Mothers everywhere love their babies and want them to grow up and to succeed in life.  Partner with a mother (or if the child is an orphan, partner with their guardian) and help ensure that their child is cared for, fed, schooled, immunized, in community with other children, surrounded by mentors, clothed and  given the chance to learn about God’s Word.  Is there any better gift?


a little round-up of our week.
music: Come by Here {Shaun Groves} (All proceeds go to Compassion)
photos (the good ones) by Keely Scott

click here to pin from original source:: Shaun Groves

For children in need of release from poverty. For Americans like me in need of rescue from wealth.


–Shaun Groves




Don’t be average, (I know you already clicked over and looked at the children and your heart went out to one, and then you waited, because that’s exactly what I did for two years and then I regretted it) don’t be like me, sponsor that child today. Thank you all for reading and emailing and praying and supporting and sponsoring a child.


  1. Thank you so much for your Compassion updates from your trip. Our church has been having Compassion Sundays for the past few weeks. I didn’t really get it, until I read your posts. They hit me in my heart, exactly where I needed to be touched. Today, my family sponsored two older children, one 14 and one 15. I chose the older children based solely on the information you shared regarding older youth who rarely get sponsored. I know first hand of this – our son was 9 when we adopted him and his case workers told us then that he most likely would have been placed in a boys’ group home due to his lack of adoptability simply because of his age. Thank you for communicating through your beautiful words and pictures how important this ministry is to all who are served, and also to all of us who take this opportunity.

  2. I love you Nester.

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. Thank you for this series of posts. They came at the perfect time in my life. I was not a regular reader of your blog, but clicked the link because your title about nail poilsh, bubbles and $38 caught my eye. I am a single mother of two. Two years ago on May 11, my oldest child underwent a bone marrow transplant in the hopes of curing a life threatening bone marrow disease. Seven and a half months later my beautiful, loving 20 year old daughter died from complications of her transplant. Ellizabeth was an amazing young lady who was wise beyond her years. She had a deep love for children and a special place in her heart for those less fortunate than herself. As the anniversary of her transplant date was approaching, the significance of the date was weighing heavily on my heart. Since Eliizabeth’s death I have wanted to honor her life and her spirit in everything I do. Your post made it very apparent to me how I should honor what would have been my daughter’s second “new birthday”. In her memory, I needed to sponsor a child. I did a quick search looking for a girl with the same birthdate as my Elizabeth. How perfect that the only girl born on her special day was from Ghana. One of my daughter’s special mentors had done missionary work in Ghana. And one of Elizabeth’s last purchases before she went into the hospital for her transplant was a bracelet that was made in Ghana. She was delighted to know that the proceeds from her bracelet would be going back to Ghana to the woman who had made it. Thank you for bringing this perfect opportunity to honor my sweet Elizabeth to my attention. I am so excited to share the love and support that I shared with Elizabeth with a 12 year old girl in Ghana.

    • Mari: Your story has touched my heart just as the Nester’s travels. There are people near and far in which we need to share Jesus’ compassion. You have suffered greatly, yet you still want to give. You, on this Mother’s Day, are in my prayers. Peace to you.

    • oh Mari, there are not words. Such a beautiful tribute and what a special connection you already have with a little girl in Ghana! I want to be more like you.

      • Nester: I hope it was ok that I replied to Mari on YOUR blog…hope that wasn’t taboo or crossing the blogging lines since her comment was to you. It just moved me so…especially on Mother’s Day.

  4. I also want to thank you for your updates during your Compassion International trip to Tanzania. At this time in my life I am not one of the Americans who has extra money each month to spend on incidentals, but your words touched me and I realized I could do something. I was laid off 3 years ago in all the melt-down in Corporate America and things are very tight — but I am blessed and God provides for all of my needs. This past year has been one of the most challenging but God is teaching me that He is the Sole Provider for all my needs — the burden is on Him as I trust. When I read your posts from Tanzania I realized that my God has unlimited resources and it’s time for me to stretch my faith and believe for enough extra to support a child in Africa. I’m going to make it a fun project with my grandchildren, too, and hope to get them to write letters that I can include in the packet. And I also chose an older girl — 15 yrs old — because God put it on my heart that she is at a critical time for life choices. I want to help pray her through the next few years. I didn’t mean to ramble, but wanted you to know that your posts have made a difference. Our God is great . . . and He is graciously getting lots of us involved in helping children across the globe to deepen our faith and to unite us in His love.

  5. so beautiful. Glad that your time was wonderful. Happy Mother’s Day.

  6. Nester, Thank you so much for your blog posts. I have probably followed the last 4? 5? trips that bloggers have taken with Compassion, and we have intended and intended and intended to sponsor a child. Sadly we even had the money ready to go and, you know, stuff came up and we put it off and put it off. Regret. BUT after reading your post about meeting Topo I said that today is THE day. What could be better timing than Mother’s Day right? So we are now the sponsors for a precious little girl in Rwanda. Precious. Could so identify with your fears about going on the trip! Thank you for going anyways and writing and just plain old making a difference.

