Here are some of the best recent blog posts from Compassion. These specifically mention letter-writing, a crucial component of child sponsorship.
Some hymn lyrics immediately take me back to my childhood, standing beside my parents in worship services. I didn’t understand half of the words, such as “do dwell,” but it’s interesting to note that these lyrics go way back to the 16th century. It’s fascinating to me to imagine our pilgrim ancestors singing these very words as they crossed the ocean, most likely. Here are two different versions of the song.
All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord with cheerful voice. Serve Him with joy, His praises tell, come now before Him and rejoice! — William Kethe
All people that on earth do dwell, sing to the Lord will cheerful voice. Him serve with mirth, Hi praise forth tell. Come ye before Him and rejoice. — William Kethe
Another hymn that I recall from my childhood, of course, is the Doxology, or “Old 100th,” written in the 17th century:
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. — Thomas Ken
But my favorite hymn as a child was this one from the 20th century:
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears, all nature sings and ’round me rings the music of the spheres. This is my Father’s world! I rest me in the thought of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought. — Maltbie D. Babcock
Here is a fun video from Compassion about a special athlete in Burkina Faso. What a wonderful story this is!
Here is a story from Rwanda, about sponsorship and friendship. Like he says in the video, sponsorship affects the sponsor as well as the child.
This is a very compelling story about Angelyn, whose life was nearly destroyed by drugs. Listen to her carefully, and see if you might want to sponsor a child like her, to give hope and a future.