“Why I Sponsor A Child” – Philippa Hanna

Get to know the incredible singer/songwriter who's been on tour with Lionel Richie, Leona Lewis and Little Mix.

“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

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.

Philippa Hanna

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.

Join Philippa and sponsor a child today

Jennie Taylor

Words by Jennie Taylor


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