We’re Losing A Friend, A Part of Our Family

Malnutrition so ravaged his little mind that the seizures began. His mother — out of food and out of options, but full of love — wrapped him in a blanket and kissed him one last time.

She saved his life.

She placed him outside a police station and waited. She hoped. Maybe she even prayed to one or many gods — that her boy would be found and loved, fed and healed.

And he is. Today, he’s my son.

We adopted our son Sambhaji from India five years ago.

He eats Cheerios at my kitchen table instead of parathas at hers. He throws a mean fastball and does better on spelling tests than I ever did — his mind and body have healed well.

He loves to read, pretend he’s Batman, and get mail from his friend Ranjith in India.

Ranjith is growing up in the same small Indian village where Sambhaji lived. My son is Ranjith’s sponsor, pen pal, friend.


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Great News

I was going to post something about a really cool app called Scripture Typer this week, but that’s going to have to wait. Compassion Blog posted a blog post that I thought was just awesome.  The entire blog post is great (read it here), but the part I wanted to focus on is toward the bottom. Continue reading “Great News”


Why Girls Are So Amazing

It’s International Women’s Day, a day to honor and celebrate the cultural, social, economic and political achievements of women. It’s a day to remind ourselves why girls are so amazing.

Why Girls Are So Amazing

In the course of human history, the female population has been horrifically oppressed, abused and mistreated.

Girls have been burned at the stake as witches. They have been buried alive, drowned and left to starve to death on trash heaps in China. They have been shot in the face for trying to go to school. Their feet have been crushed and bound. Their genitals have been mutilated.

They have been hidden under yards upon yards of black fabric. They have been kidnapped and trafficked. They have been denied education, voting rights, property ownership, driver’s licenses and equal pay. One out of every five women has been raped. One out of four has been beaten by her romantic partner.

And yet…

Girls are amazing because they never quit.

Read the rest of this amazing post at the Compassion Blog.


Three Year Sponsor-versary

Have you ever checked out Compassion’s ‘Children Sponsored Today‘ page? Can you believe that by 9:30 A.M on this relatively uneventful Saturday morning, already 22 children have been sponsored? 22 children’s lives have been changed for the better! It’s phenomenal!

I got an email from Compassion this week in their usual bright, happy blue that proudly announced: Continue reading “Three Year Sponsor-versary”


Compassion Bloggers Trip

The Compassion Bloggers are in Ecuador!! This year, it is three women bloggers and their sons that are making the long journey down to Ecuador in order to write of the marvelous miracles God is working down there. The first round of posts came out last night and I thought you all might like to read them.

But first off, who are the Compassion Bloggers? According to Sam Hoover, the Social Media Manager for Compassion International (read entire blog post here):

Who is a Compassion blogger?

Do you have a blog? Do you have a heart for kids around the world who can’t speak up for themselves? Congratulations, friend! You’re a Compassion blogger. You care about the same things we care about and you use your voice to be heard online. Those are really the only requirements it takes to be a Compassion blogger.

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Compassion Photo of the Week

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see – Hebrews 11:1

Aren’t those guys so cute? Because of normal people like you and me that God has stirred into action, Joshua and his brother are sponsored and learning how to break the cycle of poverty that they are in. If God is stirring your heart and you would like to sponsor a child, please click here to change the world of a child.


Closer – My One Word for 2016

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:22

UnknownI normally don’t make resolutions. My family has never really done it, and so I’ve always thought of it as a way to get depressed early in the year. And then its a joke for the last seven months of the year until December 31st rolls around again and you make more, just to get depressed early and then joke about it and then make more. Over and over the cycle goes.

However, I got my prompt from Compassion this month and it talked about one word for the year. Not a resolution to be followed daily and regretted deeply when you missed it, but rather something that you and God work on throughout the year.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds way better than a resolution to me. Something for you and God to work on. Something that will further your walk with God. Something that will encourage you and uplift you and hopefully will bring real change that lasts longer than the month of January.