  7. Michelle says

    I am hanging on your every world. These. Beautiful. People. You can just feel of their warmth and joy through the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing the experiences. Love to you and happy Mothers Day!

    • you said it perfectly. The last day we were there in Africa we went on a little mini safari and all I could think of was that I wanted to drive back through where the Maasai tribes lived and watch and meet the people again. I feel so sorry for anyone who goes to Africa to sight see and doesn’t get to know the people. They are the most magical part.

  8. i finally did it.
    i have no response, no excuse for why i didn’t do it earlier.
    but i found a little man in uganda “lives with his father” and decided to sponsor him on mother’s day.
    i assume his mama died? i wish the little bio told me more but regardless we are now sponsoring brian.
    thank you for painting a picture & weaving hope into your blog.
    i have followed you for years & my favorite posts of yours. ever. were last week.
    god bless you & thank you for inspiring me to act now. finally

    • OH I am so excited for you! And now, you can ask him whatever you want when you write him, you can even write online and upload photos! Just log into your acct and click on “write my child”.

  9. inspiring me this Monday morning. Happy Mother’s Day, sweet friend.

  10. Queen Mary says

    Lovely stuff you’ve shared with us. I am someone who has done this since as far back as I can remember actually! One year our church adopted a local family through a program to help people transition into independence – single mom, 5 kids. She had twins just about the same age as my kids so I requested them. Every holiday we would prepare their gifts and I always involved my kids in this sharing (we did daily stuff but that’s not to my point). So one Easter we are walking through the store picking stuff out for their Easter baskets and I’m getting nervous — my kids are being VERY generous with my money and I knew the Easter bunny was not going to be as generous with them. I pointed this out to them — they still believed in the Easter bunny and I asked them if they really thought we needed all this stuff because the Easter bunny doesn’t bring them this much stuff to which my son replied, quite seriously, as if my suggestion was ridiculous, “Mom, these are special Easter baskets.” So with my heart full of my kids’ generosity, off we went buying for our friends. Another time we went with other alumni of Notre Dame to a Christmas in April project in a seriously bad part of DC, a housing project. We brought the kids and they played with the kids in the housing project – glass, blood and syringes strewn about — they played. When my daughter got to college and studied injustice and inequality she gave me a piece of her mind about it and I asked why she was so angry and she told me that we had always worked for the poor, but never the why. So I asked her, what would have had me tell you? Silence on the phone for a minute and she realized it’s very difficult to explain unfairness to a 5 year old. I don’t have 12 pairs of shoes (that shoe thing skipped from my mother to my daughter), I don’t drink soda, I don’t have cable. I have plenty though and I believe in the widow’s mite! I have very much enjoyed your trip!

  11. I pinned the “consumption” graphic. (Was there an original source that I should have actually pinned it from?) Those numbers gave me pause. Thanks Nester (I think)

  12. Thank you for listening to God’s nudging and sharing what He has to say. Yes, like you, I have been waiting, but today was the day. I began looking at pictures of children and felt totally overwhelmed because of the shear number. What help can I be? I’m only one person? So I prayed and ask God to show me the child He wants me to sponsor. One little girl’s picture grabbed me and I opened the link. She has the same birthday as my own daughter…and I felt this was God’s sign…so now I sponsor Yasmine.
    Thank you…for listening to God and for sharing your blessings.


  13. Like everyone else here, I have really (truly!) loved every single one of your Compassion posts…looking to be “rescued from wealth” as well and know it won’t be long before I’m sponsoring, too. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences over the last week! xo

  14. Last year I read on many blogs about the trip to the Phillipines with Compassion, but I did not act. This year I have read your posts about your trip with Compassion and felt more inspired. Over the weekend I went out to the “bin day” at a Goodwill Store and spent $38 on 58 pounds worth of STUFF. As I read more of your posts this morning, the $38 kept resonating in my brain. I had mindlessly spent $38 on essentially junk and I felt foolish on how wasteful I was with my $38 that could have been used for so much more. I acted today and decided to sponsor 2 kids..Gerson from El Salvador and Eva from Tanzania. That is my Mother’s Day gift to myself and my family. I can’t wait to get our first letter and pictures. Thanks for your inspiring posts, Nester.

  15. This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I applaud your efforts to help keep families together and am soooo glad you blogged about it! : ) We, too, love sponsoring through Compassion.

  16. Florence says

    Where are the fathers?

  17. Nailed! I clicked over and found “three” —one each of my children’s age—and still have not done anything about it. Yes, I have all valid reasons why not to…like we can’t afford the three kids we already have…but after seeing these photos and hearing the stories and recently reading a novel titled Little Bee…I keep wondering…What am I doing to make a difference? I guess it’s time to talk to hubby-dear.

  18. i’d never spend that on shoes. we don’t drink soda. we don’t have cable. honestly we can’t afford those things. we do have two compassion kids. some months it is a financial sacrifice. but, then we get their letters, read their words, see their artwork, and KNOW we are so blessed that they are ours, and that God allows us to be a part of them in some small way.

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