The Top 5 Reasons These Kids Are Grateful Will Make You Grateful Too

Is it actually possible to give thanks in ALL circumstances, as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to do? Even when those circumstances are 2020?

Girl wearing an orange shirt. She is standing in front of a wall with colorful shapes all over it and is holding up a piece of paper that says Thank You.

Yep … and these grateful children who live in poverty prove it! The pandemic has increased struggles for almost everyone, and even more so for families in poverty. But these beneficiaries of Compassion’s program are still giving thanks — specifically for YOU. Because of you, they are not going hungry like some people in their communities are. Because of you, they have gotten the medicine they needed. Because of you, they have hope for tomorrow.

Let’s find out what these kids around the world are thankful for, despite the circumstances of poverty.

Reason 1: YOU

These grateful children in Compassion’s program around the world are thankful that you kept them in your care and prayers, even when your own difficulties were probably increasing. You provided sustenance and hope — as you’ll see in the video above and the beautiful photos below.

Reason 2: A Full Belly

Girl wearing a green dress with a floral print. She is standing in front of a bamboo wall and is holding food she received from the Compassion center.

Six-year-old Bhorsha holds lentils and oil — some of the groceries that have helped sustain her family during their most desperate season. Bhorsha and her twin sister, Asha, live with their single mother, who lost her job after the coronavirus pandemic reached Bangladesh. Through Compassion’s program, the twins — whose names mean “hope” and “trust” in Bengali — and their mom received food and hygiene supplies. And because the sisters were identified as highly vulnerable children, their family also received a monthly stipend to make up for the lost income.

Reason 3: A Safe Home

Girl wearing a pink shirt. She is standing outside her family's new pink house. There is a fence around the house.

After her father lost his job, 5-year-old Deneilis’ family was evicted from their home in Colombia. They moved into a two-bedroom home where 11 other people lived. Deneilis’ family had to wait for the others to go to bed before they could pull out old mattresses and sleep on the living room floor. When Compassion staff came to check on Deneilis, they were shocked by her low weight, skin allergies and living situation. But thanks to people like you who give through Compassion, the staff was able to build Deneilis’ family a new home. They painted it Deneilis’ favorite color, pink.

“I feel so happy with my new bed,” says Denilis. “I like everything in my house! Thanks to all who helped us to have our home.”

Reason 4: Family

Boy wearing a purple shirt with a yellow bag around his shoulders. He is next to his elephant and is hugging the elephant.

Pawaret’s elephant isn’t just a member of the family — it is also the family’s livelihood. Pawaret’s father, Jaw-la-tu, earns a living by giving elephant rides to tourists. Since the pandemic greatly reduced tourism in Thailand (and most other places), Jaw-la-tu lost his income. A drought has also made food scarcer than ever for this family. Pawaret’s Compassion center workers have provided food and encouragement to the family during their difficult season.

“We are so thankful for the Child Sponsorship Program that never left us feeling alone. … It’s like there’s always a family that cares for us in a hard time,” says Jaw-la-tu.

Reason 5: God’s Love

Toddler wearing a pink and cream outfit.

With no income and no hope of finding employment because of the pandemic, young mother Denke wondered how she and her 1-year-old daughter, Koket, would make it. Denke and Koket are in Compassion’s Survival Program in Ethiopia, but at first Denke didn’t realize just how far the Survival staff would go to help them. Not only did Denke and Koket receive the food and medicine they needed, but the depressed mother also found spiritual and emotional support from the program staff.

“I am thankful for people around me, especially the Survival staff, who never get tired of supporting me,” Denke says.

“My baby girl just turned 1, and if you look at her, she looks like she is raised by a wealthy mother. She is healthy and strong.”

Now it’s your turn … what are you giving thanks for this year? Leave a comment below to spread the gratitude this Thanksgiving season!

Words by Willow Welter. Reporting and photos by Nico Benalcazar, Tigist Gizachew, Lina Marcela Alarcón Molina, J. Sangma and Piyamary Shanoda.

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  1. JennD December 12, 2020

    I have sponsored my little boy in Rwanda for several years now and I have loved every letter, every email, every picture! He sends me his love, his thanks, news of his family and his schoolwork. It is wonderful to see how he has grown and how much he loves playing with his friends at the Compassion center.
    The workers give tirelessly to help these children and their families and they also deserve our thanks.
    I hope to be able to sponsor my “little faraway son” for many years; I hope and pray that he remains the sweet, loving and strong young man I see in his letters.
    As a lifelong Catholic, I always try to keep in mind that, as I once told a Compassion worker, “Jesus never said to feed the Catholics only. He said ‘Feed My People.’ ” and this has been my mantra always.
    We are ALL God’s children; and His children deserve ONLY the best.
    God bless and keep all of them.

  2. Courtney December 11, 2020

    Thankful to help where it’s needed.

  3. Kyle December 4, 2020

    I’m grateful for the countless people like the youth pastors and youth coaches, who stepped up during my childhood to fill the void that my parents left. My father wasn’t in the picture and my mom didn’t believe in Jesus but I had so many in the church who filled the role of spiritual mothers and fathers. God really is “a father to the fatherless” (Ps. 68:5). I’m also grateful for so many Compassion workers that get to fill that role for the Compassion kids who also don’t have a father or mother so they can grow up healthy and knowing Jesus like I did.

    1. Shannon December 7, 2020

      Kyle,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It is so brave for you to share about your life and your experience in Compassion! We are honored to know you found family at your church center! 💙

  4. Mary December 4, 2020

    I am so incredibly thankful for my family, friends and my health. I’m also very thankful for Compassion and my beautiful sponsor child Yanin. May God bless all of the children of Compassion.

  5. Marion December 1, 2020

    I am thankful for the miracle God gave me in the reconciliation of my oldest son, his wife, and my grandson with the me, my husband, and my other 2 sons. Nine years went by with no contact from him but all is well now! Praise the Lord! 💕

  6. Jennifer November 30, 2020

    I am thankful for my mother and my father and the people who took care of him at the hospital-Jonathan age 11.

