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When I first got immersed in Compassion International, Tom recommended I join a group on Myspace and befriend a guy by the name of Compassion Dave.

After joining the group, I took notice that he has a few different blogs and pages that he upkeeps on a daily basis. After visiting them for a few weeks, I realized that Dave does have a heart for Compassion.

In a format similar to Compassion Juli, you can read more about Dave below.

  1. Do you have any type of introduction that you can give on your history or the like?

    I am a retired police officer and a stay at home dad. I have a son in college, a son in the US Navy, and a daughter in 3rd grade. When my boys were 12 years old, my wife and I got them each a Compassion child to sponsor after they gave their hearts to Jesus. My wife and I have been ad ding Compassion children ever since. About 7 years later I became a volunteer advocate for Compassion International and serve in the ministry by going to churches and sharing about children living in poverty and the how Jesus is saving lives through child sponsorship

  2. Over your time blogging, what has been your favorite topic to blog about? Why?
My blog is devoted to Jesus Chris and it written in a devotional style. I try to study a chapter of the Bible each day and from that I generally write about one particular thing that leapt off the page that day. I pray before, during, and after each lesson, so I believe the topic I choose has been inspired by the Holy Spirit.

3. If you could live any part of your life over20again, what would it be? Why?

I have done so many incredibly stupid things in my life, I cannot decide. I am tempted to ponder which things were the worst (with the notion of going back and undoing it), but I believe my time would be better served moving forward endeavoring to yield to God’s will.

4. How many children do you sponsor through Compassion?

We have 14 sponsorships and half of them (I think) are with Compassion International.

5. Could you tell me a little about yourself and the story behind your love for Compassion International?

I should make one thing clear—it is my love for Jesus Christ that drives me. A few years ago I traveled to India on a mission trip and while there, the Lord broke my heart for the least of these. To this day, when I get up in public to share about children living in poverty, 90% of the time I cry. It is hard to explain, and I am not consciously aware of it when I am doing it, but it is almost as if I imagine these children I am trying to get sponsored are my own flesh and blood.

6. Are there any specific posts on your site that you are particularly proud of?
I am blessed when someone writes and says a post touched them in some manner. I am kind of fond of a poem I wrote called ‘9/11 All Over Again’ and a post about the drowning of a police officer’s daughter (that I met on a mission trip during the Katrina relief effort).

7. If you could make a trip to any part of the world, where would it be and why?
I would like to visit some of our Compassion children in Indonesia, Thailand, or on the African continent.

8. Do you have any other blogs that you author?

I write in WordPress, MySpace, Facebook, and 5 or 6 other blogs (AOL Journal, blogspot, etc). It is pretty much the same exact blog in each, although the MySpace area is designed for Compassion sponsors and advocates to post and share about the experiences.

9. Do you have any blogs that you recommend to others?
I enjoy yours very much! I would recommend it, Shaun Grove s, and the ‘Official Compassion International’ blog. Most of the folks who comment on the Compassion blog have wonderful blogs of their own and can be easily accessed by clicking on their avatars there. Juli Jarvis (sheep droppings) is another dedicated blogger and Compassion advocate.

10. If you could share one message with the world, what would it be?

I have two messages (please pardon my taking liberty), one for the church and one for the unsaved.
For those who don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you really need to rethink that choice. For those of us who do know Jesus, we need to loosen our collective grips on the blessings He has provid ed—everything belongs to Him and in His grace he allows us to ‘hold it’ for awhile. However, when the Holy Spirits says, “Let go,” we need to obey more and complain less.

11. Any final words of advice/information that you would like to pass on?

I would be remiss if I didn’t ask all your readers to visit the Compassion Website and as you view the children waiting to be sponsored, ask the Lord, “Is this something you would like me to do.”


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