. Sejin became Neldi’s sponsor and “just so happened” to have an extra leg to give Neldi.
The relational aspect of sponsorship is not just important in getting people to become sponsors. It is important throughout the sponsorship journey, because love is best shown in a relational context.
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. One sponsor is going back to Haiti, where her journey with Compassion began.
Have you considered how much you mean to your sponsored child?
One of Satan’s biggest lies is that we are too young for God to use us. When we are older, Satan will also try to tell us that we are too old to be used by God.
As they toured a village in Uganda, they came upon a grave on a hillside of a man – a father, a husband, a friend, a son – prematurely taken from his family because of malaria. Malaria, a disease preventable with as little as a mosquito net and an elementary health education.
Carl was the last to get on his horse, and he realized that the entire village had come out to watch him mount up. “Big Papi!” they chanted as they all laughed.
Elisabeth “Bizzy” Mellado’s first encounter with Compassion started with what she calls one of her dad’s “crazy ideas.”
Compassion UK Advocate Martyn Legg was in a highly pressurized work environment, living with big demands and no room to back off. He and his wife Heather visited Kenya on an Advocate’s trip for ten days – ten days that changed their lives.