My Hidden Treasures

Can We Do It? You KNOW it!

Welcome to September Sponsor a Child Month.
My goal is to have as many Compassion children sponsored as possible and I don’t mean myself taking on a bunch more either.

The goal is 3,108 by the end of the month!

Impossible for me to do all by myself.  But, what if I had some help?

What if everyone I know will sponsor one child…how many would that be?

What if everyone who has one child, takes on a second child? How many would that be?

What if YOU took on one or one more child?  Let’s go have a look and see if anyone catches your eye!

You just can’t afford another child?  Can you pray for some to be sponsored? Go here and choose some children to pray for.

Perhaps you would like to go here and use this as a resource to teach your children about how blessed they are?

Would you pray generally for children to be sponsored?

Another way you could help, is to pass this blog onto your friends, maybe one or more of them would be interested in sponsoring a child, or with passing this on to another of their friends.

Pass the word; it all helps!

Do you have a blog? Can you help pass the word that way?  Join the network!

Did you know that if you sponsor a child with Compassion that the child benefits in huge ways? I wonder if you realize how huge the benefit is actually going to be to the sponsor?

This is life changing for the child, yes, but it is beyond life changing for the sponsor.

If you have not tried it before, I challenge you to find out.  I guarantee you will be unexpectedly filled with joy like nothing you have felt before.

So, what will it be?

Choose a child?

Pray for a child?

Teach a child?

Pass on to your friends?

Blog about this?


As I was sitting and thinking what I could buy with $1.25 I wondered if I could buy an apple for that, or even two.  I know if I wanted to buy a treat for one of my grandchildren, it would be hard to find something, other than candy, that would be affordable.

Then came the challenge of making a nutritious meal for $1.25.  Could I do that? I don’t know!  That would be something to work at and I think it would be difficult, but what if I had to make this meal for more than just me?  What if I had to make it for my whole family? What if I had three or four children depending on me.  Goodness, what would I prepare for $1.25.  Now, what if I want to eat more than once a day?  What options do I have now?  Hmmmm.

I could probably handle this for a day or two, eating one small meal, but what if I had to do it day after day, week after week, year after year.  What if something ‘extra’ came along that I or one of the children needed? How would I afford it? What if one of the children became sick.  What if I became sick and couldn’t work?  Who would help me or my children?  Would we be discarded and thrown away hungry and dying?


There is help.  You can help.  I can help!  Together we can make a difference.


What is 58?


58: is an unprecedented global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.

Here is an interesting game you might enjoy. .  Get your family and your friends to try this game.  It might be a surprise to you and to them to realize how hard some of the poor will work and how little they will get for their efforts.  Certainly we wouldn’t do such work for such pay!


What did it make you think? Did it make you feel anything?  Did it make you want to help?

An interesting video you might find gives you hope.


Please, won’t you join in the fight against poverty, in the battle against old thinking and beliefs that we can’t make a difference?


We can!


We will!

Lessons From A Child

I have been reading the blogs from the Compassion Team that recently went to Tanzania.

I sure wish I could have been there with them!

I see the pictures, I read the blogs and I just fall in love with all the beautiful faces.

Stop and read this blog, see the pictures and enjoy the view…

Dirty feet

Doesn’t it make you wish you could have gone with them?

Have you ever done something silly and then realized you were seen and then become embarrassed?

Have you ever been the one who did the seeing of something silly? And laughed at it?

I know I have been in both places.

I have been embarrassed and laughed at but it is ok to be laughed at when you do something silly.  It is what makes life fun!  I have also done the laughing.

What about doing something silly to make someone laugh, someone who needs to laugh.  Have you ever embarrassed yourself to help someone?

I see it all the time in various places.  Adults making strange (and yes, funny, faces at children).  They usually don’t even know I am watching them!  I think there are even some who don’t care that I watch them!

I am looking at these beautiful, joy filled children that are in Tanzania.  What are their lives like?

What are they really like?

Surely they are not laughing all the time?

Surely they are not always in their best clothes?

Surely they often fall down or get dirty?

OK.  We all know that!  They don’t always laugh or wear their best clothes.  They are not always clean.

But, do they always care? Do they always want to comfort?  Do they see tears on an adult and want to help?

I think so!

Do we? Do we see these tears and want to help?

What is the lesson from these kids? To have compassion and want to help?

Can we help?  Do we help?  Do we want to?  Are we willing to give up just a tiny something to benefit them?

Can you sponsor a child and change their life completely?

What do you think a child would say to those questions?

I know what my daughter would say!  Do it! Do it!

Children always want to help.

I wish I were more like a child.

What about you?

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I wish I were there too.

Tanzania looks so wonderful and the children so adorable.

I want to take a little girl a baby doll and have her strap it on her back like other mama’s in Tanzania do!

What a joy it would be to see her walk around so proudly.

Bubbles…do the children in Tanzania get to play with bubbles like our children do?

Is it common or maybe not even available at all.

Imagine if you had a big bottle of bubbles and a bunch of kids…what fun!

Wouldn’t it be great to giggle and chase those bubbles?

The eyes, how big would the eyes of these children get, if they had never seen nail polish before.

What if they suddenly saw that their toe nails were a shiny, metalic blue?  Oh, my!

