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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Compassion, Obedience

God Answered

Nearly 3 years ago I prayed for a specific opportunity. It felt a bit like a selfish prayer, I’m certain that my motives were somewhat mixed when I petitioned God for this.  I know this, because I remember well the point I was at in that particular season of my journey. My straight legs and stiff neck hadn’t yet…

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Compassion, Weekend Wanderings

Weekend Wanderings

A willingness to sacrifice is the mark of the Christian life. The very call of Christ is that we put down the things that keep us from Him and follow. Are we willing to go all the way?–It’s a question we ask ourselves daily. Sacrifice is obedience. Sacrifice is life-changing. Sacrifice is the narrow road.…

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Church, Compassion

Have Mercy, Help Me Buy A Van

I’ve got 4 kids–4 kids and one ginormous van that is truly a gift from God. We log a hefty number of miles on that machine each week between the library, church, the store, Co-op, taekwondo, ballet and on and on it goes. We have a city bus stop not far from the house, but…

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Last

On friday’s, we write for  five short minutes without editing and gussying the page. We spill what rises to the surface and share it, bravely with others, and we encourage. We give virtual high fives and hugs and pats on the back, sometimes, we gather in prayer too, for the broken stories, the wounded stories…

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What Your Love Can Do {An Esther Generation Rising}

“Just know this: What you will do among children is as close to the heart of God and central to his kingdom as anything we could mention.” Wess Stafford, Too Small To Ignore: Why Children Are The Next Big Thing We did it You guys–WE did it! Thank you to everyone who shared my post yesterday.…

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