Dominican Republic 2015

Join Compassion Bloggers beginning February 16 for our thirteenth blog trip as we travel to the Dominican Republic. We will visit Compassion children and centers that have overcome unimaginable odds. We’ll share the journey through story, video and photos.
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Our Trips: Dominican Republic 2015

About This Trip February 16–20, 2015

Join Compassion Bloggers beginning February 16 for our thirteenth blog trip as we travel to the Dominican Republic. We will visit Compassion children and centers that have overcome unimaginable odds. We’ll share the journey through story, video and photos.

Follow our team of bloggers on Twitter here.

Do you blog? Interested in traveling with Compassion Bloggers someday? Go here to tell us about yourself!

Lastly, we’re throwing a party during this trip. A Twitter party. Follow us during the trip to find out all the details. UPDATE: The Twitter party is Thursday, February 19, 8 PM Eastern. RSVP here.

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Who The Little Girl In Me Met In The Slums of Santo Domingo

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(I’m sharing 3 video clips I took walking through the slums of Santo Domigo in today’s post below.)

Remember you can’t help everyone.  

I told myself, as I braced myself before the trip.

Although I understood third-world poverty intellectually and even theologically, I never saw it first-hand personally. Now, I was going to spend 5 days morning ’til night in the field to meet little boys and girls and the families who suffer the realities of unending hopelessness every day.

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I was afraid I would be overwhelmed by what I would see — by my own stories of wounding and need.

So, I gave myself a script.

Remember you can’t help everyone.

Continue reading at Faith Barista »

meeting joely {our sponsored daughter}

On Friday, last week, we met Joely, our sponsored daughter through Compassion. I was nervous to meet her–would she be shy? Would she like us? I guess I didn’t need to worry. You guys, she completely stole our hearts.

I say sponsored ‘daughter’ because seeing firsthand how families view sponsorship is amazing. The consider you family and are so grateful for the sponsor. If you have considered adoption, but aren’t able to take that leap, sponsorship is an amazing alternative.

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Joely needs a couple surgeries–cleft palate repair and cornea replacement {for her left eye}. We will be talking with Compassion further to see how we can help with the surgeries. We chose Joely because children with special needs are so close to our hearts. You guys, she is FULL of spunk and personality. Getting to hold her, getting to play with her made my heart explode with gratefulness. Sponsoring a child through Compassion is life-changing for them. And for us, too.

 

Continue reading at Lisa Leonard Designs »

The Answer to People Who Say God Doesn’t Exist…

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I’m borrowing words to share with you today.

Words from someone who knows what it’s like to not only survive difficult circumstances but come out thriving on the other side of them.

Someone who has been told “you are a mistake” and then learned from God that they are a world-changing miracle.

Someone who believes in the power of love to lead us out of the lowest points in our lives and take others with us.

Jonathan {on the right in the photo below} is a Compassion International sponsored child who went all the way through the program, including the Leadership Development Program, and has been with us this week in the Dominican Republic as our host. The following words are from a letter he wrote to his sponsor. As soon as he read them to us today I wanted to share them with you because you love like Jesus and it makes a difference…

Continue reading at Holley Gerth »

Why Compassion Isn’t a Project But An Intimate Whisper of Love

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“There is a crack in everything.  That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen

She lives next to the river. Where her mother committed suicide…by drowning.

Elsa.  No, she isn’t the queen that lived in an ice castle in the movie Frozen.

The Elsa I met in the Dominican slums of Santo Domingo lived where even the poorest look down on her.

Elsa lives next to the river.  Where people get sick from the polluted waters and everything putrid that gets ejected from the slums built up higher always finds its way downhill.

Living next to the river also means your house will be flooded — regularly here in the the tropics when the waters rise. So your home can never be free from the refuse that sloshes in as it washes away all you own and leaves a reside you cannot wipe away.

Continue reading at Faith Barista »

Just One

It’s been a long week.  In fact, by this point, you might even be a little sick of hearing me talk about Compassion and the Dominican Republic and all the reasons why you should sponsor a child.

I get it.  I really do.  Extreme poverty is heavy, and it is overwhelming.

It feels so big.  So widespread.  So endless, as far as the eye can see.  No matter how many people you try to help, there will always be a line out the door. No matter how many kids get sponsored, there will always be one more.

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How do we even make sense of it all?

The simple answer? We can’t.

But that shouldn’t be an excuse to turn away.

Continue reading at Living Well Spending Less »

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I’m fine, thanks. »

How to Get Rid of the Darkness in Your World… »

To Even Exist »

Meeting Ashley & Arita: Why One Country Road Paved With Dirt Led to a Waterfall of Joy »

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty »

the lump in my throat »

There is Always a Way to Say “I Love You” »

Meeting Braudy: How One Tin-Roof Shack Turned Brokenness Into Beauty »

The Last Thing I Ever Expected to Find »

a mother’s heart »

Sending You Hope and a Dream from the Dominican Republic… »

The First Child I Saw, Standing In His Story »

The Week That Could Change Everything »

A Valentine’s Day Gift for You {and an invitation too} »

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Why I had My First Panic Attach Two Days Ago »

Weekend Wandering »

Maybe The Story That Breaks Us Makes Us Beloved »

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More Recipes. More Heart. »

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