Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Jesus Loves Me; A Universal Truth: Compassion Assignment :)

Below I've included a wonderful video clip of children from the Dominican Republic singing Jesus loves me in their native language. Also in the video is a translator who sings partly in their native language and partly in English - I think it's fun to hear the different versions and the happiness on the children's faces is great to see! :) This video clip made me think of how wonderful it is that the song Jesus Loves Me is a universal truth for Jesus loves everyone in the world and God is the god of all people!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Heart Connection!

Time for another Compassion assignment :) This one involves writing about this beautiful video about a happy little boy called Judah who has a mum who loves him very much. :)

Judah's mum talks about her experience with Judah needing to have open heart surgery and how grateful she is that they were able to get this so he could grow up into a wonderful little man who is full of love and life. :)
She then mentions that there is a staggering number of children who are loved and treasured by their parents who have preventable health conditions who can't get medical care and don't get the opportunity to grow up into wonderful little people. These parents would give anything for their children to be able to get medical treatment but it just isn't possible - *unless* someone steps in - someone like Everett Swanson - founder of Compassion, someone like Wess Stafford - recently retired president of Compassion, someone like me or someone like you! Someone equipped with Jesus' love! :)

For only $48 (NZ) a month you can be the difference between a family losing a beloved child from a preventable condition and a family being overjoyed by receiving medical care for their son or daughter and getting to watch them grow up! 
You can be the difference between someone's baby daughter dying of malnutrition and someone's daughter having enough to eat and growing up healthy! 
You can be the difference between someone's son having nowhere to turn and joining a gang and someone's son gaining an education, vocational skills and even going to university!
This is not all! You can be the difference between a family living in fear and darkness and a family hearing the life-saving message of the gospel and having the opportunity to put their hope and trust in Jesus - gaining joy and eternal life! :)

It's easy (for me at least) to think that because tragedy happens so often to people in poverty that it does not really matter as much to the families who go through it but that is not true! Everyone, everywhere, loves the same, grieves the same, and needs Jesus the same! :)

Change a life today - for now and eternity! Sponsor a precious child and release them from poverty in Jesus' name! :) 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Mjeni's Photo Update! :)

The other day I logged onto Our Compassion and saw a different face among my correspondent children, I was confused about it until I looked closer and saw that Mjeni's photo had just been updated! She looks much older in her new photo and has an even bigger smile! :) This was my first photo update so it was extra exciting! :)

Here's her old photo - (from about a year and a half ago I think)





















and here's her new photo! :) 























Her introduction letter should be arriving soon and I can't wait to get to know a bit more about her! :D

Expanding My Correspondent Children Family :)

Around the end of February I started thinking about adding correspondent children again after a friend mentioned her dreams of writing to lots of kids. I decided that I had the time & money (intl stamps) to write to three more kids :D. I also decided to trust God with them and not to worry about their sponsors dropping them. This time I asked for all girls (I do totes <3 my correspondent boys too though :)). I thought it would take weeks or even months to get assigned 3 more girl correspondents but I got assigned all three of them within a week - on three consecutive days! Sometimes there are a lot of new children that need written to and sometimes there are not that many new children that need to be written too. :)


Friday, 21 February 2014

The Backstage Hero :)

Today I wanted to a post about a very special person. I wanted to write about him because he is a backstage hero. Here on this blog (and in various other avenues where people know me ;)) I am very passionate about things and love promoting great causes and people easily get the idea about how I feel about things (heehee) but there is someone who is just as passionate and invested in supporting and promoting great causes but he is more quiet (I'm a little on the loud side ;)) and so people don't always know about all the amazingness that is contained within. :)
This person inspires me every day and provides an amazing Christ-like example, he constantly inspires me to become more Christlike (with Jesus' help! :)). He is the kindest, most big-hearted person I know and he is constantly amazing me with his patience, kindness, selflessness and brilliance at everything - seriously the dude is crazy talented, sometimes I envy his brilliance but most of the time I just enjoy it! :) This person is my husband, Eoin. :)

Saturday, 8 February 2014

New Correspondent Child! :)

When I checked OurCompassion this morning (forum/website where Compassion sponsors from all over the world can connect and share :)) there was a new little face on my profile page - my new correspondent child! :D 


Introducing Salimu! :D 

















Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Guest Interview!! :)

Today I have the pleasure of posting an interview I did with a friend who lives overseas (we did it through e-mail.) :). 
I got the inspiration for doing interviews from one of my awesome sister's in law (thanks!) :). 
I have changed the name of the friend I interviewed for her privacy. :)

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Compassion Bloggers In Uganda! :)

This week (and still at the moment - till the 31st) a team of people are in Uganda on the five year bloggers anniversary trip. They've gone back to Uganda, the first country that a team of Compassion bloggers went to and are having some amazing experiences.

They are each blogging daily and their blog posts are addictive! They are a window into another culture, a connection with sponsored children and their communities, and a way to understand more deeply what child sponsorship is and why it's amazing to be part of it.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Child Development, Community Blessing! :)

Child development reaches far beyond the individual child that is sponsored. When a child is sponsored the effect ripples out into their family and community. Much like the well known analogy of a single pebble making many ripples on the water, sponsored children makes many ripples in the lives of their community.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Sponsor Bracelets! :)

My friend Lizzie makes beautiful bracelets that represent each of the countries Compassion works in. She has bought beads from each country that represent the different countries and weaves them together into a bracelet. She is doing it as a not for profit venture but she does get a little profit from each bracelet which all goes into supporting her Compassion International children. 

The bracelets are also a wonderful way to talk about Compassion's work and/or your sponsored children as each bead represents one of the countries that Compassion work in. You can get a get a bracelet with beads representing your specific sponsored children too; for example, if you had two sponsored children, one in Bolivia and one in Tanzania, then you could get a bracelet made with a Bolivian bead to represent your Bolivian child and a Tanzanian bead to represent your Tanzanian child. :) They're also a great bonus reminder to pray for your child/ren.