Monday, September 15, 2014

Immediate Sponsor Needed

This is Santhosh.....

TODAY - September 15 - he turns 14 years old.

Santhosh likely has already had a sponsor or two. But for reasons unknown to us, he is now without a sponsor. He's already been waiting more than 6 months. Let's end his wait today - the perfect birthday gift for him. Sure...he won't know about the fact that you sponsored him for several days, but when you write your first letter, you can tell him that you sponsored him on his birthday. How cool would that be?

Not only has he been waiting an awfully long time, he lives in an area of India that is at high risk for child rights violations. Being a teenager, he is in a very vulnerable time of his life and getting a sponsor might be just the boost he needs to stay in school and be successful.

So what do you say? Can you step up and add this young man to your family?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Links...

In case you haven't already run across these in your inbox or blog reading...

pre-order your Compassion gift catalog - HERE

you can watch kids get sponsored in real time - and see how many have been sponsored each day

read about Compassion's response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa - HERE
photo from Compassion

read a Question and Answer article between Jimmy Mellado, Compassion's president and CEO,  
and Dr. Scott Todd, Compassion’s Senior Vice President of Global Advocacy - HERE

learn how to write a letter to your sponsored child from your phone - HERE

Do you have any must see or must read links to share with us? 
If so, tell us about them in the comments!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I'm Doing...

Last week I published a post that featured the song and video by Matthew West called "Do Something". At the end of the post I asked you to share what you would do this month... no one did.

So I'm wondering....what are you doing?

You know the saying, "When it rains it pours".... well that's how this week feels. We aren't quite back to school yet, so we (my girls and I) are doing quite a bit.

Here's what's on our "to-do" list....

write our monthly letters

write Christmas letters to unsponsored kids
I have quite a supply of Christmas paper that I'm going to use up. I plan to write a simple message that I can print out on this paper and then decorate with stickers. This year Compassion is asking for these Christmas cards/letters to be mailed by September 30 (about a month earlier than previous years).

Here is the info Hannah shared about writing to unsponsored children...

"You are welcome to send cards for unsponsored children. Please make the message to each child short as it will not go through the regular translation process.

Cards may be put in their own respective envelopes but please do not seal them. Tucking the flap in would work just fine. You may put several cards in a big manila envelope, or even a box, and address it to:

Compassion International
Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

You do not need a street address. We have our own zip code. It would also be a good idea to put a short note on top saying the cards are for unsponsored children. We would need them by September 30.

You may send as many as you wish. We have quite a few unsponsored children. Your card/note would certainly brighten their holiday. You may also include something small, like a bookmark, in the letter. Bookmarks are sold by the pack at almost any department store or Christian bookstore."

we are visiting our local nursing home and playing our violins for the residents

running a race
On Saturday we are running a race called Cause and Event. We get to choose our cause and half of our registration $ goes to our cause. We chose Compassion and hopefully, all four of us will be running in some capacity. I'm signed up for the 10K, my husband is signed up for the 5K and the girls will run 1 mile.

I tried to set up a fundraising page, but was unsuccessful....I would love to have your support in this endeavor. I regularly run 3 miles several times a week, but signing up for the 10K (6 miles) was a challenge. It's been a couple years since I've run a race. So if you want to donate any amount to Compassion that would be AWESOME. And if you tell me about it, I'll probably run a little faster... you can leave a comment or email me at fiddlejill (at) outlook (dot) com.

So...busy week!

And next week we return to our school studies. So if it's quiet around these parts, now you know why!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What to Write ~ Fruit of the Spirit ~ LOVE

In my last installment of "what to write", I introduced the topic of the Fruit of the Spirit. I thought it would be fun to explore each fruit and dedicate a letter to each one. So first up is LOVE.


How are you? We are well. Do you remember what I talked about in my last letter? I asked you to memorize Galatians 5:22....
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I thought in each of my letters to you, I could share some thoughts about each fruit so today I'll start with the first one...LOVE. What is love?