The fascination, the curiosity, the demand for many toes to be painted.

Can you see the children crowding around saying, “Me too! Me too!”?

Join me as we continue our virtual tour to Tanzania.

Come see the children.

See the baby doll on the little girl’s back, the pride in her eye!

See the blue toenails!

Watch the bubbles fly!

click here

Oh, and before you go, won’t you consider sponsoring a child of your own in Tanzania?

Maybe next time you will be part of the trip that goes to visit your child!

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Inside Tanzania

It’s time to see what it is really like for the people who live in Tanzania.

This virtual tour will show you some really neat things that you maybe never thought about before, or perhaps you have watched Amazing Race and have seen a peek at the land and people of Tanzania already.

Sometimes you wonder what you will encounter when you enter into a new country, or a new experience.

Sometimes you wonder if you will be accepted and really get to know the citizens or if they will just be polite to you.  Or business-like.

Sometimes you have lots of ideas but have no idea how to make them happen.

Let’s go see what is happening today on the tour to Tanzania.

What can we learn from a 15 year old boy, a 15 year old Tanzanian boy on the other side of the world?

Are you comparing to the boys who live in your neighborhood?  That might not be the best idea if you are expecting to be able to figure this out without reading!

Follow me on this link for a fun, informative and surprising glimpse into the life and love of a 15 year old Tanzanian young man.  A young man who can decorate and teach adults what is truly important in life.

Decorating Truths

If you have a teenage boy or would like to have one, go to this link and find one to sponsor.  You won’t be sorry!

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Travel to Tanzania

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation to the other side of the world?

Have you ever considered Africa a land to be explored?

I have.

I have often wondered what it would be like to go there and stay for an extended visit, to be more than just a visitor, but to see the real Africa.

I cannot be there in person, but I can be there virtually.

I invite you to come with me, to see a little part of Africa, to see Tanzania.  I won’t show you just the tourist stuff, I want to show you what it is like to live there, I want you to smell the air, to feel the children.

Let’s go!

The plane lands in Tanzania and suddenly you wonder what on earth have I done.  All this preparation, all these months and suddenly here I am.

Then, I see the people.

I see the buildings.

I see the land, the sky, the sunshine.

Here are some pictures for you to see what it is like there.

What a beauty the little girl is…

Be sure to watch the video too!

I have a sponsored child in Tanzania.

I am thrilled to see what the country is like, what the houses are like, what the people are like.

This is just a teaser, more to come!

Oh, and if you want a person relationship with one of the children of Tanzania, click on this smiling child.

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What if?

Have you ever thought about different things that happen in the world and how we are rather insignificant as far as world events are concerned.

We are too far away.

It’s too complicated.

Too hard.

Too much money needed.

We can’t change anything.

Can’t improve anything.

Can’t help anything.

At least not in a big way!

I know that is wrong!  I know that even though I am only one person, very insignificant as far as the world is concerned, I know I can make a difference, if I will only try.

That is the key, ‘if only I will try’.

I am not famous, wealthy nor from an influential family, so I don’t have much leverage to change anything on a world wide level, but, what if I invested just a small amount of money each month, into something or someone that might be able to change the world?

What if I only changed the world a teeny, tiny, bit?

Is parenting important?

Does it matter how I raise my child/children?

Is it possible our child can grow to be a great leader?  Every great leader has parents? Why not me?

OK, everyone wants to help their own children, we do that automatically and without a second thought of the cost each month until it comes time for university or something like that; then we notice the cost a bit more.

What about that child on the other side of the world that is slowly dying of hunger, or from a disease caused by unclean water or a mosquito bite?

What if I invested a small sum each month and helped a child to not just survive, but to dream, to be educated and to work hard, and to accomplish something his or her parents were never able to?

Time to dream….

What if this helps create a powerful, great leader of some country that I have never been to?

What if this powerful leader is then able to invest in their country in a way that makes the country a better place to live, a place where there are no starving children, where poverty is rare, rather than normal. (Like where I live now.)

What if this child grows up to be the one who saves hundreds of lives by inventing a life saving cure for some awful disease.

What if this saves the life of my child or my grandchild or me?

What if I never helped this child that can change the world into a better place?

It’s true, there is no way to know which one is “the one” when we choose a child to help.  Just as we don’t know if our own children will be ‘the one’.

What if the child you choose grows up to be a responsible, healthy, educated adult and leads a productive life and teaches his or her family these same lessons, thus breaking this cycle of destruction?

What if the child helps a village, and not a whole country?

What if the child helps save the life of others in poverty, by helping others who are still stuck in the cycle of death?

Would it be enough to know this child grew into a loving, caring adult that is an asset to their community and a person who loves the Lord?

What would it take to commit to a child on the other side of the world,  the promise of a future, of life and of success?

Would you give up one evening out to supper?

Would you give up your gourmet coffee?

What would it be?

Who would be the winner?

Would it be the child?

Would it be you?

I have done this.  I have helped a child.  I do help a child.  It’s small and insignificant on the world event page, but, it’s the world to me.

Who has it helped the most?

ME!     ME!    ME!

I am the one who has gained the most.

Won’t you treat yourself to a blessing that is way beyond your imagination?

Click below and choose a child today!

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