Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

There are many stereotypes about this time of year. Many people expect to be filled with warm, fuzzy feelings, and to receive every gift they asked for on Christmas Day. It's a time of year where people try harder than normal to be happy and be nice to people around them. There are, for many, certain expectations about how things should happen in the days leading up to Christmas. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with being happy, but most of the time this stereotype does not align with real life.

At my house, we have not experienced a typical Christmas season this year. A severe flu has swept through the house, leaving everyone sick and in bed, myself included. It will be a huge accomplishment if I successfully make it through my 4-hour shift at work tomorrow. We don't have time to prepare a Christmas turkey and will be ordering take-out for our Christmas dinner. We have only a bare minimum of baking accomplished at this point. The presents might not all be wrapped in time. Some may say that our Christmas has been ruined. But it hasn't!

These things are all minor compared to the reason that we celebrate the season: Christ came to earth for us! He came to take the heavy punishment for everything wrong that we've done and to give us the hope of spending eternity with Him. The season is more than presents and delicious food--it's about celebrating the reason for the hope that we have, even when life doesn't work out the way we've planned.

So whether your holidays have been full of cheer, or you're struggling with a lot of difficult things this season, remember the joy we can have in the midst of it all because our Savior was born so we would not have to face eternal suffering. He cared about us enough to meet us on our level--giving up the glories of Heaven to be born as a human baby. We, as well as our extended Compassion families around the world, can celebrate the season regardless of what's happening around us, because we know there is a day coming when Jesus will return and make everything right.

Merry Christmas!
Yujie



Friday, December 19, 2014

Welcome, Kaveri!

Hi everyone! I have exciting news today. Since Priyanka, my parents' sponsored child, is no longer in Compassion's program, they have decided to sponsor another child, which means I get a new correspondent! It became official today, so I'd like to introduce you to the newest and youngest member of my Compassion family:


This is Kaveri. She is 5 years old and lives in India. She lives with her parents and two siblings. From what I can tell, she has one brother and one sister. At home her chore is making beds. She likes playing with dolls and playing hide-and-seek. She is in kindergarten where her performance is average, and her best subject is Marathi (local language). Her project is very new--it just opened in May of this year! The region where she lives has a dry climate and plains/flat land, a lot like Saskatchewan!

The binder for letters and stickers has been bought, now I just have to wait for her information to arrive in the mail and we'll start this new adventure!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LoveJoy and Music

Hello, everyone! I have finally returned to the blogging world :)
I apologize for my prolonged absence--physical illness and a heavy homework load have meant I've had to neglect my blog for awhile. Now that the semester is winding down with only exams left to go, I have time to catch up.



As many of you probably know, Typhoon Hagupit hit the Philippines this past week. This poor country has been hit with disaster after disaster in the past year, starting with Typhoon Haiyan that devastated many Compassion-assisted families and communities. The good news is that this storm wasn't as bad as it was originally predicted to be, but there has still been significant damage. Click here to learn more about Typhoon Hagupit.

I am waiting to hear if Rosalie and Ronalie are okay (I heard the typhoon hit Manila, where they live), but in the meantime I wanted to introduce you to two other beautiful girls in this country who are currently waiting for sponsors.

One of the most practical and amazing ways we can help the people of the Philippines is to sponsor their children who are living in poverty--giving them hope for the future despite the tragedies they have recently faced. This impacts not only a child but their entire family! Sponsorship through Compassion is more than a financial transaction. It ensures that the children receive holistic support through their local church. And you can be a part of encouraging them through this difficult time by writing letters and praying for them.

I was browsing Compassion International's website tonight and found two beautiful Filipino girls with beautiful names.

This sweet little girl is Lovejoy. She just turned 8 years old on December 6, the weekend the typhoon hit. She has been waiting 313 days for a sponsor!

Lovejoy lives with her father and mother, and there are 4 children in the family. Her parents are sometimes employed as laborers. For fun she likes to play house, art, and play with dolls. In school her performance is average,

Click here to see Lovejoy's full profile on compassion.com.





This is Music. She is 6 years old and will be 7 on February 27, 2015.

She lives with her mother, and there are 3 children in the family. She is in kindergarten where her performance is average. For fun she enjoys playing house, art, and playing with dolls (is anyone else surprised that singing or listening to music didn't make it on that list?).

Click here to see Music's full profile on compassion.com



Consider reaching out and making a difference in one of these girls' lives today.