One of the churches in Amsterdam–“Westerkerk“– was important for me to see because of its proximity to the Anne Frank House.  It was built between 1619-1631 as a Reformed church.

One of my favorite things about this church is the fact that is has a carillon (a musical instrument of bells) such as the one  that I played at the University of Kansas.  Anne Frank spoke often in her diary about the comfort of the bells from that tower, while her family was hiding there during World War II.

Anne also spoke of seeing the tower and clock from the attic of the annex they hid in.  I can see why this tower and its music and keeping of time would be such a comfort for them.  It’s extremely painful to me, to think that Anne was not able to walk out onto these streets, ride her bike, or have the freedom and happy life she should’ve had, which was taken from her by the Nazi occupation and Holocaust.  Next week I’ll share about our tour of the Anne Frank hiding home.

We were able to take a quick peek inside the church, and it’s beautiful!  But oh, how much I would love to play its carillon!  You can see an example in the video below — wait for it — you will see a live performance just like I was able to do when I lived near our World War II Carillon in Lawrence, Kansas.  Really special!


A Huge Difference

How much difference can a piece of paper make?  This is the theme of this great video from Compassion Australia.  After you watch the video, please read the notes I have posted below it–updates to the letter-writing process.

  • You can write your child by paper, on your computer, or on our great phone app–all you need to do is download the app and use your online username and password (if you don’t have one yet you can start your online account at compassion.com)
  • Letters are traveling much faster these days, as they are now being sent to and from partner countries electronically
  • Children are generally excited to see any of their friends receive a letter, but of course, are always hoping they will be one of the happy recipients
  • Letters often make the difference to bring a child out of the cycle of poverty, as they can build confidence and hope far beyond the money support
  • Don’t have a child to sponsor yet?  Check out these adorable kids  at compassion.com

Sienna Meets Praise

Here’s a great video from one of our global partners — Compassion Australia.  Friendships in child sponsorship are powerful!


Here’s a big whopping thanks for those who:

  • Have been sponsoring precious children through the years
  • Regularly write your child and encourage them
  • Provide monetary gifts for Christmas and birthdays
  • Pray for children and families
  • Take a vacation to visit your child
  • Encourage friends to do the same