Monday, July 6, 2015

To Keep or Not to Keep All the Letters....

After 20 years of sponsoring various children, I have a lot of letters. Currently I have 30 children that I am receiving letters from and I am overwhelmed!

I keep letters from my current kids in the two boxes pictured above. Each child has a folder and I stick their letters in the appropriate folder. You can see the stack of letters form kids who have graduated or left the program stacked on top.

And then there are the current letters that come in each month. I keep them separate until I can respond to specific questions.

I'll be honest with you....I don't want to keep all these letters, but I feel bad getting rid of them. Do you keep all your letters? If not, is there something else you do to keep the important info you want to remember?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Compassion ABCs: Z is for

Z is for...

(the number of kids who should be living in poverty)

No child should have to grow up living in extreme poverty.
Compassion's sponsorship ministry is making a significant impact for
children living in the poorest countries of our world.

And YOU are part of that.

Whether you are a sponsor or an advocate,
you are helping reach a very important number....


wouldn't it be great if zero children needed to be sponsored?
if zero children went to bed hungry at night?
if zero children were orphaned because of AIDS?
if zero children died from preventable diseases?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Brazilian Baiao De Dois

This week we tried out the Brazilian recipe, Baiao De Dois, which you can find on Compassion's Brazil Northeastern Rural Region page. This was a little more complicated than the Rice Pudding or Pisang Goreng, since it is a meal, not a dessert.

If you're a meal procrastinator like I am, I would just like to warn you that the black eyed peas take time! I forgot to soak them the night before and so had to do the quick soak. I also subbed olive oil for butter or margarine, added black pepper, and skipped the bacon bouillon. I couldn't find bacon bouillon at our local store and didn't know when I would make it to a specialty store. I think that the bacon and sausage in the dish add lots of flavor and didn't miss the bouillon.

The kids were hungry and gobbled up the dish! Eric also enjoyed it and so I think we will make this again in the future for dinner!

To learn a little more about Brazil, we watched a video of kids doing capoeira. One of the girls we sponsor in Brazil loves capoeira and I thought my kids would enjoy learning a little bit of Brazilian culture!

Now I'm looking forward to writing to our kids in Brazil to tell them that we tried the recipe and watched capoeira! If you have older kids and would like to get more involved, here are some ideas:

* Brazilian flag and country coloring page
* Individualized coloring page
* Learn an Brazilian game: Cinco Marias
* Time for Kids: Brazil

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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June 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!

we received 11 letters this month....

loved this one from Kendry in Nicaragua (whom I met in January)
"I want to tell you that I already accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as the savior of my life. I'm happy and joyful. I accepted Him on October 27th, 2014. It was a great blessing for me."

we held our Compassion Sunday at our church on June 7th

13 kids were sponsored that morning!

2 more kids were sponsored the next week by a new friend who came over! 
She saw the packets on my counter and asked to hear more about them. 

Happy 15th Birthday to Mwanzia in Kenya 

Happy 12th Birthday to Kendry in Nicaragua

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, June 24, 2015

Indonesian Pisang Goreng

We decided to give another dessert recipe from the "Step Into My Shoes" newsletter a try! This recipe, Pisang Goreng, was an even bigger hit than the Rice Pudding (although the Rice Pudding was good).

The recipe for Pisang Goreng is available through Compassion's Indonesia Nusa Tenggara Timur page.

Juanito really enjoyed making this dish because I let him cut the bananas with a butter knife…

And Rosie appreciated the limes…I let her "cook" with 1/4 of the lime.

The only changes I made to the recipe were that we used 2 large bananas (instead of 4 small), Juanito squeezed lime juice into the batter after zesting the lime, and I sprinkled powdered sugar on top, instead of granulated.

Also, instead of dipping in 2 slices of banana at a time and then frying them, we just dumped all the banana slices in the batter and then filled the pan.

The end result was delicious!!! We finished the whole plate after dinner…

I think Rosie thought it was just as good as the Rice Pudding…

But Juanito liked these much more! I will definitely be making these again.

I am excited to share with our correspondent, Jenny, that we tried the recipe and to send her the coloring pages the kids decorated for her! If you have older kids and would like to get more involved, here are some ideas:

* Indonesian flag and country coloring page
* Individualized coloring page
* Learn an Indonesian game: Main Karet Gelang
* Time for Kids:

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, June 22, 2015

Compassion ABCs: Y is for

Y is for...

Don't wait for someone else to sponsor a child...YOU can

Don't let others speak up for the innocent....YOU should

I really don't think some people have a special calling when it comes to helping the poor. I think it's a general calling for every single one of us who claims to follow Christ. Maybe sponsorship isn't for every single Christian, but looking after and providing for the poor is something God calls us all to. Make sure YOU are doing your part in some way.


Just say YES when it comes to speaking up on behalf of the innocent. Just this week I was getting to know someone new and mentioned Compassion - both sponsorship and advocacy. This new friend had heard of sponsorship and had intending to sponsor a child in past but hadn't yet followed through. She asked to hear more about it and I shared. (I said YES) She left my house with two child packets! (She said YES)

It's amazing what God can do with our YES!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colombian Rice Pudding

We recently received the "Step Into My Shoes" newsletters for some of our Compassion kids! I love these newsletters and the best thing is that all the information is available online (if you go into your Compassion account and view your kids' profiles, the links should be under your child's photo). Or you can just click here and find your way to your child's country.

I noticed that each newsletter contained a recipe and I thought that I would try to make some of them and have an "International Night" with my kids. Since the Rice Pudding looked easy, I thought I'd start with that. And I wanted to share our adventures with you! I am hoping that these posts will give you ideas for having your own night!


We made Rice Pudding from Colombia's Andean Region.

Since the recipe called for 1 pound of rice, and I didn't really want to make that much, I cut the recipe in half (approximately) and used the following amounts:

* 1 1/4 c. rice
* 2 c. water
* 2 c. milk
* 1/2 c. powdered milk
* 1 1/2 tsp. butter
* pinch of salt
* vanilla
* cinnamon stick
* 3/4 c. sugar
* raisins

I also used almond milk to cut down on the diary since Rosie, our one-year-old, is slightly intolerant to cow's milk. In order to allow Juanito, our three-year-old, to help, I popped Rosie on my back.

Juanito enjoyed helping stir…but let me warn you--if you don't stir constantly, it will burn on the bottom. We were clear of burning in the locations where he stirred but the rest of the bottom burned.

I ended up just scraping the top layer off and it was delicious.

Rosie loved it!

Juanito, or Captain America, preferred to just pick the raisins out…

We then talked about how our friends Valeria, Kenedy and Isabella are all from Colombia, the country where rice-pudding is eaten. We prayed for them and then colored pictures for them. (I wanted to be ambitious and print out coloring pages of the map and flag of Colombia and individualized coloring pages, but the printer was out of ink, so we resorted to Minnie and Mickey Mouse.) Juanito chose to color a picture for Valeria, Rosie chose Isabella, and I colored one for Kenedy.

My goal now is to write a letter online via our Compassion account and tell our Colombian kids about our Rice Pudding adventures!

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.
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