We know child sponsorship works, but don’t just take our word for it. Meet these inspiring and successful Compassion alumni as they share about life after sponsorship. They are tangible proof that the cycle of poverty can be broken…one empowered youth at a time.Continue Reading ›
They were selected for our program when they were young, they were sponsored, they successfully graduated…and now, they are fulfilled and responsible adults. Watch this candid conversation with a few alumni as they reflect on their shared experiences growing up around the world.Continue Reading ›
These alumni didn’t have to worry about what not to wear when they were in the Compassion program. Listen in on their favorite memories about the clothes from their childhood.Continue Reading ›
As our Alumni scholarship initiative comes to an end, we celebrate our final two scholarship recipients, Daniel Njenga Maina and Anthony Njoroge Wanjiru. Each graduate shares about the ways that God has impacted their lives through Compassion’s ministry.Continue Reading ›
I know you’ve thought it. I’ve thought it. If we’re being honest, we’ve ALL thought it…
Is this child real?
Does this whole sponsorship thing really work?
Where is my money really going?
When you walk into a Compassion program at any of our local church partners in any of the 25 countries where we are privileged to work, you will find the same holistic program being implemented.
But you don’t have to take my word for it….Continue Reading ›
In extreme poverty, the basic human longing to be loved is often trumped by the need to survive. Enter the local Compassion program staff.Continue Reading ›
And we’ve talked about how, sometimes, it’s the absence of words that has power too… leaving questions like:
Am I thought of?
Why did they choose me?
Who is the person who has invested in my life?
When you choose to invest in the life of a child through sponsorship, beyond giving money, you also get the opportunity to be involved in their lives. And it is equally important to let them be involved in yours!
This investment in relationship with your sponsored child is where the alumni and research consistently says the lasting difference was made in changing their story!
This week in our special video blog series, Conversations with Alumni, hear a candid conversation between alumni about their sponsors’ level of involvement in their lives.Continue Reading ›
“What’s for dinner?”
It was the first question that popped out of your mouth when you got home from school as a kid. You secretly hoped for something different than last night and if you were lucky….you got your favorite meal!
Although my family had a short season of eating red beans and rice (Louisiana girl here!), for most of our dinners, I still had other things for breakfast and lunch. Most of my life, I had access to all sorts of food and snacks.
The story is very different for children in our program. Our local church partners reach out and enroll those in the most need. And sometimes that means little ones who may not have enough food for even one meal, let alone three meals a day.
When you invest in the life of a child, you partner with us and the local church in their holistic development. The most basic part of a child’s development is their physical body.
Providing a well-balanced meal or snack when they attend the program is just the start of addressing their physical development, but this start is critical.
What child who is hungry can focus on schoolwork, learn basic hygiene, or hear that Jesus loves them?Continue Reading ›
People love and respect David. Almost everyone calls him when they need veterinary services for their animals. Neighboring villages also seek out his help.Continue Reading ›
Your letters to the child you sponsor matter! But don’t take our word for it. Watch these Compassion alumni talk about what letters from their sponsors meant to them in this month’s Compassion Letter Club.Continue Reading ›
We believe the solution to making poverty history in our world begins with our children. Invest in their development, give them the right tools, and empower them to become history makers and world changers themselves. What better way to start off 2017 than by taking a look at some stories that highlight the people and developments that are are making history in the world of poverty? From new technology, to thousands of new sponsors, to Compassion Alumni fighting corruption, here is what we think is “Totally Worth It” this month.Continue Reading ›
With a big smile on her face, Compassion alumni Lety greets every person who walks by. It is hard to believe that this same confident businesswoman was once a very shy girl with no dreams.Continue Reading ›
Esther and Marcos work at the Compassion office in Lima, Peru. They are both Compassion Alumni. Angie has just recently been sponsored. The three of them taught Pastor Ken Burkey about the power of a letter.Continue Reading ›
Staff and Compassion Alumni around the world are sponsoring children themselves. And now we have our very own Advocate in Colombia, María Ximena Marín!Continue Reading ›
It’s been 25 years since the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. How does a country move forward from such trauma? Though the cruelty and pain of this tragic event are unimaginable, the Rwanda of today is unrecognizable from the horror of ’94. Read the moving stories of three Compassion alumni choosing radical forgiveness instead of hate.Continue Reading ›
