11! We’re up to 11!

We’re up to 11 kids sponsored! That’s 11 kids whose lives have been changed in the past 12 days! One of the things our family loves is Compassion Magazine.  If you have an iPad, you can download the free Compassion Magazine that’s interactive....

Jody’s Story

Last week Jody, a mom of 5, shared with me her Compassion story. It was such a compelling story that I asked her if I could share it with you! I love stories where God squashes our fears and does His best work!  That’s what this story is all about!...

“I’m convinced that one of the most powerful forces on earth is the prayer of a child.” ― Wes Stafford, former CEO of Compassion, Intl     We’re up to 9 kids sponsored!  41 left to go! Will you be the answer to a child’s...

The Power of a Story

Sometimes there is power in hearing someone’s personal story. This video does just that. (If you receive my blog by email, you can watch the video here.) One Act from Compassion International on Vimeo....

Cancer and Compassion

When we were in Africa, our Compassion child, Theresia, shared more of her story with us. Because Theresia’s mother was a teenager herself, Theresia’s grandmother served as her primary caregiver during her early years. The more she talked about her...

Quote of the Week

“…when adults speak up for the vulnerable and the weak, working and demanding that safety and respect prevail, God’s little lambs are protected and nourished. They know they are not abandoned; they are loved. And the world becomes a little more like heaven...

First World Problems

I had never heard the phrase “first-world problems” until just a few months ago. Maybe you’re ahead of me and you’re familiar with the phrase and maybe today is the first time you’ve heard it. Regardless, the concept of first-world...

Out of Africa

This will be my last post about the Africa trip…at least for a while! I had videos on my phone that it’s taken me a while to get to my computer, but I wanted to share them with you!  These short videos (each is only 30 seconds or so) capture the African...

Let go of control…

Want to know the best way to let go of control? Leave the country. Yep, hop a plane to the other side of the world and you can’t do a thing about anything back home. Don’t worry, your kids will survive and so will your husband.  They won’t eat the...

A Boy Named Ombeni

His eyes sparkled. He smiled ear to ear. When we told him we were friends of his sponsor (she’s a Hearts at Home mom) and that we had come to visit him and bring him gifts, he lit up. Ombeni is 17 years old. He lived in a mud and stick house in a small...

I cried at the sight…

We pulled up by the church we were to visit.  Immediately, over 40 women, all with a baby in their arms or on their back, cheered loudly and ran out the door to greet us warmly. We are heroes to them because we represent the help they’ve been given during their...

Where your letters go…

Letters. They are a core component of the Compassion sponsor/child relationship. When we visited Theresia on Saturday, she had a 9×12 manila envelope, damp from the stick and mud home she lived in, full of every letter and every picture we sent her over the...

Our Day with the Maasai Tribe

His name is Topiko. His sponsor is Keli. Two hearts knit together through child sponsorship. Two lives changed forever. Keli decided to sponsor Topiko at a Hearts at Home conference. Her family has prayed for him, written to him, and sponsored him for just $38 a...