The word that God gave me was ‘closer‘. In 2016, I’m going to be working on drawing closer to God. True, the verse I chose (Hebrew 10:22) says ‘draw near’, but it conveys what I want. I also plan on memorizing this verse. 😀

 What about you? Has God given you a word and verse for 2016?


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Compassion Photo of the Week

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Education is one of the keys to breaking free from poverty’s grasp. Thanks to sponsors like you, these boys in Ghana have a greater chance of finishing school and moving on to higher education!

Compassion has a new thing out…a photo of the week. Here is this Saturday’s. I thought it was so cute!!!


#CompassionBloggers – Day Five

Well, the Compassion Bloggers have gone home now. No more awesome posts to look forward to every night. *choking sob* But there is always next year and the Compassion Blog is still there as well.

Before I say goodbye to everyone down there, I’m going to give their blogs out one last time.

Bonnie at Faith Barista:DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300

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

She lives next 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

Bri at Our Savory Life:

I’ve been learning stories. Hearing stories. Repeating stories. Banging bold right up into stories.

My pastor, he’s telling that story of Nehemiah. The story of a man who had great influence and how God used him to help His people.

And there are these stories of Esther, Joseph, David, Abraham, Peter…

They all have a string shooting straight through their lives pulling them together. Some of them, they came from places of insignificance. All them at some point were given great influence.

And at some point God called on them. He called them to save His people.

Always weaving through is that story of Jesus. Who had no place to call home. His birth a scandal. Whose crib was of hay. And God lifted Him up.

He called on Him to save many lives.

And here I am in the Dominican Republic exchanging my usual routine for big smiles, stories that cut through everything this world was trying to get me to accept….Continue reading

Holley at Holley Gerth:

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 Internationalsponsored 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

Lisa at Lisa Leonard Blog:

Before this trip, I had already traveled to the Dominican Republic three times. I’ve traveled to Guatemala multiple times. I’ve been to the countryside in Thailand. I’ve seen poverty and heartache.

So when Compassion asked me to come to the Dominican Republic, I said yes. I want to understand the people more deeply. I want my heart to fall deeper in love with the DR.

But I didn’t want to get too attached. I didn’t want to get too emotional. I didn’t want to be too broken.

As I packed my suitcase for the trip, I was determined to be strong.

“I already know what I’m going to see”, I told myself. “There will be hard moments, but I need to hold myself together.”

These trips can be overwhelming and heart-wrenching and exhausting. “But I’m fine”, I assured myself. I’m not going to let my emotions get the best of me.

And then we went to visit Elsa, who is a grandmother to Jazmin, and her two grandsons. Jazmin was born with a disability. She can’t walk or talk. She can’t chew food. When she was born, her mother didn’t want her. She is completely dependent on her grandmother to care for her and meet her every need. When I saw her curled up in the corner of the couch, I longed to hold her in my arms. With her grandmother’s permission, I scooped her up and I melted into a puddle of tears….Continue reading

Ruth at Living Well Spending Less:

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…Continue reading

It has been an awesome week of reading and I hope that you had some good reads too!! 142 children were sponsored this week!!! Thank you to everyone who sponsored!!

There is still time to sponsor a child!!

Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!!


#CompassionBloggers – Day 4

Again, tonight I am posting some posts from last night. Here is Bri’s post, ‘World Day of Social Justice: To Save His People‘. And today I am highlighting Holley. Here is her post, ‘How to Get Rid of the Darkness in Your World…‘ and can be found also at ‘Holley Gerth‘. Be sure to check her out!!!

99 children were sponsored in the Dominican Republic!!!! One day left, however…Help them out and sponsor a child here. *down on hands and knees* Please??????? Look here to see how many children were sponsored and their pictures.

I hope you all have fun reading the blogs!!

(Also the other blogs, incase you’re bored and want something to do, are : Bonnie, Bri, Lisa, Mike, Ruth. 🙂 )