Thursday, September 29, 2011

58: Fast. Forward. The End of Poverty

58: is a Christ-centered global initiative to end extreme poverty. The name comes from Isaiah 58 where God desires that his people carry out a True Fast, one that cares for the poor and oppressed. It isn’t just another organization. It’s a Christ-centered global initiative working with the best anti-poverty organizations to achieve the greatest results. Compassion International  is one of 10 Christian organizations affiliated with 58. is a place for you to connect with others in responding to that challenge. Your friends, your church or fellowship group, your class or business…together we are forming an unprecedented alliance of Christians, churches and poverty-fighting organizations to bring an end to extreme poverty.

The strategy is to connect thousands of churches, teams of people like you, with thousands of local projects around the world. The more people involved, the greater the impact because at 58: the power is in the numbers.

Please take a moment to reflect on Isaiah 58 and pray about how God is asking you to respond.

Isaiah 58

True Fasting
 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
   Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
   and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out;
   they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
   and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
   and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say,
   ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
   and you have not noticed?’
   “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
   and exploit all your workers.
4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife,
   and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
   and expect your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
   only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
   and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
   a day acceptable to the LORD?
 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
   and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
   and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
   and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
   and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
   and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
   and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer;
   you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
   “If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
   with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
   and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
   and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
   he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
   and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
   like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
   and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
   Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
 13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
   and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
   and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
   and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
   and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
   and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
            For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Volunteering at Shaun Groves concert.

I had the privilege to volunteer at a Compassion event for Shaun Groves at Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, MN.

Shaun and I at the end of the "coffee house concert" when all the child packets were packed up.

Let me tell you how humbled I was meeting and talking with this incredible man of God and amazing voice for children in poverty. The only reason why he tours now is to raise awareness FOR Compassion International! Please consider purchasing his latest c.d., Third World Symphony. Please also check out Teena's Blog, "Grace.Mercy. Peace." to check out the reason behind the name of this new album. Please also check out his interview with Fox News about his album and inspiration from Compassion International. Thank you Shaun for all you do for children in poverty!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sponsor a child and win lots of cool Compassion gear!!!

Jill, over at Compassion Family, has an AMAZING give-away on her blog. She is in need of sponsors for two beautiful little boys:

Please head over to her blog to check out the details here. She is also has an incredible Sponsor Pack for anyone who steps up to sponsor these boys. Here is a preview of what she is including in her give away.

ALSO, I have decided to join Jill in this give away. If you DO decide to step up and sponsor and you are a follower of BOTH Jill and my blogs, I will throw in a Welcome Kit that I have for new sponsorships. Check out the details here and check out the picture below to see what is included.

Please e-mail me at angel_55425(at)yahoo(dot)com to let me know that you stepped up to sponsor. Please also let Jill know that you either saw it on my blog or that you are also a follower of my blog so that I can get the kit sent out to you.

Thank you in advance for whoever decides to sponsor these dear ones. I encourage you to pray that God will put them on someone's heart. Also, thank you Jill for all you do for Compassion and God's children! Take care and God Bless!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Alternate Winner of Give-Away!!!

A big, big thank you to Teena and her honesty, I have picked a new third place winner for the Compassion swirly sticker.

Congratulations....... Lysa!!!

Please e-mail me at angel_55425(at)yahoo(dot)com and let me know if you would like the large sticker (4"X7.5") or the small sticker (3"X6.5"). Congratulations and thank you again for all who participated!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

And the Winners are....

Thank you to all of you who participated in my first give away! There was a total of 32 entries - so much more than I expected for my first give away!

The winner of the Faces of Compassion book is..... Jill Foley!

The second and third winners of the Compassion stickers are Teena and browneyedgirl4!

Please send me an e-mail with your name and address and I will get your prizes out to you. If you are a recipient of one of the Compassion stickers, please let me know if you would like the large or the small sticker. You may e-mail me at angel_55425(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Please be sure to come back and participate again!! I will hang on to the entries that were from this round for the next round. I will most likely have it around November.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Free Give Away!!!

Hey Everyone!

Welcome to my first ever give-away! Thanks to Jill and her blog over at Compassion Family, I have created a book through that can be used at your Compassion events. I named the book, "The Faces of Compassion International." It is a collection of pictures that I have used in powerpoints when I hold a Compassion presentation.

