What can I do to get more involved?

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I am  homeschooled sophomore. My family started sponsoring a girl about 2 years ago. Since then, my dad became a Compassion advocate at our church and spoken on Compassion Sunday.  I started sponsoring a child 5 months ago after Compassion Sunday when I decided God was calling my to use some of the money I made in this way. Since then I have been so blessed through sponsoring Nanaama (Lilian) from Ghana. I have really grown compassionate about this ministry and am holding the Release3 awareness at my church (I made my first announcement....it was nerve racking, but everyone said I was "such a public speaker!"). However, our church is rather small (<100 official members) and many, many of them sponsor children already and can't take on more. I think that our church has pretty much reached the maximum it can for sponsorship.

I have decided to do a fundraiser as I train for a big race (I'm a long distance runner as well). It will start at the beginning of November and last to the end of February. I'm super excited and have so many plans swirling in my head that I can hardly stop thinking and planning).

I also aspire to become an orthopedist and something that has been on my heart is short term medical trips. I was telling my dad that "if in 13 years Compassion doesn't have a medical mission trip program for doctors, I'm going to start it!".

I was wondering if there was any other way I can get involved with Compassion right now that I don't know about (volunteering, sponsoring, etc.). I want so much to make a difference and "do hard things" as Alex and Brett Harris say.

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Hi Emma! 

All I have to say is: You go girl! It sounds like you're really on fire for this ministry and that you already have some excellent ideas! I love it! :) 

I love that you spoke at your church and I'm glad that people were so receptive! You might consider becoming a part of our Advocates Network. It is a network of volunteers that advocate on behalf of children in poverty and the ministry of Compassion. You don't have to be an Advocate to volunteer though! I would encourage you to volunteer wherever you can. Learn more about volunteering opportunities, including the Advocates Network, here.

If you wanted to run a race raising awareness of the poverty that children live in daily, we have some tips and tools here. We normally recommend that donations that are raised through your race be put towards the Medical Fund to help children in our programs be healthy and receive the medical treatment they need. However, the sky is the limit as far as how much you want to raise or what you want to designate the funds for. Check out this page to learn more about the different general funds that Compassion offers. 

If you have any other questions or need more ideas, please don't hesitate to let us know. :)

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