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Brianne works at Compassion International on the Web and Interactive team as the Internet Communications Specialist. Her main task is publishing sponsor-focused content on compassion.com.

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  1. That’s awesome. My husband just finished reading a book called “Run to Overcome” about a man from a poverty-stricken country who is now an elite runner for America. This man spoke of the slums he lived in and it got to the heart of my husband. We are going to be sponsoring a child as a result.
    I look forward to working with you, Compassion 🙂

  2. I’ve wanted to sponsor a child for a few weeks now, but haven’t been in the financial shape to do so. (I firmly believe that God will provide a way for us to do this when it is time!) I would love to participate in sending Christmas cards to unsponsored children. I’m looking forward to hearing more about this!

    • Nickie, for now you could become a Correspondent Sponsor for a child whose financial sponsor doesn’t write!! 😀 We have 2 sponsored children and 5 correspondent children. We aim to write to them at least twice a month and send plenty of goodies along with our love and encouragement. You can check out my blog for more info, especially the Letter Writing 101 post. Hope this helps!!
      (And, yes, God will provide if you make that step. I was nervous to take on our first financial sponsorship. but 2 Cor 9:6-15 is absolutely true.)

  3. We’ve already sent out Christmas packages for our 7 Compassion children and we have a HUGE envelope full of cards and letters for unsponsored Compassion children. I posted the details on my blog a few weeks ago, so feel free to check it out. We have a homeschool co-op and for Art class a couple of weeks ago, the kids all worked on Christmas cards and drawings. What a great way to share the LOVE!! http://meeshimama.blogspot.com/2010/10/christmas-cards-for-unsponsored.html Be sure to check out the rest of my blog, focused on enhancing the sponsors/child relationship and inspire your letter-writing!

  4. This post has me very excited! I make my own cards, for all occasions and usually have more than a few lying around at any given time. I also love the idea of being able to write to those unsponsered kids and will look into that as well.

  5. I BIG PUFFY HEART LOVE Compassion and love what they are doing in God’s name for so many! We have been blessed to be a Compassion sponsor for a year and a half now and our sweet little Erika in Guatemala is so much a part of our lives. Hubby went on a trip with our church shortly after we sponsored Erika and was blessed to spend a few days with her family and tour GU with Compassion. Memories, pictures, letters, stories…they are forever woven into our hearts!

    I can’t wait to see what is in store tomorrow…

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE the work Compassion does… We have been sponsors for five years, and combined, my family (and my mother) sponsor 9 children (two of which are correspondence sponsorships).

    I went to Honduras with Compassion in June-July of 2010, and learned first hand how precious and treasured any correspondence is for these children. When we asked to see their letters and cards, they GLOWED and danced around.

    It’s not only the sponsored and unsponsored children… there are sponsored children whose sponsor never writes to them, and that’s even more heartbreaking — because what do you tell these children whose sponsors never write? We met a boy, his name is Wilson… he’s beautiful and so smart, shy, and humble… and he has never received one single letter from his sponsor… in NINE years. He feels abandoned and unloved. Sure, the financial aspects of sponsorship makes a difference, but to these kids, it’s the love and the letters that encourage and uplift them.

    We just sent our 9 kids their letters, goodies and Christmas cards. I’m with Michelle — so excited to see what you’ll reveal tomorrow!

    • It broke my heart to read that our newest Correspondence child, Kazihizina, went YEARS without getting a letter. Mail Call after Mail Call, she sat hopeful that her name would be called, only to be met with disappointment.
      As soon as she was assigned to us, I sent an email and a Christmas card and then another letter. I am going to shower this girl with love and encouragement.
      Years without a letter….It is so sad. 🙁

  7. What a difference a card can make! I’m sure you have already thought of this, but I’m wondering if people who do write to their sponsored kids could write some extra cards to the unsponsored kids. It would be great if every child could get a personal card along with the gift. By the way, how lovely that you give all the kids gifts.

    I sponsored a child in China (until I adopted her!). I was always so conscious of the other kids, so whenever I sent her something, I sent lots of extra things (like stickers, pens, barrettes, etc.) for the other kids. It isn’t the same as having your own sponsor, I know. I was told later that when I sent her presents, the orphanage officials distributed them instead of giving them just to her. Although I was disappointed that my gifts did not reach her, I had to admit the wisdom of not singling a child out for gifts.

    Hard to juggle all the different considerations. I’m inspired by your work and I am going to check out your website about sponsoring a child. Bless you all!

  8. Wow! What a wondeful idea. I can hardly wait until tomorrow to hear all about it!! In the meantime I’m going to pass this idea onto the lady who runs our “Club House” program at our church. Your idea of the kids all work on cards is a wonderful one!!

  9. As a Compassion blogger (who doesn’t correspond nearly enough :/) I’m thrilled to see any initiative to reach the kids who aren’t yet sponsored. SO thankful to see incourage and Compassion (two of my favorite lovies) partnering to make this happen!

    I am a little curious, Michelle, by what you meant about having sent Christmas packages. My understanding all along has been only money can be sent through the project to purchase packages. Can you clear that up?? Thanks!!

    🙂

    • Each of our children this year got a Christmas card, nativity sticker scene from Oriental Trading along with cardboard cross ornaments to color and paper angels and ornaments to also color. We also included a couple of Silly Bands in each card since I was recently told we can now send a couple with our letters.
      You’re allowed to send packages of items that are thin (paper or cardboard) but are up to 8″ X 10″ by 1/4″. Check out my blog and I have links in my sidebar with the mailing requirements and some ideas for items you can send in packages. Hope this helps!! 😀

  10. Wow, really excited to hear more tomorrow!

    I have been feeling so lead towards working with Compassion, especially lately. I’m in the same boat as Nickie, though, but I know that God will provide a way and a time for my family to sponsor a child through Compassion.

    And wow again on God’s timing. I just read 2 Corinthians 9 to my son tonight before bed. I love how that works!

  11. Definitely, This message touched my heart deeply. I was looking how to help somebody this Christmas, and suddenly I was cheking my email and I saw they were requiring a sponsorship this Christmas for children in Ecuador, my Country. I’m working in Canada now and even though I don’t still have a good economical position, I can say I have much more than poor children in my country. I know well the poor conditions which many children live in Ecuador.
    I would like to know how to have an unsponsored child this Christmas.

  12. We thank our Living God that he sent His only Son to this lost world to live a perfect life, died on the cross to pay for our sins, raised from the dead on the third day. He is in heaven now and he will offers us a free gift of eternal life.

    May God bless you!

    Phearum Gnea