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Advocate Manager

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Rebekah Jordan
Event Volunteer Manager, Northwest

Allen Hinkle
Event Volunteer Manager, Northeast

Greg Gipson
Event Volunteer Manager, Southeast

Jason Wilkins
Event Volunteer Manager, South Central

Jim Hardaway
Event Volunteer Manager, Southwest

Bonnie Belzer
GMC Volunteer Program Manager

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  • Pinterest and Child Advocacy

    Jan 12, 2015

    Pinterest can be described as a visual online corkboard. It is a way for people to collect (pin) ideas they find online and store them onto ‘boards’ they create. A Pinterest user can have many different boards: recipes, birthday party ideas, wedding planning, travel ideas, photography…the potential is only limited to the user’s imagination.

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  • Be An Advocate – Think Outside the Box

    Dec 01, 2014

    Andrew Hedges and his family attended an advocate conference in Massillon, Ohio, in October. While Compassion alumnus Ben Mwangi shared his story, 10-year-old Anna Hedges was busy capturing her thoughts on paper. Read on and accept Anna’s challenge to each of us.

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  • Compassion sponsor’s seven-year journey makes it to Maine stage

    Nov 10, 2014

    Advocacy opportunities are many and varied: Compassion Sunday, small group presentations, fund-raising runs, golf outings, yard sales, bake sales and 1-to-1 sharing. A full-length musical is typically not included in such a list. Typically, until you consider the story of Compassion sponsor Alan Bean.

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  • Finding Wilson

    Nov 03, 2014

    Advocate Teri Gerdes from Wisconsin shares an incredible story of how God works in the lives of His people.

  • What is the 5 Week Club?

    Oct 20, 2014

    A short sprint of 5 weeks where sponsors join together in a close knit community with 30 other sponsors from around the United States committing to each finding a sponsor for one child in need. By joining a closed Facebook page exclusive to the 30 participants in the 5 week sprint, participants gain the benefit of experiencing community with others sponsors and spurring each other on to advocacy. We will be designating 5 Week Clubs across the United States on a first come, first serve basis, so reserve now for our November launch! To participate, email us at your name, address, email, sponsor and advocate number (if applicable) with the email subject heading “5 Week Club”.

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  • Advocate’s ‘Yes’ to God yields success and hard growth

    Oct 13, 2014

    Child advocate Crystal Kupper’s devotional blog eloquently and honestly captures what happens when an advocate steps out in faith to organize a fundraising event, sharing how while it didn’t go exactly as planned, the event was definitely God-led in both the harvest and the lessons learned.

  • Goodsearch and AmazonSmile Benefit Compassion

    Oct 06, 2014

    Here are some links you can use that will raise funds for Compassion.

    Goodsearch - Once cent per internet search can go to Compassion.

    AmazonSmile - Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice.

  • How Do You Achieve A God-Sized Goal?

    Sep 15, 2014

    My first thought when confronted with this question is simply, "Only through God's provision!" It really begins and ends there, doesn't it? A God-sized goal is one that is bigger than what we can accomplish in our own strength using our finite human resources. Pursuing such a goal brings us to our knees in recognition of our need for God and our utter dependence upon him. That's not a bad place to find one's self; it's actually a most exciting place to be!

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  • Beautiful, Dirty Feet

    Sep 08, 2014

    This weekend, our feet got dirty. No really, we literally walked through inches of thick, gooey mud. We were at the Life Light music festival in Worthing, South Dakota, volunteering with Compassion – our aim was to encourage people to sponsor little children in order to give them hope and a future in Jesus Christ. Compassion has a huge presence at Life Light and brought well over 2000 child packets with them. The problem? There were not enough advocates and volunteers in the middle of South Dakota on Labor Day weekend. So 7 child advocates from Wisconsin made the trek out there to help. And it rained, and there was dirt and then mud. Lots of it!

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  • Take a Bite out of Malaria this Summer!

    Aug 18, 2014

    As a college student, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve on a mission team that spent 6 months in West Africa. It was an incredibly formative experience for me and ultimately led to my vocation with Compassion. My world was expanded in ways I could have never imagined. Some of those experiences bring a smile to my face decades later; others remind me of the challenges my brothers and sisters face to survive the sometimes threatening circumstances of everyday life.

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