Is it possible to give thanks in all circumstances, as 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to do? Even after what the world has experienced in 2020? 

These grateful children who live in poverty prove it! The pandemic has increased struggles for almost everyone, and even more so for families in poverty. But these beneficiaries of Compassion’s programme are still giving thanks—specifically for child sponsors. Because of sponsorship, they are not going hungry like some people in their communities are. Because of sponsorship, they received the medicine they needed. Because of sponsorship, they have hope for tomorrow. 

Let’s find out what these kids around the world are thankful for, despite their circumstances. 

Reason 1: Sponsors 

These grateful children in Compassion’s programme are thankful that sponsors kept them in their care and prayers, even when everyone around the world was going through a tough time. Sponsorship provided them with sustenance and hope—as you’ll see in the beautiful photos below. 

Reason 2: A Full Belly 

A-Full-Belly.jpgBhorsha holding lentils and oil in Bangladesh.

Six-year-old Bhorsha holds lentils and oil—some of the groceries that have helped sustain her family during their most desperate season. Bhorsha and her twin sister, Asha, live with their solo mother, who lost her job after the coronavirus pandemic reached Bangladesh. 

The twins—whose names mean “hope” and “trust” in Bengali — and their mum received food and hygiene supplies. Because the sisters were identified as highly vulnerable children, their family also received a monthly allowance to make up for the lost income. 

Reason 3: A Safe Home 

A-Safe-Home.jpgDeneilis standing infront of her new family home built by Tearfund's partner. 

After her father lost his job, five-year-old Deneilis’ family was evicted from their home in Colombia. They moved into a two-bedroom home where 11 other people lived. Deneilis’ family had to wait for the others to go to bed before they could pull out old mattresses and sleep on the living room floor. When Compassion staff came to check on Deneilis, they were shocked by her low weight, skin allergies and living situation.

But thanks to Tearfund’s partner, the staff were able to build Deneilis’ family a new home. They painted it Deneilis’ favourite colour, pink. 


“I feel so happy with my new bed,” says Denilis. “I like everything in my house! Thanks to all who helped us to have our home.” 

Reason 4: Family 

family.jpgPawaret and his elephant in Thailand.

Pawaret’s elephant isn’t just a member of the family—it is also the family’s livelihood. Pawaret’s father, Jaw-la-tu, earns a living by giving elephant rides to tourists. Since the pandemic greatly reduced tourism in Thailand (and most other places), Jaw-la-tu lost his income.

A drought has also made food scarcer than ever for this family. Compassion staff have provided food and encouragement to the family during their difficult season. 

“We are so thankful for the Child Sponsorship Programme that never left us feeling alone. It’s like there’s always a family that cares for us in a hard time,” says Jaw-la-tu. 

Reason 5: God’s Love 

Gods-love.jpgDenke and her one year old daughter in Ethiopia. 

With no income and no hope of finding employment because of the pandemic, young mother Denke wondered how she and her one-year-old daughter, Koket, would make it. Denke and Koket are in Compassion’s Survival Programme in Ethiopia. At first, Denke didn’t realise how far the Survival staff would go to help them. Not only did Denke and Koket receive the food and medicine they needed, but the depressed mother also found spiritual and emotional support from the programme staff. 

“I am thankful for people around me, especially the Survival staff, who never get tired of supporting me,” Denke says. 

“My baby girl just turned one, and if you look at her, she looks like she is raised by a wealthy mother. She is healthy and strong.” 

 


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