Help Haiti Live – February 27th

Help Haiti February 27th – HelpHaitiLive.com from Compassion International on Vimeo.

Buy tickets to the LA show.

Buy tickets to the Nashville show.

Edited to add: here’s the line-up of artists for both events.

Haiti

My heart is so heavy for Haiti today.

That’s all I know to say, really.

But if you would like to help with the relief efforts going on in Haiti, please consider making a one-time donation to Compassion’s Disaster Relief Fund. You can donate as little or as much as you’d like; it only takes one look at the photographs coming out of Haiti to know that the needs are mind-boggling.

Thanks, y’all.

His Name Is Hector

This post of Molly’s is an absolutely awesome account of how heartbreaking it is – in every good way – to invest in the life of a child.

It’s so much more than sponsorship. It’s relationship.

And if you don’t read anything else today, take the time to read Molly’s post.

Please and thank you.

photo by Keely Scott

Compassion Bloggers – El Salvador

It’s been almost two years since I went to Uganda.

TWO YEARS.

The memories from that trip are still so fresh in my mind – and you know what? I’m just as blown away by the work Compassion is doing as I was when I came home. There’s not a doubt in my mind that our family will be involved with Compassion for the rest of our lives. We’re committed to our sponsor child for the long haul.

Since the Uganda trip (did I mention that it was almost TWO YEARS AGO?), Compassion has taken two other incredible blogger trips to the Dominican Republic and India. Children’s lives are forever changed as a result. And this week – starting today, in fact – there’s a group of Compassion bloggers in El Salvador.

My wordiness is tempting me to get all long-winded at this point, but I’m going to fight the wordiness for once. Oh yes I am. Because I want to encourage you to give yourself the gift of following the Compassion bloggers this week. Read their posts. Follow them on Twitter. Look at their pictures. See the faces of the sweet children they meet. Consider sponsoring a child of your own.

I’m sure that over the next few nights I’ll find myself waiting for the next post from Kelly or Heather or Molly or Keely or Patricia or Shaun. I just cannot wait to see what God does in and through them so that children can be released from poverty in Jesus’ name.

And I guess if you get right down to it, the bottom line is this: I may not be in El Salvador.

But I wouldn’t miss this trip for the world.

Because I Can’t Get Him Off Of My Mind

So there’s an 8 year-old little boy named Alexander who lives in Kenya.

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He’s a Compassion child, and he needs heart surgery. The surgery costs $8,303. Since his family lives on $13.70 a month, they can’t afford it. You can read all the details on the Compassion blog.

The people at Compassion didn’t ask me to post about this. I actually ran across a link to Alexander’s story yesterday when I was catching up on Twitter, and he has been all over my heart ever since. Maybe it’s because he has the same name as my little guy. Maybe it’s because I feel particularly burdened for the people of Africa. Maybe it’s because I know that WE CAN HELP HIM.

Here’s the thing: if each person who reads this post will donate one dollar – ONE DOLLAR – we can make a pretty good dent in the cost of Alexander’s surgery.

I know some of you are already Compassion sponsors. I know some of you contribute to World Vision and Mocha Club and all sorts of wonderful organizations that do incredible work in third-world countries. There’s no question that y’all are a generous bunch.

So today, if you’re willing to go one dollar beyond what you normally give to charitable causes each month, and if you feel led to participate (NO PRESSURE – I promise), would you please help Alexander in Kenya get the surgery he needs by making a one-time donation of one dollar to a special surgery fund that Compassion has set up for him?

I figure it never hurts to ask.

And thanks in advance, y’all.

Edited to add: Thanks to the efforts of LOTS of different bloggers and Facebookers and Twitterers and whathaveyou, Compassion met the goal for Alexander’s surgery in just three days (they started raising money on Monday). You can read the details here. Yay, internets – thank y’all so much!

You Can, Too

One of my personality quirks is that if I do something / experience something / eat something / see something / hear something that impacts me in a big way, then I want the people around me to do / experience / eat / see / hear that same thing. It doesn’t matter if that thing is a CD or another country or a cute dress or a 2-piece dinner from Popeye’s – if I love that thing, then I want you to try it. Because I just KNOW that you’ll love it, too, and then we can sit around and talk about how much we both love it, and DO YOU KNOW HOW GREAT THAT WILL BE?

IT WILL BE THE GREATEST THING OF ALL TIME EVER.

I’ve noticed that most of my friends seem to have this same personality trait, which explains why just last night my friend NK was shoveling part of her waldorf salad from California Pizza Kitchen onto a bread plate so that I could try it. She kept saying, “YOU HAVE TO TASTE HOW GOOD THIS IS,” and nothing would do until I sampled it (and sure enough: IT WAS DELICIOUS). It also explains why our friend Todd faithfully sends me links to great new music, and it explains why Travis brought us a bag of THE BEST BBQ potato chips we’ve ever tasted after he discovered them in Kentucky a few weeks ago. It explains why Sister has been known to call me from TJ Maxx when she runs across a particularly sassy fashion find and why Janie sent me a bottle of perfume after I mentioned that it smelled divine when she was wearing it.

Hi, my name is Sophie. And I’m surrounded by sharers.

When I got home from Uganda last February, I wanted every single friend of mine to go on a Compassion trip to Africa. I talked about it all the time. Aside from getting married and becoming a mama, it was the most life-changing, perspective-wrecking experience of my life. It wasn’t an easy trip – but oh, it was good. And even now, if you were to ask me about that trip, I would tell you that you should totally go, that you would love it, that it will be the best thing you’ve ever done, I PROMISE, JUST LISTEN TO ME.

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon with Angie. We met at a Starbucks, and three hours after we sat down, I walked out of that Starbucks so jacked up on caffeine that the third toe on my left foot was the only part of my body not plagued by twitching. We covered about 259 topics during our conversation, but we camped out on the subject of Compassion for a good while. I told her a little bit about my experience and instructed her on the proper way to pronounce Shaw-awn. And for about ten straight minutes, I told her over and over again that SHE WAS GOING TO LOVE IT. It was going to MESS HER UP, and somehow, because God is faithful in ways we just can’t comprehend, she would treasure every single second of it.

So today? When I read her post? I pumped my fist in the air. Not because I wanted Angie to have the same experience that I had. But because I know that when she gets back home to Nashville, she’s going to tell every single person who asks about the work Compassion is doing in third-world countries all over the world. Because she’s seen the difference Compassion makes. And because seeing that difference? Is contagious.

But whether or not you ever go on a trip with Compassion, you can absolutely be a part of the work they’re doing. You’ll change a child’s life forever – and they’ll change yours right back. Your sponsorship ensures that a child can pay his or her school fees, it guarantees he or she will have access to nutritious food and it provides all the medical treatment they need. More than anything, though, your sponsorship means that someone will faithfully share the Gospel with your sponsored child – even in places like India, where less than 1% of the people are Christ-followers.

You can do all sorts of things with $32 a month: you can take a family of 4 out for a Mexican meal. You can buy 8 lattes. You can buy 4 paperback books. You can buy 6 magazines. You can go with your sweetheart to the movies and buy popcorn and drinks.

Or you can change a child’s life forever.

It’s probably not a big surprise, but I’m going to suggest that last thing.

Just try it. Really. Just try.

You won’t believe how great it is.

(Be sure to check out Keely’s photographs from the India trip – they are absolutely incredible.)

Edited to add: this post by Melissa is one of the best things I’ve ever read.