Friday, 22 November 2013

Welcome! :)

Welcome to my blog! I started this blog to be part of the Compassion International Bloggers network and be able to write about their awesome work as well as writing about the little girl I sponsor through Compassion. :) Her name is Chinaidine Mesidor, she is four years old and she is from Haiti. I’ve only just started sponsoring her so I do not have a photo yet but I will post one on here when it arrives. :) I decided to sponsor her in particular because she had a real look of hopelessness in her eyes which melted my heart and she was also a ‘waiting child’ which meant she had been waiting longer than six months for a sponsor after being registered by Compassion.
The Compassion Bloggers network send out ‘assignments’ once or twice a month (more during September – blog month) so this blog will be updated at least that often but also when I have something new and exciting to share about Chinaidine or just a Compassion related post I feel like making! :)  I've initially put up a few posts as a sort of 'starter kit' and now I plan to build on that with the Compassion assignments and news about Chinaidine. :)
My aim for this blog is that it will help others to learn about the wonderful work Compassion is doing, have fun learning about Chinaidine with me and to share not only about Compassion International but about where the Compassion is sourced from – Jesus Christ! :)
I would love for you to join me as I go on my Compassion International Journey through letters, blog posts, and updates! :-)
Jess :-) .
Sponsor a Child in Jesus Name with Compassion

Monday, 18 November 2013

Community Development and Child Development

When it comes to Child sponsorship there are two main ways that it is accomplished. Both of these ways can accomplish a lot and be a great tool in the fight against poverty.

Who's Rich Enough?

I always knew I was very blessed and felt very grateful for everything God had given me, not just physically but friends and family including the best husband a person could ask, a wonderful job and most importantly salvation through his son Jesus!

It's a Heart Issue

When it comes to giving money it's not a question of 'how much' but instead 'how'. The way we give our money is more important than the amount that we give. Jesus brought up this point when he was teaching his disciples (Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4)

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Don't Put Your Blinders On!

Horses can be easily distracted or spooked so if your livelihood depended on getting a horse to go somewhere in an quick and efficient fashion then you would want to use blinders. Back in the day when horses for used for almost everything blinders were a common sight, now you would probably have to go to the racetrack to see them. Contrary to how they sound they are not cruel - thank goodness!, they do however restrict how much a horse can see and generally limit the horse to only seeing out in front of them.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Urgent Philippines Appeal!

In the wake of the Typhoon that hit the Philippines, the people of that country are in desperate need of medical care, shelter, food, clothing, and other necessities as well the knowledge that others are caring for them across the world. Two great ways you can help with this is to donate to Compassion’s Philippines fund and to pray for the people in the Philippines. Any amount of money you’d be able to give would be appreciated as every bit goes a long way to helping these people have their immediate needs met and start the recovery. This is a good opportunity to show love not only to our Christian brothers and sisters over there but also to our international neighbours and to be able to offer a beacon of hope through our heart-felt donations and prayers.
If you want to make a donation, no matter how small it might seem, here is a link to the Compassion website or just click on the picture on the right! :)
Here is also a link that contains updates about Compassion’s child development centres in the Philippines and specific prayer points, so far all the Compassion sponsored children from the Philippines are safe and accounted for – praise God!
Galations 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

What Does Compassion Do?

To start with I thought I would do a post about what Compassion does. :) 
Compassion International has offices all across the world, their main headquarters are in the USA but anyone can sponsor through their regional office or the US office – even if they don’t live in the US! They have sponsorship programs in 26 countries around the world and have released over 2 million children from poverty in Jesus’ name! :) I actually live in New Zealand and we have Tear Fund which is the same organisation as Compassion but under a different name, they do great work too! The reason I chose a Compassion sponsored child is when I was looking at their website (for fun :) ) I saw a picture of her and she melted my heart and I knew I had to sponsor her! :)