Focus on the Forest

I’ve been working at Compassion for eight months, and I dig it. I dig it like Dig ‘Em digs Honey Smacks. There’s good people here, plenty of parking, a fantastic view of Pikes Peak, stellar lunch specials at the New Dehli Café and of course, a job that makes a difference.

Howwwever, I work on a computer. And I tend to work on that computer all day long, with nary a break. I don’t often make it to the café to enjoy my self-serve special for $4.99, and it really is special because I have a hand that serves and serves and serves.

I also frequently forget to take a breath and enjoy the view or even say cheerio to my co-workers. I glue my rear to my seat and my eyes to my monitor and there I stay for the day. Ugh!

And when I’m in this all-work mode, I often lose sight of why I’m working. I only see trees, no forest.

But all throughout the Global Ministry Center hangs artwork created by children in our sponsorship program. It’s amazing artwork, not only because of the talent it illustrates but because it exists.

What if Compassion wasn’t in this child’s life? Would this talent have had an opportunity to develop? Would the art be given the chance to enrich other people lives, like it does mine when I scrape my eyes from my computer screen?

Here’s what I’m talking about.

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  1. Dorothy Hoerr December 2, 2013

    These paintings are awesome. I just wonder how old the children are and how long they’ve been painting.

  2. Mandi December 30, 2011

    Wow, these are amazing and beautiful pieces of artwork. Really inspiring!

  3. Michelle October 17, 2009

    I actually caught my breath when I saw some of those pictures! I loved all of them… Each is special in its own way. :o)

    That idea of making cards out of the childrens’ artwork is a good one… (hint hint lol) Will they ever do it again? I’d love to buy some!!!

    I’d also LOVE to work at Compassion… How wonderful for all of the people that get to spend time there! :o)

  4. Mike Stephens March 22, 2009

    Excellent point Chris!!! It is good to realize that I am not the only Sponsor or Advocate or Sponsor who has visited their Compassion child. There are many “Palm Trees” on this island we call Compassion. In fact we could even say it is many islands with many Palm Trees that make up many forests. But yes you are very right that we need to sometimes take a look at all the amazing things Compassion is doing!!!

  5. Irene B January 6, 2009

    Wow! I am impressed by the artwork from all of the children! Each piece of art reflects the thoughts and imagination of its artist. It’s like looking into the minds of these children and seeing what they are seeing. It’s delightful!

    Thanks, Chris, for sharing these special works of art.

  6. Kees Boer December 6, 2008

    This is really neat. One of my Compassion children is quite an artist too. I made a video of some of her work, when I saw her last July.

    You can see it here:



  7. Vicki Small March 26, 2008

    I love to see the art work created by Compassion-assisted children! Several years ago, I received a small number of note cards and envelopes; the front of each card was a reproduction of a drawing or painting by a sponsored child. I loved them, and I hated to see the last one go out the door, addressed, stamped, and out of my hands. I keep hoping Marketing will do some more (hint, hint!).

  8. Kelly @ Love Well March 26, 2008

    Fabulous idea to keep all of Compassion’s employees plugged in to the mission. I love the creativity.

    Thanks for sharing, Chris. My heart is energized.

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