Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Reminder of the CSP's Impact

I was watching this video the other day and really enjoyed it!

This video actually reminds me of the impact the CSP has.  The CSP intervenes when the child is still super young.  And I am sure many stories like the one in the video have happened in the CSP as well!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Moms and Babies - CSP

I've always loved little kids.  So, of course, it seemed natural to like the idea of Compassion CSPs.  Honestly though, I didn't know much about them.  However when I took the Compassion Advocates CSP call the other day, I got super excited!  All the info about CSPs was just so inspiring and amazing and encouraging and exciting!

So in the 1990s, Compassion realized that they need to reach children at a younger age than what they allowed into their sponsorship program.  About three-point-three million children die before the age of 5 each year from preventable or treatable causes.  Diarrhea, malaria, and and pneumonia are some of the causes of early childhood death.

Compassion realized this and started to initiate early childhood development programs.  They tested different prototypes to see what was successful and why.  Finally in 2003, fourteen CSPs were launched.

The CSPs were ideal.  Pregnant mothers were able to come to the project (or a skilled worker may visit them instead).  That is huge because studies have shown that if the mom is healthy and stable, the child is more likely to be healthy too.  The skilled workers (either professional nurses, social workers, or specially trained persons) check to make sure that the mom is healthy and doing well, physically and emotionally.  The mom also takes part in a Bible study and is encouraged to follow Jesus.

Compassion registers moms and babies from the time of conception to the age of two years.  This is really important because 44% of early childhood deaths occur during the neonatal period (during the first 28 days of life).  Brain development is almost wholly completed by age two and malnutrition peaks at that point as well.  If Compassion can intervene during that period, the child is more likely to grow and develop into an independent adult.

When Compassion saw the success rate of the CSPs, they switched all of the trial early childhood development programs over to CSPs in 2007.  And I am so excited to share that in January 2014, every one of the 26 countries that Compassion works in has a CSP!

Currently, the CSPs are ministering to over 28,500 babies and caregivers!  One thousand and twenty-seven professions of faith in Jesus were reported in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.  Just think about it.  Now that these moms/caregivers are trusting in Jesus, their child(ren) are learning about Jesus at home and at the project.  What an amazing thing!

There is so much more I could say about the CSP.  But instead of rambling on, I want to ask you: Do you support or have you visited a CSP?  What impact have you seen the CSP have in the lives of the moms and babies?

(all photos courtesy of: Compassion International)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Coffee, Anyone?

This July, I am planning on going on a missions trip to Mexico!  You can read a bit more about that here - Love is an Action: Mexico 2014

One of the fundraisers I am doing is "Just Love Coffee."  Just Love Coffee is an online coffee shop.  The amazing thing about this place is that their coffee is fair trade!  They are passionate about helping those in need and give a portion of each sale to someone who needs it.  The beneficiaries might even be adopting families, which is super cool.

Another neat thing is that their coffee is from some countries that Compassion works in! Just Love Coffee has coffee from Colombia, Guatemala, Rwanda, Indonesia (Sumatra), Ethiopia, El Salvador, Tanzania, Peru, Nicaragua (only available in the 12oz "Love Potion #3" blend), and Kenya!
Colombian, Guatemalan, Rwandan, Indonesian, and Ethiopian coffee!

So, if you would like to try out some of this coffee and support my missions trips, please go here - Lizzie's Mexico Mission Trip 2014!! - Just Love Coffee Roasters  By going through that specific link, a portion of your purchase will be donated to my missions trip fundraising!  My goal is to raise $107, which is the cost of the shots I will need.

If you would like to know other ways you can donate, please e-mail me at

Thank you!!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Guest Posting!

Yesterday, I had the privilege and honor of guest posting at Our Little Corner of the World.  Yvonne is a wonderful blogger and Compassion sponsor.  Recently she went with Compassion to Mexico to meet her sponsored boy there.  It has been great getting to know Yvonne a bit and to hear more about Compassion's work in Mexico.

Hop on over here to check out my guest post, and then check out some other posts by Yvonne!  Love is an Action — Our Little Corner of the World

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Washington's Prayer

Today, I am excited to have Yujie sharing here!  Yujie is a Compassion sponsor and advocate.  She also blogs at From Saskatchewan to Sodo (so hop on over there and check it out!)