    I am thankful for my family and my mother who is sick with COVID-19. Thankful for the hospital workers who are taking care of her.

  7. Laura November 30, 2020

    I am Thankful for the means and the opportunity to love and support my son and his family l. I am Thankful that GOD loves us and continues to watch out for all of us and bless us with connections to each other, Thank you Compassion for making this possible.

  8. Maria November 30, 2020

    I am thankful everyday for good health for my whole family and that God has given my husband and myself the resources to be able to sponsor children around the world. It is a great honor to serve our God and be humbled by is faithfulness, that I am so thankful for as well!!

  9. Stephanie Rigney November 30, 2020

    I’m grateful for the men and women of Compassion who are ministering to these families and seeking support on their behalf! It was in that same spirit that I found a child for my adult son to sponsor! I’m grateful for the new connection to Melanie and her family. I’m looking forward to this partnership.

  10. Carol Grove November 30, 2020

    I am very thankful for Lydia, the
    young lady that I sponsor. May
    God continue to watch over and
    care for her as she continues to
    grow in the Lord. 🙏

  11. Rebecca Sorrell November 30, 2020

    I am thankful for the children I sponsor. They are reminders to me that God loves us all and that we need to trust in the Lord at all times

  12. Adriana Romo November 29, 2020

    I am thankful that God has blessed me and that I am able to bless others. Every day is a thanks giving day! Amen

  13. Shiela Granado November 29, 2020

    I am grateful to all that God has given me and I am blessed to be a blessing to little Daniel in Nigeria. It warms my heart to know that I can do something to help. I grew up with very little as well, all my needs were met, but we were far from rich. I never thought I would be able to be a sponsor with a foundation like Compassion. I am so grateful that God can make what seems impossible, possible.

  14. Lisa Butler November 29, 2020

    Well, I’m late with my comment, but never too late to say thank you to Compassion for the opportunity to help my child Issouf. It is a blessing to him BUT it is an even greater blessing for me to be able to help with the life-time needs for him.
    This world would be a much BIGGER place without people like you who bring us all closer together, across the miles, and help us to be the “one family” God means for us to be.

  15. Rachael Power November 29, 2020

    I am incredibly grateful for Compassion, because this program gives me an opportunity to care for the very community Christ calls his people to serve.

  16. Tracy Guice November 28, 2020

    My husband has been out of work due to the Pandemic and I thought about canceling my sponsorship. But God!!! He has provided our needs and we have been able to meet all of our financial obligations. The Lord is Great! He is Faithful! I am so thankful I am able to continue my support for Compassion International especially since watching the video and reading the testimonies of these beautiful families and their children!

  17. Sparrow November 28, 2020

    For the breath of life I am thankful. For salvation I am thankful. For an abundance of love and blessings I am thankful.

  18. Joan Campbell November 28, 2020

    I thank God for the hands and feet of Jesus on the ground in these countries that desperately need to see the love of Christ in tangible ways.

  19. Neesha November 28, 2020

    I’m grateful and thankful that I can do the things Jesus ordains for me. For a long time I was selfish, and when Jesus came into my heart I realized that I was to love like he did when he was here on earth and coming to this realization that Our Heavenly Father loved us first is the foundation I built my love for others. I pray that I will never forget how Jesus has blessed me and carried me through this world. Thank Jehovah for loving me.

  20. Rosa Andujar November 28, 2020

    Although this year has been very different I still find many things to be thankful for such as being able to support my sponsored child through these difficult times. Even though I give a monetary amount monthly to support my child my greatest fulfillment is writing him letters and sending pictures to let him know that I’m thinking and praying for him and his family through these trying times.

  21. Heidi Karaffa November 28, 2020

    We are grateful for so many blessings in our lives. Jesus is at the center of our lives. It is an honor to be a Compassion sponsor to two young men. We have been sponsors for more than 20 years and have seen our former Compassion children grow up and continue to pray for them. I pray each morning thanking God for another day. And these days ask for extra blessings to keep everyone safe and healthy.
    Thank you Heavenly Father for all the blessings! We look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Thank you for Your love.

  22. Sandi Primous November 28, 2020

    I am thankful for the Compassion Organization for what it does for so many children around the world and what it has taught me about how “a little means a lot.” I am Thankful for my sponsored child, Oliver who I have seen grow from four years to six years. I am looking forward to sponsoring him all the way through high school and college if he desires. I am also looking forward to one day meeting Oliver as he is more grateful than anyone I have ever met. Keep up the great work COMPASSION! What you are doing and have done is nothing less than AMAZING!

  23. Aaron David Ruiz November 28, 2020

    I am so thankful that our Daddy, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, remembers us, and when we come to His table, we get to remember how He gave Himself for us, the greatest gift of all. We have forgiveness and eternal life through His perfect love that casts out all fear! Yay God! 🙂

  24. Jean C Welsh November 27, 2020

    I am thankful that we were able to keep working even though there’s a pandemic. I’m thankful that my family is healthy. I’m grateful for our nurses and doctors and police officers that keep law and order and keep us healthy. God is loving and merciful, Praise be to God! Thank you Compassion for all you do for the children in your care.

  25. Sandy Collie November 27, 2020

    I am thankful for Compassion and all its work. My granddaughter has been writing the most marvelous letters to the child we both pray for and write. It has been so very special to share in this journey of friendship and support.

  26. Grace Esimai November 27, 2020

    I thank God for the opportunity to be part of compassion.

  27. Lyle Salzman November 27, 2020

    Praise God for compassion I support 2 children Lucerito Perez in Peru and Jacksary Silva in near Managua Nicaragua. I will never be able to praise them enough for all they do for children and families

  28. Dan November 27, 2020

    We are thankful for all of you who serve these children. We are thankful for the reminder of what matters as we see their joy. We’re thankful for the love of God and that he has such kindness towards us. Much care to you. May the peace of Christ guard your hearts.