Compassion Alumni Methode was 6 years old when he witnessed the 1994 Rwandan genocide, a systematic massacre of more than 1 million people of the Tutsi ethnic group.Continue Reading ›
Read the stories of just a few people whose lives have been transformed, thanks to the support of their sponsors. Be inspired and encouraged that you are coming alongside young people just like these as they work to craft a future of purpose.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Colombia in 1974 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2005, we started the Leadership Development Program.Continue Reading ›
Does Compassion International work in India?Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in the Philippines in 1972 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1996, we started the Leadership Development Program and in 2005, the Child Survival Program.Continue Reading ›
This year, we asked your most burning letter-writing questions to those in the know! Here are your best questions and answers of the year.Continue Reading ›
We cry together. We laugh. We share. And we work. Every day. And sometimes we have to go the extra mile. They don’t have to come but they are willing to do it. They have the calling to serve.Continue Reading ›
At 12 years old, Edgar made a commitment to God and decided to give Him his future. Since that time, God has been accomplishing the purpose He set for Edgar.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Uganda in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1999, we started the Leadership Development Program the Child Survival Program followed in 2006Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Haiti in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program and in 2008, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Haiti.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Brazil in 1987 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2007, we started the Leadership Development Program.Continue Reading ›
Collins grew up in hunger, but now he is getting his doctorate in plant pathology to advocate for subsistence farmers. Collins’ story embodies so much of what we’re thankful for this Thanksgiving. For the parents who are working so hard despite unimaginable difficulties. For the churches who are loving their littlest neighbors. For the little ones themselves who have so much potential. And for compassionate people like you – who are making stories like these possible!Continue Reading ›
Director of Compassion Kenya, Joel Machiara shares his perspective on his diverse nation and where its true wealth and potential for change lies.Continue Reading ›
Around here, we believe Valentine’s Day is every day. It’s the second greatest commandment from Jesus that inspires our work: to love your neighbor as yourself. So for February’s installment of “Totally Worth It,” our series designed to ignite compassion through inspiring stories and news, we’re focusing on people in the Compassion family who are spreading that crazy little thing called love.Continue Reading ›
Last year, you had a chance to meet Team Constellation, our Philippines based contact center made up of adult graduates of our sponsorship program. Now it’s time to dive a deeper into why and how this special team exists at Compassion.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Kenya in 1980, with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2001, we started the Leadership Development Program began, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2004.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in East India in 2002 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2006, the Child Survival Program began, and the Leadership Development Program followed in 2009.
In just eight years of ministry, we have had a great impact on impoverished urban areas and poverty belts in East India. We have also networked with other agencies to bring together resources and raised awareness about child issues in the local churches.
D.G. Jebaraj joined us as the East India Country Director in 2004. Before coming to the ministry, Jebaraj worked in various positions at World Vision for 13 years.
His last position there was as National Tuberculosis Coordinator.
Jebaraj holds a bachelo’rs degree in English and a master’s degree in social work from Madras Christian College and a master’s of philosophy from Annamalai University.
He is currently pursuing research on the effect of sibling rivalry in sponsorship programs toward community transformation. This research is being done through the Oxford Center for Mission Studies under the University of Wales.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in East India with whom we work to deliver child development programs and frontline ministry in the field.
- Spiritual Climate
East India is dominated by Hindus and Muslims. Throughout history Christians have been persecuted in India. In spite of this, Christian mission work continues to be carried out by committed missionaries. There are laws that exist that were created to provide support to minorities, but churches in India do not get adequate support from them.
