Monday, March 2, 2015

Compassion ABCs: J is for

J is for....

JESUS



Compassion's official tag line is "releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name"

Compassion is absolutely, 100% committed to Christ and it's one of the things that makes them unique and stand out from other charitable organizations.

The following comes straight off their website...

Jesus Christ is at the heart of Compassion's ministry. This corporate commitment drives the content of our programs, characterizes the kind of people we hire, and guides our ethics. 
We believe we must do more than simply meet the physical needs of the poor. Poverty sends a defeating, painful message into the heart of a child: a message that says, "You don't matter." Introducing children to their loving Heavenly Father is the most powerful way of reversing this message. 
Every child who participates in a Compassion program is given the opportunity to learn about Jesus and discover how to develop a lifelong relationship with God. This good news is modeled and shared in age-appropriate and culturally relevant ways -- never through coercion. 
The Great Commission is at the core of our mission and discipleship is at the core of our program. 

 Just looking at a few of their banners and graphics and it's obvious that Jesus is central to their mission.




 I don't know about you, but I think this focus on Jesus is why I like this ministry so much!




Friday, February 27, 2015

February Compassion Joys ~ A Link Up





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 Duncan, Mwanzia, Collina, Collins, Rayson, Binti, Mwikali, 
Preeti, Ruth, Esther and Jackson

pastor letter from Nicaragua


Happy 10th Birthday to Emanuel in Peru



went through Step Into My Shoes with my girls (I'll be sharing about that soon!)



sponsored Marlon in Nicaragua!



found sponsors for Josue and Kassandra (both in Nicaragua)

received my Compassion Sunday materials and scheduled my presentation for May

(I'm giving my copy away - see previous post - link up your own Compassion Joy post to enter)






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!

Go Into All the World by David Chalmers


Earlier this month, Aimee shared with us about David Chalmers' book, Go Into All the World. I ordered myself a copy of the book, read it and now want to pass it on to one of you.

If you want to learn more about the book, be sure to read Aimee's post HERE.

To enter for this giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me which child and country you would visit if you had the opportunity. For an additional entry, join the Compassion Joy Dare this weekend and then leave another comment here with either the link to your post or your list of Compassion Joys.

If you have trouble with the comments, you can always email me at fiddlejill(at)outlook(dot)com

I'll announce a winner on Tuesday, March 3rd at noon EST.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Step Into My Shoes: Week 7

We just completed our 7th lesson of Step Into My Shoes, which equated to Step 4: Enough Hope. Juanito wanted to watch the video first this week:

Step 04: Enough Hope from Compassion International on Vimeo.


We loved how this movie showed our Ugandan host family at church! Juanito and Rosie loved hearing the singing and watching the dancing.



Juanito and I were able to discuss the differences and similarities between our church and the church on the video. Juanito noticed that this church was little and our church is big and that his Sunday School class is in side and the kids in the video were outside. Although Juanito pointed out that sometimes his class goes outside! But both churches sing to God and both have classes for the kids. I was really surprised at how much Juanito noticed and how fascinated he was to observe how others worship God.

Next we sang "No Te Afanes" or "Do Not Worry" (from Steve Green's CD…it's in English and in Spanish). After singing we read in Juanito's children Bible, first the sermon on the mount where Jesus says not to worry and then Matthew 6:9-13. Compassion suggests other memory verses, but we are just sticking with the first step memory verse since it is taking us a long time to memorize.

Then we read A Country Far Away and Manuel & Manuel. And we closed our time by writing letters to our kids Feraol and Ndikubwimana. Juanito wanted to ask them about their church, so I wrote as he dictated (with minor editing!) and he decorated the cards with stickers. Here is the letter to Ndikubwimana:



If you're reading about SIMS for the first time, you can check out what we did for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6!






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.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Compassion ABCs: I is for

I is for...

India


Compassion began its ministry in India in 1968, when the Child Sponsorship Program was started. In 2003, the Child Survival Program began, followed by the Leadership Development Program in 2004.Currently, more than 136,400 children participate in 570 child development centers. 

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


Indonesia


Compassion began its ministry in Indonesia in 1968 when the Child Sponsorship Program was started.Compassion also began working in East Indonesia in 2000.  In 2005, the Leadership Development Program began, followed by the Child Survival Program in 2009. In 2007, Compassion Indonesia expanded its ministry into the eastern island of Sumatra. A satellite office was opened in Kupang in 2009 in order to effectively minister to the eastern Indonesia island area known as Nusa Tenggara Timur. Currently, more than 106,300 children participate in more than 555 child development centers.

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



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

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wrapping Up Our Compassion Day in Nicaragua


After our home visits we headed to lunch and then went back to the Compassion Project. I had my violin with me and got to play a mini-concert for our kids (and several others who happened to hear and come in the room).






After the mini-concert, it was time to take some final pics and say goodbye....










It was a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meeting Kerlint


Our final home visit was to Kerlint's house. My mom sponsored Kerlint shortly after my husband's trip to Nicaragua three years ago. He is almost a birthday buddy to my oldest daughter, having been born just two days before her. Kerlint is an only child, like my mom, and has a really bubbly personality (also like my mom). He lives with his parents and grandparents. In fact, it was his grandfather who spent the day with us.



Kerlint's grandparents own and operate a small store out of the front room of their home. When we arrived they gave us each a bottle of water from the store.




Kerlint brought our a folder of all the letters and photos my mom has sent him in the past three years. He was so proud of them. Even the stickers she had sent were unused and treasured. It was weird to see photos of myself and my daughters from a couple years ago in his house. I've heard stories where sponsored kids bring out their sponsor's letters to show how much they treasure them, but to have it happen right in front of our eyes was pretty cool.





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