  29. Luis & Damaris G November 27, 2020

    * God gives, we share *

    We are investors of the things God’s placed in our charge. Decide “essential vs want” and let’s continue to invest in the less fortunate, not just ourselves. We can be liberated from the temptations of the “things” we see every day. Churn it all day and it never turns into butter! lol

  30. Kelly D Rende November 27, 2020

    I am thankful that I found Compassion International and have been made a member of this wonderful world-wide family. I am thankful for my family, my children, God’s unconditiona love, and the opportunity we’ve had to connect with two other families across the globe through sponsorship with Compassion International.

  31. Shawn Gillham November 27, 2020

    I am thankful that God instilled in my heart love, generosity, and compassion for others no matter what the situation. Thank you Lord for enabling me to help.

  32. Cathy Hoelzer November 27, 2020

    Thankful to have sponsored one child till she is shed the program and now sponsoring another who waited for so long. May God continue to bless and provide abundantly for these dear children.

  33. Roseann zawisza November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for knowing Jesus. For the many blessings that he has given us. Good health, family, friends, a job and a grateful heart!

  34. Kim Bray November 26, 2020

    I am so blessed and thankful for Justin, Dania, Esmeralda, and Jonathan. I pray for the precious children everyday. My hope is someday to come to Ecuador and meet each of them. Compassion International is a wonderful organization and I highly recommend them to anyone interesting in this ministry.

  35. Edward Kiger November 26, 2020

    I am so thankful that the Lord God has carried me and my family through the pandemic and He has blessed me and kept me working so I can continue to bless others and spread the Love of Jesus .

    I do support other missions and Christian orphanages too.

    God bless you all for your work.

  36. Peter November 26, 2020

    I am grateful to wake up with a pulse, live through a day, then go to sleep at night, and then to be able to repeat the process. And I am grateful for the lives of the children I sponsor, and for their ability to do the same.

  37. Violeta Salar November 26, 2020

    I am so thankful to God for the gift of Jesus!
    In Him all our needs are met: spiritual, emotional, physical, financial…
    I am so thankful for the gift of His sweet Holy Spirit, our Comforter in these troubled times.
    So thankful for my husband, for our loved ones… for the opportunity to sponsor children through Compassion.
    Thank you Compassion for everything you do for children in the Name of Jesus!

  38. Shirley Gilley November 26, 2020

    I am thankful and in awe of how God sees each and every person wherever they are in the world and that He cares so deeply He takes the trouble to speak to us about each other! He is working. Praise the Lord!

  39. Lorne Schmidt November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for the gospel of God. After we all fell and were declared sinners by that first sin of Adam God planned the way of salvation in Jesus Christ His Son s birth, death, burial and resurrection that all those who repent of their sin and believe in Jesus who died on the cross for our sin as their Savior from sin will be saved to eternal life. God will you save all our sponsor children by taking them out darkness and put them into the kingdom of Your dear Son and make them a light to placard the gospel in their communities.

  40. Jan Nickerson November 26, 2020

    I am so thankful that compassion came to my church over five years ago now. I had the privilege of picking a child to sponsor. It has been so rewarding to see her grow up both in body but also in the spirit of God. I just love getting letters from her and hearing how she’s doing. God is so good and faithful. He provides for me what I need, and also what I need to send to provide for my sponsored child. I am so blessed by this experience. To God be the glory!

  41. Arnold Family November 26, 2020

    We are so thankful for our family and friends. Throughout the pandemic we have felt lonely and isolated but the joy of seeing friends and family, even from a distance, has been a blessing beyond words. God is Good!

  42. Kerry November 26, 2020

    I am so Thankful for The Lord and all of His provision for my family and I! I am also so Thankful that our family is able to partner with Compassion to provide for the needs of so many children around the world! It has been a pleasure to give to Compassion! Thank you! God Bless!

    Sincerely,
    The Furst family

  43. Linda & Bob November 26, 2020

    I thank God for enabling my husband and I to help support a very special boy and his family. The smiles and laughter of children makes this world a very special place. May God continue to bless them all.

  44. Nicole Sage November 26, 2020

    Although, I have had major challenges of my own this year, I thank God for providing the funds for me to continue being a blessing to my sponsor child. I have enjoyed every bit of being apart of the Compassion family and pray that God will increase support for this organization in this next year. God bless!

  45. Leriza M. November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for all the blessings our God has given me…my life, my health, and my family! I am also thankful to be part of Compassion and my sponsor child’s life in Indonesia. God is good, all the time!!

  46. Terry Danner November 26, 2020

    As a sponsor of a child through Compassion, I am so thankful that God has provided us the resources to provide the physical blessings to this child, but more importantly to introduce him to our Lord and Savior. We may never meet on this earth but look forward to a grand introduction in Heaven

  47. Kathy K November 26, 2020

    This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my family, my church and my many blessings. I am also grateful to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon me to be able to sponsor a Compassion child. The work Compassion does throughout the world is phenomenal… God is so good!

  48. Bob November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for God’s love and grace.

  49. Joy November 26, 2020

    I am so lucky to sponsor a beautiful girl named Fatima. Her picture brings me such joy. I am thankful Compassion is in the field and continues to help its sponsored children during this pandemic. I am also thankful Compassion allows sponsors to provide monetary gifts to the families of these children. Compassion International and these children are such a blessing to me.

  50. Susan Erickson November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for all the blessings that God has provided for me and grateful that I can participate in this program and help others around the world who have so little. I love my sponsored child and watching her grown into a young lady. One day I hope to visit her.

  51. Emma Nyampong November 26, 2020

    I’m very thankful for being part of this amazing organization and also to God for being able to provide as much as I can. Grateful to see the smiles and happiness on the face of the children.

