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!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I'm Doing...

Last week I published a post that featured the song and video by Matthew West called "Do Something". At the end of the post I asked you to share what you would do this month... no one did.

So I'm wondering....what are you doing?

You know the saying, "When it rains it pours".... well that's how this week feels. We aren't quite back to school yet, so we (my girls and I) are doing quite a bit.

Here's what's on our "to-do" list....

write our monthly letters

write Christmas letters to unsponsored kids
I have quite a supply of Christmas paper that I'm going to use up. I plan to write a simple message that I can print out on this paper and then decorate with stickers. This year Compassion is asking for these Christmas cards/letters to be mailed by September 30 (about a month earlier than previous years).

Here is the info Hannah shared about writing to unsponsored children...

"You are welcome to send cards for unsponsored children. Please make the message to each child short as it will not go through the regular translation process.

Cards may be put in their own respective envelopes but please do not seal them. Tucking the flap in would work just fine. You may put several cards in a big manila envelope, or even a box, and address it to:

Compassion International
Christmas Cards for Unsponsored Children
Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0004

You do not need a street address. We have our own zip code. It would also be a good idea to put a short note on top saying the cards are for unsponsored children. We would need them by September 30.

You may send as many as you wish. We have quite a few unsponsored children. Your card/note would certainly brighten their holiday. You may also include something small, like a bookmark, in the letter. Bookmarks are sold by the pack at almost any department store or Christian bookstore."

we are visiting our local nursing home and playing our violins for the residents

running a race
On Saturday we are running a race called Cause and Event. We get to choose our cause and half of our registration $ goes to our cause. We chose Compassion and hopefully, all four of us will be running in some capacity. I'm signed up for the 10K, my husband is signed up for the 5K and the girls will run 1 mile.

I tried to set up a fundraising page, but was unsuccessful....I would love to have your support in this endeavor. I regularly run 3 miles several times a week, but signing up for the 10K (6 miles) was a challenge. It's been a couple years since I've run a race. So if you want to donate any amount to Compassion that would be AWESOME. And if you tell me about it, I'll probably run a little faster... you can leave a comment or email me at fiddlejill (at) outlook (dot) com.

So...busy week!

And next week we return to our school studies. So if it's quiet around these parts, now you know why!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What to Write ~ Fruit of the Spirit ~ LOVE

In my last installment of "what to write", I introduced the topic of the Fruit of the Spirit. I thought it would be fun to explore each fruit and dedicate a letter to each one. So first up is LOVE.


How are you? We are well. Do you remember what I talked about in my last letter? I asked you to memorize Galatians 5:22....
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
I thought in each of my letters to you, I could share some thoughts about each fruit so today I'll start with the first one...LOVE. What is love?

In 1 John 4:8 it says "God is love", therefore if we are to know what love is, we better know who God is. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus says...
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
I believe we are to love God by giving our lives to Him. By acknowledging we are sinners and are nothing without Him. By thanking Him for dying on the cross and forgiving our sins. By reading the Bible and obeying His commands. By worshiping him with every action, every word and every thought. I also believe we are to love those around us - our family members, our friends, our teachers, even strangers and enemies. We should treat others exactly how we want to be treated....with kindness and respect.

Another Bible verse that helps me understand love is John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
This is how much God loves you. He let His only Son - Jesus - die on the cross and take on the sin of the world. He did this so that you and I can have eternal life with Him.

Love can be hard and painful and costly. But love is beautiful. God loves us, therefore we must love Him back by loving others.

What is your favorite Bible verse about love? Praying for you - that God will teach you how to love like He loves.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Do Something

Watch this....


It's a new month....take a few moments to brainstorm what YOU can do this month to share the light of Christ with others.

Need some ideas?

Please leave a comment and tell us what you plan to do this month. 
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