Officially, Christmas begins on Dec. 7 when Colombian people celebrate Candle Day, an important festivity in which kids and adults join at night to light candles in the streets and windows. Offices and homes are decorated with lanterns and candles that welcome the holiday season. They are also accompanied by fireworks.
This devotion about Elisha and the Shunammite woman by one of our staff at Compassion Ghana will inspire you to muster up faith when faced with tragedy!
Until its independence, Ghana was known as the Gold Coast. It was renamed Ghana, meaning “Warrior King,” to reflect the ancient Ghana Empire that flourished in West Africa during the 10th century.
“It is easy to get discouraged in a world full of evil, murders and lack of opportunity. It is easy to take our eyes off God and see our weakness and limitations. But with God, there are no limitations.” These are the wise words of 17-year-old Compassion student, Meryl. She’s our inspiration for these curated stories of courage and bravery from around the world.
Pastors from our church partners around the world share just how your letters are making an incredible impact in the life of the child or teen you are sponsoring.
Pastors from our local church partners around the world share seven surprising things your support makes possible and the lasting impact they are able to make when they are equipped by child sponsorship.
You saw me every day. You saw who I really was in spite of appearances, abilities and economic status. You saw who I could become.
At all hours of the day or night, young boys will exchange their lunch money for time in front of a computer. Captivated by the online games, they are not unlike addicts — unable and unwilling to cut the ties to the only escape they have from their challenging lives in the slums. But the game parlors hide a sinister and dangerous secret. These always-open, unsupervised establishments full of impoverished children make prime target areas for recruiters looking to pull boys and young men into the sex trade.
Having overcome poverty in her own life, National Director of Compassion Tanzania Agnes Hotay provides a unique perspective and understanding of what it takes for young girls in our program to do the same. For International Women’s Day, she shares some important ways we can invest in the leadership potential of young women in poverty.
Showing up is hard. Sometimes it’s hard to believe our single act of showing up will make a difference at all. But when we’re able to see the big picture, we find that it is vital. When you show up, it matters … and not just to the people you’re helping. Let’s look at some reasons why.
After Hurricane Matthew struck, supporters around the world responded, giving more than $2 million to help those whose homes and livelihoods were smashed. Here’s the amazing work that was done and families’ lives that were changed with those funds.
What if your Christmas gift did more than just bring joy to one child? What if your one act of giving helped foster generosity in an entire city? This is the case for a small island community in Indonesia. Through your gifts, Christmas giving became contagious!