  52. Frances November 26, 2020

    I’m thankful to Compassion for keeping me updated. I can’t write because of arthritis in my hands so my children don’t get letters from me. But I love hearing from them. Telling me what they are doing. And pictures of what they bought with birthday money. It’s interesting to see their selection. I’m praying for them

  53. David Pearce November 26, 2020

    I’m thankful for Christ’s saving power and the fact the Bible tells us God had ordained our lives before we were born. He said he will never leave us or forsake us. In spite of all the problems we face we have Hope that whether we live or die we are His. Consequently we can have a joyful life that surpasses human understanding.

  54. Chris Lazenby November 26, 2020

    I am thankful eternal life (John 17:3) and for being able to be any part of His work in the world.

  55. Forrest Burton November 26, 2020

    Happy there are organizations out there working to help others. I am grateful to serve others and feel it is my moral duty to do so.

  56. Nicole November 26, 2020

    I am so grateful to God that we can partner with compassion to
    spread the love of Jesus all around the world. My six kids here in the U.S. are
    also able to learn what compassion means by sponsoring their own child!! Thank you!!!!

  57. Susan November 26, 2020

    I am so thankful for the compassion program, giving us the opportunity to help these beautiful children.

  58. Kathy Jackson November 26, 2020

    I give thanks and praise to The Lord, for His love and care that He shows through the hearts of others and I am grateful to be a part of those who give to be a blessing in the life of someone who is truly special to The Lord and me.

  59. Ken Palka November 26, 2020

    I am Thankful for Jesus’ love!
    I am thankful for my sponsored child, Angela.
    I am thankful for Compassion.
    I am thankful for family, and friends.
    I pray everyone has a peaceful and very happy day!
    Blessings,
    In HIS Name
    Ken Palka

  60. Robert November 26, 2020

    I am thankful for Jesus Christ dying from me on the cross and wiping away my sins I am also thankful for Compassion

  61. Darlene November 26, 2020

    I’m Thankful this day, and everyday that we get to sponsor Katherine a beautiful little girl who lives in El Salvador. God has brought Katherine to me even though the odds of ever meeting her only through letters and photo’s she’s a gift from God and I GIVE THANKS! Our Father places opportunities before us we just have to take action, and I’m Thankful that i did.
    Thankful Everyday 🙌🏻❤

  62. Verna Moore November 26, 2020

    I thank the Lord for all his many blessings on my life and my family which includes my sponsored child I’m also thankful to compassion which does so much in the life of so many where would so many be without you I’m thankful for each and every one of you and for every sponsorer in this program my heart rejoiced when I watched the video I’m thankful for God’s goodness every minute of every day we are still here through this pandemic God has a plan for us all.

  63. Debbie Benfield November 26, 2020

    I am so thankful to our Gracious Lord for a chance to share Him and his love and compassion with my Compassion child Yaw and his family in Ghana. It is a blessing to know that even though I have had struggles myself I can make a difference for someone else!

  64. Jim McGregor November 26, 2020

    Thank you for the ability to make a difference in our special child’s life! Thanks to our Lord for Compassion and all that they do in His name to win souls for Him.

  65. Katie Davison November 26, 2020

    We are so thankful for Compassion and the people! All of us will help you from wherever you are and I am. Ryan I am A Kid. And We Will.

    Ryan
    age 6 (almost 7 😉)

  66. Keitha Lindsey November 26, 2020

    I have been blessed in every way and I am so thankful for that.. Nothing blesses me more than helping others. I am thankful for my family and friends, for the abundance of love that I receive each day from God, and for my child in Ethiopia. I constantly think of her and wish that I could do more than support her financially. Those gifts limit me. I pray that God’s love and protection will sustain the children during this global pandemic. Thanks to the Frontline workers of Compassion International for watching the families in need.

  67. Andrea Henderson November 26, 2020

    THANK YOU! I am thank to God to be able help a child have a better quality of life. The video was heart-warming. May GOD keep you healthy, safe, happy, whole, and protected in Jesus’ name! LOVE YOU ALL!💗

  68. Crystal Hill November 26, 2020

    I am grateful for an opportunity to serve God any way that i can to help others in need.

  69. Eunice Njeru November 26, 2020

    I thank God for the gift of life, divine health and everyday’s provision.
    Am very grateful to God that He has blessed me with what I need and what am able to share with others. When I put a smile on somebody’s face, I know God is glorified. Thank you compassion for giving me a platform to be a blessing to a child somewhere. May God enlarge your territories. To every child receiving help today, I thank God for you because you will grow and become helpers in future. Fear not for God loves you. I love you too. Stay blessed of God. Thank you for being my friend.

  70. Joan Allen November 25, 2020

    I praise God for the love and compassion you give to these children and their families. You are truly the hands and feet of Jesus. Bless you

  71. Betty November 25, 2020

    Watching the beautiful video of the children showing their gratitude made me shed a tear, they’re so grateful for so little. Thank you to Compassion International for keeping us sponsors so connected to ‘our’ children through all the emails and information being sent out. It’s truly a blessing being part of this organization and seeing how God’s little children are taken care of with food, medicine, shelter and learning about the love of our Lord Jesus. It was a joy reading all the wonderful comments.

  72. Keith November 25, 2020

    I’m thankful to have the opportunity to give each and every day! God is good, and we are living loving proof.

  73. Brenda Earl November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for the health and love of family and friends. Like many others life has been a struggle for me, but when I see the smiles from the children in the video it gives me great joy! I am thankful for the opportunity to sponsor a child. God is great! I trust and pray that the New Year will bring happiness to all the children! God Bless!

  74. Wendy Carr November 25, 2020

    Grateful that God has provided for us so that we are able to provide for Ani. So grateful for Compassion staff who share the love of Jesus with the children and their families.

  75. Jonathan Crumley November 25, 2020

    I thank God for Damaris Salmai and Genesis Sarai, our Compassion girls! Through their lives via their letters, I have learned many things that Bible College or some pastor could never teach me. These girls are a true blessing. Here I am paying money every month and giving the maximum on each gift, but who is really receiving the blessings? And, I thought I was blessing them. God is good all the time! I love my girls…..they are not mine but you know what I mean!

