Water of Life Filter System by Compassion International

Compassion International is helping solve the water crisis with a new water filtration system called Water of Life.

A gift of $55 will provide a child and their family safe drinking water for life. More specifically, it gives:

  • Compassion’s Water of Life system (provides over 1 million gallons of clean, safe water)
  • Education on improving hygiene and sanitation
  • Support for improving community water and sanitation sources where needed

The investment is something well worth considering. You can make it happen at Compassion.com.

2 Weeks Since Kenya

It has been 2 weeks since I traveled to Kenya with Compassion International. I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking… processing what I saw and what it means for me, my family, and even you. The trip encouraged me to create more financial margin in my life so that I can better help Compassion and other causes that are important to me.

If you feel any similar inclination, I deeply encourage you to act on it.


Eliud Otieno

What I’ve thought most about over the past two weeks was my chance to meet Eliud. He is an 18-year-old total orphan, who has been without parents for 3 years. He lives in one of the world’s largest slums – Mathare.

For 11 years, Eliud has been sponsored through Compassion International, which provides him with spiritual, educational, physical, and social assistance. This includes purchasing him a 8′ x 8′ cardboard, wood, and tin shack to live in after his parents died (this is standard Mathare living).

I was humbled and honored to be invited into Eliud’s home. I was inspired to hear his story. He wants to be a doctor or a graphic artist. He wants to see his slums transformed. Despite his circumstances, he is wise and happy and has hope.

Becoming a Compassion sponsor makes a big difference. Listen to Eliud explain what his sponsor (Nick) means to him.

Eliud Otieno

Before we left, I prayed for him and his future. I prayed that God would bless his hands as a doctor or a graphic artist. I prayed for his dream to change his slums.

To Eliud, that’s a daily prayer… one he has written above his doorway.

Eliud Otieno

Eliud Otieno

Please consider becoming a Compassion International sponsor.

Talent Scouting the Slums

Compassion International

Today I met 14 year old Nelson Juma Dbongo of the Mathare Slums. He wants to be a journalist and an actor.

He has what it takes. In his free time, he goes to the library to read and learn how to improve his writing composition. He has already written 8 comedies and a few dramas on tough topics like AIDS and drug abuse. Since 2001, Compassion International’s Mathare Community Outreach has made this possible. It takes him 30 minutes to get there (or 1 hour if he walks slowly).


Nelson wants to attend university, hopefully in America. He wants to be a successful actor and journalist so that he can help the poor and the sick. He offers this wisdom:

If you have money, you can’t just keep it for you alone. You share with the poor people what you have.

Nelson says that many kids in the Mathare Slums are unhappy, have bad habits, and don’t go to school. But he says that you can help by praying for them, visiting them, and sponsoring them. Nelson is very grateful for his sponsor, Kevin.

Compassion International


I hope Nelson does attend university. His speaking ability, poise, and confidence stunned me! I hope to one day see him in movies. He is a good performer and will only get better (college talent scouts should snatch him up!). You just have to see it for yourself:

The video doesn’t do his performance justice. His eye contact and engagement was amazing!


He hasn’t always had the opportunity to read, write, and practice his gifts. By age 4, both of Nelson’s parents were dead from disease. His brother George (who was 14yo at the time) has raised Nelson and his other three siblings for the past 10 years. As a baby, Nelson was diagnosed with a heart problem, so he can’t play soccer with his friends. But he can act and joke with friends, particularly his best friend, Charles.

Becoming a sponsor of a child like Nelson is easy, simply visit Compassion.com and sign up.

Compassion International