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It’s Compassion Sunday!

It’s Compassion Sunday!  I have more beautiful children from the new Honduran project, Tu Reino Aqui, to present here, but first I want to share a few notes from my experience and observations of what makes Compassion such an amazingly wonderful child sponsorship organization as it lifts children from poverty and changes their story.

I love Compassion’s discipleship model.

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This is how I see a striking difference in Compassion’s program.  The children are essentially discipled in their Christian faith, to know God personally, and live out that faith in every area of their lives.  Compassion works through the child’s local church, training leaders from within the church to teach and lead the children, and in the process, these adults benefit from the teaching and training for their own lives.  The whole local church is built up and strengthened, rather than depending on others to come in and do the work for them.

I love Compassion’s commitment to the individual child.

Each Compassion child is in the program until they either complete the program and graduate, or choose to leave.  This is a significant difference.  Each child is built up, taught, encouraged, and helped in discovering their interests, dreams, and abilities. 

I love Compassion’s commitment to the individual sponsor.

While I had already noticed this difference in my interactions with Compassion, I especially noticed this difference when I personally visited their headquarters in Colorado Springs.  This was a couple summers ago when Colorado was raging with wildfires, and we were planning an all day drive down from the NW corner of the state where we were vacationing, to the opposite side of the state so we could visit.  When we arrived, there was such a welcoming atmosphere at Compassion, from the woman greeting us, to the family living room, to Compassion arranging a private tour for us since we missed the last group tour of the day.  Everything about the experience that day left an indelibly positive memory.

I love Compassion’s commitment to integrity.

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While Compassion works in the local churches, there is accountability for integrity in the way the finances are handles and the program is implemented.  When the mark is missed, the project or leadership are helped in reaching Compassion’s high standard in order to remain in the program.  I appreciate this safeguard, and know that I can trust Compassion’s work to be carried out faithfully.

I love Compassion’s commitment to Jesus Christ.

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This is really both my first reason as well as my bottom line!  The only real change in people’s lives will come about because of the work of the Holy Spirit as people commit to the Lord Jesus Christ.  I love that the gospel is given, and the community is nurtured and strengthened in living for Jesus.

These are a few of my key reasons of why I love Compassion!  I invite you to experience the Compassion difference by sponsoring one of these precious children, and making an eternal difference in their lives.

1 ~ Rosa Maria

Rosa Maria is 8 years old, and her birthday is June 6, 2006. She is 8 years old. She lives with her father and her mother, and she helps at home by washing clothes, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. For fun, Rosa enjoys playing jacks and singing. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.

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2 ~ Paula Carlybeth

Paula Carlybeth is 4 years old, and her birthday is September 2, 2010. She makes her home with her mother, and helps in the home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer, and there are 3 children in the family. Paula is not attending school because she is too young, but attends church activities regularly. Playing with dolls, hide-and-seek and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Jose Adelmo

3 ~ Jose Adelmo

Jose Adelmo is 6 years old, and his birthday is December 5, 2008. He lives with his father and his mother, and helps at home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family. Adelmo is not presently attending school, but he attends church activities regularly. Soccer, playing with cars, and running are his favorite activities.

Bertha Lidia

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4 ~ Bertha Lidia

Bertha Lidia is 4 years old, and her birthday is July 31, 2010. She makes her home with her mother, and helps in the home by running errands. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer, and there are 2 children in the family. Bertha is not attending school because she is too young, but she attends church activities and Bible class regularly. Playing house, playing with dolls and running are her favorite activities.

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5 ~ Marco Antonio

Marco is 9 years old, and his birthday is February 17, 2006. He lives with his grandfather and his grandmother, and helps at home by carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands. His grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and his grandmother maintains the home, and there are 2 children in the family. For fun, Marco enjoys soccer, playing with cars and hide-and-seek. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

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6 ~ Yasmary Nohemy

Yasmary is 9 years old, and her birthday is December 4, 2005. She lives with her father and her mother, and helps in the home by making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Playing jacks and jumping rope are Yasmary’s favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Interested in sharing in the Compassion difference?

If you want to help bring God’s Kingdom here for one of these children, contact me here to sponsor. And it will be my joy to take photos of your sponsored child for you when I visit Tu Reino Aqui this summer.

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I Know You Are Here

Last summer I was privileged to meet my sweet Daniela in Honduras and visit her in her home… give her hugs… meet her family…  sit on her hard little bed as I tried to take in her surroundings and understand what her life is like in her circumstances.   As her sponsor, I am so blessed to write to her as we develop a precious relationship together, and I rejoice to see her blossom with confidence and grow in her abilities.  I love sharing gifts with her, praying for her, and dreaming of the next trip to visit her.  But as much as I would like, I cannot be there in person on a regular basis to see her, help her, and encourage her.

But there is One who can… and Who is there.