I plan to have this at the table with all of the child packets for Compassion Sunday's and other events that I volunteer with for Compassion. Inside, not only will you find pictures of children who benefit from Compassion International's various programs, but you will also find scriptures that directly quote children and poverty. This could be a great tool for even a one on one discussion with a potential sponsor. It offers a face to the verses that God's word tells us.

There are several ways to enter... are you ready?

1. Follow my blog! This will earn you 1 entry. (I will include all new followers dated 9-12-11 through the end of the give-away.)
2. If you already follow my blog, recruit another blogger to follow my blogs. Reply to this blog telling me who you referred. This will earn you 3 entries. (One for the recruit, one since you already follow, and another one for commenting!)
3. Post this blogpost on your own blog, telling them about the give-away. This will earn you 2 entries.
4. Mention this blog through another avenue of social media. (Ex. Facebook, Twitter, OurCompassion, etc....) Let me know where your post it. Every different avenue you post will earn you 1 entry.
5. Make a comment on one of my previous blogposts. (I will include every comment dated 9-12-11 through the end of the give-away.) Each comment will earn you 1 entry.... PLUS.... You can earn up to 7 entries for every different comment you make.

The grand prize will of course be the "Faces of Compassion International" photo book. I am also throwing in a 2nd and 3rd alternate winner for a Compassion sticker to be used on your car, laptop, luggage, or wherever you want to put it to spread the word about Compassion!

This give-away will last from Monday, September 12th through Sunday, September 18th. That's 7 days! I will announce winners on the evening of Monday, September 19th. This will be the first of many give-aways, so please check back again!!  Good luck everyone!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Power of Prayer

James 5:16 "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective." (NIV)

In any given situation, how often do we forget the power of prayer? Prayer should be the first thing on our minds in times of crisis, sorrow, confusion, and anger - but also remember to pray in times of joy, gladness, happiness, and celebration. Praying to God can bring about change. God is the one who is in control! He can tell us all to "Drop Dead!" and we all would. God simply asks us to obey his commands. Who better to talk to than the Almighty, creator of heaven and of earth?

After reflecting about this past week, I realize that I can never prayer enough. In the book of Revelation, it is stated that our prayers are placed in golden bowls before God's throne. No matter what we pray, God listens. There are things that I pray for on a daily basis. I pray for my friends and family who have and who haven't found God, for all the people in my work environment (staff and students), that I can surrender myself to God and His will for my life, and for my three Compassion children. Above all of that, I thank God in my prayers that I was alive to pray that prayer and for the good and bad things that happened during the day.

Like many of you, Compassion International is an organization that is very near and dear to my heart. I joined the Prayer Partners Network through Compassion in February 2010. I admit that I need to be better at my consistency with prayers, but I like the structure that Compassion has provided to allow for the needs of the workers and of the children to be prayed over. I encourage you to join me in praying for the children and workers of Compassion as they are carrying out Jesus' will to make disciples of all nations - beginning with the children. Also, be sure to mark The National Day of Prayer on your calendar. It is always the first Thursday in May.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Compassion: The Official Street Team

Many of us have a passion for serving children and families in poverty. We may be sponsors, correspondents, child advocates, and event volunteers... but there is still more that we want to do to get involved!
I came across this blog last year telling be about Compassion's Street Team on FanCorps. FanCorps is an organization that is in the business of running “street teams.” It began with music artists and expanded into non-profit organizations.

Compassion uses FanCorps as a platform to evangelize about Compassion's ministry through social networking. How it works is there is a list of "orders" or "assignments" that Compassion comes up with for members to fulfill. Each order is given a point value. Point can be used to earn free prizes through Compassion. Many of these items are also found in the Compassion Store, while others include Christian music, movies, and discounts for Sponsor Tours (my favorite). 

The nice thing, is that you do not have to be a sponsor or an advocate to join (although it is a big plus if you already are). When you sign-up, for free, you will receive ideas, “assignments” and periodic updates that you can use in your ministry of advocating for children in poverty. Pick and choose what you want to do, watch as God uses this team to be His light in the darkness of poverty, and get some cool stuff while you’re at it. 

Please feel free to contact me if you have any question in regards to this ministry. I absolutely love being a part of it because I can participate as much or as little as I please. Try it and see if this is something you can use in your Compassion ministry.

Specific information courtesy of Compassion International:

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