In 1 John 4:8 it says "God is love", therefore if we are to know what love is, we better know who God is. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus says...
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
I believe we are to love God by giving our lives to Him. By acknowledging we are sinners and are nothing without Him. By thanking Him for dying on the cross and forgiving our sins. By reading the Bible and obeying His commands. By worshiping him with every action, every word and every thought. I also believe we are to love those around us - our family members, our friends, our teachers, even strangers and enemies. We should treat others exactly how we want to be treated....with kindness and respect.

Another Bible verse that helps me understand love is John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This is how much God loves you. He let His only Son - Jesus - die on the cross and take on the sin of the world. He did this so that you and I can have eternal life with Him.

Love can be hard and painful and costly. But love is beautiful. God loves us, therefore we must love Him back by loving others.

What is your favorite Bible verse about love? Praying for you - that God will teach you how to love like He loves.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do Something

Watch this....


It's a new month....take a few moments to brainstorm what YOU can do this month to share the light of Christ with others.

Need some ideas?

Please leave a comment and tell us what you plan to do this month. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Compassion Joys

It's that time of the month when we take a few moments to name all the gifts and blessings God has brought our way through the ministry of Compassion. Join us!

Happy 15th birthday to my birthday buddy, Portia in Ghana

letters from Josseling, Luis, Nadege and Emanuel

helping pass out child packets at Fish Fest and getting to see Compassion friends

And now it's your turn! Here are some guidelines for you to follow for this link-up:
  1. Link up by entering the URL to your blog post (make sure it's a link to the actual blog post and not just your blog).
  2. Be sure to link back here to Compassion Family and tell others you are doing so. Feel free to grab the button code for your post (it's on the right side of the blog).
  3. Set aside some time to visit the other participants and leave some comment love.
  4. Begin taking notes and making a list for next month.
I should also mention that I reserve the right to remove anyone's submission if it fails to meet the link-up requirements or is inappropriate. 
***If the link up isn't working, simply leave a comment with a link to your post and I'll be sure to visit.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School With Compassion

It's that time of least here in the US.

Yellow buses roll through the neighborhoods, picking up kids who wait at the corner with their new backpacks and lunch boxes.

Moms wake up early, pack lunches and get everyone loaded in the car to make it to school on time.

Homeschoolers return to a schedule that includes math books, science experiments and more.

Kids everywhere go to school, if they have the opportunity.

That's one of the great things about Compassion. Being enrolled in Compassion's project at the local church gives kids the opportunity to go to school. Compassion is not the school, but Compassion provides support and extra help for kids who might need it.

As a homeschooler, I love all the opportunities Compassion sponsorship provides us in our education. It throws open the doors to a global world view and serves as a very practical way to put our faith into action.

Homeschooler or not, you can also incorporate sponsorship into your child's educational experience.

Here are a few very practical ways to combine sponsorship and education:
  • Geography - locate your sponsored child's country on a map and know where it is in relation to where you live
  • Writing - teach how your child how to write letters to your sponsored child (the art of letter writing seems to be dying in this world of emails, tweets and texts)
  • Reading - check out books and stories about your child's country from the library to read (you can check out my country expert posts for book ideas)
  • History - learn the history of your sponsored child's country
  • Language - learn how to say a few words or phrases in your sponsored child's native language
  • Cultural  - learn about the customs and traditions of your sponsored child's country. (holidays, lost teeth, art, music, religion, dress and so much more)
  • Culinary - if possible, try eating food from your child's country. Better yet, learn how to cook a traditional meal from that country and let your kids help.
  • Spritual - memorize Scripture, pray for your sponsored child, encourage your children and teach them to "love their neighbor"

Compassion has some great resources for kids that will help you  - just click HERE

What other ideas can you add to this list? Please share with us in the comments (click on the title of this post if you need to).
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