Compassion: 46 More

Follow the Compassion Bloggers in UgandaThe Compassion Bloggers are back!! Have you been following along with their stories? I love hearing about God at work.

So far 354 children have been sponsored. We need your help in reaching the goal of 400 kiddos getting a chance to know the love of a sponsor and to know more about God. Sponsor a child today!

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Here are a few stories from the Compassion bloggers that tugged at my heart:

Emily Freeman – Blogger at Chatting At The Sky

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Jeff Goins – Blogger at Jeff Goins Writer

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Joy Wilson – Blogger at Joy The Baker

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Myquillyn Smith – Blogger at The Nesting Place

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Brianne McKoy – Team Leader at Compassion Blog

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Shaun Groves – Team Leader at ShaunGroves.com

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Read more about our Compassion children, Solissa in the Dominican Republic and Lucnise in Haiti: Our First Compassion Child | Coloring and Drawing | Email Your Compassion Kid! | What to Send to Your Compassion Kid | Write to Your Compassion Kid! Compassion Bloggers Trips: Uganda | Social Media | The Roadshow 2014 Tour

Compassion: The Roadshow 2014 Tour

Follow the Compassion Bloggers in UgandaOur friend is a volunteer coordinator for Compassion, so she hooked me up a volunteer gig at a Compassion event (The Roadshow). When I arrived I met a couple who were child advocates. They registered me and gave me a volunteer sticker with my name on it. I was assigned to be a packer passer (or aisle runner).

One of the volunteer coordinators gave us a briefing on what to expect and what to do. All of the volunteers then were escorted up to the concourse (where all the other vendors were and the main Compassion booth was). The Packer Passers were given a bright blue Compassion apron with a money bag in the pockets with pens and packets of children that need to be sponsored.

I was assigned two sections where I was to go up and down the aisles holding up packets in hopes that people in the audience would want to sponsor needy children. Unfortunately, I was assigned one of the upper level sections, where there were only a handful of people. A few minutes after we were supposed to be walking up and down the aisles, security closed off the entire top deck due to lack of people there. The Packet Passers in the lower levels had much more success. In fact, 188 children were sponsored that night!

All of the volunteers then turned in their materials and got to sit in empty seats and watch the rest of the artists that were playing/performing that night. I got to watch Third Day and Jamie Grace. Skillet, Andy Mineo, Royal Tailor, We As Human, Soulfire Revolution, Vertical Church Band, and The Neverclaim were also there.

After my volunteer time, I got a chance to FaceTime with my girls (since the arena had WiFi) before their bedtime. I showed them inside the arena and outside on the concourse, including the Jamie Grace booth.

I talked to one of the volunteers who worked Jamie Grace’s booth and she told me that Jamie Grace was going to be signing after the show. I ended up staying late after the show, bought a poster, and Jamie Grace signed it for my girls. Not bad for one night’s (volunteer) work.

The Roadshow 2014 event made an impact on 188 children! Can we help make an impact on the lives of 400 more children? Let’s do it!! 167 children have been sponsored so far, but there are more waiting. SPONSOR A CHILD TODAY!

– Norm

Compassion: Bloggers on Social Media

Follow the Compassion Bloggers in UgandaWe’re following the Compassion Bloggers on their trip to Uganda. I’m not usually an emotional person, but those pics and stories can get you smiling, crying, laughing…all at the same time. If you are on social media, you need to follow the Compassion Bloggers! They have been sharing with us their experience in Uganda, and how Compassion is impacting children there. The bloggers are blogging daily, but they are also posting photos on Instagram, and tweeting through the day when they can.

Are you social media? Well, you’re reading this post, aren’t you? Then, you are! You can head over to the Compassion Bloggers website to read their daily posts, or you can read them on their individual blogs (linked below).

Compassion Bloggers Uganda Team
Wess Stafford – Compassion President Emeritus | Twitter
Shaun Groves – Team Leader at ShaunGroves.com | Instagram | Twitter
Brianne McKoy – Team Leader at Compassion Blog | Instagram | Twitter
Emily Freeman – Blogger at Chatting At The Sky | Instagram | Twitter
Jeff Goins – Blogger at Jeff Goins Writer | Instagram | Twitter
Joy Wilson – Blogger at Joy The Baker | Instagram | Twitter
Myquillyn Smith – Blogger at The Nesting Place | Instagram | Twitter
Mike Varel – Photographer at Mike Varel digital storytelling | Twitter

compassionbloggersYou can check out their tweets on the Compassion Bloggers twitter list. To see some photos, head over to Instagram (or statigr.am or Ink361 if you don’t have an IG account)…and more photos on Flickr.

During this trip, the team, Compassion bloggers, and Compassion advocates will be bringing awareness to poverty in Uganda and what Compassion is doing for the families who are able to be connected with them. We are hoping to get 400 children sponsored through their blog trip. Can you imagine 400 children getting sponsors in these 5 days? Four hundred children who will have someone to encourage them and show them Jesus’ love. So far 109 children have been sponsored. CLICK HERE to sponsor a child now! If you are unable to sponsor a child, will you pray for the 400 with us?

