A Compassion Blogger?

A few days ago, I signed up to be a Compassion blogger.

I became at Compassion sponsor in the summer of 2008, after my freshman year of college. 

Sponsoring a child was something that I had thought about when I saw a booth at a Christian event, but hadn’t ever had the means to do before. That summer, I went to CreationFest (which is awesome, you should totally go) and once again saw the Compassion booth. Although I was still a college student, I now had a summer internship and decided that I could save the amount it would cost for me to sponsor a child for a year from my summer earnings, and make it work.

Gabriela, my sponsored child
Gabriela, my sponsored child

I choose Gabriela, a girl 10 years younger than me who lives in Peru. I choose her because I thought that we had the same birthday (May 19) but I misread her information, her birthday is actually March 19. But that’s ok, I still love her anyway.

I’m coming up on the 5 year anniversary of my sponsorship of Gabriela, and although I haven’t had a full-time job at any point during my sponsorship of her, I have always been able to make it work, and it has never seemed like a sacrifice. I can’t profess to being a great sponsor. I’ve always been able to send her sponsorship money, and often extra for her birthday and Christmas, but I have a pretty poor track record when it comes to letter writing. She only gets 2 or 3 letters from me a year, tops. It is something I would like to change, especially since you can now write your child online through the Compassion website.

So the other day, I was poking around the Compassion website and discovered that there is such a thing as a Compassion blogger and that I could be one. I found the following description and thought, “I can do that.”

Blogging about children in poverty can be a simple but powerful way to raise awareness for the most vulnerable and needy children in the world. You will receive assignments once to twice a month via email with different topics on poverty that you can blog about.

I even checked the previous topics before I signed up to make sure that they weren’t big and scary. I also created a Compassion Sunday (April 21) website, to share my story and encourage others to sponsor a child. If two people sponsor a child through my site, Gabriela’s family will receive an extra $50.  I thought that since I tend to be a slacker sponsor, it was the least I could do. Click here to read about others who have done the same thing.


Compassion International 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.

Now, that’s something I can stand behind, can’t you?

Much Love,

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” :: Matthew 25:40 (NIV)


3 thoughts on “A Compassion Blogger?”

  1. I loved your blog your very admirable for keeping up with payments for your sponsor.Also its very special to have links like this in your life. I write to my sponsors on a regular basis so they know im aleays there. Everyone does things different ..do look at Michelles blog above she has wonderful ideas that you can embrace. Keep up your fabulous work it will mean so much to your sponsor please feel free to visit my blog http://ladyofglencoe.blogspot.co.uk/
    Many Blessings

  2. I enjoyed reading your post! I’ve been blog hopping and visiting those who have been linking up with Compassion recent Compassion Sunday post.

    Helping sponsors in their letter writing is my ministry and the focus of my blog, Blogging from the Boonies. If you ever need the added push to make the most of your ministry to your child, please do stop by. Your letters are important and go a long way to encourage your child!

    Thanks for spreading the word about Compassion!

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