Where Have You Been?

Where Have You Been?

This year is almost at an end and as with most years it’s had it’s ups and downs. One of the big ‘ups’ is that I had my first ever overseas holiday. Together with my family I visited Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

I’ve been overseas a number of times in the past but it’s always been for work or for some other cause. This time it was all about enjoyment. That’s not to say that I haven’t enjoyed all my other trips but there’s something different about travelling purely for enjoyment and especially travelling with people you love.

Including my home country of Australia, I’ve actually been in 17 countries so far. I’ve been able to spend significant time in some countries with others only visited while in transit or for a very short time. The places I’ve been include Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, USA, Canada, India, Haiti, Dominican Republic, PNG, Bangladesh, Indonesia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Thailand, Myanmar and Hong Kong. You can see them all plotted out on the map below.


I wonder how many countries you’ve visited? Let me know your favourite (and maybe not so favourite) places in this wonderful world of ours.

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An Incredible Year

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On this day last year I began a new chapter in the journey of my life. I began working at Compassion Australia so that I could do more to see children released from poverty in Jesus’ name. It’s a move I’m so glad I made and I’m looking forward to what the year ahead and hopefully many others ahead will bring.

In the past twelve months I’ve spoken to hundreds of people about Compassion’s work and the huge difference it is making in 26 nations around our world. I’ve sat in the homes of people who are living in extreme poverty. I’ve prayed with them, heard their stories and discovered the changes that Compassion has been able to bring through partnership with their local church.

In February I visited Indonesia. In July I traveled to Ethiopia and Rwanda. Back in 2008 I visited Compassion’s work in Haiti and Dominican Republic. Each of the places I visited in those countries revealed a different kind of poverty. Each was bursting with the hope of a brighter future.

The following is something I’ve said before and is just as true today as it was when I began working for Compassion on this day in 2013.

I don’t work for Compassion because it’s a job. I work for Compassion because I am convinced that there is no more effective organisation serving the world’s poor. I have seen no other method of working with those in poverty that even comes close to the way that Compassion is working.

If you’d like to help me celebrate my one year work anniversary please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion today. I can absolutely assure you it will make all the difference for a child as you help release them from poverty in Jesus’ name.

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Pedalling Hope

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Every year since 2009 I’ve travelled between Albany and Perth, a distance of over 500 kilometres, by bicycle. I’ve taken on the challenge to raise funds for some very worthy causes but this year I’m looking forward to the ride even more as I support what I consider to be the best cause of all.

Back in the saddle

This October I’ll once again be taking part in the Ride for Hope. The ride will involve more than 30 cyclists, our biggest group ever, riding over 500 kilometres from Albany to Perth. As part of the event this year I’m raising money for Compassion.

If you’ve been following my blog for any time you’ll know that I work for Compassion, but I’m not supporting Compassion simply because it’s my job to do so.

I work for Compassion because I am convinced that there is no more effective organisation serving the world’s poor. I have seen no other method of working with those in poverty that even comes close to the way that Compassion is working.

I’ve seen Compassion’s work first hand in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Every time I visit another church that is partnering with Compassion I am amazed at the change it is making in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our world, children.

My fund raising target is $2000. To reach that goal I need 20 people who are prepared to donate $100. Can you please consider being one of those people?

Of course I understand that not everyone can afford to be so generous so please consider giving whatever you can. The need is desperate and any donation of $2 or more is tax deductible in Australia. (Donations are still welcome from anywhere in the world.)

If you’d like to make a difference in the lives of children who desperately need your support, simply visit my fundraising page.

I can assure you that your money will be well spent in releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

For the 13th consecutive year, Compassion International has earned the highest rating for U.S. charities from Charity Navigator—the nation’s largest charity evaluator. The 4-out-of-4 stars rating places Compassion International in the top one-percent of non-profits reviewed by Charity Navigator. – PR Web

Let me thank you in anticipation of your support for children in poverty.

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Will you act?

Tony

How do you tell a child that they’re not the one to blame for their family’s poverty? How do you explain to a young boy that he’s not the reason that his family have no food to put on the table?

Tony Beltran grew up in Dominican Republic and from a young age he was full of guilt because he thought that he was the reason that his family struggled with extreme poverty. He thought that if he wasn’t around his family would be better off and wouldn’t have to live that way.

I met Tony yesterday in Melbourne. That’s us in the grainy iPhone photo above. He’s visiting Australia to let people know about the one act that turned his life around. It wasn’t an immediate change but just one act made all the difference. Child sponsorship through Compassion changed everything for Tony and it continues to change everything for hundreds of thousands of children in developing nations.

It was an honour to meet Tony and to hear him tell his story. In the video below he tells some of that story. Along with some other former sponsored children, Tony talks about dramatic change and how hope can shine brightly into some very dark places. Please watch the video and find out more about the one act that changed Tony’s life and is currently transforming the lives of around 1.6 million children across the world.

Will you act?

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Why do I support Compassion?

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Why do I support Compassion Child Sponsorship? Quite simply … it works. And the research proves it.

There is a handful of aid agencies and causes that I wholeheartedly endorse and Compassion is right up there at the top of the list. I’ve been overseas to see the effect of their work first hand in Haiti and Dominican Republic.

Recent research published in the Journal of Political Economy backs up the impact of the work Compassion is doing.

Independent researchers have conducted an in-depth study into the success of Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, with results published in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Political Economy — one of the most prestigious economics journals in the world.

The results of the study show that children who participated in Compassion’s holistic Child Sponsorship Program stayed in school longer, were more likely to have salaried employment and were more likely to be leaders in their communities and churches than their peers who did not participate in Compassion’s program.

I’d encourage you to read more about the research findings.

There are many children waiting for you to give them a hand up through Compassion Child Sponsorship. You can make a dramatic difference to their lives.

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