Do you remember the words and kind acts that encouraged you when you were young? Who was the adult that spoke into your life? Hopefully, they spoke words of love and acceptance that encouraged you to explore an interest or talent that is uniquely yours.
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A life can be launched with as little as a single phrase, an uplifting word or an act of kindness. Think of the impact we could make if we were to become more intentional about encouraging the children around us!
The words of adults quickly take root in the fertile soil of a child’s spirit, for good and for bad. Sadly, some of us have been profoundly impacted by harsh words, neglect and even abuse. But even out of those tragic circumstances our heavenly Father can redeem our past.
Perhaps you know my story of childhood abuse in a West Africa boarding school. Mine is a story that Satan intended for evil but that God redeemed for good. My story is what has fueled my passion against injustice, my crusade against abuse, my fight against poverty.
It is what drove me to Compassion, where I now have the great privilege of speaking up for the little ones who have no voice and no choice.
Will you join our campaign to motivate adults to deliberately bless the children in their lives? We’re gathering stories from across the world to powerfully demonstrate that children are indelibly shaped by the words and actions of adults.
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By simply sharing our true life stories through various media channels, I believe we will challenge and inspire others to actively invest in the lives of children!
Who believed in you before you believed in yourself?
Who told you that you were smart and then that encouragement planted a seed of confidence in your life?
Who said, “You have a beautiful voice; I loved your song,” and now you sing for a living or get great joy from singing for others?
Who told you they appreciated your creativity and their comment gave you a sense of self-assurance that is still with you today?
Who said, “My, what a lovely picture you drew,” and now you make your living as an artist?
Please share your unique story with us! Or, share someone else’s story: that of a friend, family member, historical figure or Bible character.
In addition to posting your story as a comment on this blog, it may eventually be printed in a book or perhaps in Compassion Magazine or featured on my daily radio program, Speak Up With Compassion. Let’s share our stories with one another and become very intentional about blessing the children God brings into our lives!
Please post your short story (300 – 400 words) below, send us a private e-mail via the “Contact Us” button at the top of this page, or leave us a voice message at (888) 503-4589, if you prefer to share your story by phone.
Written stories may also be mailed to:
Tell Us Your Story
Colorado Springs, CO 80997