Thursday, February 19, 2015

Have Some Compassion in the Dominican Republic!
If you have been following my blog, or if you know me personally, you know that our family is a big supporter of Compassion International. It started a few years ago when a friend of a friend posted on Facebook that he was looking for a sponsor for a boy from Bolivia. I contacted him and after a lengthy Facebook chat and prayer, we decided to take the plunge and begin sponsoring Marcelo.
It has been a joy. We have been sponsoring Marcelo (pictured below) for nearly seven years now. He is now a handsome 18 year old ready to begin college. Since then, we have become correspondence sponsors for seven other children - two of which have graduated from the program. Writing is a huge part of sponsoring a child with Compassion International. Some businesses will donate money to support a large number of children but then there will be no one to write to them. Compassion has a wonderful correspondence sponsor program where folks who already financially sponsor children can volunteer to be the correspondence sponsor and write to other children as well. We try to write to each of our children at least four times a year and hopefully more.
Every year Compassion International sponsors a trip where they select several bloggers to travel to a country for a week to blog about Compassion projects and children in that country. This years trip is to the Dominican Republic and is going on right now. Just click on the banner at the top of this post to get to the main page for this years trip. There you can find links to all of the blog posts from the bloggers that are participating.
I must warn you, though. While reading about what Compassion International is doing in different countries can be exciting, you will also meet children that will tug at your heart and encounter situations that will make you cry. Don't let that stop you though! Go ahead and click on the link above.
Sometimes we sit at home, read the newspaper, listen to the news, and wonder if there really is something we can do that will make a difference in the world. There isn't much we can do, but reading these stories, praying for the bloggers, the children, and the Compassion workers is something that we CAN do. Click on the banner above to read about the 2015 Compassion Blogger's Dominican Republic trip or just click here to get to the Compassion International website to learn how you can sponsor a child starting today.

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