17 November 2007

Compassion International

At the Hillsong United concert Tuesday night, Brian Houston announced that Hillsong was formally partnering with Compassion International
This is a reputable, Christian organization that operates as a child advocacy ministry. From their website:

"Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, physical, economic and social poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean war orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 900,000 children in 24 countries."

Simply giving up pizza once or twice a month will more than pay for some child to have enough food to eat and provide them with clothing, shelter, and education. Seems like a pretty good deal to me!

Cool story:
Our oldest daughter's name is Nadia, our middle daughter is Natasha, and our youngest is Raisha. We chose the spelling of Raisha's name (since we weren't going with another 'N' name) based on the letters in our two older girls' names. The vowel sequence of A, I, A (from Nadia) and the ending of S, H, A (from Natasha).
When I went to the Compassion table to pick out a child for us to "adopt," I couldn't decide! There were SO many sweet faces of children from all over the world! I thought, "OK, God, show me which one..."
Just then I looked down and saw a sweet little girl in a bright blue dress.
Her name?
I'm not making this up! How cool is that?!
She is 7 years old and she lives in Tanzania.
I think this is a wonderful opportunity that any family can do with a bit of sacrifice... and it's such a good cause. Check them out: Compassion International

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