While each letter I receive is a delight, her letter yesterday was a special blessing as she shared her favorite worship song with me, Tu Estas Aqui ~ You Are Here.  As I read the words she shared with me from this song, I knew I had to find it and hear it for myself, for my own heart of worship to the Lord.  

Though my eyes
can’t see you, I can feel you
I know you are here.
Though my hands
can’t touch your face, Lord
I know you are here.

My heart can feel your presence.
You are here, you are here
I can sense your majesty.
You are here, you are here

My heart can see your beauty.
You are here, you are here.
I can feel your great love.
You are here, you are here.

You are here, you are here.

As you listen to this, join with me in letting your heart respond in worship the One Who is there for each of our sponsored children… the One Who is here for each of us.

Aunque mis ojos
no te puedan ver, te puedo sentir,
Sé que estás aquí.
Aunque mis manos
no puedan tocar, tu rostro Señor,
Sé que estás aquí,

Mi corazón, puede sentir tu Presencia,
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí
Puedo sentir, tu majestad
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

Mi corazón, puede mirar tu hermosura,
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí
Puedo sentir, tu gran amor
Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

Tú estás aquí, Tú estás aquí

We are so privileged to get to pour into the lives of each of these children, and have the Lord pour back into our hearts and lives.  My greatest desire and prayer for my own sons and daughters, grandchildren and sponsored children is that they intimately know the Lord, experience the sweetness of His Presence, hear His voice, and live with hearts of love and worship for Him.  This is the greatest release from poverty of all.

Would you like to share in the blessing of pouring God’s love into the life of another child, that they would know the sweetness of His Presence?  I love Dulce’s name, which means sweetness.   She is enrolled in the new compassion project in Honduras, Your Kingdom Here, which I will be visiting this summer.  She is 3 years old, and her birthday is December 6, 2011.

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Dulce lives with her father and her mother, and even at the tender age of 3, she helps in carrying water, gathering firewood and running errands.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. Dulce is not attending school because she is too young, but she attends church activities and Bible class regularly.  Playing with dolls, running and playing group games are her favorite activities.

It is only $38/month to sponsor Dulce through Compassion International, and it is a life-changing investment that will not only affect her heart and life, but also that of her family and community.  Contact me here to sponsor Dulce.  And as my gift to you, I will email the full size photo of Princesa Dulce for you to write a special letter to her.

 

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Come and Let Your Glory Fall

Come and let Your glory fall…

Tu Reino Aqui

My heart has been so captivated by this new Honduran project, Tu Reino Aqui, that I and the others on the team will be visiting this summer.  The more that I have been learning about it, the more my heart yearns for this community.   I have become more and more passionate to see this group of people blessed and encouraged not only through Compassion’s child sponsorship program, but by believers coming alongside to see God’s glory revealed in their lives.  This photo of their church shows their passionate hearts also to see God’s glory revealed.

Come and let Your glory fall…

I’ve had this song in my spirit the past week which expresses the same desire of Tu Reino Aqui…  Your Kingdom Here…

Come and let Your glory fall…

Located in a very rural, mountainous community that is especially poor even for Honduras, the typical homes have dirt floors and mud walls such as those that I saw in Yolani’s community last summer. However, the average income for adults in this new project is only $50/month, which is 1/3 the income of Yolani’s already desperately poor community.

Here is my own sponsored child from Tu Reino Aqui, 6 year old Maybeline Juleysi.  I can hardly wait to meet this precious girl this summer!  But even more than that, I long for the glory of God to come for her life.  I pray for her to have a heart hungry for God’s presence and glory, hungry to hear His voice, hungry to walk in intimacy with Him her whole life through.  I desire that she will be a child of great faith, to live a life filled with God’s miracles done on her behalf.  This precious child has no earthly father in her home, so that has caused me to desire even more that she will know the love of her Heavenly Father and the care that He has for her… that she will know that she is beloved, loveable, and worthy of love, for that is what her name means.

Come and let Your glory fall…

For the past 2 weeks, I and the other advocates who will be visiting Tu Reino Aqui in July have been praying for the children we are advocating for.  It has been so beautiful to see 10% of the children from this new project already sponsored!  That’s 20 of the 200 children… we are so excited that today we reached this first milestone!  Our dream is to see all 200 sponsored by the time we arrive…  that’s a huge undertaking, but not impossible with God.

So here is the next child I am featuring…

Ludin Arely

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Ludin Arely is 9 years old, and her birthday is May 3, 2005.

Ludin lives with her father and her mother.  Her duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning.  There are 3 children in the family.  Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  Jumping rope is Ludín’s favorite activity. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.

Are you the one who will sponsor this precious girl, and who will pray for the kingdom and glory of God to fill her life?  It is only $38/month to sponsor a child with Compassion.  Contact me here to sponsor Ludin.  You can view her regular photo on this page, and I will also email the full sized photo of Princesa Ludin for her sponsor to write her a special letter about being a princess in God’s kingdom. 

