I am SO excited to share this charity with all of you! Compassion International is a Christ-centered organization that changes the lives of poor, desperate children all across the globe. According to their website: “We are a child-advocacy ministry pairing compassionate people with children living in extreme poverty to release the children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.”.
Compassion International uses a sponsor’s $38 a month donation to help children attend school, nourish them, keep them safe through mentoring programs at church, provide medical care, and teach children about the gospel. I love knowing that this charity is Jesus focused!
My favorite part about this organization is the letter-writing component. When you sponsor a child, you don’t just donate your money and then go about your day. You get to develop a relationship with your child over time, through letter-writing. Whether it is directly through their website, via their app, or by snail mail, you can send the child you sponsor a letter to let him/her know that you are thinking and praying for him/her.
My eyes were first opened to Compassion International when I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts: Behind the Scenes featuring Jeremy and Audrey Roloff. Jeremy and Audrey are two of my favorite online personalities to keep up with. This young Christian couple has taught me so much! I highly recommend following them on Instagram. (Here is where you can find them:
One day, late last year, I was shoveling my driveway while listening to Jeremy and Audrey’s podcast. They had a guest on their show, named Kiwi, who is a graduate of Compassion International. She shared her story with them about how she grew up in extreme poverty in the Philippines. Luckily for her, a local church working with Compassion Int. told her they had a sponsor for her. He was a man living in Australia.
One thing Kiwi said during her interview that struck me was; that in one of her very first letters from her sponsor, after seeing her picture, he told her she was beautiful. According to Kiwi, people in the Philippines don’t share compliments like that often. She said, her parents had never told her she was beautiful, nor had anyone else. So when her sponsor mentioned that in her letter, it totally affected her and made her feel special and valued. She said it was a pivotal moment in her life. Who knows how a letter you could write to a child in need might affect them; how it could change the way he/she views themself?
Kiwi’s sponsorship through Compassion Int. helped her not only as a child, but it also helped her to go on to college. Today, she works in the medical field in Texas. Kiwi says if it wasn’t for Compassion Int., she knows her life and the life of her entire family would be completely different. You can learn more about this episode of the podcast and Kiwi’s story here:
After I first listened, I knew we had to sponsor a child of our own. I immediately checked out Compassion’s website. When you go on to it, you can see hundreds of pictures of children just waiting to be sponsored. You will also be given a bit of information about them such as their birthdate, where they live, and how long they have been waiting for a sponsor. HEARTBREAKING! 💔I ended up choosing an 8-year-old girl named Felicia, who lives in East Indonesia. Her picture spoke to me. She and I also share the same birthday, so that makes her extra special! I have enjoyed writing her letters and knowing that not only can we help her financially, but spiritually as well. Hopefully, she knows that someone halfway around the world cares about her and prays for her.
Below is a link to Compassion’s website. You will also find one on my homepage of the blog, where I plan to highlight a new charity every month.