Are you ready for some good-news stories before we celebrate the ultimate Good News of Jesus’ birth? The news headlines can get us down, but so many acts of kindness and inspirational stories are unfolding each day. You won’t want to miss these beautiful snapshots of the amazing work God is doing through sponsors and the local church around the world. Here are 25 good-news stories from each country where Compassion serves. Watch a video at the end of this article for a highlight of the year!
These feel-good stories will make you smile, praise God and shout, “Amen!”
Good-News Story From Bangladesh
When Dipu and Tapu got a family gift from their sponsor, they decided to give it to their dad. And he was able to open the village’s first rice mill! Now he’s able to pay off his debts and start saving for his sons’ education.
Good-News Story From Bolivia
When 9-year-old Elvis got a Bible from Compassion, he started praying persistently that his father, an alcoholic, would come to know God. And guess what … that persistence paid off! God touched Sergio’s heart, and he accepted Christ as his Savior.
Good-News Story From Brazil
Kids these days! These youths in Brazil rebuilt the home of Lucia and her seven grandchildren who were living in a dilapidated home. Now they have a safe home thanks to these hardworking and compassionate teens!
Good-News Story From Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, 42% of secondary school students drop out because of poverty. But thanks to the support he received, Abdoul is transitioning from middle school to high school!
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“I lack words to say thanks to the church, my sponsors and Compassion for providing my school fees and materials over the years,” says Abdoul.
Good-News Story From Colombia
Thanks to you, our supporters, Venezuelan refugees like Sofia are receiving emergency food and medical care from local churches in Colombia!
Good-News Story From the Dominican Republic
When Domingo went blind, his wife abandoned their family. But now his children, who are also losing their eyesight, are sponsored! They are receiving medical care and they have found faith in God to give them strength despite their struggles.
Good-News Story From Ecuador
Maria’s parents couldn’t afford to register her birth, which meant she had no identity card and couldn’t go to school or access public health services. But the local church and Compassion center intervened, and now she has her ID card and can go to school!
Good-News Story From El Salvador
When Gabriela’s dad got out of prison for gang involvement, she helped him join an income-generating workshop so he could leave the gangs. Now the family has a successful home business making and selling disinfectant. What’s more — the whole family has started following Jesus!
Good-News Story From Ethiopia
Yohanis was living on the streets and begging because his mom couldn’t provide for him. But then a local church opened a Compassion center, and now he is in school and living at home!
Good-News Story From Ghana
Thanks to her sponsor, Hannah didn’t have to drop out of school after primary school. In fact, after graduating from secondary school, she got the chance to study fashion design. Now 23, she not only can support herself — she is supporting her whole family!
Good-News Story From Guatemala
Two-year-old Nallely was malnourished. In Guatemala half of children under 5 are malnourished to some degree. But Nallely received vitamins and care, and now she is healthy!
Good-News Story From Haiti
During politic protests this year, Jean Claude’s home was burned down. He and his grandmother lost everything. But thanks to help from donors, they have received emergency food and the local church is helping them find a new place to live.
Good-News Story From Honduras
Axel was born with congenital hypotrichosis, which means his hair doesn’t grow. He was bullied for his appearance. But he has found acceptance and self-worth through his Compassion center and his sponsor!
Good-News Story From Indonesia
In Walakiri, Indonesia, there’s a traditional belief that it’s a waste of money to educate girls. For the past 10 years, the local church and Compassion center have been educating the community on a girl’s right to education. Atalya is one of the results of their efforts — she is about to begin studying business at a university with the goal of opening a bakery!
Good-News Story From Kenya
Mary had a heartbreaking six miscarriages. But once she was part of the Survival Program, she received medical care and was able to give birth to a healthy baby girl, named Blessing. Now Blessing is a healthy 2-year-old. Praise God!
Good-News Story From Mexico
When Isaias startied hanging out with a group of delinquent teens, he dropped out of school and started drinking daily. But his center director and pastor wouldn’t give up on him. They kept encouraging and counseling Isaias until he left those ways behind. Now he is even part of the worship band at church!
“I learned that despite my behavior, Jesus always loved me,” says Isaias.
Good-News Story From Nicaragua
Fourteen-year-old Estrella joined a vocational workshop making piñatas at her center. Now she has started a small business, selling piñatas to neighbors. She uses her profits to buy things she needs like school supplies. What a hardworking entrepreneur!
Good-News Story From Peru
A church in Peru is teaching children how to protect themselves from abuse. Now these children have formed a group called The Little Advocates to watch out for the kids in their community, which is a mission they take very seriously!
Good-News Story From the Philippines
Despite being from an impoverished family, Nelisa graduated college with her sponsor’s help and is now a math teacher at a private school! She is very proud to have recently been able to install electricity in her family home.
Good-News Story From Rwanda
Elisha was 12, but he only weighed 46 pounds. Thanks to nutritional support, Elisha gained 13 pounds in three months! Now his physical development is getting back on track.
Good-News Story From Sri Lanka
Jebi was abandoned by his parents when he was young. Without their affection, he became a bully. But the Compassion center staff patiently showed him love and acceptance — and Jebi is no longer a bully, but is a happy, adjusted boy!
Good-News Story From Tanzania
Pastor Godfrey has held a vision to help the children in his community. And God is fulfilling that dream! Pastor Godfrey’s church just became a Compassion partner, and now 150 children will have a chance to escape the hurts of extreme poverty!
Good-News Story From Thailand
Good-News Story From Togo
Five-year-old twins Mary and Martha used to have to drink water from a river that caused diarrhea, bilharzia and typhoid. But their church got a well, and now these little girls get to drink clean water!
Good-News Story From Uganda
Guya learned how to make shoes at his Compassion center. Now 23, he runs a successful shoemaking business! And he’s giving back by teaching other youths how to make shoes, too.
We love all this evidence of the love of Jesus.
Reporting by Lina Alarcon, Vera Aurima, Nico Benalcazar, Nora Diaz, Junieth Dinarte, Javier Elis, Edwin Estioko, Tigist Gizachew, Eric D. Lema, Yrahisa Mateo, Vera Mensah-Bediako, Jonathan Morency, Caroline A Mwinemwesigwa, Sara Navarro, Isaac Ogila, Juana Ordonez, Galia Oropeza, Jonatan Ruiz, Jehojakim Sangare, J. Sangma, Piyamary Shinoda and Doreen Umutesi.