Come and let Your glory fall…

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Stopping for the One

heidibakerGod rocked my world and my heart 11 years ago by the life and testimony of one incredibly precious and powerful woman of our generation, Heidi Baker.  As a result of hearing her speak one evening at a conference about intimacy with God, I cried out to the Lord to know Him MORE, and as a result, He shook me, freed me, and set me on fire for Him with a love far greater than I had ever known in my 40+ years of being a Christian and walking with Him.

I became a lover of God consumed with the desire to always experience His Presence, hear His voice, and see His glory revealed.

One of the greatest things I learned from Heidi’s testimony is that God is looking for passionate lovers who will lay down their lives for Him.  Lovers who will be so filled with His love that they cannot say “No” to anything He asks of them.  Lovers who will love so sacrificially that it won’t even seem like a sacrifice because they are so passionately in love with Him.  Lovers who won’t merely be content to have a good feeling in their hearts, but who will rock their world with what they do.

Because love looks like something.

For Heidi and her husband, Rolland, missionaries in Mozambique, love looks like taking in thousands of children off of the streets and out of the dumps, and caring for them.  She is their beloved Mama Aida.  Children who had nothing to eat were given food.  Children who needed someone to care for them received that care.  Little girls who were reduced to selling their bodies for enough money to buy a can of pop were rescued and taught that they were deserving of honor and respect.  Children who desperately needed to be hugged and held, were embraced with arms of love.  Children who needed healing and miracles both for their bodies and for their souls received God’s transforming work in their lives for His glory.

How does a person take in 10,000 children?  I mean, that’s like totally mind boggling crazy!

She did this by stopping for the one.  One by one.

And because Jesus showed her that there would always be enough, she could boldly go to the brothels, dumps, and streets to pick up dirty, ragged, forgotten, unwanted children, one by one, and bring them home. 

We may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the vast numbers of people needing help, ministries to support, and situations everywhere we turn that need help.  There are desperate needs in our own communities and in our neighborhoods.  In the case of helping with child sponsorship, we can be overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of children who need sponsors… and by the many children that some of us wish that we could sponsor. 

While it is unlikely that very many of us can move to a foreign country to take care of the vast numbers of homeless and orphaned children, we can come alongside organizations like Compassion to help with one child.  And then maybe one more.  One by one.  We can ask God to prepare our hearts to stop for the one… the one in front of us… the one that He puts on our hearts.  As Heidi says, It’s not complicated to stop for the one.

“I pray for radical love to just rock this generation, God.  I ask for love to just come in and stretch every heart, God.  Show them what love looks like, God… so that they would stop for the one every single day of their lives.”  Heidi Baker

What might radical love look like in our lives today?  It may be as simple as stopping for the one who calls you on the phone and needs a listening ear… when you’re busy doing something that you would rather do.  It may mean stopping for the one at work who is overwhelmed and helping them with a specific need… when you’d rather not get involved.  It may mean preparing a meal today for a neighbor… when you had a fun activity that you wanted to do instead.  It may mean stopping to pray with a stranger in need of healing… stepping totally out of your comfort zone.  Radical love may mean giving away a sizable money gift to someone in need today.  It may mean giving a hug to one who is lonely or speaking a kind word to one who is weary… giving to others rather than focusing on what you need.

Whatever that act of radical love looks like for today, it will probably be a call to do something other than what we feel like doing.  It may be something that we need to step out in faith, in some way, to accomplish.

What about you?  Is your heart open to say YES! to anything the Lord asks of you?  Are you willing to sacrifice some of the pleasant comforts that you surround your life with so that children in poverty can have a taste of radical, transforming love in their lives?  You may already be living a very radical life in the ministries that you are involved with, or how you serve others.  I am here to challenge you to ask yourself if you have become comfortable with the level that you are being radical.  Are you willing to go further in radical love?  Are you wiling to stop for one more?  Who is the one God would have you stop for today?

Here is one.

AxelAxel David is 4 years old, and his birthday is September 15, 2010.  He lives with his grandmother, and there are 3 children in this family.  At home, his duties include carrying water and gathering firewood, and his grandmother is sometimes employed as a laborer.  Axel is not attending school because he is too young, but he attends church activities and Bible class regularly.  Soccer, running and playing group games are his favorite activities.  His Compassion project is a brand new project in Honduras, called Tu Reino Aqui… Your Kingdom Here.

Maybe you are already sponsoring one or more children, and you feel stretched.  Find out if God is calling you to sacrifice in other ways so that you can stretch again to embrace yet another child and sponsor this one for $38/month.  If He is calling you to step out in faith to sponsor your first child, or to take in another child, He says that there will always be enough.

If you are the one who feels called to sponsor Axel, contact me here.

And as with the other children I am advocating for from Tu Reino Aqui, here is a gift for Axel’s new sponsor.  I will email you the full resolution of this photo to use in writing a special letter to this precious boy.

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