A Blogger’s World

Blogging can be service too

Do you love blogging? Do you love the non-profit organization of Compassion International? If you said yes to both of those, then I have good news for you! You have the opportunity to become a blogger for Compassion International. It is easy, simple, and fun! Here is how:

According to: http://compassionbloggers.com/, you can join today to become a blogger for compassion international, blogging once a month for Compassion International’s non-profit organization.

There are 4 simple steps to follow:

Step 1: “Join the Network”

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Step one is a no-brainer because all you have to do for this step is to submit your information (your email) in the space provided (after clicking on “Join the Network”).

Step 2: Wait for a reply

According to http://compassionbloggers.com/join-the-network/ there are over 2,000+ bloggers who are using their talents and resources to blog and raise awareness for children in poverty.

Once you have completed step one and have waited the time necessary, Compassion International will then send you information, like ideas on what to blog about and resources on what you can use in your blogs.

Step 3: Blog your heart away

This is easy and fun. Blogging isn’t for everyone, but if you’re good at blogging and have a heart for raising awareness for children stuck in poverty, then you are the perfect fit for the job.

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According to Compassion International, they will send you topics on what to write about and from there you may open your heart, let your mind soar, and type to your heart’s content.

Step 4: Submit and happy reading!

Congratulations, you have now completed your blog and submitted it to Compassion International. Now you, all of your friends, and the entire world can read your blog!

Have you ever blogged for a non-profit? If so, what did you think? Would you be willing to blog for Compassion International? I would love to know your thoughts and your experience if you have blogged for a non-profit!

Thank you for reading

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Kinsley Willman

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Serving in more ways than one

Service goes a long way when it is done with a goal in mind. For example, if it’s a donation to help feed a child, then you are serving in more than just one way. Or if it’s serving by giving up your time, then it’ll most likely cause a chain reaction. Service from people who have a desire to help is what continues to help non-profit organizations thrive. So, whether you are a sponsor who wants to do something more, or a non-sponsor who wants to do something, then you are at the right place. There are many ways to serve the children through Compassion International whether its through donation or volunteering your time.

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The first option is through donation. Located at the top of Compassion International‘s page there is a section titled, “Ways to Donate” (picture above). Here the list reads as follows: “meet critical needs, rescue babies and mothers, develop a future leader, donate to a cause, and shop a gift catalog”. If you have a little extra cash and you just want to donate it to a worthy cause, check out one of these options! The money given to the critical needs section is given to the needs that are labeled as an emergency. The money given to the “rescue babies and mothers” section does exactly that; it goes towards keeping a child healthy and giving it the proper nourishment that he/she needs while at the same time giving the mother the education that she needs to raise her baby.

The donation given to “develop a future leader” is given to a student in the Compassion International program who is going through college and this donation pays for the students books, living, and tuition for school. “Donation to a cause” gives a list of causes that have needs that you can donate to. There’s even an option to donate money to an unsponsored child if you feel that you cannot sponsor a child at this time. The last and most interesting option is the “shop our gift catalog” which gives you a digital catalog of of gifts you can purchase to give to the children in the sponsorship program of Compassion International. Out of the many options here are a few listed: Bibles, a goat, garden seeds, bathrooms at the compassion center, and to rescue a child from a dangerous situation.

The second option to serve is through volunteering. As a current sponsor, there is an option to donate your time standing at a table, giving out child packets, and telling other people about Compassion International’s program through Compassion partnered events. Personally I have never volunteered in this kind of event because I out of state studying in school, but I have heard all great things about these volunteer events. Another way to help out is to join and participate in Compassion International’s Step Up fundraiser walk. I am currently apart of a team who is creating the next event for Step Up, which is coming soon! My hope, after I Graduate college this coming May of 2016, is to actually be able to work side by side with these members who are diligently working hard to plan the event.

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Please comment below if you have any questions or would like to learn more!

Thanks for Reading!

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Kinsley Willman

More Than A Letter

Everyone likes to receive a letter from a friend, whether it comes through the U.S. Post Office or whether it comes via email. When sponsoring a child through Compassion International, a letter is a physical connection that unites the sponsored child with his or her own sponsor. A letter is more than words on a piece of paper, more than a few photos, more than a way to introduce yourself, and more than a greeting. A letter is a piece of your heart. The letter goes beyond the small monthly payment that you set aside to donate to your child to the sponsorship program. Your letter means the world to these kids, it means that you care, that you love them, and that you believe that they are of significant worth.

