You might be glued this summer to watching US stars like Gabby. I have loved watching her compete as well as 3-time gold winners, May & Walsh win the Beach volleyball tournament.

If you are a Compassion sponsor, you are already a star. You matter to your child and your child and their families pray for you. Take some time to write a letter this month and win the gold! Ya know – a big smile from across the world. Your letter is a message of love and encouragement to your child.

Write a letter and discuss the Olympics. If they had medals in their country, congratulate them. If not, ask them about the sports that they like to play.  Encourage them in their athletic activities. It will show that you care about them and want to know more about their country. Having a hard time getting started? Feel free to copy these letters – just be sure to use your child’s name and country!

(Age 16 from Mexico)

Dear Ronaldho,

Hello! How are you? I was so excited to see that Mexico’s soccer team won the game against Brazil for the gold! You and your community must be so excited that the team won! Congratulations! Did you get to watch the game? It’s so great to see that there are 7 medals won by Mexico in the Olympics!

I want you to know that I pray for your country, and I pray for you and your family. You are important to me and I am so proud of you. It’s so good to get your letters and see that you are doing well in school and share your talents with your church.  One of the verses that I think about when I see such great athletes in the Olympics is one that applies to our faith. It is Hebrews 12:1-2, which says: “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” and so I encourage you to keep running the good race to seek Jesus Christ, who is our Lord and Savior. He loves you!

With love and prayers,


OR to Judith age 8 in Togo – this is a newly sponsored child, so I actually don’t know much about her.

Dear Judith,

I hope that you are well. How are you and your family? Have you and your family seen any of the Olympics? I love watching the athletes. It is very inspiring to watch them. I am not very athletic at all, but it is great to cheer for these excellent athletes. Do you like sports? Do you like to run or to play any sports? When I was your age, I played on a soccer team.

I want you to know that I pray for you and your family. Do you have a Bible memory verse? I like Hebrews 12:1-2, which says  “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” – it reminds me to keep seeking after Jesus.  I want you to know that Jesus Christ loves you very much.

With love and prayers,


To find out about your sponsored child’s country where Compassion works, go to:

This list is only accurate as of Saturday, August 10th evening, so you may want to go to

Central America and Caribbean:

Haiti – 0 medals (sent 5 athletes).

Dominican Republic – 2 medals

  • Lugelin Santos – silver – Track & Field Men’s 400m
  • Felix Sanchez – gold – Track & Field Men’s 400m Hurdles

El Salvador – 0 medals (sent 10 athletes)

Guatemala – 1 medal

  • Erick Barrondo won silver in Men’s 20km race walk

Honduras – 0 medals (sent 55 athletes – this includes soccer team)

Mexico – 7 medals

  • Men’s soccer team – gold
  • Maria del Rosario Espinoza Espinoza – bronze – Taekwondo Women’s heavyweight
  • Laura Sanchez Soto – bronze – Diving Women’s 3m springboard
  • Aida Roman – silver – Archery 70m
  • Mariana Avitia – bronze – Archery 70m
  • Alejandra Orozco Loza & Paola Espinosa Sanchez – silver — Diving (women’s synchronized 10m platform)
  • German Sanchez Sanchez & Ivan Garcia Navarro – silver in Diving (men’s synchorized 10m platform)

Nicaragua – 0 medals. (Sent 6 athletes).

South America

Bolivia – 0 medals (sent 8 athletes).

Brazil – 15 medals

  • Women’s volleyball – gold
  • Men’s soccer – silver
  • Esquiva Falcao Florentino – silver – Boxing
  • Alison Cerutti & Emanuel Rego – silver – Men’s beach volleyball
  • Adriana Araujo – bronze – Women’s lightweight boxing
  • Juliana Silva & Larissa Franca – bronze – Women’s beach volleyball
  • Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti – gold – Gymnastics Men’s rings
  • Bruno Prada & Robert Scheidt – bronze – Sailing
  • Cesar Cielo – bronze – Swimming Men’s 50m freestyle
  • Mayra Aguiar – bronze – Judo Women’s half heavyweight
  • Thiago Pereira – silver – Swimming Men’s 400m individual medley
  • Felipe Kitadai – bronze – Judo Men’s extra lightweight
  • Sarah Menezes – gold – Judo Women’s extra lightweight

Colombia – 8 medals

  • Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala – bronze – Cycling Men’s BMX
  • Mariana Pajon – gold – Cycling Women’s BMX
  • Jackeline Renteria Castillo – bronze – Wrestling
  • Oscar Munoz Oviedo – bronze – Taekwondo
  • Yuri Alvear – silver  – Track & field Women’s triple jump
  • Oscar Aleiro Feueroa Mosquera – silver – Weightlifting Men’s 55-62g
  • Rigoberto Uran Uran – silver – Cycling Men’s Road Race

Ecuador – 0 medals (sent 36 athletes)

Peru – 0 medals (sent 17 athletes)


Burkina Faso – 0 medals (sent 5 athletes)

Ethiopia – 7 medals (all in Track and Field)

  • Dejen Gebremeskel – silver –  Men’s 5000m
  • Meseret Defar – gold -Women’s 5000m
  • Tirunesh Dibaba – bronze –  Women’s 5000m
  • Tiki Gelana – gold – Women’s marathon
  • Sofia Assefa  – bronze – Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
  • Tariku Bekele – bronze – Men’s 10,000m
  • Tirunesh Dibaba – gold – Women’s 10,000m

Ghana – 0 medals (sent 9 athletes)

Kenya – 9 medals (all in Track and Field)

  • Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa – bronze  – Men’s 5,000m
  • Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot – silver – Women’s 5,000m
  • David Lekuta Rudisha – gold -Men’s 800m
  • Timothy Kitum – bronze – Men’s 800m
  • Priscah Jeptoo – silver – Women’s marathon
  • Ezekiel Kemboi – gold – Men’s 3,000m steeplechase
  • Abel Kiprop Mutai – bronze – Men’s 3,000m steeplechase
  • Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego – silver – Women’s 10,000m
  • Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot – bronze – Women’s 10,000m

Rwanda – 0 medals (sent 7 athletes)

Tanzania – 0 medals (sent 7 athletes)

Togo – 0 medals (sent 6 athletes)

Uganda – 0 medals (sent 16 athletes) * 1 medal was won after blog was written.


Bangladesh – 0 medals (sent 5 athletes)

India – 5 medals

  • Yogeshwar Dutt – bronze – Wrestling Men’s freestyle
  • Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte – bronze – Boxing Women’s flyweight
  • Saina Nehwal – bronze – Badminton Women’s singles
  • Vijay Kumar – silver – Shooting Men’s 25m rapid fire pistol
  • Gagan Narang – bronze – Shooting Men’s 10m air rifle

Indonesia  – 2 medals

  • Triyatno – silver – Weightlifting Men’s 62-69kg
  • Irawan Eko Yuli – bronze – Weightlifting Men’s 56-62kg

Philippines – 0 medals (sent 11 athletes)

Sri Lanka – 0 medals (sent 7 athletes)

Thailand –  3 medals

  • Kaeo Pongprayoon – silver – Boxing Men’s light flyweight
  • Chanatip Sonkham – bronze – Taekwondo Women’s flyweight
  • Pimsiri Sirikaew – silver – Weightlifting Women’s 53-58kg