Comment on new "A Life Changed" series (Olive's story)

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Olive's story was amazing. But as far as inspiring my ministry to children to come alive, it did not have that effect. My ministry to my sponsored children was quite alive; we had regular communication both ways. But all that was changed with the new system in April, nearly cutting off the communication.

Specifically regarding Olive's outcome, I am getting the impression that new changes have done away with the Leadership Development program and are steering kids to more 'realistic' options. It would seem that dramatic stories like Olive's are not what most of the Compassion kids will see. The more I learn about the countries where Compassion kids live, the more I wonder what their lives will really be like once out of the Compassion program. These are families who struggle to have enough food to eat, who cant find jobs. What will happen to the kids after they are out of the program? Will they be able to generate enough income to survive, in countries where most of the people live in poverty and there are no jobs?

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I don't think the problem is that there are no jobs, Beth. One of my boys lives in a small community near Medellín in Colombia and another one lives near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. These are not small towns with no jobs. It's the cycle of poverty that keeps people living one day at a time, just making sure that they have enough to eat even though there may be opportunities for them nearby that are just out of reach. That's the cycle that Compassion is trying to break.

Also, regarding the new system I want to encourage you I just received a letter from one of my kids in less than 10 days, and I saw where another sponsor received one in less than 24 hours! So it might have started out slow but it looks like it's really going to be great when it's all finished!

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