08 November, 2008


Here is a link to a recent Compassion trip to the Dominican Republic where the group got to encounter students from Compassion's LDP program.

I have written several students in the LDP program. One was in Uganda. His letters were filled with the Holy Spirit. I could tell by his words that he desperately loved God. He challenged me to find my solace in my Creator and to go boldly as He would have me.

Another student was from the Philippines. She was this amazing girl who was studying hotel management. She was dating a boy, got pregnant, and married the boy. The LDP people let her stay in the program, but I could tell there was a lot of shame surrounding the situation. Having sisters who had kids out of wedlock, I encouraged her that God loved her deeply. She told me at one time that I was the only person not trying to inflict shame into her life. It broke my heart. She sent me a picture of her daughter, and rarely mentioned the man she had been forced to marry. It was good to talk to her through the time, she was excited for what she was going to do with her degree, but I could tell her life would continue to be hard.

We don't know the impact we have on other people. I was able to encourage one person in their struggle, but she changed my life too. When she graduated I cried. I cried out of joy & because I knew our friendship had to end.

Someday I will meet her and we will be able to talk forever - seeing each other as God intended. And there is great joy in that. None of the Compassion kids I have interacted with are strangers, because we share a hope. I can't wait for heaven and the chance to see what this amazing ministry has done for so many children in His Kingdom.

But don't just take my word for it...

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and that is why I am a sponsor.

"I tell you the truth, unless you change and
become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. ~Matthew 18:3-4

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