  76. Josh Brooks November 25, 2020

    God has blessed our family beyond anything we could deserve and we are overwhelmed by the opportunity to be able to help a young man half way around the world. Thank you Compassion International for all that you do. We are so thankful all of our blessings.

  77. Joel & Katy Reeves November 25, 2020

    Grateful for this ministry this year seemed too good to be true but it’s really not they help the extreme poor around the world im so glad i can help the people of Haiti in a small way directly.

  78. Brenda R Hockenhull November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that the Lord reminded me that he is always watching over my finances, and by giving up trips to Starbucks coffee shop, I had extra money that could be used to sponsor a child in poverty. While the money may seem very little by America’s standards, I know it helps Emely’s family greatly in Ecuador. Thank you Emely for putting a smile on my face every time I think of you.

  79. Diane, Luke, and Josie Simonson November 25, 2020

    We are grateful for the whole world and the blessings that God has given us.

  80. Mike and Cathy Paar November 25, 2020

    We are thankful that we can make a small contribution to the work that Compassion does around the world and that we have been able to provide a little extra for the child that we sponsor.

  81. Diane, Luke, and Josie Simonson November 25, 2020

    We are thankful for the whole world and the things that God has blessed us with. We are thankful for health and family and God’s grace.

  82. Bonnie Morehead November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that God has blessed me to be able to help “the least of these” and share the blessing He has given me to honor and do it unto Jesus Christ. What a joy to share the love of Christ with dear little ones all over the world

  83. Steven Williamson November 25, 2020

    I am glad that the lord blessed me enough to be a blessing. and as he prospers me I will bless more children and their families as well as your ministry.that is my commitment to you.

  84. Gwendolyn November 25, 2020

    Thankful to be reaching my sponsored child in Uganda and to be making a difference in the life of one who in turn will reach many, in Jesus name.

  85. Robert November 25, 2020

    I am Thankful that the Lord is faithful and that he provides for his children. The Lord has hit me over the head when I needed to sponsor a child. I love hearing from my sponsored kids. I wait in anticipation for letters and word from them.

  86. Tammy Dunn November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for all the people that care. Gives me hope for the future of all. I am so thankful that the Lord has made it possible for my family to continue to support Winnie. I pray that she and her family have enough to eat and are staying safe during this pandemic. God bless you all!

  87. Coretha Rozendaal November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for Jesus Christ who came to this earth to save me from all my sins!
    I am also thankful for Compassion who gave me the opportunity to better the lives of my sponsored children. I am so glad that they are grateful and I am allowed to help them know Jesus.

  88. Lisa November 25, 2020

    I just signed back up with compassion after many years and I look forward to seeing what God will do in my child’s life!

  89. Tabitha November 25, 2020

    I am thankful to be a part of Compassion. Seeing Terten’s drawings on my fridge have kept me grounded and given me hope through this challenging year. I am thankful that I have always been supported by God, so that I may continue giving even after losing my job during COVID. I am most thankful of all for meeting Terten, and seeing him grow. It has made me realize how truly blessed I am.

  90. Bredell November 25, 2020

    During Covid, I was blessed with the opportunity to continue working but from home. While at home, I decided to attend College so I had to cut my hours at work. There were expenses I had to cut out but Compassion International decided to keep. I am grateful to partner with God by sponsoring a child in Tanzania during a world pandemic. God has shown me through every circumstances. He is a God who see us.

  91. Mark November 25, 2020

    Thankful for the day to day work of Compassion to allow the wonderful support and care of children around the world. Where would these children be without Compassion?

  92. Michael T Glenn November 25, 2020

    To help a beautiful and special child with basic necessities, to let her know that she is known and loved by a family halfway around the world, and to add voice that Jesus loves her.

  93. Katherine Davis November 25, 2020

    We are thankful that the Lord has blessed us with the means to support Compassion children and also opened our eyes to that need. I pray that the monthly support will not only help with physical needs but also spiritual hunger.

  94. Cynthia Bennis November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for being part of Compassion by supporting a child. Thank you for doing a wonderful and awesome job during this pandemic to keep God’s children secure with food and other needs!
    Cyndy

  95. Chris Powell November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for the children that God has given to the world. I don’t have kids and this is truly a blessing to me, to be a sponsor. We all are God’s stewards of the earth and all that live on it. I want to say thank you to Compassion for what you do. It’s an honor to be a partner in a great cause such as saving a child from going hungry. There are so many people today that raise their kids on the evils of this world. It is our responsibility to continue to show God’s unconditional Love through our letters and sponsorship, so that these little ones can know who He really is, especially during these dark days. I’ve been really blessed to still have a job and be able to continue to support myself. And besides, it’s the children that brings a smile to my face, when I have had a bad day and I see a letter in my mail box. I adore the drawings that they do and it makes me shed a tear of joy. So to all of you that do what you do, THANKS! I pray that you all are greatly rewarded with blessings unheard of. And that this ministry continues to grow until NO child is left hungry or sponsorless. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

  96. Caridad November 25, 2020

    We are thankful that we are able to provide for our sponsor child and her family in Honduras. Also, thankful for God’s salvation! Thank you for all you do to bring HOPE to these precious children. Blessed Thanksgiving!

  97. Joyce Martin November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that the Lord blesses my husband and I with finances so we can help support you through Compassion

  98. I am thankful that I have the ability to help compassion international. You do wonderful work for people all over the world that are in poverty. May God bless you and continue to bless you throughout this difficult time.mike November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that I have the ability to help compassion international. You do wonderful work for people all over the world that are in poverty. May God bless you and continue to bless you throughout this difficult time.

