Happiness

Compassion’s ministry is helping thousands of mothers, especially young ones, to learn now to care for their new babies.  They’re providing resources, education and supplies that make it possible, literally, for the babies to survive.  This is a really sweet and compelling video you don’t want to miss:

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Lost in Translation

Here’s a great new video from Compassion highlighting the importance of sponsor letters.  Do you ever get goofy statements from your sponsored child that are hard to understand?  This video might help you understand why some words get “Lost in Translation.”

Compassion Links

In addition to hurricanes and fires this has been a summer of huge devastation in many third world countries.  Please continue praying for India, Nepal and Pakistan.  This affects more than 16 million children.  Imagine that!  They really need our prayers and support.  I’ve been especially concerned for two boys I’ve previously corresponded with in India through Compassion’s ministry–Joseph and Subhah.  I’ve been equally concerned for Muuo, the young man I met in Kenya.  I’ve recently heard that his area has been facing a drought and has tried to plant three times, only to fail each time.

Please give to Compassion’s disaster relief here!  Drought relief here!

In addition, nearly every month we hear about flooding in our partner countries:

February — Colombia

March — Peru

May — Kenya

May — Indonesia

June — Bangladesh 

June — Brazil

July — Ghana

August — Togo

August — Thailand

August — Mexico

June, July, August — Colombia

August — Ethiopia

There is one link to give to all these needs — here!

 

Worms

People often ask me what happens to siblings of sponsored children that are not sponsored through Compassion.  My answer is that everyone in the family benefits from the sponsorship, and it’s true.  Families take great joy in reading letters from the sponsor.  The parents are able to attend classes on parenting, nutrition and health.  Children share what they’re learning with others, and often bring food home to siblings.  Sometimes they share what they have with their whole neighborhood, as far as it will go.  I know one young man from Africa who tore up paper and broke pencils in pieces to share with others, since he was the only one in school (besides the teacher) with paper and pencils (due to his sponsorship).  Children in developing countries usually love to share, and they celebrate with those who have special opportunities, such as receiving a letter from their sponsor, attending school, or having access to health care.

But yes, there are many children that are not being sponsored, and families who do not have even one child sponsored.  Does Compassion’s ministry benefit them as well?  Yes, take a look at the following video.  In addition, entire communities benefit from sponsored children who grow up to become leaders in their society–teachers, health professionals, engineers, politicians and more.  Compassion’s ministry has a huge impact on their communities, far beyond what we can even imagine.  Watch to see how this entire community benefited from the Compassion center.

Birthdays

Here is a video from Compassion that talks about birthdays.  Is it possible to sponsor a child on their birthday?  Yes!  At this link you can sponsor a child that is having a birthday today.  Can you sponsor a child that shares your birth date?  Absolutely.  At the same link notice that you can “search for a child” (on the right side) and even choose the date of their birth.  Many people sponsor a child for each of their own children, choosing children that share the exact same birth dates.  How cool is that?  Take a look at this great video:

https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/child-biography.htm?gid=07663895&referer=44026

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

This film features what a difference vocational training makes for our sponsored children. This includes a variety of skills — plumbing, carpentry, cooking, sewing, welding, auto mechanics and technology — to name a few. Please enjoy hearing the wonderful story shared here.

The Least of These

Here is a new video from Compassion featuring four formerly sponsored children.  I met one of them — David — in Colorado Springs last year, and also met Olive earlier.  They’re certainly impressive in what they have already accomplished in their young lives. I’m sure you’ll find their stories to be very moving and powerful in many ways.