In 1993 we began our ministry in Ethiopia with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 2004 we started the Leadership Development Program and in 2006 the Child Survival Program.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Thailand in 1970, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. After 40 years of ministry in Thailand, our ministry is now well known by the majority of evangelical churches in the country.Continue Reading ›
Current as of October 15, 2014
- International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: Leave No One Behind (10/14/14)
- Does My Sponsored Child Know My Name? (7/30/14)
- Compassion Alumni Maina and Wanjiru (7/27/14)
- Compassion Summer Intern: Putting a Face on Poverty (7/10/14)
- The Power of Words (7/8/14)
- Bring Jesus Home (6/29/14)
- It’s For the Kids (6/17/14)
- Jesus People (6/15/14)
- Become a Missionary Without Leaving Home (6/2/14)
- Tyler Wigg-Stevenson (5/25/14)
- What’s the Language of Love? (5/20/14)
- How Are Children Told That They Have Been Sponsored? (5/16/14)
- Jesus Loves Me (5/13/14)
- Jesus in the Old Testament (5/11/14)
- Tony Campolo (4/27/14)
- God Prepares Our Hearts to Answer his Call (4/22/14)
- How Happy Are People Who Sponsor a Child? (4/21/14)
- You Will Fall in Love with this Child – Guaranteed! (4/8/14)
- #BestDecisionEVER (3/31/14)
- Who is Your Hero? (3/24/14)
- Jim Rankin | Ministry In Ethiopia (3/23/14)
- What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up? (3/19/14)
- Called to Love (3/8/14)
- Spread the Word About the Son of God Movie (2/26/14)
- My Walk With Jesus (2/23/14)
- The Prodigal Son (2/9/14)
- Compassion Alumni Chapel (1/26/14)
- The Love of Literacy (1/21/14)
- TCPT Prayer Chapel (1/12/14)
- Healthy Smiles (12/27/13)
- Chonda Pierce Christmas Chapel (12/23/13)
- Live Compassion (12/10/13)
- Only God Could Bring These Results (12/6/13)
- Give a Gift in Jesus’ Name (12/5/13)
- World AIDS Day 2013: Getting to Zero (12/1/13)
- Invest Your Life (11/24/13)
- The Darkness is Not the End (11/10/13)
- The Blue Corner (11/3/13)
- Skip a Meal and Change a Child’s World (10/22/13)
- World Class Competence (10/20/13)
- A Beautiful Testimony (10/18/13)
- Achievement’s Shadow (10/12/13)
- Doing What We Do Through Partnership (9/22/13)
- Rescuing the Future: Soundarya’s Story (9/20/13)
- What Makes Us Different? (9/1/13)
- What Does Success Look Like? (8/27/13)
- The Heart of Compassion (8/25/13)
- Life Lesson from a Tomato (Not Bob) (8/23/13)
- How Is Creativity in Education Changing Young Lives? (8/21/13)
- The Compassion Child Sponsorship Program: What Does Research Show? (8/13/13)
- “You (and Your Letters) Made Me a Good Child” (8/8/13)
- Stories of Compassion (8/4/13)
- Kaitlin’s Wish: How to Make a Wish Come True (7/22/13)
- Welcome to Ghana! (6/28/13)
- What Does the Future Hold? (6/23/13)
- A Single Father’s Journey (6/13/13)
- Expand Your World with Our New iPad Magazine (6/11/13)
- Kenya’s Maasai: Caught Between Two Worlds (6/4/13)
- What Defines Success? (6/2/13)
- How Can the Gift of Music Help a Child Dream? (5/28/13)
- How Do We Focus on Children? (5/19/13)
- Why Do We Exist? (5/5/13)
- He Go Go (5/3/13)
- Divine Intersections (4/21/13)
- A Life Changed: Ben’s Story (4/16/13)
- You Want to Change the World? (4/12/13)
- A Life Changed: Samuel’s Story (4/9/13)
- Honoring Rebecca St. James (4/6/13)
- A Life Changed: Jey’s Story (4/2/13)
- A Life Changed: Olive’s Story (3/26/13)
- Epilepsy Is Not a Curse From the Gods (3/23/13)
- World Water Day 2013 (3/21/13)
- Welcoming Our New President and CEO, Jim Mellado (3/17/13)
- Compassion Sunday 2013: Ginsely’s Story (3/15/13)
- “Would You Like Me to Marry You Right Now?” (3/4/13)
- Who Are Compassion Sunday Presenters? (2/27/13)
- What is Forgiveness? (2/24/13)
- A Different Kind of Compassion Sunday (2/20/13)
- Christine Caine: On Compassion and Justice (1/22/13)