  99. Carrie November 25, 2020

    We are thankful that we are able to provide for our sponsor and her family in Honduras. Also, thankful for God’s salvation! Thank you all for what you do to give Hope to these precious children. Blessed Thanksgiving to all of you!

  100. Phyllis Brandt November 25, 2020

    Compassion International is the real heroe. I thank God for this organization and it humbles me to help in a small way. I wish I could help every child… God bless the children.

  101. Thomas Nowak November 25, 2020

    By the Grace of God my work has not been interrupted by the virus, and I have been provided for. Thus, I am able to support our sponsored child and family half -way around the world, and hopefully make life a little more bareable for them. Having Faith in God is the most important thing we can offer to our fellow man, and I am thankful for Compassion Intr’l., making it possible for those in need to be connected to those who want to help! God bless you all.

  102. BARBARA and Don MILLAGE November 25, 2020

    We are so thankful that we are able to be a small part of this wonderful program. We pray the children receive the care they need and grow to know the LORD. We are so thankful to God and is saving grace through our Lord Jesus and pray that all come to know HIM and HIS LOVE.

  103. Janet Scanland November 25, 2020

    I am so thankful that I can support my two children, who are able to receive God’s Word regularly as well as food. May my two children grow in love and strength through the love of Jesus.

  104. Susan C Williamson November 25, 2020

    The videos that you send are like medicine to me, especially of the classrooms and play yards crowded with smiling, laughing children (pre-Covid, of course). I am a second-grade teacher in Los Angeles, and I am separated from my students in a way that is sometimes painful and frustrating. Thank you for lifting my heart with images of shining, glowing, grinning, learning, sweet, cheerful, and loving little faces. I needed that today! It motivates me to keep moving forward.

  105. Kimly White November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for my sponsored child the blessing she is to me. I am so proud of her for how she is growing in the Lord and in her studies. I am also thankful for health and God’s perfect love!

  106. Lee Pinder November 25, 2020

    I am thankful to be able to be a part of Compassion and able to give back to the ones in need! And that it is Christian based and teaching about Christ!
    Thank You!

  107. Debbie Burns November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for my family and friends. Especially my Mom and Dad who are ages 80 and 83. They are always there for me and I thank all of them.

  108. Janette November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that God has blessed me with enough to bless others. I am thankful Compassion and so many other organizations that bless others through peoples gifts. Thankful for life, love and theLord Jesus Christ.

  109. Karen Wells November 25, 2020

    This Thanksgiving I am thankful that our Lord God lead me to Compassion and my special child in Bolivia. What a blessing! When you are a child of God nothing happens by chance, it is all part of his plan. Thank you and God bless all of you for what you do for the children and their families all over the world!

  110. Teresa Martin November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for the ability to be a part of this. I’m thankful Compassions exists and organizes this. May God bless those who give to these children and thankful to see their smiles!

  111. Sonja Kurtz November 25, 2020

    I am so thankful that I am able to help and that they come to know the the love of the Lord through Jesus

  112. Nancy Wolfe November 25, 2020

    I am very Thankful for Compassion, as these kids would not have a prayer of Hope without you.. the tiny part I do to sponsor a child is nothing compared to the Greatness that Compassion does for us and them. God Bless you All..

  113. Rayo P. Daroowalla November 25, 2020

    I am thankful to God for giving us His Son, who brought all of us together as one, so that we can share His love and support for each other no matter who we are, where we are and what we have.
    In the body of Christ, we are One.

  114. Veronica Simao November 25, 2020

    I’m thankful for God’s goodness, His faithfulness in every circumstance and for His unconditional love. So thankful to see these precious little ones and their beautiful smiles. Thank you Compassion for all you do in the name of Jesus. 🙏🏼☝🏼❤️

  115. Jerri November 25, 2020

    I’m thankful that by God’s will and grace I’m able to send love and support to a child and his family through Compassion! I’m thankful for the many others who are doing the same for children.

  116. Jim and Dee Wheeler November 25, 2020

    God is great, God is good. God loves us all. We need to remember that.

  117. Cindy Wendling November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that God has always provided for me and through his love I can help others. It’s truly a blessing to know and feel Gods love for me in this pandemic and for all my life in the good and bad .

  118. Louise November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that Compassion allows me and others to participate in bringing Christ and hope to so many children and their families around this world.

  119. Billy Martin November 25, 2020

    I am thankful for Jesus Christ and His love for all these children, for those that are there each day in their lives to nourish them spiritually, physically, emotionally.

    I am thankful for A K (my sponsored child) and her smile and that she is a part of my life.

  120. Mark Anthony Grubb November 25, 2020

    I am so grateful and thankful for my opportunity to help feed both body and soul of the children. I am so thankful for the labor of love that is shown by the Compassion staff and field workers. Starting this program gave every generation hope and a discovery of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  121. William November 25, 2020

    The pictures of the children in the video are heartwarming!

  122. William November 25, 2020

    The pictures of the little children in the video are heartwarming.

  123. Debbie November 25, 2020

    I’m thankful for the hope that Compassion offers. I’m thankful to have a small part in that hope. I’m thankful for a program that reaches out to the vulnerable with the love of Christ.

  124. Julie Richardt November 25, 2020

    It is I who am thankful that I have the ability now to help someone else and give back. I have also lived in poverty and people helped my children and I through it. Now to be able to give back to others is a blessing!

  125. Oluwatoyosi Olusanya November 25, 2020

    I’m thankful for an organization like compassion international and all the staff who work there for always making lost, vulnerable children and their families a priority. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children I sponsor. God bless you all.

  126. Tammy Farley November 25, 2020

    I am very thankful to be able to make a difference in my sponsored child’s life. It makes me feel so blessed to know that I am giving them love,joy and hope.

  127. Kenneth Hadler November 25, 2020

    I am thankful that I am able to sponsor my Compassion Child. And through this child I am able to learn more about life in another part of the world. I am also thankful that my child and I can correspond through letters which help me see how she is growing and learning, especially learning the love of Jesus.

