Archive for the ‘Compassion’ Category

Compassion International Bloggers Trip to the Dominican Republic

November 6, 2008

I’ve got a Compassion button on my sidebar from the last bloggers trip to Uganda. Another group is in the Dominican Republic right now with great posts from all the folks. But there is one in particular that stands out above all the rest, Nick Challies’,  Challies Jr. blog. It’s well written, thoughtful and informative, but there’s lots of posts coming from this trip that are those things. What sets Nick’s blog apart is the fact that he’s only eight. That’s right, you heard me, only eight!

Go read both he, and his Dad’s trip posts. Really good stuff.

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Straton’s Story

April 11, 2008

I was very tempted to put up a video of just about any televangelist and this one, then ask, “Which of these is more like Jesus?” But if I’m going to compare anyone to Jesus (or Straton, for that matter) it had better be me.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.


(HT:Shaun Groves)

Here Is A Short List Of Some (Hopefully) Helpful Links

March 17, 2008

UPDATE; Chris Giovagnoni from Compassion sent this link to the CI blog. If you have any question about the impact a sponsorship has on a child’s life read these 3 posts by a graduate of the program.  

This isn’t the post I promised not long ago with links to spiritual foramtion/spiritual discipline sites and articles.

This is a post about a very few links to sites that actually offer some do-able ways of coming along side “the least of these” that Jesus loves. 

Lately I’m being constantly reminded of those in real, physical need of what I too often think of as “my” treasure. Lord have mercy on me, a sinner.

Check these folks out and then help me out. Send me links to sites you know about.  I’m embarrassed by how little I know about what’s out there.

kiva.org-kiva facilitates micro-loans to folks in the third world who need start-up, or expansion money for their businesses. You can loan as little as $25, or as much as you want.

Compassion International -I’ve posted a couple of times about my experience with Compassion. Don’t wait another day. Sponsor a child, or two….

Blood:Water Mission – $1 = one year of clean water for one person in Africa. That’s the simple equation that this organization is using to raise money to build one thousand wells and clean water projects on the continent.

World Vision  – (from their website) World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Bob Geldof Interviews Pres. Bush

February 28, 2008

For all the Bush haters out there, you might want to dial it back a little.

Read this. (HT:BHT)

I’m Haunted (part 1)

February 16, 2008

I’m Haunted. It seems like I’ve been haunted forever.

I’m haunted by verses of scripture that say things like, “Religion that is pure… is this: that you visit widows and orphans in their afflictions….”, or this, “If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed.’, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”, or this,”I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do to one of the least of these, you did not do unto me.”

I’m haunted by how much stuff I have and how much stuff I still want.

I’m haunted by how many times I have turned away from that guy at the exit ramp  with the sign that invariably says “Stranded…God Bless” 

But I think I’m haunted most by the eyes of any, no, every little African child, hollow, listless, almost lifeless, and certainly hopeless.

Lately I’m haunted by the reports from the Compassion International blogggers trip to Uganda.

As I write this I’m sitting at my computer, in my warm house, listening to music on my Bose SoundDock. I’m trying to figure out what to fix for dinner that will work with the low-carb diet I’m on because I’ve eaten so much over the last year or so that I’m getting fat. 

Something is wrong with this picture.

Compassion International Trip To Uganda

January 30, 2008

See the post below this one for a bit of my limited experience with Compassion. 15 other folks are about to have an experience of their own.

Compassion has come up with a pretty good idea. They are inviting 15 bloggers to go to Uganda to see the work they’re doing, and blog about the trip. Should be good reading.

Here’s a list of bloggers from their site.

Witness Blog History

For the first time, Compassion is taking 15 Christian bloggers to see the ministry’s work firsthand. Read their blogs and get an insider’s view of Compassion as the bloggers send live updates from:

Carlos Whittaker 
“Ragamuffinsoul” by Carlos Whittaker, innovative worship leader
Read Carlos’ Blog.

Chris Elrod 
“Chris Elrod Properties” by real estate agent Chris Elrod, married to Randy
Read Chris’ Blog.

Doug Van Pelt 
Owner, operator and editor of The Hard Music Magazine
Read Doug’s Blog.

Heather Whittaker 
“Whittaker Woman,” a refreshing blog by Heather Whittaker, Carlos’ wife
Read Heather’s Blog.

