This summer, millions of people across the world will crowd around television sets to watch the Olympic Games. They will watch swimming, track, cycling and gymnastics. They will cheer on their respective countries in baseball, boxing, surfing, volleyball and table tennis. But no doubt, some of the most viewed and highly anticipated competitions will be in the world’s most popular sport: soccer.
Soccer has an estimated global following of 4 billion people, a number that is nearly double the second most popular sport of cricket (with a 2.5 billion estimated following). So why is soccer so popular?Continue Reading ›
Carmen became the 2017 National Junior Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics, proving that poverty is not an obstacle to reach her dreams.Continue Reading ›
Poverty robs children of hope. Hope for a future and that tomorrow can be different than today. That’s why we’re in the dream-making business. As a product of hope, dreams are a catalyst for achieving a future filled with opportunity. The following athletes in our Child Sponsorship Program had the best dream-makers on their side!
I have constantly found that my athletic experience informs my leadership. Winning, losing, discipline, goals, character, strategy, focus, disappointment, set-backs, victories, teamwork, injuries, resource allocation, time-management, energy management—they’re all a part of leading an organization.
What would you say if someone asked you the question, “What do you know about Brazil?” Could you spout off some fun Brazil facts? Share a little about the community the child you sponsor lives in?
Dreams of representing Indonesia in the Olympics in Wushu Sanda are not too big for this 14-year-old whose father is training her well. Training her to fight like a girl.
We recently asked you on Facebook, “If you could ask Compassion president Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado one question, what would it be?” We got a great response and over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing his responses to your questions here in our “Ask Jimmmy” blog series.
I want to talk to you about goals. I think goals are powerful. You certainly need them to be successful in athletics or in academics. Goals are powerful because they can create the right conversation, spur the right imagination and give you direction to the right amount of scaling for what you’re trying to achieve.
While their sponsored children may not be physically here with them, they have already taken root in the hearts and home of the Cone family.
Currently, more slaves exist than during the time of slave trade abolitionist William Wilberforce. But unlike in Wilberforce’s day, 80 percent of today’s slaves are women and girls; 50 percent are children. The slave trade is far from history. In fact, it is very much the shame of our world today.
Pastor Jack Haynes is a huge advocate for missions, and he taught the church that as a Christian, you go or you send the gospel to the world. Through the ministry of Compassion I have discovered I can be a Missionary on the Couch.
I’ve been glued to the coverage of the Olympics for the past few days. (I mean seriously, how can anyone NOT get excited watching Michael Phelps crush his competition every single time?! The man is unbelievable.)
Watching the Olympics makes the world seem very small.
Athletes from every corner of the globe — from every race, culture and background — come together to compete, and suddenly the dividing lines between Islam and Christianity, Communism and Democracy, and wealth and poverty fade. The political agendas take a back seat. The economic disputes get put on the back burner. The world focuses together on this great sporting competition and where many differing value systems once existed, now exists one common set of values: competition, endurance, and sportsmanship.
For a few weeks it feels like we are one big family.
Being a part of Compassion gives you a similar feeling, doesn’t it? We are a family. We are from all different walks of life, but we are a family. We celebrate together. We pray together. We mourn together. When a tragedy strikes the country where your sponsored child lives, it’s not just something you read about on the news. It’s suddenly a personal tragedy. When you give to one of our funds, you aren’t just giving to a random charity, you’re supporting your family.
I love being a part of this family. I hope you do too. I believe nothing pleases God more than seeing us love one another. He is a relational God and He has built that into each of us.
Someday soon we’ll all get to meet at the family reunion. I wonder if that will be anything like the Opening Ceremonies?