  128. Lisa Rabold November 25, 2020

    I’m forever thankful for The Church all around the world- offering hope and help like no other group of humans. In Jesus’ Name!

  129. Kathy Howard November 25, 2020

    I am so thankful for the compassion international program and the work they do. I am thankful to my Lord Jesus Christ for the life He so willingly gave for each of us to have eternal life in Him. God bless you all.

  130. Jackie Rohrick November 25, 2020

    May God continue to bless ALL his precious children around the world!✝️✝️✝️ WE LOVE YOU!!!

  131. David Mack November 25, 2020

    Love is alive and well!!!

  132. Cheryl November 24, 2020

    I am so thankful for Compassion and how they are helping us help the most vulnerable both physically and spiritually. I am also so thankful for our sponsor child! Thank you Jesus!

  133. Miranda Keller November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for God’s provision. He has placed each and every one of us where we are at for a reason. I am thankful for family, a home, a job, friends, health…the list could go on and on. ❤

  134. Kathleen Haney November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for how God has moved in the hearts of sponsors everywhere to want to make a difference in the lives of the children they sponsor by giving them the love and compassion that God continually gives to us.

  135. JaLynn Smith November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for the Compassion Sponsorship Program. Without all the dedicated individuals who work to make this happen, these families may have never known God’s heart and the ways in which he pursues his creations.

  136. Louisa Guzman November 24, 2020

    So very thankful that God provided for me this year so that I can provide for my sponsored child!

  137. Robin McClenny Ayers November 24, 2020

    I’m thankful for my health and family. I’m also thankful for my job that helps me support my family and allows me to sponsor children through Compassion so that they will know God’s love for all his children.

  138. Sheryl November 24, 2020

    I am grateful that I am able to sponsor a Compassion Child. The letters bring me much joy! The letters help me to realize how truly blessed that I am.

  139. Kay Dahlman November 24, 2020

    I am also very grateful for the opportunity to partner with compassion. For the children and families that we help as they also help us as well. I am grateful that compassion and their partners are growing the family of God and His kingdom , while also helping with the physical needs of children and their families here on earth.

  140. Christina Talbott November 24, 2020

    I praise God that I am in a financial position that enables me to be able to sponsor my child!

  141. Jack Peterson November 24, 2020

    I’m grateful for my sponsor kids. They bring joy to me, and I learn from them…how to see more clearly through their eyes. My BEST days, are when I get letters!

  142. Deborah Meyer November 24, 2020

    I am so thankful for compassion international! I am thankful for what God does through them, and without them we never would have known the four children we sponsor, Who have now become our children and have blessed our lives immensely! I am thankful and in awe of how God provides for us to support them in the ways he has.

  143. Scott W Trotter November 24, 2020

    Still, Jesus’ love compassion mercy and grace is number one.

  144. Priscilla Frantz November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for organizations like Compassion that help children and their families around the world! God bless you!

  145. Scott November 24, 2020

    Thank you so much for your efforts and praise be to Jesus who has allowed me to be part of it!

  146. Kari Uhlman November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for clean water. Only 8% of the world’s population has clean water.

  147. Sheila Essink November 24, 2020

    I am thankful that we can sponsor our Compassion child, pray for him and his family and trust the Lord that He is watching over him.

  148. Angela November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for God and Jesus and providing me so I can help others and work safely at home

  149. Damon Shattuck November 24, 2020

    I’m thankful for Compassion International and other organizations that care for the poor and needy around the world.

  150. Lillian J Miller November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for the blessings God bestows upon me to be able to share His love with the family in which He led to help. I am thankful for God’s love, my Compassion family and I am thankful for my own family. God bless you all!!

  151. Joanne November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for being able to give to others and for my family. I am thankful for God’s love for us all.

  152. Elva November 24, 2020

    I am thankful for God’s family of Believers all over the world who faithfully give of their service, gifts, and talents by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in very tangible ways; And the people who also believe because of it.

    To God, I Am Grateful for Everything And All That He Is.❤

  153. Angela Ford November 24, 2020

    I am so blessed for organizations like this that helps people know about God’s love and truly cares for children living in poverty. Thank you for all you do!

  154. Wayne Epperson November 24, 2020

    We thank God for his blessings to us and the ability to to support the 4 children we do. We pray daily for these families. We are also praying for the workers of compassion.

  155. Kathleen Satterfield November 24, 2020

    The video of the beautiful children makes me smile and I give thanks to God that I can help in this incredible ministry. God bless everyone for the work they do to help these families. It brings joy and Thanksgiving to my ❤.

  156. Jenny Lesley November 23, 2020

    I signed up to sponsor a child in the end of June this year and in July my full time job got cut to part time. I continued to give to Compassion to support my sponsored child Yordanos. I am grateful and thankful to be able to sponsor her because I have no children of my own. So this is someone God has given me. Thankfully I was able to go back to work full time around Halloween and so I have been able to send a family gift to Yordanos family. It is important to me that she grows up happy and healthy and knowing Jesus. I pray for her to be a strong woman of God someday and a powerful force in Ethiopia. I am grateful and thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Compassion community. That is what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. Please give Yordanos a special hug for me when it is safe to do so.

  157. Theresa Palomares November 23, 2020

    Thank you for sharing the video, it warms my heart to see the children smiling. I’m thankful that I am able to continue my support to my compassion child. I’m thankful to all of you at Compassion for everything you do and the continued love and support you give to families every single day.

  158. Rich Bender November 22, 2020

    The video expressing these kids feelings around the world was wonderful. They are happy even in times of hardship like dealing with the Corona Virus. I loved the expressions on each of the kids faces. They truly show the love of God by their feelings and signs of joy.

  159. Suzette November 21, 2020

    Though my husband lost his job in April due to the pandemic, I am so thankful and grateful to God that He has continued to provide for us, and that we were able to keep our sponsorship going of a precious little soul in the Philippines. In this life we may never met her, but I look forward to the day I see her and her mother in heaven! His provision continues as my husband will start working at a new job in December. Thank You, Jesus!

