Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 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!

letters from Yoselin, Lian, Jazmin, Jerry, Joseph, Orm, Esther (2), 
Mwanzia, Portia, Duncan, Joylyne and Rubi

advocating on behalf of Santhosh ~ I posted this picture on instagram and 
was able to share with someone about the ministry and integrity of Compassion

On September 13th, I ran a race with my husband and good friend. We chose Compassion to be our cause and it was fun seeing Compassion's sign on the route. After the race, someone noticed our shirts and another conversation about sponsorship and the ministry of Compassion was had.

one day as I logged into my Google+ account, I noticed a conversation notice from David, my former LDP student in Peru. It's been months - maybe even a year - since I've heard from him. What a blessing to chat and catch up a bit. And thank God for Google translation!

Christmas letters written and sent to unsponsored children

Happy 7th birthday to Nadege in Burkina Faso - September 25th

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Compassion's Blogcast

I just stumbled across something this week and I'm loving it.... Compassion has turned some of their blog posts into 5 minute podcasts.

Maybe you all know about this already, and I'm late joining the party. Or maybe, like me, this is new to you.

At any rate, I highly recommend you head HERE and start listening.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Helpful Resources for Letter Writing

Recently, in preparation for a letter writing party and while talking with a new sponsor, I have been searching for resources to help with building a relationship with your sponsored child via letters. My husband and I are hosting our second letter writing party! We hosted our first in July and it was so fun to join with other sponsors and to help provide inspiration and fun extras to send in the letters. It was so much fun that we’re doing our second one this month and then we plan to do it every-other month in the new year (instead of having one in November, we are going to host a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child .

I wanted to collect information to help sponsors write meaningful letters in order to build a relationship. So I was looking through my lists of resources and saved blogs and found some things that I thought I’d share with the Compassion Family also! Most of these resources are older, but I still find them so helpful!

First of all, Compassion’s Blog has some wonderful letter writing prompts! If you are ever at a loss for what to write, I would work down these prompts for ideas. I love Compassion encourages us to share about our lives and to encourage our kids in their walks with God.

I also have found Kim’s blog, Three Little Larks, to be full of helpful ideas and information! Check out her Kim’s Compassion page for tons of resources! She has so many ideas for fun extras to include in your letters.

And finally, if you are writing to younger children, I encourage you to check out the blog Connected: Writing to Kids Around the World. Svea has some wonderful tips for writing to younger children and she even created some simple templates! Although Compassion’s prompts are wonderful, sometimes I feel like they are a little advanced for the little ones. Svea made some very simple templates for corresponding with young kids! Her two posts are: Form Letters for Younger Correspondence/Sponsor Kids and Tell Your Younger Sponsor Child About Yourself (Form Letters Included).

I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have! Even though I have been writing over 15 years, I find these ideas so inspiring. It helps me from falling into a letter writing rut! God bless you in building a relationship with your child!

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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weekend Links....

Here are some great links I ran across this week that deserve your attention...

  • Yvonne Reynolds (one of our regular contributors here at Compassion Family) wrote a great post on Compassion's blog about getting our Christmas greetings written and sent to our sponsored children - Not Too Soon For Christmas
  • Also from Compassion's blog, a great post about what we can expect from the letters our sponsored children write to us - What to Expect From Your Child's Letters
  • Juli Jarvis shared a powerful quote from Dr. Scott Todd in his new book Hope Rising. Head HERE to read that quote.
  • Lizzie is gearing up to participate in her Cycle 4 Compassion campaign. She's hoping to raise $500 so she can continue to sponsor Eduardo. I love how she's gotten creative and combined a physical challenge with raising the support she needs to love on this boy. Go HERE to read more - and better yet, go HERE to donate - surely you have $1 (or $5 or $10) to spare and support Lizzie in the endeavor. 

What have you run across this week that you'd like to share?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taking a Little Time....

Just wanted to drop in here and say that it might be quiet around these parts for a while. I've just started my 6th year of homeschooling and it's taking more time and attention than I anticipated.

I don't know when I'll be posting...I guess when inspiration strikes and time allows. I'll try not to ignore this space for too long, but please be patient with me.

In the meantime, there are plenty of old posts in the archives that you can go back and read!

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!
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