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African Childhood: Beauty in Simplicity

There’s just something about the sun-scorched regions of Africa, isn’t there? I don’t know if it’s the beat of the African drums, the relaxed pace of life, the smiling faces that greet me or that I frequently find myself humoured by the fact that some things can only be explained with a shrug and a smile! Recently, my husband and […]

Water Isn’t All Africa Needs

You’ve probably come to expect that we will work to bring safe water to the child or teen you sponsor – and along with that, education about how to avoid waterborne illnesses. But what if I told you your sponsorship also helps children in poverty learn about a safer and more dignified way to go to the bathroom? Providing a […]

The Most Influential People in the World

The International Day of Families is an occasion to celebrate the importance of families to people, societies and cultures around the world. The parents in my workshop, just then, started shifting in their red, conference-room seats and looking mostly at their hands, or shoes. I was at a conference, speaking to a group of parents, and had just asked, “Raise […]

From Farm to Table: What Safe Food Means to One Child

Helping meet the physical needs of the children in our program, and of their communities, sometimes means having to find healthy food sources. Often, farm to table is the best solution possible. This is where little Borisut comes in. He is a sponsored child in Thailand’s rural northern region. And we’d like you to hear his perspective on how farm-to-table […]

What Does Advocacy Look Like?

The keynote message had just finished wrapping up, and hundreds of women spilled into the venue hall. Aly Chase was in her usual place, standing alongside the Compassion booth, speaking to hundreds of curious women about child sponsorship. A young woman, with tears on her cheeks, picked up a packet and looked Aly square in the eyes. “I want to […]

You Asked, We Answered: Facebook Q&A

We recently hosted our first ever impromptu Facebook Q&A session. There were a ton of great questions asked. Here are some of the most popular questions – and a few of our favorites – as well as our answers to them. A few edits have been made for clarity. From the point a sponsor selects a new child on the […]

Three Birthday Card Ideas for Your Sponsored Child

UPDATE, April 8, 2016: Since the publication of this post, letter-writing guidelines have changed to speed up the delivery of letters and as a result you may not be able to send some items through Compassion’s correspondence system. Before you send your letter, please review our letter-writing guidelines. Everybody has one. Old or young, we all celebrate it. It doesn’t […]

The Best of #RWRS15 (So Far)

The Rock & Worship Roadshow just wrapped up their 12th of 20+ shows in Louisville, KY this weekend. They’ve asked fans and followers to share their photos and videos with #RWRS15. Here are our favorites from the first half of the Roadshow tour. The View from SIU Feel sorry for those that couldn’t make it to #rwrs15 here is a […]

The Rock & Worship Roadshow 2015

You can tell a lot about a person by the music he or she grew up listening to. As a young boy, I remember running many errands with my dad to our local recycling center. We drove in my late grandfather’s mid-80s red Chevy S-10. It had a manual transmission which my dad never stalled. While these trips were ideal traps for […]

The Power of Pity

A third of the way through Brian Ivie’s documentary, The Drop Box, we meet a girl who works with Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s ministry in South Korea — a ministry that provides refuge to orphans through an anonymous donation system that they call the baby box. Often, these orphans are disabled and would have otherwise been abandoned to the streets. Staring past […]