Phil Ware 
“The Phil Files,” blog of Phil Ware, president of Heartlight Inc.
Read Phil’s Blog.

Randy Elrod 
“Ethos … a Cultural Watercooler,” blog of Randy Elrod, a Hugh Hewitt “blog of the month” winner
Read Randy’s Blog.

Shaun Groves 
“Shlog,” blog of Shaun Groves, an insightful songwriter and musician
Read Shaun’s Blog.

Sophie 
“BooMama” from Sophie, author of this hilarious women’s blog
Read Sophie’s Blog.

Anne Jackson 
“Flowerdust.net” by Anne Jackson, who is a writer and serves on staff at LifeChurch.tv.
Read Anne’s Blog

Shannon 
 “Rocks in My Dryer” by Shannon, a 30-something stay-at-home mom, featured in Good Housekeeping
Read Shannon’s Blog

David Kuo 
“J-Walking” by David Kuo, Washington editor for Beliefnet.com and former special assistant to President George W. Bush
Read David’s Blog

Tom Emmons 
Compassion’s Internet Marketing Program Manager and sponsor of two Compassion children
Read Tom’s Blog

Spence Smith 
Spence Smith, Artist Relations Manager for Compassion
Read Spence’s Blog

Keely Scott 
“Queen Anne’s Lace,” blog of Keely Scott, photographer
Read Keely’s Blog

Brian Seay 
“A Simple Journey” by Brian Seay, Artist Relations Manager for Compassion
Read Brian’s Blog

Compassion International

January 29, 2008

Something interesting happened a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

I came in from picking up the boys from school one day, and there was a message from Compassion International on our answering machine. That was a little odd, we’ve never gotten a message from Compassion before, just letters and emails that sort of thing. What they said kind of caught me off guard a little. Made me think back several years ago when we started with them. 

About 11 years ago, shortly after the birth of our first child, we decided we needed to do something to help someone else.  We decided we needed to help another child and his parents if we could.  I kept thinking about what it would be like to love your child as much as I loved mine, and not be able to give them the things they needed to grow up healthy, or even to grow up at all.   I knew that if  I were in a situation like that, I sure would want someone, anyone, to come alongside me and help.  So we decided to sponsor a child through Compassion. 

We signed up and sent all the paperwork off to them. We let them pick the child and the country he or she was from.  They sent back a package of info with a picture of a skinny boy named Gamaleyan, a 9-year-old from India.  We put his picture and info on the refrigerator and began to sponsor him. We began to pray for him. From time to time we would recieve progress reports from Compassion on how he was doing in school and such, and also letters from Gamaleyan. “Dearest Uncle Seaton and Aunt Kristin, Thank you….” began the letters, and they would end “I am praying for you.  Affectionately yours, Gamaleyan”

So for the next 11 years, every month, Compassion International took out $32 from our bank account and Gamaleyan went to school, had food to eat and clothes to wear.

Back to the present.  The message from Compassion International was to notify us that Gamaleyan was now an adult and had graduated from the program.  He had made it through school, was trained as an electrician and looking for work.  We were no longer his sponsors. 

It was a strange feeling. 

It still is.  

It doesn’t feel like we did very much, a letter every now and then, a little extra money at Christmas so he could have a gift. We surely didn’t do as much as we could have.  Somehow I feel a little guilty, a little embarrassed.  It was so easy.  We didn’t miss the $32 a month. As a matter of fact, we didn’t even think about it most months.  But I’m glad we did it. 

And thankful too. Because he was interceeding on our behalf, and only God knows how much we needed it, still need it. Maybe we were more in need than he was. Sometimes I forget the letter to the to the angel of the church at Laodicea. I may not say that I’m rich, well fed and in need of nothing, but I sure do live that way. I forget to look beneath the veneer of stuff, and remember that I am poor, pitiful, blind and naked and very much in need of the One who stands at the door and knocks.

Now it’s time to do it again, to start over with another child.  Soon we’ll have another picture on the refrigerator, each month $32 will transfer from our bank account to Compassion International and somewhere, I don’t know where yet, a child will begin to go to school, eat every day, have clothes to wear. Maybe she will pray for us.

And maybe a parent, both here and there, can give thanks.

We’re Not Even Close

November 17, 2007

Shaun Groves is in Ethiopia with Compassion International. If you want to see what real Christianity is, read this

We’re not even close.

“Until Christ is formed in you” (and me).