In January 2013 I had the privilege to spend ten days in Ecuador with Compassion International. The very first day we visited a Compassion project, my team split up into two groups to go take tours of some homes where Compassion-sponsored children live. My team got into the back of a truck, waved at the children as we pulled away, and headed to Washington’s house. Washington is a teenage boy who is sponsored through Compassion at project EC-472. He lives with his mother, three sisters, and his grandparents. We were told that they had a new house, but first we were going to see where they used to live. 
My team leader had been to Ecuador in 2012 and had met this family and seen the house they were living in at the time. I wouldn’t even call this structure a house. It was a dilapidated structure with a dirt floor, consisting mostly of pieces of wood and wrapped in garbage bags. It’s horrible to think that people have to live in such conditions. There were two structures like this, right next to each other. I don’t know how it was divided, perhaps boys in one and girls in the other, but the family slept in both of these structures. Washington’s little cousin who tagged along for the tour also told me that the animals used to live in there as well.
My leader said that when she met Washington’s sisters for the first time, they were very quiet and shy, and that his mother looked so much older than she should have. I can imagine that living in such a place would have very negative effects on physical and emotional health.

Washington’s mother, through the help of a translator, told us that when they lived there, she would listen to Washington pray every night, asking God to provide a new house for his family. This young man’s faith is incredible. He wants to be a pastor when he grows up! He never gave up on asking God for a new house, and sure enough, God provided. Washington’s family, working together with their community, had to raise some of the money for the house themselves and Compassion provided the rest. Today they live in a house that is much better, and we got a tour of it as well. 

As we entered the house, which is made of concrete blocks (and even has some glass windows!), Washington’s youngest sister was talking to us excitedly in Spanish. There was so much joy on her face as she and her other siblings showed us the house: the bedrooms (one for the parents, one for Washington, one for the sisters, and one for their grandpa) and the kitchen. This was a much better environment for these children to grow up in. We could tell that they were all very excited to have this house for their family. Washington’s mother was equally happy and seemed much more relaxed than when my team leader had met her the year before.
Washington’s younger sister sang some songs for us in Spanish while we were at the house. The first one I had never heard of, but I recognized the second song based on the actions that she did. In English this song is called “My God is so Big”. I’m sure many of you have heard it before. It goes like this: 
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do. The mountains are His, the rivers are His, the stars are His handiwork too. My God is so big, so strong and so mighty there’s nothing my God cannot do! 
There is truly nothing that God cannot do! When we come to Him in prayer, trusting that He will provide for our needs, amazing things can happen.  (Yujie posted the video of her singing "My God is so Big" here - There's Nothing My God Cannot Do! - YouTube)
I recently told Priyanka, my family’s sponsored child in India, this story of how God answered Washington’s prayer for his family. She said “I know God has plans for each of us. God gave a new home to Washington, it’s amazing!” 
I hope that this story of Washington’s faith will be encouraging to you as well.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mexico 2014

I am so excited to tell you that I will be going to Mexico!  As you probably know, I have been wanting to go on a missions trip for a long time.  So I am sure you can imagine how excited I am that the opportunity has finally come!

It's been really cool too because I know that God will be glorified through this and He will use this trip to draw me closer to Him.  He's given me such peace about this trip in two specific areas - finances and Compassion.  I can only go on this trip if I raise the money I need to go (approximately $1800).  But I know that if God wants me there, He'll get me there.  I'm so excited to see how He provides!  I always thought that if I went to a country where Compassion worked, I would have to visit my kiddos there or a Compassion project.  However that won't be possible this time.  And I totally feel at peace about it!  I'm sure a time will come when I can see Compassion in the field :)

Here's some info if you're interested -
  • I'll be serving with OSI (Operation Serve International).
  • I'm going with my friend who has gone the past 3 years.
  • We'll be in Mexico City area.
  • I hope to serve in the children's tent......that's definitely where my heart is. There's also simple medical, optical, etc.
  • We'll minister to the communities through local churches.
  • We'll go to a church service and the market on Sunday.

I would love it if you prayed for me...specifically that God will provide the funds and that He will prepare me for what I will experience in Mexico.  Thanks!

All for His glory,
Lizzie :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blue 4 Ben

Dear friends,

I don't know if you've heard of this or not, but I wanted to make sure you knew.

There's a little boy who is sometimes in my Sunday school class, Ben. Ben and his twin brother Jack are usually in a different class, though, so when I heard Ben had cancer I didn't know too much about it.

However when I found out his mom has a blog about Ben and read it, I began to realize that I needed to do something for this family. Within the last month or so, he was diagnosed with stage IV Glioblastoma cancer, which is super aggressive. Yet the faith of this family is amazing! They are trusting Jesus with all, recognizing that God gives every good gift and that ultimately all is His. This little boy and his family needs our prayers. It is such a difficult time for all of them because they have had to make so many changes in the last month and Ben has been given only a few weeks to live (though he seems to be doing well on the outside).

I know that you have a heart for the hurting, so I am asking you to lift up the Sauer family to our Heavenly Father, Who knows exactly what they need.

I also really encourage you to check out their blog. Mindy (the mom) shares a lot of what is going on in their family, and it will impact you.  Here's the link.......Pray for Ben Sauer

Lets go blue to show our support for Ben!

Lizzie :)