Read more about our Compassion children, Solissa in the Dominican Republic and Lucnise in Haiti: Our First Compassion Child | Coloring and Drawing | Email Your Compassion Kid! | What to Send to Your Compassion Kid | Write to Your Compassion Kid!

Compassion: Bloggers Trip {Uganda}

Follow the Compassion Bloggers in UgandaThis year will be the 5th year Compassion is sending bloggers on the Compassion Bloggers trip. A team of 7 is in Uganda this year…RIGHT NOW actually!! They are blogging daily from January 27-31 in Uganda. The first two days, the team have be in rural northern Uganda with families affected by Joseph Kony’s violence. After that, they will head to Kampala, the capital city, with families living in a slum at the city’s dump. Then, they will be visiting two centers, spending two days at each one.

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compassionbloggersCompassion Bloggers Uganda Team
Wess Stafford – Compassion President Emeritus
Shaun Groves – Team Leader at ShaunGroves.com
Brianne McKoy – Team Leader at Compassion Blog
Emily Freeman – Blogger at Chatting At The Sky
Jeff Goins – Blogger at Jeff Goins Writer
Joy Wilson – Blogger at Joy The Baker
Myquillyn Smith – Blogger at The Nesting Place
Mike Varel – Photographer at Mike Varel digital storytelling

During this trip, the team, Compassion bloggers, and Compassion advocates will be bringing awareness to poverty in Uganda and what Compassion is doing for the families who are able to be connected with them. We are hoping to get 400 children sponsored through their blog trip. Can you imagine 400 children getting sponsors in these 5 days? Four hundred children who will have someone to encourage them and show them Jesus’ love. So far 66 children have been sponsored. CLICK HERE to sponsor a child now! If you are unable to sponsor a child, will you pray for the 400 with us?

Read more about our Compassion children, Solissa in the Dominican Republic and Lucnise in Haiti: Our First Compassion Child | Coloring and Drawing | Email Your Compassion Kid! | What to Send to Your Compassion Kid | Write to Your Compassion Kid!

It’s A Girl!

We have been searching for a few months now. There were 2 times when we finally came upon girls who had the exact same birthdays as Emily, but they were seriously sponsored before we were able to click on any button! And then, it happened one day. My speedy fingers got a girl sponsored! I’m not quite sure that Emily knows that it means to sponsor a child, but she was pretty excited about it.

So here she is, our second Compassion daughter, Lucnise Francois. Yes, I know, quite fancy for a little girl’s name. 🙂

She is from Haiti, which is right next to where our Solissa lives, in the Dominican Republic.
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So this May 13th we will be celebrating 2 little girls’ birthdays!

We can’t wait to learn more about Haiti and put together our first piece mail to our little Lucnise! Yay!

Do you have a sponsored child? What you benefited from the relationship?

Our other blog posts about Compassion:
Our First Compassion Child | Coloring and Drawing | Email Your Compassion Kid! | What to Send to Your Compassion Kid | Write to Your Compassion Kid!

Compassion: Our First Compassion Child

We had talked about getting a Compassion child for a bit. We thought it would be cool if she was around Melody’s age. I know that when people decide on something like this they usually just take plunge. Why wait when a child is waiting? For some reason, we waited. We peeked in on the website from time to time. Most of the kids were usually older than Melody by a few months at least. And if they were younger they were picked right away before we could even make a decision.

One night, before heading to bed I decided to do a quick check. I put in the search criteria. We were looking for a girl who was 3 years old (the option is 3-5, unless you do an advanced search). And what do you know? There were 12 kids who were 3 years old available to be sponsored. If you ever look on their site, you know this is super rare. The youngest ones get sponsored fairly quickly and there are usually just 2 or 3 listed. But 12?! It’s a sign.

We started clicking on the photos. There was a girl in Mexico who was 1 month younger than Melody. We almost chose her because, hey, we could possibly go to Mexico to meet her one day. And she might not be available for sponsorship if we didn’t hurry to make a decision. Sometimes the kids are sponsored within a click of the refresh button. But we kept going. And then, there she was! Our Solissa! She is from the Dominican Republic. And guess what? Her birthday is on the exact same day as Melody’s! February 9, 2007! She also has a sibling but we don’t know how old or if it is a boy or girl.

So we did it, we sponsored a child. The next morning I told Melody about. We looked on our world map to see where Solissa lives. “Mommy, when Solissa is 4, I’m going to be 4 too!”

So that is our Compassion story. We are writing her a letter right now and Melody has already drawn her a picture and chosen stickers to give her.

We are so excited about this journey and are so glad God has blessed us enough to give to someone else.

Do you have a sponsored child? What you benefited from the relationship?