Friday, January 30, 2015

January 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 Birthday 9th birthday to Joseph in Tanzania

Happy 10th birthday to Yoselin in Dominican Republic

Happy 14th birthday to Jerry in Indonesia

Happy 12th Birthday to Antoni in Dominican Republic

we took on 7 more correspondent children from Kenya

Collins, Gabriel and Rayson

Mwikali, Collina, Winfrey and Binti

letters from Hondy, Kendry, Orm, Antoni, Jazmin, Luis, Jerry, 
Joylyne, Nadege, Emanuel, Portia, Lian and Ruth

and last but not least...
my trip to Nicaragua

meeting fellow travelers (from Canada) with Compassion on my flight to Managua

meeting Josseling Dayana

meeting Kendry

meeting Maria

meeting Kerlint

meeting Ana

There were so many great things about that day - I will be sharing more about each 
child and about how Compassion is working in Nicaragua. I'm so thankful I went. 

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 you have trouble linking up, simply leave a comment and I'll be sure to visit your blog.

***If you don't have a blog, share your blessings in the comments!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Step Into My Shoes: Week 3

Before I get into what Juanito and I did, I want to share that if you haven't watched the Step Into My Shoes videos, you really need to! One thing I appreciate about Compassion is that while sharing about the differences in our lives, and highlighting some difficulties in the lives of our Ugandan brothers and sisters, it is done respectfully. These videos don't point out the hardships of the lives of this family so we can feel sorry for them. The family highlighted doesn't feel sorry for themselves! They approach life full of joy in God and thankful for His blessings!

I so appreciate this perspective because while we do desire to help the poor because their lives are hard, that should never be the primary purpose. The primary purpose should be to share God's word with others! God doesn't promise easy lives, but He does want us to be good stewards of what we've been given. Anyway, I'll get back on track with what Juanito and I are doing, but I wanted to take a minute to share some thoughts.

Juanito wanted to start this week by reading our map again and talking about the family. We found the bike that was used by the Mama to get to the market and the water pump.

And then we read Matthew 6:9-13, but this time from his children's Bible! I don't know why I didn't think to look it up in there. This led to reading a few more Bible stories after! Next we sang Todo Lo Puedo en Cristo, or I Can Do All Things (from Steve Green's CD…it's in English and in Spanish).

Finally week we watched the Step 1b video, Find Food and Water!

Step 01b: Find Water and Food from Compassion International on Vimeo.

This movie really impacted me…I cannot imagine a two hour trip for water each day! Nor a one hour trip to a market that is only open twice a week. I was also hugely impacted by Mama Nancy's words. What a wise woman!

If you're reading about SIMS for the first time, you can check out what we did for Week 1 and Week 2!

About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Compassion ABCs: G is for

G is for...


Compassion International Ghana was incorporated on July 28, 2004, and started operations in July 2005. The Child Survival Program began in 2012. Currently, more than 52,000 children participate in more than 250 child development centers.

To learn more about Compassion's work in Ghana and see children waiting to be sponsored, go HERE


Compassion began its ministry in Guatemala in 1976 as a Family Help Program that was operated by missionaries. The Child Sponsorship Program was started in 1980. The Leadership Development Program began in 1997, followed by the Child Survival Program in January 2014. Currently, more than 46,760 children participate in 190 child development centers.

To learn more about Compassion's work in Ghana and see children waiting to be sponsored, go HERE

all information for this post was taken from Compassion's website

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fundraising for a Compassion Trip

Five years ago, if you had asked me if I ever thought I would go on a Compassion trip, I would have told you 'no'. For various reasons, I just never thought it would ever be possible for me to ever visit one of our sponsored children.

Fast forward to the end of February, I will be leaving for my second Compassion trip in just over a year!

"Wait, how is this even possible?" you might be asking!

Here are just a few things I have done to earn money for these two trips:
  • sold unused furniture and household items
  • held a couple of yard sales
  • made and sold homemade jam
  • made and sold hand knit dishcloths
  • made and sold handmade baby blankets 
  • made and sold homemade pizzas
  • made and sold homemade cupcakes
  • was paid to do a couple of photo shoots
  • was paid for a few custom sewing jobs
Many of these items were sold locally to friends and family, but I did create a Facebook page and had sales to many online friends in other states.

