Compassion, Dominican Republic

The Unexpected Reason For Change

“You’ll be changed by this,” That’s what they said. “You’ll never be the same,” I heard repeatedly, as the time for departure grew closer. “It’s going to be a hard trip”, People told me. The only other experience that even comes close to this adventure with Compassion International, was a trip I took at 18 years…

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Compassion, Dominican Republic

When Your Hands Are Empty

The day before I boarded the plane for the Dominican, I wandered around Target gathering a few last minute things–bug spray (Malaria!), Hand sanitizer, baby wipes, a few boxes of snacks for the trip. I purchased stickers and crayons for the kids at the Compassion center. I bought dish towels and a small set of…

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Compassion, Dominican Republic

Food Is Love

It’s our last full day here in the Dominican. Tomorrow we fly home to our families, but we will bring what we have seen and heard and smelled and experienced home with us. We have been well cared for and blessed by the people we came to meet, by the ones Compassion serves here in…

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Compassion, Dominican Republic

One Way To Build A Future

We wind our way across roughly paved streets and uneven, disintegrating sidewalks, to even more unsteady ground, twisting between narrowing alley ways, to get to the home of Johani and Johan, seven year old twins who are significantly smaller than my 5 year old daughter back home. Their mother graciously invites the 7 of us in. Our translator and…

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