Writing To Your Sponsor Child Just Got Easier

Writing letters to a sponsor child is one of the most important aspects of sponsorship, yet sometimes it can be really hard to do it regularly.

June Gauss, founder of the ‘Write Your Child the Second Friday of Every Month‘ group, has found a way to help Compassion sponsors to write regular, interesting letters.

Listed on the OurCompassion site, the group lists letter topic suggestions and craft ideas to send with letters. They even ‘get together’ online on the second Friday night of each month to write together and inspire each other. Continue reading

Writing Letters – is it worth it?

It seem whenever we see something we’re passionate about changing, we’re encouraged to “write a letter”. Despite my best intentions, I haven’t written many of these letters in the past. To be honest, I feel like it’s a bit of a waste of time, who’s even going to read it, right? After seeing the impact Melinda Tankard Reist‘s open letter to Lovable has made (and writing my own letter to Moscow Circus), I’ve felt encouraged to start getting on the band wagon and joining in the letter writing revolution. I’ve looked around and found some great advice on letter writing. Continue reading

Urgent – She Needs Our Help

I just received this email from Christine Caine’s mailing list.. it’s really important so I wanted to share it with you all. Please, if you can, do your bit for this family. Remember: EVERY 1 MATTERS.

Dear Friends,

A woman in Iran urgently needs your prayers & your influence. Her children need your compassion and active voice.

Proverbs charges us to speak up for those who have no voice. A women condemned to die in an Iranian prison is virtually voiceless. Her son and daughter are praying and pleading that the world’s community would lift their voices and stop the cruel execution of their innocent mother. (see their letter below)

It is hard to imagine the possibility of a woman being stoned still exists…sadly it does. Continue reading

Happy Birthday to our Compassion Child, Josfa!

Our sponsor child, Josfa, turns 15 today. We’ve been sponsoring him through Compassion for about six years. I love thinking about him on his birthday; wondering if anyone will sing happy birthday to him and if he will have a special treat. What will he spend his birthday money on? Will he get to play with his friends today?

We recently received an update on his progress. We were so proud to see how far he has come and how hard he is trying in school. Continue reading

A21 – September Update

The A21 Campaign are doing amazing things, working for the freedom of slaves across the globe. This month, they share the story of a beautiful young girl, ‘Karlie’, who has been given back her freedom.

At the age of 14, most girls are getting ready to enter high school, are hanging out with friends, and are dreaming about their futures. But for Karlie,* this was a far cry from the living nightmare that had become her reality. At the age of 14, she was forced to “get ready” for the incomprehensible, “hang out” with people who were her father’s age, and never knew if she would wake up the next morning to even have a future. Continue reading

Moscow Circus – An Open Letter

Have you been to see the Moscow Circus lately? They’re a very talented crew and it’s a highly entertaining show but by the end of it, I was at boiling point. We wanted to have a wholesome, fun, family night out but instead we exposed our children to sexual images we really didn’t want them to be processing yet.

I felt like a prude so didn’t say anything to anyone (except my husband who absolutely agreed with my feelings) but after I saw the reaction Melinda Tankard Reist got after writing to Lovable about their latest Jennifer Hawkins ad campaign, I felt encouraged to do the same.

I rang the circus today to get an email address. They wanted to know the nature of my email so I told them and was told that the circus is a show “for all age groups”. Continue reading

Lovable Makes Me Feel Unlovable

As you may have figured, I’m pretty passionate about making sure the women of our world are treated fairly and respectfully. That not only encompasses women living in third world conditions but also us over here in the Western World. Yes, we can vote and work and have our say but we’re still being objectified and generally, the message of the media is usually that we’re most useful if we’re highly sexual and attractive. Underwear and Lingerie companies are often the ones sending out the message that we all need to be ‘thin, sexy and available’.  Women’s underwear brand, Loveable say they’re committed to changing this and sending out a positive message to women about their bodies. Melinda Tankard Reist summed up the reality of their ‘commitment’ on her blog yesterday: “Reinforcing cultural messages about the superiority of thin women who conform to conventional notions of beauty (with help from airbrushing and possibly even plastic surgery) doesn’t transform the culture.”

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I (ain’t) Got That Lovin’ Feelin’

We’re all busy and, as I was saying to a friend yesterday; after I’ve had a crazy hectic day with the kids, mentally exhausting day with work and the usual emotional ups and downs of being a woman, where on earth am I going to find energy or time for ‘that’? (‘that’ being certain after-hours activities conducive to a healthy marriage.. ) Continue reading