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This blog was started in March 2013 – for you – so I could share with you:

  • Some of the paper gift items that I have designed for my sponsored children;
  • Other fabulous ideas or free printables I find online for them;
  • Snippets of faith to bless and encourage you, strengthen your faith and brighten your day… and all who come here;
  • And to tell you about some of the great organisations out there that introduce people to Jesus, our magnificent Creator who changes the hearts and lives of all those who really come to know and love Him.

My journey with sponsoring started in 2004 with Kefa and Estefany, who literally came out of a suitcase and into our hearts. My family is now privileged and blessed to love and care for these precious children. Aren’t my kids adorable?!  :)

Compassion kids

Meet Diribe, just one of my beautiful sponsored children. When we first sponsored her, she had been abandoned by her mother and father, was being raised by her grandmother who was struggling to provide for them both and she could not afford to go to school. Look at the difference that knowing the Lord Jesus has made in her life!

Compassion Diribe

Sponsoring a child is a great way to teach our kids social responsibility and to realise how blessed they are; and also to teach them that we have a responsibility before God to account for the resources that He has given us. Choose a child the same age as your own children / grandchildren / students. Then get them involved. Draw. Paint. Write. Kids LOVE writing to kids! Pray for them. Take them into your heart and into your family. Writing regularly to your sponsored child is very important, because love = letters! Let them know that they are now an important part of your family and that you care about them. Your letters to them are an occasion for great celebration and are often read by their whole family! Check out my post for ideas for that special first letter, ‘we welcome your family into our family’.

LOVE = LETTERS!

These paper gift items are also suitable resources for homeschool, Sunday School, other Christian ministries, in fact, for any child in need of paper gifts of love. If that’s you, welcome and come on in! I am delighted to see you. I appreciate each and every visitor and thank you for dropping by. While you’re here, I’ll make you a cuppa while you snuggle in, relax and put your feet up or have a look around. Cupcake? Stop to chat and let me know how your day has been or how you will be using my designs. Like all bloggers, I LOVE feedback. It blesses and encourages me.  :)

Do I get paid to do this? No. Would I like to? I wish! For that reason, all items must be for personal use only. Nothing is to be used commercially, without prior consent from the owner of this blog.

I am passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ; the authority of Scripture; God’s magnificent creation (admiring His designs are like walking through a living art gallery, don’t you think?); and telling others about Him. My love of designing is a gift from Him. He sits beside me all the way and I often whisper a quiet prayer for inspiration.

If you do not already know Him, please-please-please ask Him to show you THE truth. Your eternal destiny is resting on whether or not you know Him and have accepted His way of forgiveness for your rebellion against Him. A holy God. Just talk to Him like you would your best friend; He loves you and know you intimately… but, as I once told some teens who asked me how they should pray, with a whole lot more respect because there could be a lightning bolt with your name on it! :) You could start out by saying something to Him like: God, if you are really there, can you please show me the truth; and show me how I can have a relationship with You. 

Because, regardless of what many people may try to tell you, the truth does exist and you will find it only in Him – the Lord Jesus Christ; the One true God who created you; loved you enough to become human and die for your sins and rebellion against a Holy God. Realise that you are a sinner. We all are. There is a huge gulf between God and all of us. There is no way we can cross it. We might think that we are better than the guy standing next to us (and we’re usually not), but no matter how hard we try, we can never be good enough. He judges us according to His standards, not ours. And His pass mark is 100%. If you ever told a lie when you were 8 years old or stolen a pen from your boss or loved anyone or anything more than God, you’ve blown it! We all have. But God’s love bridges the gap. Jesus Christ (who is God in human form) lived a perfect life, got the 100% for us and paid the penalty for all of our sins by His death on the cross; so that God can forgive us our sins and give us eternal life. He is the judge stepping down from the bench to pay the penalty of death for the condemned and guilty prisoner. We can’t buy it. We can never earn it. It’s a free gift!

‘Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all’.

