If you need more proof as to the work that Compassion is doing all around the world, read this!
Every year, Compassion sends out update letters from the project directors that work with Compassion all across the world. Here are some highlights from the update letters I received today:
First, from the Director of Blanca’s project in Ecuador:
He says “We are very grateful for the support Compassion International and the sponsors of our children have provided for 27 years to the children and teenagers of our country who are living in extreme poverty.” In the past year they have been able to implement a dressmaking workshop where teenagers are learning to sew jackets, t-shirts and blouses, thanks to a Complementary Intervention. They have also been able to build a new playground (now I want to go visit again and check out the new playground)! He asks for prayer for his community because he wants to be able to reach more people with God’s Word.
Next up is Saymen’s Project Director in Ethiopia.
He says that his city is growing fast. His church is doing a lot of work “to preach gospel to those who haven’t heard about Christ Jesus.” There are 250 children currently attending the project. He says “I encourage every sponsor, who is able, to visit these children and to see the impact of their support on the children” (if only he knew how much I want to go to Ethiopia!).
And next, the director of Kaveri’s project in India:
He says “Our children are from the nearby area where we do not have any basic facilities. Sponsorship means a lot to them. The children change when they come to our center. Their bad behaviour, negative attitudes, and disobedience change for the better with the help of the staff.” He says the project is “becoming a center of attraction in our community”. They have a Child Protection Committee that “raises its voice on behalf of every child in the region for any injustice they endure.” He also says, get this—“Every child receives letters”! That is amazing! He says, understandably, that this makes the children and their parents very happy. He asks for prayer so the children and the parents he serves can “know God more intimately.” *Kaveri's project is still under suspension.
Next is Jose’s Project Director in Peru.
He says that many children and teenagers’ lives are being impacted through this ministry. He hopes they will become “mature Christians, responsible and upright, ready to transform society.” He asks for prayers for the “growth and holistic development of our children, teenagers and youth so they can be the instruments to take the gospel to their families and to bring a change in their homes.” He also asks for prayers for wisdom for the church leaders and congregation.
And last but certainly not least, the director of Rosalie’s project in the Philippines!
He says that “This year 80% of our children ages 3-11 already know how to pray independently. Changes in their behaviour towards other children are also visible.” Complementary Intervention funds helped the project this year by providing an opportunity to renovate their learning areas and kitchen. This project had visitors from South Korea last year! He says “continue to pray for all of us, especially our physical and spiritual state so we can continue ministering [to] our sponsored children and our community.”
Please remember to keep your sponsored child and the staff that care for them in your prayers!