I am just filled with excitement! After months of waiting, the Northeast Regional Compassion International Advocates Retreat is right around the corner!
Last year’s conference was so incredible! It was my first Compassion event and I learned so much. As a newbie Advocate, I was given such a warm welcome in the group and I was put at ease immediately. (For someone who can feel somewhat shy and awkward in new situations, this was such a blessing!) We heard the testimony of a young man who grew up in Bolivia and he shared the many ways that the Compassion program helped him as a sponsored child. Miguel’s story has stuck with me in the last year and I often think of the powerful testimony he gave.
This year’s conference will be a little different. Friday evening will be open to anyone with an interest in Compassion. We’ll have fellowship and pizza and another young man speaking about his experience going through the Compassion program.
Because my passion is inspiring sponsors to write to their children, and because there will be quite a few sponsors there, I planned a little project.
I got out my stashed packs of colorful printer paper from the Dollar Tree and the Compassion envelopes that come with letters from our children. (Because I send our letters in manila envelopes, I keep the ones Compassion sends for times such as this!)
I used a document program to make some Compassion stationary and printed off a ton of sheets. (You can find the stationary I created if you click here.)
Then, I put together Correspondence Packs with three pieces of stationary, three envelopes and a business cards I made up with my blog address and contact information.
I’ll put these packs on a table with display materials and a little sign that tells sponsors to help themselves. I hope that it may encourage some people in their letter writing ministry to their children.
If you have a stash of pretty paper and some friends or family that sponsor, this might be a project you could do, too. I think that having paper and envelopes ready to go could help inspire sponsors to sit down share some love and encouragement with their Compassion child.
Saturday will be just for Advocates. If it is anything like last year, we will learn more about Compassion, brainstorm ways to advocate for the children, network, pray laugh and cry together. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to spend time with others who share my passion and to learn more. I’ll be sure to take some pictures and come back and blog about it next week!
I hope you have a great weekend! What do you have planned?