  160. Betsy Rothrock November 21, 2020

    I am so thankful for my Bolivian Compassion daughter. She has the same name as my late mother so that is an extra special connection that I feel with her! I thank God everyday for blessing me with my home and the financial means that I am able to share with the Compassion ministry. I grew up in the Amazon jungles of Peru so I know the poverty that these children live in. I am grateful that God laid it on my heart to give to make life better for someone else .

  161. Gina Andreano November 21, 2020

    What an absolutely beautiful video!! Thank YOU so much for sending it. I’m happy and so grateful that I can help.
    Please send my child Shyaka and his family tons and tons of love & light!!

    The same to all of you that assist in making this program great!

    Blessings.
    Gina Andreano

  162. Terri November 21, 2020

    I am thankful that the Lord has walked with us through this very difficult year. It has been one of the most challenging years in every way, but God is with us and is truly the God of all comfort.

  163. Jan November 21, 2020

    I’m thankful that our family has been well and that my husband and I find joy in each day. I thank God for the beauty of nature that restores my soul.

  164. Brenda Hicks November 21, 2020

    Thank you for sharing the video and allowing us to see what wonderful work Compassion International is doing for the families in need. May God continue to bless this amazing ministry!!

  165. Sharon Goss November 21, 2020

    The video of the children saying Thank You was precious! They obviously are greatfull! God Bless the little ones. I love seeing updates, writing letters, and reaching out each month financially.

  166. Amber Kindsvogel November 20, 2020

    I’m so thankful for Gihozo & her family that they are doing well during the pandemic. I ask God to bless them always & her brother and fiancé who are getting married. I am always thankful for my family & friends and how supportive they have been throughout this year. Finally, I am thankful for Compassion International & all you do for these children & families around the world. God bless you all!

  167. Elizabeth November 20, 2020

    I love getting letters from my two children, Dayi and Noel. I am deeply grateful to them for their prayers. I will always be grateful to Compassion for bringing us together.

  168. Linda November 20, 2020

    Thank you for the heartwarming video of the children; that was so special. I praise God that His love and faithfulness enables me to sponsor two children. Compassion is a wonderful ministry, and so thankful for the all the workers to make this possible!

  169. Jerry November 20, 2020

    We have been so blessed it’s a sin not to support to worthy causes like Compassion.
    Thankful to have a small part.

  170. Suzanne Gash November 20, 2020

    I love the video. I am thankful that I can sponsor a child. God is good!

  171. Evangeline November 20, 2020

    I am thankful for the many blessings that God has given to me and my family. I am grateful that I have been blessed to be able to continue working during the pandemic and that my family and I have remained safe from it all. I am most grateful that I have been able to continue being a blessing to Ekoue and his family. It is good to know that my giving is always appreciated. I pray you and your family continue to remain safe during this pandemic. Evangeline

  172. Janet Maines November 20, 2020

    I am thankful that through 2020 I have once again experienced God’s faithfulness to provide in every way. I have grown utterly dependent on Him for every little thing and our relationship has grown so intimate in the process. I have learned to trust Him more and myself much, much less. That’s a big one for me!

  173. Susan Kunar November 20, 2020

    I am grateful to be used by God to help a child in need. I am blessed to live in America and I am blessed to be able to give back. Glory to God for Compassion and your work around the world.

  174. Carol Ann Reiff November 20, 2020

    How fun to hear your voice And see your smiling faces.

  175. Reginald Harrison November 20, 2020

    It’s wonderful to know how hard and dedicated the Compassion staff are towards the the families in need. Whether it’s through teaching, building, prayer or counseling.
    It’s certainly been a blessing for us to give. We pray that God will continue to use us and many others to be a blessing in the coming year.

  176. Barbara Gerber November 20, 2020

    So thankful for all that God has given me. Also, for the chance to get to know my compassion child! God is truly awesome!

  177. Pandora Irwin November 20, 2020

    I am thankful to Compassion for connecting me with the children who need some help. I am thankful for all the staff who do the work. I am thankful to God for giving to me so that I can share with others. I am thankful for God’s mercy and love that makes itself known to all of us who are now a family because of Compassion and Jesus Christ.

  178. Darcel Fode November 20, 2020

    Giving to children and their families in poverty stricken countries, has been the most rewarding experience in my life. Altho I really can’t afford it, my heart is warmed realizing the difference this money makes in their lives. Thank you for running a program that I can trust, to help those in great need. God bless, A sponsor Mother

  179. Jennifer Yarbrough November 20, 2020

    Love the video and seeing these children being blessed by compassion international. I am so thankful that God provides so that we can give to our sponsered child.

  180. Amy November 20, 2020

    I m thankful to share my abundance with children and families in need

  181. Lisa McCljng November 20, 2020

    I’m thankful for God’s grace and my family.

  182. Gary Rasmussen November 20, 2020

    Thank you for the video of the children all saying thank you in their native language. It was heartwarming.

  183. Lynne Flack November 20, 2020

    I am thankful that I am able to sponsor a precious child in Uganda and help her family. God is good. He has blessed me in so many ways. And I am blessed to share his love with others!

  184. Theresa November 20, 2020

    Provision, support and quality of life.

  185. Dave Braden November 20, 2020

    I am thankful that I am able to work and most of all that God has blessed me with the most wonderful and caring wife.

  186. Ronnie Scott Dailey November 20, 2020

    During the pandemic, I lost my income for 4 months. My wife and I continued to give to compassion. We have been greatly blessed during this time. Other forms of work came to me and we have never been in need or missed paying a bill. I hope to always be able to give to support Compassion!Scott

    1. Kaye-Lin November 20, 2020

      Hi Scott. I am sorry to hear that you were impacted by the global pandemic. We have been so blessed by your faithful and continuous support. Thank you for all that you do!

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