How do you pick which child packets to send out for Compassion Sunday?

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Just curious! It's been a bit of a different mix each year that I've done Compassion Sunday at my church, so I'm wondering how you choose which packets to send out to events like this. Is it totally random, or do you have some sort of system?
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Laura Evans

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Great question!  I just received my child packets a few days ago and wondered that too.  But our church requested children who have been waiting a long time, older children, or high risk children (AIDS, etc).  The majority of our children we received were the above so we were very happy with that!
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Hi there! We have a system (a priority selection matrix) that operates on hundreds of rules about what children can be sent to what event, etc. Basically, children who have been waiting twenty-three months or more for a sponsor have a high priority in our system. This dictates what type of event they are sent to and whether we will require a donation initially to secure the sponsorship. We have a lot of unsponsored children right now who have been waiting for loving sponsors and we are really working hard and praying they will get sponsored. That might be the reason why you have seen a different mix this time around.   
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Where are the children who have been waiting 23 months or more? The website shows children waiting 18 months.
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As I mentioned, we have a very complex system to decide which children to send to events and which children to list on the web, etc. It's so complex that it's tough to explain it in a short and sweet answer, but I'll try to explain it as best as I can. We have those children who are listed in our system as a priority to find sponsors. Then we have those who are at a lower priority but are still a priority. From when a child becomes available for sponsorship up through twenty-three months plus (if it takes that long) after they become available we may have different rules and methods to try to find them sponsors as quickly as possible. The rules are kind of like steps. We will try one method and if it does not work we will go to a more effective method. These rules also include special requests like Laura mentioned and we do want a variety on the website as well as at events. We also have several different kinds of events and methods to try to find sponsors, including events, the web, child requests, etc. Basically, since we have so many children who are available for sponsorship at any given time, our methods change, the number of children in priority selection change, and the children on the website or at events change. 
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I think I understand. I was surprised to see that we got all younger children, with only two priorities (waiting 6 months and 8 months). But I can see that the high priority children would be sent to other events where they are more likely to be sponsored. Our church is small and is getting full of sponsors after three years of Compassion Sunday, so it might be less likely for the priority children to find sponsors here. Am I understanding this right? (Or is it just really complicated, as you said above?) :)
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Yes. We like to list the high priority longest waiting children on the website because that is one of our most effective means to find sponsors. However, the numbers, wait times, and children available change daily. 

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