Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What I learned from the bloggers who traveled to Guatemala

Photo by Keely Scott, courtesy of Compassion International
Lindsey, Ann, Amanda, and Lisa-Jo are four everyday folks who accompanied Shaun Groves and a few other Compassion International staffers to Guatemala last week and shared their experiences on their blogs.  You can read their stories by clicking here.  Here's what I learned from following their accounts over the past few days:

  • I don't have to travel halfway around the globe to see people living in extreme poverty.
  • Sponsorship makes a difference  . . . a BIG difference in the lives of these children.
  • A sponsor's letters are a treasure to a sponsored child.  One 20 year old young man (now in college) showed a package containing every letter his sponsor had ever written to him since he was first sponsored at age 6.
  • The churches that host the Compassion child development program provide the local connection that makes all the difference in the success of this ministry.
  • On average, 500 Compassion kids give their life to Christ every day.
  • People who have so little are capable of gratitude for even the smallest blessings in their lives. 
  • When I wonder where God is in the midst of such poverty, the answer is, "He's already there."  
  • For these kids, joy has nothing to do with material wealth.
  • I need to stop thinking that others are better qualified to deal with the tragedy that these bloggers wrote about.  As a Christian, poverty is MY problem.
Read their stories here  by clicking on the photos of the 4 bloggers pictured on the right side of the page.  What did you learn from them?

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