- Change the Story: We’re Bringing Poverty to You (1/19/13)
- Don’t Hide Special Needs Children From the World (1/15/13)
- The Day That Changed Haiti Forever (1/12/13)
- Preventing Child Abuse Before it Starts (1/10/13)
- Acknowledge Him in All Your Ways (12/16/12)
- Featured Chapel Speaker: Nick Vujicic (11/18/12)
- Buying Cows for Faith (11/4/12)
- Rescuing the Future (10/28/12)
- Getting to Know the Compassion Experience Team: Rachel Mueller (10/3/12)
- Surgery Update: Fatao’s Heart (10/2/12)
- Nehemiah’s Eight Laws for Stepping Out and Building Walls (9/30/12)
- How Can a Slum Start? (9/28/12)
- Ministry Insider: Jeff Arnold, the Man Behind the Camera (9/11/12)
- Why Do We Step Out in Faith? (9/9/12)
- Welcome Home Wally Erickson! (9/2/12)
- What Would You Ask God? (8/30/12)
- What’s Your Life Verse? (8/26/12)
- A Day in the Life of Jeyson (8/20/12)
- Experience Vs. Faith (8/19/12)
- Be a Solution of Hope (8/13/12)
- God’s Hand in Our Lives (8/5/12)
- God is Enough (7/29/12)
- What Are Your Hopes and Dreams for Your Child? (6/25/12)
- Understanding One Another’s Needs (6/20/12)
- Featured Chapel Speaker: Bill Hybels (6/17/12)
- International Day of the African Child (6/16/12)
- You Can Have My Leg (6/8/12)
- Fear and Faith (6/3/12)
- Junior’s Story: Hope in the Midst of Danger (5/21/12)
- What is the Value of Your Sponsorship? (5/7/12)
- What Would You Ask God? (4/30/12)
- Why Do We Do What We Do? (4/22/12)
- What’s the Bravest Thing You’ve Ever Done? (4/21/12)
- Bizzy’s Burden (4/10/12)
- A Sponsor’s Letter: From Gayle to Her Child (3/26/12)
- A Child’s Letter: From Maria to Her Sponsor (3/17/12)
- Faith is a Choice (3/11/12)
- Called to Compassion Australia (3/3/12)
- Positive Change Agents for the Kingdom (2/19/12)
- Be Strong and Courageous (2/12/12)
- One Step Forward: Replacing Adversity with Creativity (2/1/12)
- Will You Take a Place at the Table? (1/29/12)
- Admitting Failure (1/17/12)
- Missions in Action: Episode 17 (1/14/12)
- An Inside Look: Correspondence at Compassion (1/13/12)
- Join the 58: Global Impact Tour (1/8/12)
- The Importance of Ministry Strategy (1/7/12)
- Missions in Action: Episode 14 (1/5/12)
- A Big Christmas Thank You! (12/25/11)
- Apply for Our 2012 Summer Internship Program (12/2/11)
- Words of Encouragement are Always Needed (11/29/11)
- Missions in Action: Episode Four (11/28/11)
- Missions in Action: Episode Three (11/25/11)
- Missions in Action: Episode Two (11/19/11)
- Missions in Action: Episode One (11/18/11)
- One Step Forward: Virtual Communication (11/16/11)
- Can I Send This Gift to My Sponsored Child? (11/8/11)
- Ministry Highlight: Ecuador (11/4/11)
- The Greatest Thing Lia Learned (11/3/11)
- One Step Forward: Working as a Team (10/30/11)
- Who Are the Diamonds in Your Community? (10/26/11)
- One Step Forward: Computer Literacy in Ghana (10/25/11)
- Healing Emotional Wounds (10/23/11)
- One Step Forward: Nutrition for a Malnourished Generation (10/19/11)
- Beguens Theus: New Hope for the Future (10/10/11)
- The Shoeshine Pastor (10/9/11)
- Andis’ Story: Forgiving the Father Who Left (10/7/11)
- Burkina Faso: Fighting Meningitis (10/6/11)
- Presenting the Gospel (9/11/11)
- Thank You…For All You Do (9/5/11)
- Shaun Groves on Third World Symphony and Keeping Jesus the Main Thing (9/1/11)
- The Currency of Humility (8/21/11)
- Forgive One Another (8/7/11)
- Behind the Burmese Border With Free Burma Rangers (7/31/11)
- Coming This October (7/16/11)
- Margaret Makhoha: From Sponsored Child to Ugandan Senator (7/13/11)
- Every 15 Seconds a Child Dies From Water-Related Diseases (7/5/11)
- Stand Against the Schemes of the Devil (6/19/11)
- Who Do You Say We Are? (6/13/11)
- Child Sponsorship Works — Juan David Dominguez Galvez (6/10/11)
- It is Important That We Pray for One Another (6/5/11)
- Watch a Leadership Development Program Graduation Ceremony via Live Video Feed (6/3/11)
