Discouraged about Release3

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Yesterday was my second day hosting Release3 at my church. I'm a little bit discouraged-none of my children have been sponsored and not very many people have even come to the table. Most of the people who come already sponsor and come up to tell my about their sponsor child (which is great, but just shows your the crowd I'm getting). It is a small church, but I feel like more people have come up when my dad did Compassion Sunday. I made an announcement the first week (which was nerve racking!) and the table is in a spot you have to pass to get out of the sanctuary. What else should I do? I've been praying for these kids every day.
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Beverly Crimmins Sarchet

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Emma, I understand a little of how you feel.  I'm doing Release3, too, and have also been praying with my family for sponsors for three children.  I also go to a small church.  My daughter is 18 and has been standing by the display, and she was a little discouraged last Sunday when she didn't get a lot of interest.  However, I think it is good to remember (as I shared with her) that not everyone is called to the same ministry.  Supporting a child through Compassion is a true ministry. I may not be called to be a Sunday School teacher, but I do feel called to support a child and write them letters.   On the other hand, maybe the person who is a good Sunday School teacher just doesn't feel they can take on any new ministries right now.  And it does take time for people's hearts to be ready for some things.  Just keep being faithful to what you believe God has called you to do right now.  Even if they kids don't get sponsored this time, they will not be forgotten by God.  Also I believe they go back on the Compassion site after a certain date in November.  So they will have other opportunities. 
  Thank you for sharing your concerns and also for giving those three children more chances to find a sponsor through the people at your church.  God bless you!
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Thanks for the encouragement, Beverly! Good reminders.
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Emma, you are such a rock star and an inspiration to me and so many others! It does take courage and guts to do what you're doing and to speak in front of other people :). I agree with Beverly and love her advise. But I also want to encourage you that God knows exactly who is supposed to sponsor these children. He has them in the palm of His hand and He knew their names and their stories before the world began!

The bible tells us in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart as if working for the Lord and not for man." It is so evident that your heart is in the right place for these children. Please don't get discouraged that they're not getting sponsored right away. You still have almost two weeks left ;)! You might also consider putting their pictures up on Facebook! I have seen many children get sponsored in our Release 3 campaign through social media.

Good luck and thank you SO much for what you are doing and for praying for them! Prayer is such a powerful tool God has given us, don't stop! :)
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Don't give up Emma!

My church wouldn't let me set up a table or make an announcement (they think it'll distract people from the other mission work they endorse). I've had to take it to Facebook! I've created a public album and every day or so I share their picture and a little information about them. 

I was some how sent 2 Release3 packets so I have 6 ... count 'em ... SIX kiddos to find sponsors for, which is a little overwhelming -_-

I've had people share the pictures and get to talking about it to friends and I'm finding that social media can be effective. 

You're doing great Emma!
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Emma, I don't have much to add, just wanted to give you my support. The church I work at is a very small country church, and it's tough to get sponsors here, even though the Pastors LOVE Compassion and talk it up all the time. The "market is saturated," if you know what I mean; nearly everyone who possibly can sponsors at least one child already. It's hard when you're at the table and the packets just sit there, I've been there. So I try to change my focus from encouraging new people to sponsor, to teaching current sponsors more about the program and how to be better sponsors. That has given me my biggest successes. You'll find the right approach for your situation eventually, hang in there!
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That is the focus I think I will start taking. Thanks Mellanie (and Kari and Emily)!
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I was unprepared for the emotional burden I would get when I saw the three faces. I wanted to sponsor all of them myself! The first week I put out cookies and made my table beautiful and put out my letters from my sponsored child and the kinds of things I send to her (like paper dolls etc). The children of my church ate all my cookies between service, and hardly anyone looked at them. I started feeling like I had failed the kids. I got sick one week and missed a Sunday. But the Lord looks at your heart and the hearts of those who could respond. Far better to be a person who says Yes I Will to what He asks and then Does it. You prayed for those children. You gave them a better chance. We don't know who their sponsors will be, but you are a link in a chain of blessing. There's a reward in that

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