Meet a Family Making the Most of What God Has Given

Scott, Cyndi and their four young boys love good matches of all kinds. They enjoy sports matches, especially those broadcast by Scott’s employer, ESPN. They love matching the birthdays of their sponsored Compassion children to their own young sons’ birthdays. And they love the benefit of matching gifts through Scott’s parent company, Disney, to the family’s Compassion donations.

A man and woman stand outside with their four sons. The man is holding a toddler, and three boys are sitting on a bench holding photos of children their family sponsors. There are trees and a bird feeder behind them.
Cyndi and Scott with their sons and photos of the children they sponsor through Compassion.

As Scott says, the family is passionate about Compassion’s mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

“We’re all in. Compassion is the perfect match of our strong faith and commitment to helping others.”

The First Connection

The match with Compassion started more than 20 years ago when Scott was a student at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. He attended a Compassion presentation on campus, and even though his college budget was tight, he decided to sponsor a girl from Tanzania.

When he and Cyndi married and started their family, they decided to sponsor additional children and create a special match for each child. The couple have four boys ages 18 months to 9 years old. When each son was old enough, Scott and Cyndi sponsored a child with that child’s exact birthday. “Our three older boys now have a Compassion sponsored child their same age, and we look forward to our youngest being matched with a sponsored child in the coming year,” says Cyndi.

The two older children share Bible verses with and write letters to their sponsored children while the younger boys send drawings and photos.

“It’s a wonderful, faith-filled connection for our boys and our sponsored children to share a common faith through very different life experiences,” she says.

Increasing Blessings

The family started matching their donations to Compassion through Scott’s company last year and learned it was a very simple process.

“I was very pleased to learn that Disney would match my donations to Compassion,” says Scott. “To be able to double the value of our donation by simply completing a form is amazing.”

For Cyndi, matching their gifts also is living out God’s promise that he can do so much if we place our faith and trust in him. A favorite verse of hers that feels particularly fitting comes from Malachi:

“Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”  

— Malachi 3:10, NIV

“There’s no telling how much God can do especially when we take advantage of every opportunity to make our gifts abundant,” says Cyndi. “With matching gifts, you’re multiplying what can be done, and it’s so very easy.”

The family donates to Compassion throughout the year, so they simplify the matching-gift process by waiting until year-end to submit a total of all of their gifts.

For example, the family enjoys shopping in the annual Compassion Gift Catalog to make additional donations. “We love that we can expand our giving by supporting programs such as skills training or purchasing livestock so a family can have sustainable income,” says Cyndi.

More Than a Hobby

Scott also turned a hobby of making cornhole boards into a small business and ministry by donating all profits to Compassion. “I was able to make a $2,000 donation to Compassion from my side business, and that donation was then doubled through a matching gift from my employer. It makes us wish we could do even more because the impact of the match becomes that much greater.”

Scott and Cyndi see their giving, along with the matched benefit from Scott’s employer, akin to the parable of the fishes and loaves.

“There is just so much that God is doing, and can do, with what we place in his hands,” Scott says.

If you are interested in learning more about matching gifts or finding out if your company offers a matching-gift benefit, visit Compassion’s matching gifts webpage.

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11 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Jenni Inofuentes November 10, 2023

    I just love reading all these posts. And I’m so happy I became a sponsor for a lil girl 👧🏻 in Mèxico. And I’m co sponsoring a lil boy with a co worker /church friend and I’m looking forward to my brother and his family to sponsor a child too. I’m wondering if there’s a limit of sponsoring the children.

    1. Christina November 13, 2023

      Hi Jenni! Thank you so much for choosing to bless a child with your love and support! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have as you begin your sponsorship journey. I see that you have signed up to sponsor Reyna, but the account name is under your church. If you’d like to make any changes, please email our team at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to help you. Have a blessed day!

  2. Patrick mbogo October 24, 2023

    Hello everyone. God bless you much for Good job you are doing to support them work of God .

  3. Marife Olojan August 4, 2023

    I am Marife Olojan, a Pastor’s wife, ministering the children in San Jorge, Samar. Our church is located in Erenas San Jorge, W. Samar. Eastern Visayas Region 8.

    We are interested to partner with you our children ministry. May I just know we can reach your office and know more about this ministry.

    1. Christina August 4, 2023

      Warm greetings, Marife! We appreciate your desire to partner with us in our mission. Please email us at [email protected] to discuss the possibility of partnership. Thank you!

  4. Susan Hewett November 10, 2022

    I decided to send the family of my little birthday buddy who is 4 years old 4 hundred dollars. It is his mom and sister and him. I also sent 100$ to the Christmas fund. Please tell me what 400 will do for a family of 3

    1. Kaye-Lin November 10, 2022

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much for blessing your sponsored child with such a generous gift. The opportunities for what the family is able to purchase is extensive. They can purchase food, animals, clothing, shoes, and even mattresses if they are needed. Along with this, the family may be able to use it on bills if it helps to relieve stress at that time. I do want to assure you that the Compassion staff will work with your sponsored child’s family to make sure they are using your gift on the most needed or wanted items at that time. In return, you will also receive a letter of thanks that includes what they were able to purchase with your gift. I hope this information helps! Please email us at [email protected] if you have any further questions. Blessings!

  5. Pastor Teddy Mwaba May 12, 2022

    Am a Pastor of a local Church in Zambia.Am interested in the services impassion offers to the children and would want to know the model of partnering with you.
    My mobile and WhatsApp line is +260955141239.Thank you God bless

    1. Grace May 12, 2022

      Hello, Pastor Teddy! Thank you for reaching out to us about your church. Will you please send us an email at [email protected] so that we can further assist you? Thank you, and God bless.

  6. Paula Kestner-Blair March 10, 2022

    I am retiredand live on Social security; my budget is very tight. I am able to donate to many charities with my paying 5.00 each I know its not much but I know they add it to others donations, and when extra money comes my way, I donate more then. This was a great article and I love it, I just don’t have a company to match my donation.

    1. Grace March 10, 2022

      Paula, thank you so much for your heart to give sacrificially! I know your gifts are a blessing to many and that the Lord is using them in special ways. ? We really appreciate your support for the ministry of Compassion!

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