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Have a wonderful day and remember you are His beloved. You are invited. He has chosen you, so that you can have a personal relationship with Him. Forever.

For His glory and His honour.

Andrea
xoxo

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Lord it was You,
You created the heavens.
And Lord, it was Your hands
That put the stars in their place.
Lord, it was Your voice
That commands the morning.
‘Cause even oceans and their waves
bow at your feet, O Lord.

Lord, who am I
Compared to Your glory?
Lord, who am I
Compared to Your majesty?

‘Cause I’m your beloved,
Your creation,
And You love me as I am.
You’ve called me, chosen
For Your kingdom.
Unashamed to call me your own
I’m your beloved.

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31 thoughts on “About

  1. Thanks for following my blog! I am always excited to find another Compassion friend. I am currently sponsoring 7 children. I recently changed from a full time to half time position at my church, but I am determined to continue to sponsor and communicate with these children. I love all your creative paper ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    • You are most welcome Karen. And I look forward to reading more of your blog, also. Yes, it does takes a large chunk of time to love on these precious ones, but watching them blossom before our eyes is incredible. It will be exciting to see what God does with their lives. Bless you for stopping by to chat.

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  2. Dear Andrea..
    Thank you so much for reading my last post ” The Holy Vow” I really appreciate it. Just curious to visiting your blog. Eventually I found great blog here..No need to long consideration. . Will follow your blog.. once again, thank you so much. Blessing to you.
    Karina

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  3. What a blessing it has been for me to search through your blog! I can *feel* the JOY of the Lord jumping off the pages… and I look forward to following! May our Father God bless and protect you and yours in Christ Jesus and Merry Christmas! :D

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  4. How lovely to meet you, thank you so much for visiting my blog and for the reads and the follow, I really hope that you enjoy what you find at my ‘cyber’ summerhouse! When things are little less hectic, after Christmas, I do very much look forward to visiting you again and reading about your child sponsorship programme, a subject very close to my heart. Meanwhile, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year full of every joy and blessing. Sherri.

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  6. Thank you so much for this blog Andrea! I have been looking it over and have found treasure already. I look forward to continuing my search!

    I see that you are a sponsor of Compassion International. I am glad to see that you have a missions focus on your blog. I have been blogging for Gospel For Asia for the past several months and have been really blessed by it. I pray that those who read are blessed as well.

    I also wanted to let you know about a new journal I have started on my blog. You can read the intro post here: http://mylordisjesus.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/a-new-journey-tongues-really/ which also has an index of all of my journal posts (Yes, I’m just starting so the index is short) that I will update each time I add to my journal.

    I hope that you will follow along and add your comments as you feel moved to.

    God bless,
    John

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  7. Hi Andrea! I just thought you might be interested in this adventure. I’m taken part in a Blog hop opportunity. The idea is this: Each author answers 4 questions and then introduces 3 blogging friends of their choice. You would then post on your blog your answers to the 4 questions and introduce your three blogger friends in the post. If this is something you will like to participate in. You will need to answer the following 4 questions in your post and introduce 3 blog friends of your choice. The questions are:

    · What am I writing or working on?
    · How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?
    · Why do i write what i write?
    · How does my process work?

    Please take a look at this link site for an example of how it works.

    http://aliajoy.com/writing-questions-blog-hop/

    If you are interested, I will need your profile photo and a maximum of 100 word profile introduction of yourself. So that I can introduce you in my post. Please I will need to have this latest by the 30th of August.
    The beautiful thing abort this Blog hop thing as I believe is that, it’s a creative way of getting your blog before different audiences and given them the opportunity to check out what your blog is about and if interested, connect with you.
    I will be featuring my own post for this in early September. And I will help to promote yours when your blog post goes live if you decide to participate.

    P.S. Just that you know, unfortunately as I am only allowed 3 blog friends, I will only be able to select the first 3 people to respond back to me. Please kindly let me know asap if you are interested. God bless you! (Sorry for taking so much space, i didn’t have other means of contacting you. Please feel free to delete after reading)

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