For those who are new to sponsorship and may not know a lot about this organization, I’d like to help you get started with some basics.
My first piece of advice to you is to get plugged in. There are so many ways for you to connect with Compassion online.
Our Compassion – A wonderful online community for sponsors. You can join in the discussions by going to the Community tab and clicking on Journals. Each Child Center that serves children in the program has a separate Child Center Group where you can read a letter from the Pastor, see a map of the area surrounding the child development center (CDC), and you may even be able to see photos of the CDC as well.
The Compassion Blog – Follow this great blog and you will find all sorts of inspiring and informational posts about the work Compassion is doing around the world!
Compassion International Facebook Page – Another great place to keep up with CI and to ask questions!
Other Compassion Blogs – Follow my blog any number of ways, buttons can be found along the top right of this page. Along the right hand sidebar, you will also find buttons for some of my favorite Compassion related blogs.
My second piece of advice is to be an involved sponsor. Sponsorship is about much more than sending in a monthly check. With Compassion International, you have the opportunity to form a personal bond with the child that you’ve chosen. The BEST way to do this is to commit to writing to your child regularly. I would suggest writing at least once a month. Please look under Most Popular Posts on the right and check out Letter Writing 101, which answers some of the most common questions on this subject.
Another way to be involved in to pray for your child, their family, their community, the project staff, translators and all others who work for Compassion.
If you have been a sponsor for a while, what advice or testimony would you like to share with new Compassion International sponsors? Do you have favorite resources or links? Please leave a comment and share!
If you are a brand-new, first-time sponsor through Compassion, I would like to send a gift to you! I have five Family Sponsorship Packs which include a children’s book and ideas and activities to include your own children in this ministry. The first five new sponsors (in the U.S.) that leave me a comment telling me about how they came to sponsor a child will receive one of these Family Sponsorship Packs in the mail!
((Please note: I did come across a few more Family Sponsorship Packs. I have three more to give away as of Friday noon!))
Welcome to the Compassion family!