- Teach and Admonish One Another (5/22/11)
- The Voice (5/18/11)
- CSP: Child Survival Program or Christ Shining Powerfully (5/6/11)
- A Trip Never Imagined Becomes a Trip Never to Be Forgotten (5/3/11)
- Three Truths to Bring Encouragement to the Workplace (5/1/11)
- You’re More Than a Sponsor (4/29/11)
- Do Not Judge One Another (4/14/11)
- Compassion Sunday 2011 – Thank You (4/11/11)
- Three Reasons You Need to Prioritize the Youth in Your Lives (4/8/11)
- Join Us for One Day Without Shoes (4/4/11)
- What Is Geotagging, and What Does It Have to Do With My Sponsored Child? (3/28/11)
- World Water Day 2011 — How Can Clean Water Make a Difference? (3/22/11)
- Care for One Another (3/9/11)
- Live Out Love (2/23/11)
- The First Letter Builds a Cornerstone (1/17/11)
- Come and See What God Has Done (1/25/11)
- Featured Chapel Speaker: Pastor Chris Seay (1/13/11)
- Building Relationships That Last (1/5/11)
- Year-End Encouragement from Wess Stafford (12/31/10)
- Doing the Right Thing: A Man Who Took No Bribe (12/29/10)
- The Road to Success is Paved with Diligence (12/28/10)
- We Wish You a Very Merry Christmas (12/25/10)
- Delivering Hope (12/14/10)
- Apply For Our 2011 Summer Internship Program (12/09/10)
- Defining Moments (11/15/10)
- Your Sponsorship Brings Hope: A Report from El Salvador (11/11/10)
- Featured Chapel Speaker: Michael W. Smith (10/27/10)
- Tell Us Your Story! (10/25/10)
- Parents in Ghana Learn Their Child Has Been Sponsored (10/19/10)
- Mosquito Bites Can Kill (10/13/10)
- Heroes Wanted (9/17/10)
- Tour a Church and Child Development Center in Guatemala (9/10/10)
- An Indonesian Idol (8/19/10)
- A Reality Cooking Show About the Reality of Living in Extreme Poverty (7/27/10)
- Child Sponsorship: A child’s “My Plan for Tomorrow” folder (6/24/10)
- A SandStory About Children in Poverty (5/19/10)
- Stan Walker, Australian Idol chapel message (4/22/10)
- What’s It Like to Meet Your Sponsored Child for the First Time? (4/21/10)
- Compassion Sunday: It Begins With You (4/9/10)
- Step Into My Life: Selamawit’s Story (3/31/10)
- Step Into My Life: Christuraj’s Story (3/24/10)
- One Act to Overwhelm Hopelessness (3/22/10)
- What Does the Bible Say About Poverty? (3/19/10)
- Mathare Community Outreach (Song) (3/9/10)
- Mathare Community Outreach (Skit) 3/9/10)
- Education is the key (3/7/10)
- Spiritual Learning (3/6/10)
- Kitchen Garden Lessons From a Child Survival Program Mom (3/5/10)
- Income Generating Activity (3/4/10)
- Helping Haiti: Our Food Kit Distribution Process (2/16/10)
- Help Haiti (2/6/10)
- Haiti Earthquake (1/15/10)
- Leadership Development Program Selection Process (12/18/09)
- Leadership Development Program: How Can it Be Improved? (12/11/09)
- Clean Drinking Water (12/10/09)
- Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable (12/9/09)
- Letter Writing Ideas (12/4/09)
- World AIDS Day video (12/1/09)
- Life After Graduation (11/19/09)
- The Happiest Day of a Sponsored Child’s Life (11/14/09)
- Living in Two Worlds (11/13/09)
- Singing Bunny (11/12/09)
- Opportunity Knocking (11/10/09)
- Growing Up in Poverty (11/4/09)
- Who’s in Charge? (10/30/09)
- Infant Mortality (10/29/09)
- Student Missionaries (10/26/09)
- Agents of Change (10/22/09)
- Catalyst 2009 (10/19/09)
- Guatemala Food Crisis (9/17/09)
- Jesus’ Name (9/9/09)
- BigStuf Camps (9/8/09)
- Want a Wii? (9/8/09)
- Tony Beltran (8/12/09)
- Personalized Poverty Video (7/28/2009)
- Child Survival (7/21/09)
- Strive for Excellence (6/23/2009)
- Joined Together (6/22/2009)
- One Child (6/15/2009)
- The Lie of Poverty (6/11/2009)
- What is Poverty? (5/26/2009)
- In Jesus’ Name (5/21/2009)
- One Million Children (5/20/2009)
- Eternal Impact (5/4/2009)
- Compassion Sunday (4/15/2009)
- Jesus Knows Me (4/8/2009)
- What the Future Holds (4/2/2009)
- Michelle Tolentino (3/26/2009)
- Thank You Message (3/24/2009)
- Richmond Wandera (3/23/2009)
- Diarrhea Stinks (3/19/2009)
