This year, you’ve shared in incredible stories of hope, love and triumph against insurmountable odds.
Together, we prayed for rescue from disastrous cave floods and child slavery. Told personal accounts of overcoming harmful cultural taboos and physical disadvantages. But we also had a lot of fun, sharing some of the beautiful places and things the kiddos you sponsor find most special.
Here are the stories you read and shared the most in 2018!
This Thai church developed an innovative plan using soccer to prevent young boys from falling prey to the sex trade in Thailand. This year, we celebrated it yielding incredible results.
Noah, a young boy in Ghana, felt like his chest was ripping. His heart wasn’t working properly and he needed God to make a way for him. In 2018, we told the story of his miraculous recovery and the heart-change that led to him getting a new sponsor.
Ebenezer was only 6 years old when he went to work on Lake Volta in Ghana. What did the injustice he faced look like? How did he find his way to freedom? Together, we shined a light on the dark realities of child slavery.
Annet is an awe-inspiring single mother of triplets and earlier this year, she needed your help. After delivering one baby, she rushed to a hospital on a motorbike where she unexpectedly delivered two more! Abandoned by her husband, she is raising these precious miracles alone. Her family desperately needed a safe home. And SPOILER ALERT, you made it happen for them! Thank you!
In many impoverished communities, menstruation is a stigmatized issue shrouded in silence, secrecy and shame. We shared three personal and societal aspects of life that are restricted when menstruation becomes an unmentionable part of being female.
In 2018, the story that stood out the most, by far was about the triumphant rescue of an entire Thai soccer team from a disastrous cave flooding. We told the story of Adun, the Compassion-assisted student who was rescued from the flooded Thailand cave and hear from his parents as the Wild Boars soccer team returns home.
In a second blog, we shared how his whole community rejoiced his return. At a thanksgiving service at his church, Adun shared how he prayed and clung to his faith in God while awaiting rescue. Both articles were by far our most popular blogs of the year.
You boldly prayed, desperately shared and joyfully celebrated all along the way.
As we reflect on the past year, the one word that has inspired us was
We’ve seen that in every prayer, letter and sponsorship you’ve made possible by reading and sharing these stories. And we look forward to another year of answering your questions, passing on experiences of compassion and most importantly, releasing children from poverty, in Jesus’ name!
What stories of compassion do you have from this year?
Tell us about your story or the blog you loved the most this year in the comments below.