Monday, May 25, 2015

Compassion ABCs: U is for

U is for...


Compassion began its ministry in Uganda in 1980 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. Currently, more than 83,100 children participate in more than 325 child development centers. In 1999, the Leadership Development Program began, followed by the Child Survival Program in 2006.

Children typically meet at the child development center for 8 hours on Saturday. Older children also meet at the center 3 to 5 days a week during holidays. Because many of the older children (age 12 and up) attend boarding school and are away from home for three months at a time, child development centers often organize a "catch-up" program to meet the needs of these children.
Every child is offered an opportunity to hear the gospel and to confess the lordship of Jesus Christ. Every registered child or youth receives an age-appropriate Bible or scripture portion within one year of registration and again two or three years later.
Each child receives a snack as well as lunch each time he or she attends program activities. A snack might be something like tea, porridge and a bun. Lunch consists of maize, rice or matooke (plantains) with beans, peas or beef.
The child development centers offer weekly extracurricular activities, such as sports, drama and debate. The children also participate in regular service opportunities like work camps, road cleaning, church activities and service to the elderly.
Adolescents receive vocational training in such skills as carpentry, tailoring, crocheting, sewing, knitting and mat making. These skills are offered to give the students opportunities to generate income, which is especially important for those who do not finish high school. The skills offered have been relevant to the Ugandan culture for some time.
Parents can attend monthly classes on adult literacy, quarterly trainings on topics such as hygiene, sanitation, parenting and income-generating activities, and monthly caregivers' meetings for program evaluation. Parents are also represented on the center committees and contribute to the planning and implementation of the program.

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

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

Just a Minute by Wess Stafford ~ book giveaway

I have a copy of this wonderful book to give away to one reader. 

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment or email me at fiddlejill (at) outlook (dot) com, telling me you'd like to win. I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, May 26th. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

159 children in Haiti

On March 1, 2015, Compassion opened a brand new project in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The project is called Methodist Port-de-Paix and there are 159 children registered there. I'm sure you know that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in both the Americas and the world. And the devastating earthquake of 2010 only added to their already existing struggles.

If Haiti is ever to rise above poverty, the children must find hope and purpose.

Children like Tayana (above) and Gaius (below)

and Lentz (above) and Lucio (below)

Would you please end the wait for one of these children? Or another child  at the brand new Methodist Port-de-Paix Child Development Center in Haiti?

To see photos and learn more about all the children waiting, simply click HERE. If you do choose to sponsor a child, please enter the code V841 when prompted on the sign-up page.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

What to Write ~ Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

I'm a little late in getting this posted this month, but better late than never. 

I am continuing with the Fruit of the Spirit series In case you missed them, you can find them here...

And now for GENTLENESS

Greetings from Oregon! How are you? How is your family? We are doing well here. We are almost at the end of the list of the fruits of the Spirit….

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Galations 5:22

What does it mean to have gentleness or to be gentle? To be gentle is to be mild or moderate. A gentle breeze is a pleasant thing compared to crazy or wild wind. A gentle person is someone who is probably quiet and pleasant to be around as opposed to someone who is loud and showy. When I think of gentleness, I think of cradling a newborn baby in my arms – taking extra care to hold the infant. When I treat someone in a gentle manner, I think it means that I am kind and considerate.

There are several Bible verses that instruct us to be gentle.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ~ Eph 4:2
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. ~ Phil 4:5
…pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. ~ 1 Tim 6:11

And in Matthew 11:29, Jesus tells us He is gentle…

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

I also really like the imagery of Col 3:12.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentle
ness and patience.
When you clothe yourself, you are putting on your clothes. In this verse it tells us to clothe ourselves with spiritual things as well. Just as it is important to put my shirt and pants on before I leave the house, I also need to put on the fruits of the Spirit – to pray and ask God to fill me with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am enjoying sharing these ideas with you and hope you are learning from them. We love you and are praying for you ~ please pray for us as well.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compassion ABCs: T is for

T is for...


Compassion International Tanzania was registered as a nongovernmental Christian organization on Dec. 11, 1999, and officially opened in April 1999 in the Arusha region, where the country office is located. The first partnership meeting with church leaders was held in April 1999, and on June 30, 1999, the Child Sponsorship Program started in five church partners within Arusha town. Currently, more than 72,100 children are assisted at more than 305 church-based child development centers. Most of the centers are located in the area surrounding the city of Arusha, with the exception of a cluster of centers in Babati, a small town approximately 62 miles to the southeast.The Leadership Development Program began in 1999, followed by the Child Survival Program in 2008.

