Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Compassion International: Meet "our" girls!

I wanted to take a break from the pictures and stories of our day to day life and tell you about an organization that is very dear to me!

Have you heard of Compassion International? I had not until last year, when another blog I read shared information about the group and the children that she sponsors. 

Compassion is "a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Our ministry is twofold: We work through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. And we speak out for children in poverty – informing, motivating and equipping others to become advocates for children".

Did you know you can sponsor a child through Compassion and change their life for just $38/month? Think about how you spend your money each month. To many of us, $38 is a family meal out while to a child in an underdeveloped country, it means education, food (if needed), health care, hygiene training, and most importantly, access to information about Jesus Christ in a safe, Christian environment. 

Last December, we didn't give each other Christmas presents, instead, we chose to sponsor this little girl, living in Haiti.

Kimberlie turned 6 this week, is in 1st grade, lives in Port au Prince with her parents, and she enjoys listening to music, singing, playing games, and dolls. 

*When we began sponsoring Kimberlie, they sent us a different picture and I just saw this updated one today....she has grown so much! 

After our week long mission trip to Haiti, I really felt led to sponsor another child. I came across Rose's picture and information while browsing through the *many* children waiting to be sponsored. She is 17 and lives in Gonaives, in northern Haiti and had been waiting over 6 mo. for a sponsor. I met so many girls just like Rose on the mission trip....enjoys jumping rope and listening to music, lives with her parents, and is in the 11th grade, performing above average in school. 

We keep Kimberlie and Rose's photos on the fridge and pray for them often. Arabelle and Bo know their names. Arabelle isn't quite sure about them living so far away and sometimes ask when they are going to come to our church. :) She also asks me why they aren't smiling. I tried to explain that they rarely have their picture made and probably don't know to smile. 

I would encourage you to pray about the possibility of sponsoring a child through Compassion International or shop from the Compassion Christmas Gift Catalog this year. You can provide clean water, health care, livestock, education, and much more this year!

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