“I first started sponsoring a child with Compassion over 12 years ago. Carlos is nearly 18 years old now and it has been amazing to see him blossom into a confident young man,” Philippa explains.
“I’m so compelled by the incredible work that Compassion does, that every few years I end up sponsoring another child! It’s a privilege to be officially joining the Compassion team, and I hope I can do even more to share about the joys of sponsorship with a wider audience.”
Take a moment to get to know Philippa and discover why she’s passionate about changing children’s lives:
Philippa Hanna, how did you get into the music industry?
I was born into music. My dad was always in show-business and got me up on stage from the time I could hold a microphone. From 13 I wrote and produced music and it’s all I’ve wanted to do. Then knock-backs in my teens caused me to lay it all down, I was ready to give up because of how badly it was affecting my self-esteem. Then I met Jesus and my world was turned around. Music took on a whole new purpose and I suddenly felt like I had a calling. I now believe that every person walking this earth carries a new revelation of who God is, a fresh revelation of His nature and creativity.
How has your faith shaped your music?
When I was a teenager I really struggled with anxiety and depression and my faith was a huge part of the recovery process. My faith is honestly everything to me, I don’t think I could live without it.
Where do you find your inspiration for your music?
I heard somewhere that a good inventor answers a problem. I feel that song writing is my way of problem-solving in my head. I reflect on the world around me, with all its frustrations and problems and ask what truth would help and from there my songs develop.
Tell us about your sponsored child …
I have five sponsored children! I have sponsored for around 10 years. My first sponsored child was called Carlos and I am still sponsoring him, he’s 16 now. I have four others. They are all super special but it’s been amazing to see Carlos blossom into a confident young man.
What do you pray for your sponsored children?
I really pray that they know Jesus. If you know Jesus you will always have hope.
Tell us what you are …
Reading: A tacky Christmas romance novel. I know that’s not very holy, but I have to stay entertained on long journeys!
Watching: Usually Youtube. Dog videos and tutorials.
Listening to: DC Talk! My husband is educating me on their early stuff. Genius.
Working on: I’m working on new songs and also a new book! ‘Daily Inspiration for Dreamers.’
Praying for: Wisdom. There are lots of things in the pipeline and lots of decisions to make.
Learning: How to be patient and trust God.
Thankful for: Life itself. It’s such a gift we should never take for granted.