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Frequently asked questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about Compassion Sunday and Compassion International.
Questions you might have about hosting an event:
I’m not sure I can get my pastor’s okay. What do I do?
We’re here for you. We have resources that you can give to your pastor. You can also direct him to our special For Pastors and Leaders page.
Can I host a Compassion Sunday outside my church?
While we encourage you to host in your home church, sometimes that’s not a possibility. Compassion Sunday can work well in other settings like Bible studies, small group meetings, Sunday school classes, school classrooms, book clubs or any other group.
What if I’m not able to do the event at my church on April 29?
No problem. You can choose a date that’s right for you and your church. Talk to your pastor about what weekend would work best for your church and then register your event.
How many children should I try to get sponsored?
As many as you can! Of course, it depends on the size of your church, but we’ve found that on average 5 children get sponsored at an event. The main thing to remember is to leave all the results up to God. We need to do our best, but be willing to allow Him to work.
What is in the Event Kit?
The Event Kit has everything you need to run a successful Compassion Sunday at your church. It includes posters, a tabletop display, information sheets, sign-up forms and an instruction guide with a helpful event checklist. It will also include one of our new T-shirts.
After my event, what do I do with the acceptance forms and payments?
Place the acceptance forms and payments in the prepaid FedEx envelope supplied with the Event Kit. Fill out the address label and contact fedex.com for a pickup, or drop the package off at the nearest FedEx location as soon as you can after the event.
Questions you might be asked at the sponsorship table:
How much is sponsorship?
I don’t know which child to choose. How do I pick a child?
Choose a child that shares a birthday with you or a loved one. Choose a child that’s the same age as your child. Or choose a child from a country you’ve visited or would like to visit.
When does my sponsorship start?
Sponsorship begins when the first payment is processed at Compassion (approximately 10 days after the forms are mailed back to Compassion).
How long should my sponsorship last?
Usually through the school year in which the child reaches the ages of 18 to 22 (varies by country).
Will my child write to me?
Yes, your child will write to you at least two times a year, and up to six times, depending on how often you write.
When will I receive my first child letter?
Two to four months after sponsorship begins.
If I make my first payment by credit or debit card, but don’t want to have monthly recurring payments on my card, what will prompt my payments?
You will receive a monthly statement from Compassion.
How can I communicate with my child?
You can send letters to your child as often as you like, through the mail, or using our online letter writing tool or mobile app.
Will I be the only one sponsoring my child?
Yes, each child has just one sponsor.
May I send gifts to my child?
Yes, you can send gifts anytime, including Christmas, birthdays, gifts for family, etc. You can read more information about specifics of giving gifts here.
If you have any questions we haven’t answered above, call (888) 503-4585.
I have held Compassion Sunday in small churches, not expecting a huge result. To my surprise, several children have been sponsored. Small home-town churches are very eager to help children in poverty.