Are you thinking about a Compassion trip in your future? I sure hope you are. It is a trip you will never regret working so hard to go on!

About Yvonne Reynolds...Yvonne is very active when it comes to sponsorship and advocacy for Compassion. She maintains Compassion's Second Friday Letter Writing Pinterest board. Yvonne is a homeschooling mom who likes to read, bake and take photographs. You can find her blogging at Our Little Corner of the World.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Step Into My Shoes: Week 2

This week we began by watching the Step 1a video, Welcome/Meet the Family!

Step 01a: Welcome/Meet the Family from Compassion International on Vimeo.

Juanito brought his dragon and whale along for the viewing…

Juanito really connected with this video! He loved how the family members were introduced and that we were given a tour through the family's house! Juanito was fascinated that the family cooked over a fire and we discussed that although Papi makes a fire in our fireplace, we cook over the fire on the stove instead (we have a gas stove). We then found the family's house on the super cool map.

Juanito wanted to see Cissy's family, so I showed him the photos of Sherinah's visit with Cissy. He liked learning the names of Cissy's family members! (This is a photo of when our former sponsored child, Sherinah, went to visit our current sponsored child, Cissy!)

In looking at the photos, Juanito noticed that Sherinah had her eyes open when Cissy was praying…

This led into a great discussion about how Sherinah is deaf and cannot hear with her ears. So talked about how people who cannot hear with their ears can speak with their hands! We watched this really neat video about a young man, Patrick, who is also from Uganda and deaf like Sherinah! If you haven't seen this video, please watch it. (This video isn't Compassion, but it gives a good idea of what it is like to be deaf in Uganda.)

Juanito said he wanted to talk with his hands, so we watched a Baby Einstein video on Youtube about ALS. If you want to see that, you can click here. Rosie was interested when she heard the word "comer" (or "eat") and joined us for a snack…

After all these tangents, we sang Obedeced en El SeƱor, or Children Obey Your Parents (from Steve Green's CD…it's in English and in Spanish). And then we read Matthew 6:9-13 again. Juanito actually remembered some of the phrases from the passage!

If you have done SIMS with your kids, I'd love to hear things that you did with your kids! I'm having so much fun doing this with Juanito.

About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Compassion ABCs: F is for

F is for....

Friends and Family

some random thoughts on how Compassion relates to friends and family,,,

When you sponsor a child and invest the time to write letters, inevitably you will wind up with a new friend. If the relationship really takes off, you might even consider that sponsored child part of your family.

As you get to know your sponsored child, you will also get to know a bit about their family. And you will realize how your sponsorship is affecting the whole family in positive ways.

Meeting fellow sponsors and advocates is like making instant new friends. We share a common passion and can't help encourage one another and swap stories about our kids. I have so many friends because of Compassion - some I've only met through the blog and others I've met in person.

Whether you are an official advocate or not, sharing about your sponsored child will come easily when it comes to your friends and family. Maybe your example will speak to their heart and they, too, will begin sponsoring a child.

Sponsorship is such a great way for your family to do mission work right from your home.  A couple years ago my husband and I decided we would pour our time and energy and resources into making sponsorship our family's been such a blessing.

Here's a little glimpse at my family's Compassion Family...

I'd love to hear your ideas on the subject... what other things can you think of?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Scatter Love

Even though it's unlikely my Valentine's will reach my sponsored children by Valentine's Day, it's never too late to send a love note. Telling your child that you love them and that God loves them, is a message for any and every day of the year.

So if you haven't yet sent a valentine to your sponsored or correspondent child, please find a moment or two to send a special message of love. 

Keep it simple. 

Normally I would go out and buy something - cards, pre-cut hearts, heart paper - but this year I decided to keep with my resolution to spend less money and make do with what I already have. I simply got out some paint and painted hearts on paper, then wrote each child's name next to their heart. 

It was so much fun painting the hearts and thinking of the child who would receive it. I also included a very simple note that said, "Just a quick note to say WE LOVE YOU and GOD LOVES YOU even more!" Then I decorated the page with stickers and taped it and the painted heart together (I didn't want to staple them and thought tape was best). 

For other ideas, visit Jessi or Hannah and see what they sent out. Have you sent Valentines to your kids? If so, please tell us about it in the comments. 

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