- Healing Waters Ministry (3/18/2009)
- Poverty Stops Here (3/9/2009)
- Rest of the Children (3/3/2009)
- Commit to the Lord (2/27/2009)
- Living the Legacy (2/24/2009)
- The Story of Compassion (2/23/2009)
- The Question Game (1/28/2009)
- Mexico Sponsor Tour Videos (9/19/2008)
- Aripta (8/17/2008)
- Child Development (6/21/2009)
- Fasting and Prayer (6/19/2009)
- Compassion LDP – Philippines (6/9/2008)
- Thank You Sponsors (6/6/2008)
- Maila (5/17/2008)
- World Malaria Day (5/1/2008)
- Compassion Sunday Testimonies (4/13/2008)
- Equipping the Church (4/7/2008)
- Michael W. Smith Video (3/3/2008)
Over the past 60 years more than 1 million children have experienced Compassion. Now, these “little ones” aren’t so little.Continue Reading ›
Developing a meaningful long-distance relationship through letters with 5- to 10-year-olds isn’t very complicated at first. Tell them you love them, tell them God loves them, tell them you are proud of them. Send them stickers, coloring pages, and photographs of your family. Repeat often! But as any parent knows, as those little ones develop into teenagers and young adults, your communication style needs to change.Continue Reading ›
A remarkable story of protection, redemption and forgivenessContinue Reading ›
At Compassion, we see some exceptional examples of love that inspire us and make smiling simply irresistible. This Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share some of our favorites with you. We see love in…Continue Reading ›
If you’re a family who confronts boredom with either planning or panic, look no further. Here are a few family activities to crush boredom together.Continue Reading ›
The 2015-2016 fiscal year has brought another year of growth for Compassion. Here are some highlights from our 2016 Annual Report.Continue Reading ›
This month for our Totally Worth It series, we’re asking you to reflect. It’s easy to concentrate on what’s been hard in your life — to focus on everything that’s bad. Our hope is that this month’s news and stories will reflect God’s goodness and truth. And we hope you’ll be inspired to reflect on what’s good in your life, too … because you are totally worth it.Continue Reading ›
With no money, a drunken, violent father and a community plagued with malnutrition, one little girl found comfort in the words of her sponsors. This powerful story reminds us once again of the importance of letter writing.Continue Reading ›
These few pictures from our moments with these children and their families in Ecuador don’t do it justice. Their emotions were raw and filled with such optimism and hope. A hope given to each of them in the words and truth found in your written words.Continue Reading ›
Experience Compassion Conference: June 27-28, 2014 in beautiful Colorado Springs. We’d love to celebrate with you and give you the opportunity to learn more about what we do. Learn more and Register today!Continue Reading ›
Leaders of integrity, honesty, wisdom, courage, and deep faith are rising up and taking their place. Now more than ever, our world needs them to step out of the shadows of obscurity.Continue Reading ›
A trip to Haiti held three surprises for a sponsor-Advocate that will remain in her heart and memory forever.Continue Reading ›
Estrika is a Leadership Development Program graduate in Indonesia who is passionate about small business and causes that benefit humanity.Continue Reading ›
We began our ministry in Guatemala in 1976 as a family help program run by missionaries. The Child Sponsorship Program started in 1980, and the Leadership Development Program began in 1997.Continue Reading ›
One might think that celebrating Christmas in Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim nation – can be a problem. Even though 90 percent of Indonesia’s 220 million people are followers of Islam, it does not mean that Christmas is not celebrated.
