Monday, November 10, 2008

Operation Christmas Child


National Collection Week is November 17-24.

Operation Christmas Child , brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love. Since 1993, more than 61 million shoe boxes have been packed, shipped, and delivered across the globe.

People of all ages can be involved in this simple, hands-on missions project while focusing on the true meaning of Christmas—Jesus Christ.

1. Wrap a standard size shoebox, keeping the lid wrapped separtely.
2. Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl and what age.
3. Fill with gifts (school supplies, toys, hygiene items - no liquids please, hard candy - double bag candy please - mints, gum, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, flashlights (with extra batteries).
4. Include a small donation of $7.00 for each shoe box that you prepare, to help with shipping.
5. Place a rubber band around each box. Drop off at the collection center nearest you during the collection week: November 17-24.


Operation Christmas Child begins and ends with the Gospel story.

For locations and hours of collection visit the Drop-Off Locations page where you can find the nearest place to take your shoe box by entering your ZIP Code or you can call 1-800-353-5949.

For more information go to for a detailed listing of gift suggestions.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Please Pray

Wow, do these bloggers have some stories to tell! You can read about them by clicking on any of their blogs from my previous post. You can see their photos here: and their video coverage here: .

These bloggers are seeing firsthand what poverty really looks like. They are also getting to see firsthand how Compassion International not only helps release these children from poverty but how they minister to them as a whole person.

Please join me in prayer for these Compassion bloggers and their leaders; for their safety and effectiveness and for their spiritual and physical health as they continue working in the Dominican Republic throughout the week. Whether you feel that you can sponsor a child or not, God calls all of us to PRAY.

Share your love, prayers and support with a boy or girl who lives in poverty. Children are waiting now. YOU could make a difference in a child's life.

Learn more about sponsoring a child in need! Go to Compassion International now.

Monday, November 03, 2008

The Dominican Republic

As one of Compassion International's bloggers I am asked to spread the word about the trip to the Dominican Republic. Compassion International is leading a team of 6 bloggers to the Dominican Republic this week, Nov. 2-7, to see the Compassion ministry firsthand. Compassion is asking everyone to pray for these blogggers and to be "praying for their spiritual and physical health, their family back home, and that God would give them the words and creativity to express what they experience this week." You can even follow along by reading what these bloggers have to say while they are on this trip:

Melanie from

Mary from

Tim (and his son) from

Marlboro Man (and his two daughters) from

Jennifer from

Brian Seay and Shaun Groves will co-lead the trip on behalf of Compassion International.

What an exciting thrill it must be to get to go on a trip and see firsthand what Compassion International is all about and to meet their very own sponsored child/children. I, too, hope that one day to go on one of these types of trips with Compassion International, and possibly meet our own sponsored child, as well. What an experience it would be.

For those of you reading this that are not familiar with Compassion International, they exists as a "Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 24 countries."

I would like to encourage all of you to consider supporting Compassion International by sponsoring a child for only about a dollar a day. YOU could make a difference in a child's life. Go to Compassion International and become a sponsor today.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Blogging for Compassion International

Well, I've decided to become an official blogger for Compassion International. What this means is that I will be given a blogging assignment every month to use my influence through blogging to transform the lives of children in poverty and to spread the word about Compassion's ministry to children in the developing world. Come back often and read how Compassion International is releasing children from proverty in Jesus' name. Go to Compassion International for more information on how you too can help change a child's life.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Our Sponsored Child

His name is Riski. He is 12 years old and was born on the same day and year as our youngest son. He lives in Indonesia with his father and his mother and two siblings. He is responsible for carrying water, caring for children, and running errands. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.

Riski's favorite activities are singing, art, and bicycling. In middle school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class, and Vacation Bible School.

Please remember Riski in your prayers.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Helping A Child In Poverty

Wow, today felt really good! It's such a good feeling to do good for someone else! My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of sponsoring a child through Compassion International for about a month now. However, it's so easy to put something off that's going to cost money because in this case it's another monthly expense and it's so easy to decide that you just can't afford another monthly commitment. But, God put us here on earth for his purposes. The first purpose he has given us is to serve Him and the second is to serve others; to love others as ourselves. When we put it in that prospective how could we say no to such a great cause? These children and their families don't have much and our little tiny sacrafice of just about a dollar a day can really help change a life! It is going to be so exciting to communicate with this child as he grows and to receive letters and pictures from him and just to learn about his culture. Who knows maybe one day we could even take a trip to Indonesia to meet him!

You too could help a child in poverty. Just go to Compassion International and search for a child from a country of your interest, or by birthdate, or age, or gender. It only costs about a dollar a day. We all can find a way to save back just a dollar a day for such a child in need. While you will be be a blessing to an entire family, you will also receive blessings in return.
"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me." Matthew 18:5