Great Compassion Links

Today I have some great links for you to explore from Compassion.  Don’t miss these compelling stories!

When Home is Not Safe

Child and Sponsor Meet–14 Years in Coming

New Updates to the Compassion App

Where Do Children Keep Their Letters From You?

Photos of Compassion Centers from our Partner Countries






Sobering Words

I’m taking a short break from the photos of our trip to Amsterdam.  There are many outstanding quotes from my journals that I’d like to share this week.  First, insightful words from Compassion’s Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region.  I met Edouard Lassegue and his wife years ago when I was in Haiti for the first time; at the time he was the President of Compassion Haiti.

Now he very capably administers, counsels and directs a much larger region.  This man is kind, warm, humble, caring, energetic and especially passionate about helping children in need.  This is his recent update:

I want to thank you for your faithfulness in praying for and supporting Compassion’s work in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Your unwavering commitment in uplifting this region to God’s care is an affirmation of the power and solidarity of the global Church, which I believe is the main reason for the gains the region continues to experience.

Over the past decade, the Latin America and Caribbean Region has seen ongoing progress in many socioeconomic areas.  In fact, today, many economists attest that the majority of the countries in this region have been experiencing modest, but steady annual growth rates.  What’s more, these countries are also seeing declining extreme poverty rates with citizens generally becoming healthier and better educated.

These are encouraging highlights, but regrettably, they represent only half of the present situation.  Today, this region remains the most violent in the world, with one of the highest homicide rates ever.  Most of the clashes involve drug and gang activities, resulting in ruthless and barbaric murders.

Our region also faces natural disasters of all kinds, including flooding, hurricanes and earthquakes.  Haiti, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic continue their recovery efforts from hurricanes and tropical storms, while Mexico focuses on reconstruction from earthquake devastation.  Heavy rainfall in Colombia and Peru have brought about flooding and higher incidents of mosquito-borne illnesses.

But, in the midst of it all, I am so inspired by the dedication and courage of our church partners.  They do not complain; they do not back down.  That is why we count it a distinct privilege to walk alongside them in this vital ministry of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

So please don’t stoop praying for the Latin America and Caribbean Region.  Pray that the Church stays firm in the midst of the violence that surrounds them, serving as an example of Christ’s truth and love.  Pray for the safety of families and children–many of whom face the threat of violence every day in their normal day-to-day activities.  Pray for governments and local branches of authority, that they will “step up” and care for the people they profess to serve.

The troubles of the Latin America and Caribbean Region will not fade by just good intentions.  Real progress and peace will only come through a change of heart and mindset, and as followers of Christ, we know that is the work of the Holy Spirit.

Thank you, again, for your prayerful support.  And may you be encouraged that all things are possible through God — and that includes a transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In the spirit of the triune God, Edouard Lassegue, Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Compassion International

Here is the link for my second visit with Josue, and with his younger brother that I also sponsored later.  If you would like to sponsor a child, click here and you can search a child from Latin America or the Caribbean!


This week I’ve been giving a shout-out to our kids, and now it’s Sarah’s turn.  We always have so much fun together, whether traveling, playing games or just hanging out.

Sarah is an Engineer for NASA, testing space suits and doing other tasks related to the biomechanics of the human body in space.  She also volunteers as a test subject and recently got to wear a space suit herself.  She also did a test which required her to wear 80% of body weight and perform several tasks, which she completed perfectly.  She can solve, fix or invent anything.  Sarah is witty, determined, talented, devoted to the Lord and to her friends and family.  She helped a lot of people recover from Hurricane Harvey, and recently took some inner-city kids camping and kayaking.  She has a heart of gold.  Here are some of my favorites of Sarah:





This week I’m giving a shout-out to our kids and today I feature Chris.  I’m so proud of him; what an impressive young man he is in every way.

Chris has been a commercial pilot for several years and now has begun working for Atlas, flying 747s all over the world.  This company carries freight and charter passengers including military transport, athletic teams and the occasional celebrity.  Chris is outgoing, fun-loving, and has some hilarious stories to tell.  He loves the outdoors, even being capable enough to summit Denali and reach the Everest base camp.  Chris is about as caring as anyone can be; talented, loyal and absolutely devoted to Christ and to friends.  He’s a great mentor to teenagers and young adults and loves children.  Here are some of my favorites of Chris:


As the new year begins I want to give a shout-out to our kids; I’m so proud of them, and each one keeps me laughing and entertained.

Jeremy is the oldest; he’s a composer and writes and performs amazing musical arrangements of all types.  He’s also been involved in several theatrical productions here (as you’ll see below in some fun pics) and does a great job. I never tire of seeing the interesting characters he portrays and how he captures the audience’s attention with his silly antics.  He loves outdoor activities, especially hiking.  He’s really talented in many areas–art, music, acting and is hilarious to be around because of his quick wit.  Jeremy is reliable and always treats friends and strangers with respect.  Here are some of the classic photos in recent years.




Meaningful Gifts

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