Friday, June 23, 2017

From the Field Friday: Brazil

It's time to share the country director letter from Brazil! Life in Brazil sounds tragically difficult.

I have one beautiful young lady in Brazil. Miss Maria!


Dear Kayla,

 Greetings in Jesus' name! My name is Jose Carrasco. I am the South America area director and I've been privileged to serve as the interim country director of Brazil since 2014. I was born in Peru. I have a wife and two wonderful children. 

Jose Carrasco & His Wife 

I am proud to tell you that Compassion has been serving in Brazil for 29 year. We currently have about 185 child development centers in Brazil and we are serving more than 43,000 children. The impact of Compassion's holistic program in the life of a child is huge. We would not be able to reach all these wonderful children without sponsors' generous and selfless giving. You have made is possible for Maria to receive love, care, nurture and support through your sponsorship and your prayers. You truly are making a difference in your child. Thank you so much for your support! 

A Girl Outside Her Home in a Brazilian Slum

A sponsored child has a safe place to go each day and is taught about the love of Jesus. At the centers, children have the opportunity to identify their strengths, develop their gifts and talents, and overcome difficulties. They learn that they are special because they are children of God. 

Smiling Compassion Kids

Allow me to share just some of the struggles we face daily. Compassion serves the most impoverished children in Brazil, and their families. There are high rates of childhood sickness and even death. Many children face violence; many come from broken homes. They also face financial crisis. Widespread unemployment and high cost of living make life increasingly difficult for those who live with few resources. Lack of water and access to good medical care are common. Hospitals lack the medicine and equipment needed to serve their communities. 

And Impoverished Family Outside of Their Home

The coming year brings many challenges, but by God's grace, we will continue to go forward and face those struggles. Compassion Brazil has improved its program and materials to better empower the churches to fulfill their mission. We are encouraged by the willingness of the churches to work hard and diligently to better serve the children through training, facilitation visits, materials, and local mobilization. Compassion Brazil has excellent plans in place to develop child protection networks and early childhood and youth development strategies. It is possible to change the lives of more children and help them to become strong and productive Christian adults. We have seen it so many times! 

Two Children Studying a Compassion Workbook

Nourishing the relationship between the sponsor and the child is critical. I encourage you to write letters. When a child receives a letter, it's like receiving a special gift. It means so much to a child. Your words really encourage and nurture your child positively. Children feel loved and appreciated when they know someone far away is praying and thinking about them. 

Children Coloring Pictures for Their Sponsors

There are no words to express the gratitude that my heart feels for your sponsorship for Maria. Your giving has changed the destiny of your child, and that is priceless. I gladly express my appreciation for generous giving. May the Lord bless you and your family. Please pray for us. We promise to also pray for you. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Jose Carrasco 


Want to sponsor a child in Brazil? I ask you to consider sweet Alyce. She suffers from a chronic illness and could really use the love and encouragement of a sponsor. You can sponsor here at this link: CLICK HERE. 

1 comment:

  1. You're so clever with your post names for these!! And it can be so eye opening to read them. I'm really thankful Compassion sent them to us!! And that they had them written in the first place.