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.

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Gift of Clean Water

What is more critical than the gift of clean water? Maybe you’d like to help a child in need in a special way this summer. This video tells you what Compassion is doing to help these little ones. Here is a link where you can give.

Water Park

Lima has a fantastic water park that is really worth seeing.  We headed there after sunset and were amazed at the fountains and light shows.

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Here is a close-up of the water spouts.

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There was a main show at one time, and they were able to flash certain lights and color sequences onto the cascades of water.

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Even videos of the Peruvian landscape and of children.

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There are dozens of fountains; all very different from one another.  We liked the rainbow effect of this one.

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But this was our favorite.  There are spouts of water set in rings.  The goal is to get to the inside circle without getting wet.  When the water stops (not always the same sequence or anywhere at the same time) you need to step or hop over to the next ring.  Of course, everyone ends up soaked in the end.  It was hilarious to watch, because no one can predict when the water will shoot out or for how long.  Very entertaining!

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Imagine

Imagine trying to outlast a fierce storm from inside a small lean-to, or a small leaky shack. This was the situation for thousands of our children in the Philippines recently.

Now imagine walking around your community following the devastating typhoon. What do you see? Nothing but destruction in every direction. Your own home did not remain standing and all your possessions are gone. Death is all around, too.

You begin to hunger and thirst but there is nothing but seawater. Grocery stores are either gone or have been looted by other desperate people. You wonder how the rest of your family fared but all communication and electricity is down.

You are at the mercy of others that can come in from the outside, bringing food, water, medical supplies and shelter. Please be a part of the helping crowd that is donating to the relief efforts.  You can click below to make your donation.
Help Children Affected by Philippines Typhoon

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day.  Have you ever thought about not having safe water to drink?  Can you imagine having to walk for miles to get water?  Do you realize that thousands of children die every year because of unsafe water?  Take a look at this video.

Final Shopping List

Have you completed your shopping list?  Do you have last minute things to buy, like I do?  Here is mine:

Ham

Turkey

Stocking Stuffers

Oven Mitt

Compassion Gifts

It’s not too late to donate to Compassion’s Gift List.  After all, Christmas is about the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.  And what better way to “gift Him” than to come alongside a small child in need?  To give food, safe water, educational benefits or health care to some of the millions who suffer today?

19,000 children die every day from preventable causes, even on Christmas day.  Every day.  So dig into your pockets and buy this final gift of the year.  It will be the best choice you’ve made on your shopping list, and it will be fun to choose the exact gifts you would like to give, from $10 to $100 or beyond.

In the middle of writing this post I went to the link and started giving.  I’m giving safe water because I saw a “Water of Life” system from Compassion in my child’s home in Haiti when I visited earlier this year.  I was never more thankful to Compassion.

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I’m also giving to the career and entrepreneur projects because I saw young people learning skills they can use for their careers — sewing, welding and computer skills.

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Finally, I’m giving to the LDP department to help develop new leaders for society, because I have seen first-hand how remarkable these young people have been in my own life.

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To make the gifts even more special, I sent them in the names of each of my children, and my husband, and requested e-cards to be sent to them from Compassion to advise them of the gifts in their names.  I only tell you this so YOU will give as well.

You’re going to love giving!  Here is the link to the Christmas Catalog below:

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Tent School

I love this photo of students in Compassion Project #HA-796 in Haiti.  They were all working so hard on their studies but happened to notice me with my camera at the same moment.

They have such beautiful faces.

Remember when I showed you the tent classrooms earlier?  Well, this is how they looked inside — crowded!

I love the way this teacher was perched on the edge of a desk, since he had nowhere else to sit!

I sure wanted to spend more time with these kids, but there just wasn’t time, nor did I want to interfere too much with their lessons.

I got a chuckle out of the quotes on the walls of the playground — Proverbs, Proverbs, Ephesians and George Washington!

Before leaving the child center, I saw something that made me sad.  They told me that the water from this well is not drinkable; it’s full of salt and is not safe for the children to drink.  It can only be used for cooking and cleaning.  They said that to purify this water will cost thousands of dollars.  It isn’t something we think about very much in our country, is it?  Presumably, the child center provides water that is safe for the children to drink, but it would be a big help if this pump could be used as well.  Obviously, this particular child center is in need of safe drinking water and extended space for classrooms, but at least they continue to minister to as many as they can at the present time.  I love this very simple and humble child center and its very precious participants!