A-Z: Interlinked

I in the A-Z challenge, and the next in my “Compassion Goals” series.  On Compassion UK’s site, they list the 4 places where Compassion works.  I already have children in Central America and Asia, and I’ve written about how I’d like to include Africa.  Wouldn’t it be nice to link South America in too and have a child in every area where Compassion has their centres?

That would mean Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru.  Well, personally, I’d pick Brazil.  When I went to look for a Brazilian child, I was spoilt for choice.  If it was me deciding who to sponsor, I’d be drawn to both of these:  Jonathan because he’s waited so long and was born on the anniversary of when I started making my first CD (I’m told I have a freakish memory!), and Alessandra because she’s visually-impaired.  It would be interesting to find out whether she reads Braille and whether Compassion have managed to give her a Braille Bible.

I’ve got friends called Jonathan and Alex, so it would be fun to tell them I’d sponsored my very own Alex and Jonathan in Brazil, but I’m not at the stage of sponsoring more kids yet, so I’ll leave the choice to you.  Jonathan or Alessandra?

Who to Help

This seems a common snipe at sponsors. I’ve heard it said myself: “Some people help in Kenya or wherever, but they don’t help local charities”. So?
What About the Kids in our own Country?

Emily, who’s a Compassion blogger, shared a great answer to this question while she was in the Philippines.  She’s one of those whose writing I really love, so please read her post.


For my part, I hope I don’t ignore the children on my doorstep. Yes, God has called me to sponsor in other countries, but He also calls me to act nearer home. I’m happy every time I see my friends’ children. There’s a 7-year-old I know, and to have him climb on the sofa next to me and say “I love you” is one of the sweetest things! But the ones who depend on my financial support for school uniforms, the ones who consider me part of their family or ask for my prayers – they just happen to live in the Philippines and Haiti.


Do you feel called to take up the challenge – the challenge of loving someone half a world away? Why not prayerfully look at these children waiting for sponsorship and see what God says?