The biggest signs of Christmas (i.e. the traditions of the Western festive season), can be seen in the malls. Most of the major stores in the larger cities like Bandung have huge Christmas trees, and restaurants tend to put on some manner of Christmas fares.
For example, the big stores have had their Christmas decorations up for weeks in anticipation of cashing in on the season. Naturally, hotels and malls cater to visitors by erecting Christmas trees ornately decorated, and “Merry Christmas” signs. Shopping hours are extended, and the seasonal specials jump out of nowhere.
There is a Christmas tree in every mall, and a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit and a white beard can be seen giving out presents to the children. It is the same in the other cities like Jakarta, where all the major department stores join in on the festive season.
One of Compassion’s partner churches in Bandung is Immanuel Baptist Church. Christmas decorations have been in place since the first week of December. A plastic Christmas tree stands by the front entrance door to welcome all the visitors; its snow-like glitter and many small butterflies on the leaves delight the small children.
Yes, the church entrance had been decorated with an artificial Christmas trees replete with pristine snow-like glittery ornaments and small butterflies – standing unaffected by the boiling tropical heat.Continue Reading ›
“Why just now?” asks Pastor Joel. “Where was Compassion when I was just a child who had all the potential but did not have the money to go to school or to eat three square meals a day?”
Pastor Joel grew up on the remote island of Siquijor in the Philippines, which has long been known for magic and witchcraft, but Compassion in the Philippines only began partnering with churches in Siquijor this year.
Although Compassion reached the Philippines in the 1970s, we finally landed in the isolated island after 30 years!
In 2004, we began regularly updating our strategy map to identify the poorest and neediest provinces in the country with the fewest number of evangelical churches, and the list included Siquijor.Continue Reading ›
We recently gave you the opportunity ask our president, Wess, any questions you like. We’re publishing his transcribed answers one day at a time. If you want to catch up, here’s the background skinny.
- Do you have any personal goals or goals for the organization that you care to share? (Lisa Miles)
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- First, I want to see Compassion double in size in the next six years. Based on our recent growth, I believe it is pretty safe to predict that this organization will move from 1 million children to 2 million children in the course of the next six years.
- Second, I want our Leadership Development Program, which I think is pure gold, to grow from our current count of 1,800 university students to 10,000 university students before I go. We already have that many qualified students, but we just need the money to put them through college.
- Third, I want the alumni associations to expand. If we were to gather Compassion’s kids together, there would be standing room only in the biggest stadiums, and I can’t wait for the day when we actually do that! Everybody in the stadium would be a Compassion child or a Compassion graduate worshiping together. I would love to have that in place in the near future.
- Fourth, I want to wisely choose my successor. We have great leaders in this ministry and when the time is right I want to get out of the way and let the next generation lead. I need God to orchestrate this and direct me to that person.
- Lastly, I want to finish well. When my time serving Compassion is finally done, I want to walk out of here a man of God, overjoyed but humbled. I am deeply passionate about walking closely with my Lord in such a way that when the time comes I will leave this place “well.”
Due to the government of India’s decision to restrict Compassion’s funds from reaching our partners this year, many of our centers in India are are at risk of permanent closure, leaving more than 130,000 kids – the most vulnerable of India’s population – even more vulnerable. But on Dec. 6, the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hear testimony from Compassion about the situation with the Indian government. And your voice could help us find a resolution. Will you help us advocate for the children and communities we serve in India?Continue Reading ›
“It was as when the stones speak. I opened my eyes and said to myself that God was calling me to something more. My dream is to become an ambassador, and at the utmost degree, represent my country as the president.Continue Reading ›
Accountability. This word has so much meaning. In this fast paced and cynical world, many people have lost trust in nonprofits. It’s actually very sad, but I understand why.
How many times have you heard about the misuse of funds hindering an organization’s effectiveness, or greed compromising decision-making and values? Regrettably, I think we all have heard it too many times.Continue Reading ›
I have a confession: I love reality TV shows. It’s true. Although I’m enough of a realist to realize that as viewers, we see a heavily edited version of actual reality, I still like watching the shows because they tell people’s personal stories. They tell stories about people that actually exist. I love people’s stories.
