Best of the Blog 2020: Your Favorite Stories of the Year

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As you might expect during an incredibly challenging year, your favorite stories on the Compassion USA blog were inspirational ones. The most popular blog posts we shared during 2020 were those that showed the resiliency of the human spirit and the ability for God to redeem the most desperate situations. Here they are — your five favorite stories on the blog during 2020. May they inspire you all over again — or for the first time if you missed them before!

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10 of the Most Unique Christmas Traditions Around the World

A girl in Brazil wears a Santa hat. She is smiling down at a candle. The room is dimly lit, and Christmas lights sparkle behind her.

Christmas traditions vary from family to family as well as culture to culture. Travel the world with us as we explore unique, quirky and wonderful Christmas traditions across the globe!

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A group of children in Jericó, Brazil, cheer and laugh holding Brazilian flags. Some children are jumping, dancing.

Facts About Brazil: A Spirited, Lively and Beautiful Nation

Brazil – the largest country in South America – is home to tropical and subtropical landscapes. From the depths of the remote Amazon River basin to the lively metropolis of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil boasts stunning natural scenery and vibrant cultures.

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A Surprise Gift for Brazilian Health Workers in Need

Second only to the U.S. in the number of COVID-19 infections worldwide, Brazil has faced supply shortages at its hospitals and health clinics that serve the neediest communities.

But here’s the good news: Brazilian health workers in need of supplies recently received surprise donations — thanks to all the generous people who have given to Compassion’s COVID-19 disaster relief efforts. Here’s an update from Compassion Brazil!

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Maisa, in a pink dress, is sitting in her wheelchair on the road outside her house.

This Girl in a Wheelchair Inspires All With Her Joy

Four-year-old Maisa from Brazil was born with a congenital malformation in her legs. Despite being unable to walk, her optimism is infectious, and she has found acceptance and encouragement at her Compassion center. Her bright smile and outlook will definitely bring you joy today.

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Dr. Addisalem Gebresilassie wearing scrubs and surgical mask

From Sponsored Children to Health Care Heroes!

We’re so inspired by all the health care workers around the world who are sacrificing to save others. Meet five amazing people who grew up sponsored and are now giving back in a big way!

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A boy and a man wash clothes outside together.

The 18-Year-Old Who Raised an Abandoned Baby as His Own

Valdinar was just 18 years old when he made a life-changing, sacrificial choice to take in an abandoned baby boy.

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A boy wearing a red Santa cap holds out a small nativity set.

4 Reasons This Could Be the Best Christmas Ever

Did you know that churches around the world are already starting to prepare for Christmas? Our church partners take this opportunity to bring joy and share Jesus’ love with the children in their care very seriously. You will be inspired by these four ways that this could be the best Christmas ever for children around the world.

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A boy sits on an old sofa in a garbage dump.

Scrappers: 15 Photos of Life on a Landfill

Many Compassion-assisted families make their living on the garbage dumps. They don’t have much, but they do have determination, grit and enormous courage to do anything in order to provide for their families.

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A boy in a red checked blanket stands in a golden field, looking into the distance.

How to Help Orphans Without Adopting

The Bible instructs us to take up the cause of the fatherless, but how do we do that? Here are four practical ways to help orphans.

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A girl wearing a navy blue pilot's uniform and cap sits on a sidewalk, holding a toy airplane up into the sky, looking at it.

Shooting for the Moon: 6 Kids in Poverty Share Their Dreams

We asked sponsored children in South America what they want to be when they grow up. We love their adorable photos and quotes — showing just how much hope these kids have!

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Sponsored Children Cheer on Their Favorite Teams in the World Cup

Soccer has the power to change lives. That’s one of the many reasons why the children you sponsor are all getting so excited for the World Cup!

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