May 23, 2021 is Pentecost Sunday. Find out why this momentous day matters more than ever.

Pentecost Sunday is the day the Church became the Church. It is the impetus of mission and the source of courage to actually bring the Kingdom of God to earth. Fifty days after the resounding high note of our faith — He is risen! — we encounter another crescendo in God’s great plan: Pentecost Sunday. We invite you to consider this significant day with fresh eyes and allow the reverberation of that first Pentecost to invigorate your heart once more.

It may be difficult…


April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. Here’s why caring for people in poverty requires caring for Creation.

Daniela is wearing a red shirt and jeans. She is standing outside her house and is looking into the distance.
Daniela is wearing a red shirt and jeans. She is standing outside her house and is looking into the distance.

Last fall in Honduras, in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta, 12-year-old Daniela and her family had to row her stepfather’s light blue fishing boat through the flooded streets of their neighbourhood to inspect the damage to their home. “There [was] no other way to move around the community,” Daniela shared.

Several months earlier, on the other side of the world in Bangladesh, another 12-year-old girl, Aduri, weathered a historic tropical storm: super-cyclone Amphan. …


In February of 2020, we had many plans at Compassion Canada. Staff, volunteer and sponsor trips to El Salvador, Kenya and Thailand were pencilled into the calendar. Church events had been booked, and the year was looking open and bright.

But then in a matter of weeks, March came, and the rumblings of a global virus that would put the world on pause became a loud, tangible threat. Just as quickly as it arrived, COVID-19 had changed the world as we knew it.

Ever since those early days of lockdown a year ago, life has looked so different. Little did…


5 reasons why we still believe in our child sponsorship model, almost 70 years later.

A young Thai girl is wearing a green and white shirt and playing on a playground with several other children.
A young Thai girl is wearing a green and white shirt and playing on a playground with several other children.

In the midst of the Korean War, Reverend Everett Swanson was stopped in his tracks by the startling, desperate needs of Korean children orphaned by the war. While in South Korea as a missionary and evangelist in the early 1950s, he encountered orphans dying in the streets in the cold of the night, their lifeless bodies collected by soldiers to be unceremoniously buried each morning.

On his flight home, one question buzzed in Everett’s ear to the rhythm of the plane’s engines: What are you…


Christmas certainly looks different for most of the world this Christmas. With friends and family members in lockdown zones, face-to-face celebrations may be especially difficult. And for families around the globe who live in extreme poverty, celebrations will certainly look much different.

Not only will many children in low-income countries not be able to experience the joy of opening their very own brightly wrapped gift on Christmas morning, but simple luxuries like food are out of reach for many. …


We’re used to hearing about the well-known effects of poverty — but are we missing the less-visible ones?

A Ethiopian boy stands in front of a blue wall, in a white button-up shirt and a blue vest.
A Ethiopian boy stands in front of a blue wall, in a white button-up shirt and a blue vest.

Much exciting progress has been made in the fight against poverty. But over 700 million people still live on less that $1.90 per day, which is defined as extreme poverty by the World Bank. More than 1.9 billion people live on less that $3.20 per day. It’s clear that the fight against poverty is far from over — especially as the COVID-19 crisis reverses much of this progress.

Poverty looks different in different contexts. Rural poverty and urban poverty are often unrecognizable…


Bee-Life Brand isn’t your average small business. It’s empowering youth in poverty.

A teen girl holding Bee-Life Brand soaps in her hands.
A teen girl holding Bee-Life Brand soaps in her hands.

Edgar held the registration form in his hands, considering his options. Of the four workshops outlined on the form that were offered by his Compassion centre, one in particular caught his eye. Edgar checked the box next to the honey products workshop, unaware of the impact it would have on his life.


One night, Mary returned home late from work to the sight of her children and their father sitting around a fire. Her heart sank at the look on their faces. It was one she had seen all too often.

“When I saw them, I knew they were hungry. My husband did not make money that day. When I asked if they had eaten, my husband said they had drank hot water,” she says. …


If you are like most Christians, you are likely no stranger to the Enneagram personality test, a growing trend amongst many Christian communities. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s the scoop:

The Enneagram is a personality typing tool that outlines nine basic personality types that people generally fall under. It’s an ancient tool that describes your personality in terms of who you are and how you relate to God, others and yourself. To learn more about the nine types and discover yours, doing some reading at The Enneagram Institute is a great place to start!

The Enneagram has been…


Compassion’s child sponsorship program is effective in not just responding to human trafficking, but preventing it, too.

For Compassion staff around the world, working to ensure children are known, loved and protected means standing up with and for them in the event that violent perpetrators are present in their life. We partner with families, local authorities and like-minded organizations to rescue, protect and rehabilitate victims of child trafficking.

But our hope is that a child would never be in such a situation in the first place. …

Compassion Canada

A leading child development organization, Compassion helps children and their communities overcome extreme poverty. www.compassion.ca

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