Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Compassion Sunday & A Happy Dance

Yesterday, I received a package in the mail from Compassion International with the things needed to plan a Compassion Sunday event at our church.  This is a great way for people to spread the word about Compassion International and help get some children sponsored. 

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I would like to ask all of my readers to consider hopping over the the Compassion Sunday page and reading more about hosting your own event at your church.

Now, I know, many people (myself included) are not confident in their public speaking skills.  Compassion will provide you with a DVD that has several different presentations you can play.  You really don’t have to give a speech if you feel that you’re not cut out for it. They also send sample scripts for speaking presentations, if you feel like you might be willing to give it a go. Their Compassion Sunday website has plenty of tools and resources available that will aid you in planning your event.

Last year, despite my nerves, I did get up in front of our church and speak for about three minutes about Compassion and our experiences with the organization.  Was I nervous?  Oh, yes.  Did I get through it without falling on my way to the podium or passing out?  Absolutely.  Even in our fairly small church, nine children were sponsored.  Praise the Lord!

You do not have to be a Compassion Advocate to have a Compassion Sunday event.  All you need to have is a heart for spreading the word about Compassion and a desire to show people how they can truly help a child living in poverty. I do have to say, though, that becoming a Compassion Advocate has been one of the most rewarding things I have done.  It is a great opportunity to learn so much more about this fantastic organization. If you do decide to join, you can tell them that Michelle Wright sent ya!

I am praying that some of you will make the decision to step out in Faith and say Yes to holding a Compassion Sunday event or joining the Advocates Network.

In other news, we also received a letter from Precious yesterday! It was written on December 6th, so mail was definitely running slower during the Christmas season. (Letters from Precious generally only take 3-4 weeks to reach us!)

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“Precious says that she thank you for your wonderful bracelets, pictures and stickers that you sent to her recently.  She says thank you for your daily prayers and may the good Lord bless you.  She says that all of her friends are doing well and says that she will tell you the names of her friends later on in another letter.

She says that she wants to know the names of Kaya’s friends and Luna’s too in your next letter. she says that she is growing spiritually because she can now understand part of her Bible given to her by Compassion Ghana office. She says she would like to know more about how the church members are doing and also that of the head pastor also. She prays for you and the family members to be healthy always.

Precious says that she wants you to pray for her mother’s business so it can move on so that she can have enough resources to cater for other family members. Her memory verse is Psalm 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

Precious also drew some cute pictures, including a clock that went up to 17 o’clock.  I am looking forward to a list of the names of her best friends so that I can see if she lists any of the children recently sponsored.

As a side note: To those who stepped up to sponsor children in Precious’ project, I am working on getting Thank You gifts out!  It may be another week or so until I mail, though!  :)

I am so grateful for my daily readers and the amazing comments and emails that are sent my way!  I hope you have a wonderful day and get to do a Happy Dance soon!

~Michelle

10 comments:

Jessica said...

I got that same packet last week. But, unfortunately, I immediately said, "Nope". In the summer of 09 Shaun Groves came to my church a 100 people max. Last summer another lady in our church did a Compassion Sunday, and even after leaving the packets by the door for a few weeks, I still don't think the 10 packets were taken. So, the very negative side of me says, our very traditional little church is Compassioned out. And that if Shaun Groves can't speak to their heart, there's very little chance I can. : /

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Yeah, The Enemy has quite a way of shutting us down, doesn't he? The Master of Excuses and Lies certainly doesn't want us to even try.

If you read the One Child post on my sidebar, I shared about a time when the Enemy whispered to me that my efforts were in vain. Thankfully, I soon realized that to the One Child that found a sponsor, the work was worth it.
You will never know how the seeds you plant will come to fruition. I just hope that we can stick our fingers in our ears when the Enemy whispers words of negativity.
And, I'm not speaking just to you, Jessica, and this situation... It is also very true for myself when considering things like Adoption, I am so QUICK to say, "Nope....Can't afford it." With God, our mighty and powerful God, ALL things are possible.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Coming back to say, I am not going to "poo-poo" or rail on those who really think they can't share compassion Sunday. I do want to remind you that there is a "discourager" out there who hates to see God's work being done. Our church had Compassion Sundays in the past that didn't have great results. Last year, it took a couple of weeks, but 9 of the 10 kids got sponsored and we have a small (about 100 adults) church.
Please, I am asking you to pray about it. Be mindful of the voice telling you that you can't do it and do some soul searching to see if those reasons seem valid or not.
And, if you really feel as if God isn't calling you to do it, I understand. We all have different callings in this life. Just don't let Satan be the one to tell you that you can't.

Jill Foley said...

Jessica - I would encourage you to pray and do what God is telling you to do. It's our responsibility to be obedient to God - if he asks me to speak up and gives me an opportunity to do so (like through Compassion Sunday), then I must be obedient. HE is responsible for the harvest. I have done many presentations where no children are sponsored....but i am planting seeds. I have also done presentations where at least one (or sometimes many) child is sponsored. It's all worth it.


I did a happy dance yesterday, too. We got the CS packet, I got a packet of sticker decals I had ordered from Compassion AND we got a letter from Yoselin in the DR.

Michelle - saw your comment about adoption on Shaun's blog. I wanted to let you know that as I renewed my commitment to pray about the adoption issue for our family, I also committed to pray for you.

Nina said...

I am planning to do a Compassion Sunday at my church sometime in the next couple of months. I have all the materials and will be deciding on a date with my pastor soon!

I have no clue what kind of response, if any, I will get. I know a lot of people already sponsor children through Compassion and other Christian organizations like World Vision. I figure, if nothing else, at least I will be getting my feet wet with the "Compassion presentation" thing.

I'm pretty good with public speaking, but have never spoke on something that gets to my emotions the way Compassion does, so I just hope I don't turn into a crying mess up there! :-)

steph said...

Michelle-
I was wondering what kind of braclets you were able to send Precious? We have a new correspondent child, a girl named January and I thought it might be an idea for her. Thanks!

PghCathy said...

I'm doing the happy dance too. Today I got a letter from my girl in Brazil, Alice. This is the first letter that she's written on her own & not from her teacher. I'm hoping that this will be the start of many more letters to come.

I'm also interested in the bracelets. I'd like to send Alice something a little different from the usual stuff I send.

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

We sent some Silly Bandz type bracelets. I heard that they will go through if you just stick a couple in with your letters. Guess it was true! She got them!

steph said...

That's great!! Thanks Michelle.

Teena said...

praying for Compassion Sunday too. I am very nervous about it... but I do want to speak out for the children. I am new to all this... and the enemy keeps whispering lies to me. I am so thankful for all of you who encourage all of us....

hugs,
Teena

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