This is a must-read blog post by writer Jeff Goins. During a Compassion tour in Uganda, he is powerfully reminded how valuable our letters are to our Compassion sponsored children….
This blog post by Compassion International is about the village that I visited last August in Ecuador. I had the chance to meet and play with many of these children. Our family sponsors a girl there named Janahina.
Did you know that you could write to your Compassion sponsored child using an online tool? It’s easy and fast.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Pastor Matt Santen of River Ridge Church, right after his return from Colombia in South America.
I was part of what was called a Pastors’ vision trip. The purpose of the trip was to show pastors all of the aspects of the ministry of Compassion. I went because I wanted to find out more about how Compassion works, and to determine if and how we could partner better with Compassion.
Tell me about your experience at the local Compassion projects that you visited.
We had four primary visits during the course of our trip. We visited three different Compassion projects in a city called Monteria. We also visited the Colombia headquarters in Bogota. At each of the sites, we were welcomed by the children in the project. Each project put on a presentation about what they were doing and how it was affecting the children and the community. We got to see how Compassion partners with local churches in every project, and we got to interact with the children in many different ways.
Were there certain interactions or people during your trip that you will remember the most?
The most memorable moment of the entire trip was a lunch on the final day of the trip. Two of the people on our trip were able to meet their sponsored children. As a group of 25 of us sat down to lunch, one of the sponsored children said grace. Her name was Vivianna. Like all of the children in Compassion, she came from a very poor family where basic needs like food, clothing and shelter are not a guarantee. After thanking the Lord for the food, new friends, and so forth, she said these words: “Lord I pray for all those who are hungry and do not have food to eat today.”
What stood out to you as significant or distinctive about Compassion’s approach to child development ministry?
There were several things that stood out to me about Compassion. First was how well organized they are administratively. They have created a system of accountability, care and communication. I also like how they link every project to a local church. That church and pastor have gone through a rigorous vetting process to be selected as a church, and there is a great amount of accountability to make sure that the goals are being met and that money is being spent correctly. The third thing that struck me was the sponsor–child relationships that Compassion works very hard to foster. It was exciting to meet children who knew a lot about their sponsor, but it was sad to meet children who had never been written to by their sponsor.
Compassion helps children living in extreme poverty by meeting needs in 4 primary areas of life: Physical, Cognitive, Spiritual, and Socio-emotional. Compassion believes that if they can give children a solid foundation in these 4 areas, that it forms a foundation that will give them a way out of extreme poverty.
What would you say to folks who may be considering sponsoring a child through Compassion?
Compassion kids need us and we need Compassion kids. They need our financial support and our friendship. We need them to understand God’s heart for the poor and our materialism.