Our 1 Millionth Child

It is my great privilege to introduce you to Fellow Blewussi Kpodo, our 1 millionth sponsored child! Fellow is 8 years old and lives in Togo with his father, two older sisters and one younger brother. And he now has a very bright future! 🙂

And who better to stand alongside this precious little one than the world’s strongest woman? Fellow’s sponsor is Jang Mi-Ran, a long-time Compassion supporter and Olympic gold medalist weight lifter from Korea.

smiling boyfemale weight lifter

So, the strongest woman in the world is now sponsoring one of the most vulnerable children in the world!

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  1. Sarah Charles May 22, 2009

    @Michelle Sheba Tolentino

    You are an inspiration!! I was excited to see your comment. I have listened to your talks online and they made me cry. I am a more devoted sponsor after seeing how much your sponsors mean to you.

  2. Kristen May 22, 2009

    @Jill Foley – I agree with feeling a little “duped” but again, this is why I love Compassion – they did not hide this fact and try to make it seem like more than it was. This was a conscious decision on their part and I’m fine with that because it was explained that way. It takes nothing away from the awesome-ness of it all!!

  3. Jill Foley May 22, 2009

    I have to admit that I was a little disappointed when I learned that this was “contrived” by Compassion…I thought it was so cool that God orchestrated the 1 millionth child to be from Togo, the newest country, and the sponsor to be from Korea…the first country Compassion was it. But after reading Chris’s comment that Fellow’s father comitted his life to Christ – all my disappointment washed away. Who cares how it happened…it happened!

  4. Judith Tremblay May 22, 2009

    I love the work Compassion is doing. Good to hear from you, Michelle.

  5. Michelle Sheba Tolentino May 21, 2009

    i am proud to be a compassion sponsored child! thank you for giving me Jesus!

  6. Dana May 21, 2009

    How awesome! Our God is a great God! Things really have come full circle with this 1 millionth sponsorship – from South Korea to Togo, now connected in a very special way.

  7. Geri May 21, 2009

    Wow, this is really inspiring. 1,000,000 – amazing!
    Thank you for telling us about this.

  8. Chris Giovagnoni May 21, 2009

    @Kristen, @Cheryl J, @Vicki Small – The connection between South Korea, the country in which Compassion began its mission, and Togo, our most recent country is very symbolic. And that did not come about by chance. We were involved in the process.

    However, God used our involvement for His good because after Fellow was chosen, we learned that his father, who had walked away from God, decided to commit his life to Jesus.

  9. Kristen May 21, 2009

    Cool – am I right that the sponsor is from the first country to sponsor kids and the kid is from the latest country to join the program? How awesome is that???

  10. Jenny May 21, 2009

    Yeah!! From my guestimated math, that’s about 7000 new kids a month since January, right??? Awesome!

  11. Mike Stephens May 21, 2009

    Great to hear!!!!!!!

    8Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;

    9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and [b]show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may [c]pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!

    10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [[d]in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful [e]in divine strength).

  12. Cheryl J May 21, 2009

    How appropriate that the sponsor of the 1 millionth child would be someone from South Korea – the very country Compassion began ministering in. Is that a God thing or what! 🙂

  13. Cheryl J May 21, 2009

    Thanks so much for introducing us!! I am so excited for this wonderful milestone and thrilled to get to see pictures of the child and his sponsor! May God raise up an army of young men and women all over the world through Compassion that will change the futures of their nations for the glory of God!

  14. Juli Jarvis May 21, 2009

    Yeah!! Sounds like a perfect match!

  15. Sara Benson May 21, 2009

    Congratulations to both of you!! I pray that you will get to know eachother and have a great realtionship.

  16. Lindy May 21, 2009

    I love it!!!! What a bright and encouraging post!

  17. Britt May 21, 2009

    I LOVE the confidence in Fellow Blewussi Kpodo’s eyes…look at that smile!

  18. Vicki Small May 21, 2009

    Wow. This blows me away. Our 1 millionth sponsored child is in our newest field-partner country. And God sure knows how to pair us with our kids, doesn’t He!

  19. Caitlin May 21, 2009

    What a handsome boy! How cool would it be for a little boy to be sponsored by gold medalist weight lifter! Thank you for letting us “meet” them!

  20. Amy May 21, 2009

    🙂 I’ve been floating on could nine ever since yesterday!

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