Communications at Compassion is largely about telling people’s stories. And it’s something I think we do well. However, some stories are most powerfully related by the people who actually experienced them. Something is lost in the translation of a personal story to a secondhand story … when it is no longer “my” experience, but “someone else’s.”
While we’ve known about the power of personal testimony for a while, we have only recently begun to delve into an area called social media. This is an exciting new venture for Compassion. There are so many new ways for people to share their stories, and we’re just beginning to explore all the possibilities. Through our social media efforts we want to give people a way to tell their own stories, in their own words, totally free of our “translation.”
We have created a section of compassion.com called Share Your Heart. We wanted a creative forum where users could share their personal experiences with poverty, whether it was something they read or heard, a movie they had seen, a personal trip they took or a trip with Compassion or with another organization. We just wanted to get people talking.
Some of the stories people have shared are inspiring. Some are funny. Some are evidence of God’s perfect timing. Some are challenging. There are also photos that tell stories of their own, in ways that words never could. Go check them out. No doubt you’ll be encouraged.
Do you have a story of your own to share? How has God changed your heart towards children in poverty? Who or what has he used to change you? What one picture from your trip captured the entire experience? Share it with us. Don’t be shy.
You never know whose life will be changed by reading your story.
UPDATE: August 24, 2011 – The Share Your Heart section of compassion.com is no longer available.Continue Reading ›
When Abas was a teen, he was known as the troublemaker in town. Even to the point of attempted murder. But through a series of miraculous events, and despite the persecution of his community, God turned Abas’ life upside down. If you love amazing stories of how people come to know God, you will want to read this!Continue Reading ›
We adopted our son Sambhaji from India five years ago. He loves to read, pretend he’s Batman, and get mail from his friend Ranjith in the Compassion program in India. Compassion’s program in India will soon end. And my family’s relationship with Ranjith will end too. I’m struggling.Continue Reading ›
For the International Day of the African Child, take a photo journey into what African childhood can look like. One filled with the beauty of simplicity.Continue Reading ›
In the aftermath of the al-Shabab terrorist attack on Garissa University College, Kenyans have displayed powerful love in tangible ways. Standing in long lines to give blood for the wounded, comforting the grieving, providing supplies for the impacted families and contributing money. One of the most loving and brave things the Kenyans are doing is not surrendering to fear, but choosing life instead.Continue Reading ›
The assumption that “more churches + more Christians = more impact” is not always true.Continue Reading ›
The problem with “the burn” Brianne experienced from all the social injustice hype in college was that she only let it burn her, not brand her.Continue Reading ›
We first began our ministry in Honduras in 1974 when child development centers were opened in Guatemala and El Salvador. Today the ministry in Honduras is made up of 175 child development centers and approximately 41,000 children are registered.Continue Reading ›
Margaret Makhoha, a 2003 Compassion Leadership Development Program graduate, was recently elected as a member of the Ugandan Parliament. Senator Makhha will serve a six-year term, representing her home district of Namayingo in the nation’s legislature.Continue Reading ›
“I want to reach my dream. I want to become a doctor someday because I want to help people in this village,” says Nathan.Continue Reading ›
Yesterday, we introduced you to Chantal, a 9-year-old girl from Rwanda.
Chantal is a beneficiary of our Highly Vulnerable Children (HVC) initiative, and during the Christmas season the vulnerability of these children parallels the extreme vulnerability that our God entered into on Christmas Day.
It’s a vulnerability portrayed in homes throughout the world by the nativity. And this Christmas season, we’d like to share with you a reminder of God’s love and sacrifice for us all.
This handcrafted Rwandan nativity set is as fragile and vulnerable as many of the children we serve. And it’s available to one randomly selected reader who answers these questions for us.
- What do we mean when we say complementary interventions?
- Why is the HVC initiative considered a complementary intervention?
On December 18, we’ll randomly pick a winner from the comments we receive.
Thanks for participating, and Merry Christmas!
In the courtyard, Mariam’s sisters, Assanata and Zourata, are preparing to leave. They both have weekly appointments that they would not miss for anything in the world. They are registered at the Assemblies of God Central Church of Koudougou Child Development Center.
Mariam always awaits their return so she can taste the food that her sisters bring home, and she does not fail to learn the songs that they sing as they return.Continue Reading ›