Jimmy

I’ve been sponsoring a girl and boy in Kenya for some time now, and we finally had a chance to visit them this summer.  It was truly an amazing and memorable trip!  One of the bonuses of this excursion was getting to see my dear friend, Jimmy Wambua, again.  He’s a formerly sponsored Compassion child and he graciously invited us to stay in his home in Nairobi.

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Jimmy was a member of Compassion’s Leadership Development Program.  After completing high school and college, he attended Moody Bible College as well, and then returned to Kenya to make a difference in many unique ways.  It was a pleasure to see him again and to hear of his dreams for his own people.

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Sarah and Chris had fun hanging out with him, too.

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We were privileged to taste some real home-cooked, Kenyan food:

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As Jimmy talked about his own sponsor, and about becoming an orphan at an early age, I couldn’t help but wonder where he would be today if he hadn’t been given the opportunity to have an education, meals, immunizations and discipleship.  Sponsorship truly changed his life!

Here is a video that tells Jimmy’s powerful story:

Mentors for Children

Here is one more video of Compassion alumni, related to the people that became mentors for them when they were children. I love this video!  Take a look at it now — I guarantee it will cause you to smile and giggle a bit!

Sponsor Letters Matter

Here is a really fun video from Compassion that features several formerly sponsored children — we call them “alumni” of the sponsorship program.  You will find this very interesting, as they talk about how much their sponsor letters meant to them.  Sponsor letters matter!

If you have not written your child for a while, please click this link now and don’t put it off another day.

Internship of a Lifetime

What can be more motivating for young people today than learning how to become a leader that makes a difference in the world?  This is what Compassion offers our sponsored children.  But did you know that Compassion offers internships for our own young adults as well?  Take a look at this informative video.

 

To apply for the 2015 internships go to this link:

2015 Internships

The deadline is December 15, 2014

How Can We Avoid Giving?

Here are many links to giving opportunities through Compassion International.  There are so many needs out there; how can we avoid giving when the needs are so great?

Water of Life

Malaria Nets

Critical Needs

Child Survival Program — support babies and mothers

Christmas Gifts to Children

Donate Your Old Phone

The Leadership Devlopment Program — support college students

Online Gift Catlog

Amazon Smile — Choose Compassion to receive a donation every time you shop here

Sponsor a Child Today!

 

Compassion Kids

At the Compassion Experience conference we had a very unique experience.  We were able to Skype with kids in two of our Child Development Centers.

Here are the kids in Burkina Faso.

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For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

Next, we were able to ask questions of the kids, such as “What do you do during the day at the Child Care Center?”   It was wonderful hearing them answer our questions.

If that wasn’t enough, we also got to visit with some kids in Bolivia.

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They were celebrating all the birthdays for June.  They also sang a song for us, shared some Bible verses and answered some questions.  When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” one of them answered, “A dentist, so I can give nice smiles.”  Another said he wanted to be a fire truck driver.  One of the children read from their sponsor letter.  We not only got to hear them sing but we shared a song with them that alternates between two groups — “Alleluia — Gloria a Dios!”  That was really fun.  They taught us actions for some of the songs.  What a wonderful treat!

Not only this, but we had a formerly sponsored child for our guest speaker — Satish Kumar of India.

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His story of hardship and heartache was very compelling, and to hear about Compassion’s ministry and support in his life.  When he lost his father to suicide and his home to a fire (as his father committed suicide) Compassion came forward with food, clothing, and a new roof on the burnt home.  It was very sad to hear that his sponsors only wrote him twice in 14 years, and never sent a photo.  But for all those years they had no idea of the impact their sponsorship was making in his life.

He qualified for Compassion’s Leadership Development Program and completed a degree in Business Management.  Now he sponsors a child from Sri Lanka and he writes her a lot.  Hope is what he is giving her!  I’m so thankful for Satish’s life and for the fact that he’s sharing his story with many others and calling people to sponsor kids.

If you’d like to sponsor a child — please click here or in the graphic in the sidebar.  You have no idea how much of a difference it can make for a child in need!

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Meeting Satish

Today I’m headed to Colorado Springs for the Experience Compassion Conference.  I’m so excited to see my friends and to hear great speakers.  The highlight of the weekend will be meeting Satish, formerly sponsored child from India.  Take a look at this video to hear the story from Satish himself: