New campaign is terrible.

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When I got my mail today, I saw Jhan Marco's face through the front of the envelope. He is a 13 year old boy I currently sponsor.  I had a large envelope in my hand so my knee jerk reaction was,"Whoo! I got a letter from Jhan and it contains a photo!"

I feel Compassion used Jhan Marco's face peeking out the envelope to trick me into opening a plea to sponsor an adorable, chubby cheeked, four year old from Bangladesh. I feel Compassion putting his picture right next to Jhan's and the caption, "What does Jhan Marco have that Akhlas Ahmed doesn't?"  is dirty pool. "YOU FOR A SPONSOR!"  it shouted! Then it went on to say he was just waiting for my approval so he could be sponsored by me - just like Jhan.

I would LOVE to sponsor all kids. But my reality is I'm at my maximum and I am too old to sponsor a four year old. I am supposed to have my account flagged to only choose my own children.

I have been removed from mailing list for Compassion Sundays and solicitations, but that seems to only last for about a year and then they start again. 

I am feeling pressured and terribly disappointed. 

Sincerely, Kris Rasmussen
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I didn't receive the campaign because I'm opted out to other mailings (I assume that's why, it's very easy to opt out for anyone that doesn't want them!) Mainly because I figure it saves trees and a stamp for Compassion and if I did want to sponsor again I'd go to their website and do it.  

If I'd seen this advertisement I admit I'd have been disappointed that it wasn't something about my kid because of the picture, but then I'd have just recycled it and moved on.  As for feeling listened to, I do feel Compassion listens, but they just can't always change things because a handful of people don't like it. 

 In the long run, they see exactly what methods get the most sponsors and help the most kids and need to do that, and sometimes it'll be trial and error but I can't imagine they would keep budgeting for something that they discovered did NOT work and cost them more in advertising than what they brought in, so if something like this pops up rather than feel pressure, if you can't afford it, just try to think "Yay! Compassion's doing something that will help this kid get a sponsor so I don't have to worry about him/her as now he'll find one quickly."

I used to sponsor for another large organization and they used the exact same tactics, as well as a couple of smaller ones.  It's quite common so my thoughts are that they do it because it works and gets new sponsors.  If that's the case, I can't fault them because the more sponsors they have the more they can do to help the kids, and in the long run that's what's important!  

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The Bible says, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." I don't think the most important thing in the long run is the size of our accomplishments; I think what's most important in the long run is that we love God and love others.

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