The program day is on Saturday for all church partners. Children typically meet at the child development center for 4 to 6 hours on Saturdays. Special talent groups and other programs (e.g., sports, choir, etc.) are conducted after school hours during the week. Older students and finalists in primary, secondary schools and vocational schools attend classes on Saturdays and come to the child development center fewer hours per week.
On a typical program day, the children arrive at 8 a.m. After prayers and a cleanliness inspection, they are given porridge or black/milk tea served with snacks, possibly an egg and bread or buns. After program activities, at about 1 p.m., the children receive a meal that may include rice and beef, beans and fruit, or ugali (stiff porridge) and beans or beef.
Parents are involved in meal preparation on program days and infrastructure construction support (e.g., making bricks or digging trenches) at the child development center.

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


Compassion began its ministry in Thailand in 1970 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. Currently, more than 36,400 children are registered in more than 220 child development centers. In 2002, the Leadership Development Program began, followed by the Child Survival Program in 2007.

Children attend school from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, so the child development centers conduct activities on the weekends. Younger children meet at the center 6 to 8 hours a week, mainly on Saturdays. Older children meet at the center 4 to 7 hours a week, primarily on Saturdays and Sundays.
Each child receives a lunch that consists of rice, vegetables and meat at the center every Saturday. Milk is provided for young children. Children who are malnourished receive additional food to take home with them, such as rice, eggs, canned fish and milk every month.
Adolescents receive vocational training in computers, baking, mechanics, agriculture, animal farming and local handicrafts like weaving. Camps for art, music, sports and evangelism are held once a year.
Church partners conduct annual parenting classes and parents' meetings where they share what the children are doing at the child development center. The churches also hold special events such as family camp and activities celebrating Mother's Day and Father's Day. Parents are also provided income-generating skills training.

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


Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program began in Togo in 2008, followed by the Child Survival Program in January 2014. Currently, more than 22,400 children participate in nearly 100 child development centers.
Children meet at the child development center for 6 to 8 hours on Saturdays. While at the center, children receive a meal that typically consists of rice or pasta with fish or meat.
Extracurricular activities conducted at the centers include musical instrument playing, choreography, choir, artwork, soccer and puzzles.
At many of the child development centers, parents help with food preparation and participate in parenting classes.

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

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

Friday, May 15, 2015

True Story...

My heart is bursting with joy writing this post today. Last summer, for my first guest post on this blog, I wrote about releasing my baby girl to fly.

And fly she did... spending 10 days with a filming team from Compassion Canada, in the Philippines, a Compassion International field country which also happens to be the country of hubby's and my births... filming a youth curriculum that they are producing which she is hosting.

Friends, with immense joy, I am so excited to share with you today that this youth curriculum has finally launched! It is called True Story: What God wants us to do about poverty.

I am unbelievably proud of this girl, my girl! God has been doing an amazing work in her life. His grace truly is a beautiful thing... I am humbled and moved to tears every time I think about God using us in ways that are beyond what we've asked for or even imagined.

I am blown away by His relentless love, His constant goodness and His amazing grace.

Friends, I would love for you to learn more about True Story and read my girl's perspective of it in her own words... because it is so much more than just the videos! So please hop on over to her blog and check out the post she wrote introducing True Story to the world.

Before you go over there... just a note about the Internet. Don't you love how it transcends borders and boundaries? So, even though True Story is produced by Compassion Canada and not yet available via the Compassion U.S. office, it is available online for free to anyone and any church who would like to use it! All the videos and accompanying resources are available for download from the website

And oh... here is the trailer. Can you tell that I am one proud mama?!? :)

True Story: What God wants us to do about poverty from Compassion Canada on Vimeo.

Okay, after watching the trailer, please be sure to head over and read Alyssa's blog post. And if you can help spread the word about this on social media, it'd be awesome! Please remember to use the hashtag #TrueStorySeries on social media.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, friends!

About Aimee Esparaz... Aimee is mother to two teens and is passionate about living out Micah 6:8 with her family. She is a sponsor and advocate through Compassion Canada and works in global marketing. She loves to read and garden, and blogs at A Mom On A Mission.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Compassion Mobile Experience

Over this past weekend, I went to Bolivia and the Philippines...without even leaving California!

How did I do this?

By visiting the Compassion Mobile Experience!

The Compassion Mobile Experience is an incredible way for you and your family to experience life for a child growing up in extreme poverty.

Once you arrive, a Compassion volunteer will set you up with a headset and iPod. As you enter the trailer, you begin the hear a child's story. They share many details about their life, their family, and their own difficulties of growing up in extreme poverty.

As you make your way through the rooms, each child shares about their Compassion experience, key role models that guided them along their path, and how the Gospel changed their life.

At the end of the tour, a video plays showing the child, now grown up! In the video they share what they are doing now, and many of them share how important it was for them to have a sponsor.

Many people take this opportunity to sponsor a child for the first time!

If this looks like something you and your family would like to experience together, be sure to visit the Compassion Mobile Experience web site to find out when they might be in your area.

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.

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