A letter to you may be a few words written on a piece of paper, but to your sponsored child a letter is a gift. A letter is you physically reaching out and telling your child that you believe in them and that you are willing to go the extra mile to tell them that they are loved.

A letter is easy to write and Compassion International gives you the option to write your letters online via your online account. There are a few simple steps to take to compose a letter to your child . First log into your account, second click on the tab that says “write my child”, and then click “compose letter”. Once you have gotten to the letter you must follow the five easy steps listed below (Write letter, add photos (optional), select template, preview, and send letter). Once you have clicked “send”, you’ve completed a letter! Since Compassion International gives you the option to type out your letter online, there is no need to go through the tedius process of getting paper, a good pen, buying a stamp, and then sending it to the Compassion International corporate office. But if you prefer to handwrite a letter, then Compassion International will send to you templates and envelopes so that you can handwrite your own letter. You can also include a drawing to send to your child.

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Children who receive letters love pictures because the photographs are another way to connect with you. Below is a photograph of some of my own recent letters sent to my own Compassion Child in Uganda. For each letter you submit online, you are able to attach three photos.

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In addition, one of the really neat things about Compassion International is that they design their letters into two columns, one which is written by the sponsor in their own language and one that includes the translation in the child’s native tongue. If you are writing a letter to submit online, you are given a limit as to how much you can write in each letter (this is because the Corporate office needs space to translate), but the greatest part is that you can submit as many letters as you would like (No Limit!).

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Are you a sponsor? If you are, what are a few ways that you have learned the importance of writing letters? If you are not a sponsor, would you consider the opportunity to change a child’s life?

Thanks for Reading!

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Kinsley Willman

The Impact of a College Student

Most college students are cash poor and are known for scraping by on Ramen noodles, pizza, and free t-shirts. So what good can a college student do in a life of a child? Sure, we are poor, and we survive off of the basics, but we shouldn’t be counted out. We have a lot more to offer than one might think. Take a look at the conference called “Passion”, hosted every year in Atlanta. Hundreds and thousands of College students come together to worship and to be encouraged. On the last day of the conference, an offering is taken for a particular charity. This offering goes out to the 20,000+ college students that are in attendance. In 2014, about $335,000 was raised to purchase Bibles for the people of Iran. This total contribution equals $16.75 per student, which equals about two or three trips to Starbucks. This means that if a student is willing to give up a couple trips to Starbucks, they can make a difference in the world in which they live. So, we college students are special and have the ability to do something great. We have passion, perseverance, and dedication. And with these traits, we can do anything we set our minds to.

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Compassion International is a non-profit, Christian organization that truly works to free children from poverty by partnering with people like you and me. Compassion International locates compassionate people all over the world who are willing to pay a small monthly fee to sponsor a child in poverty, or to jump into one of the many areas to get involved with the program. Their sponsorship program has a lot of great features that allow the sponsor to interact with the child, including: letters, pictures, updated emails, and an opportunity to actually visit the child in his or her own country.

I have not always sponsored a child. My parents have sponsored a little girl from Colombia for many years. When they first sponsored little “Maria”, it felt like I had discovered a special pen pal as I wrote her letters at least once a month. For years I’ve stood on the outside watching and observing others as they have sponsored a child for Compassion International. It was not until I entered college that I started researching this organization and discovered the impact that Compassion International has on children. It nearly broke my heart as I scrolled through the pages of children waiting to be sponsored. It is like the children are waiting for students like you and me who will meet them halfway and show them the love of God.

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I now sponsor a young lady named Edinah from Uganda, Africa. After chatting with a team member on Compassion International’s website, I learned that the older children are in the system because they are either still waiting for a sponsor, or happen to be a special case. That is when I spotted Edinah’s photo on Compassion International’s page and saw that she was 19 years old. At that moment I knew that this young lady was the one I wanted to sponsor. I can’t imagine waiting as long as she did for a sponsor. It must have been painful knowing that so many of the younger children were being sponsored. That is when I knew that I wanted to sponsor Edinah and show her the same love and grace that God has given me. This is the beginning of my story.

 

Watch a true story of a child’s reaction to receiving a sponsor:  www.vimeo.com/107082331

Compassion International: http://www.compassion.com/

Works Cited: http://www.ccmmagazine.com/features/passion-2014/