I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Nicaragua at the end of January with my mom. OUr primary purpose was to meet the kids we sponsor through Compassion International, but we also did a little sightseeing and met some wonderful people. This was my third visit to see Compassion's work in action (the other trips were to Peru and Thailand), and each time I learn something new about the ministry of child sponsorship. This time I came home with the message that Compassion is doing what they say they are doing. It's beautiful to see. If you want to see more images and read more about my experience meeting my sponsored kids, please visit my other blog Compassion Family.
taking a moment to find joy in the little things
I took my violin along and played it every day. I played for the pastor and his family at a rural church, the maids at our guest house, fellow travelers at the guest house, members of the local church and my Compassion kids. What a joy to be able to share this part of who I am with them. It's not easy or fun traveling with the violin, but it's always worth it.
The fact that it's in English is even funnier...definitely aimed as tourists.
Nicaragua is a country full of poverty. Despite it's beautiful colors at the market and exotic flowers blooming everywhere, homes like this are common.
This trip has given me much to think about. I'm so thankful for the lessons God teaches me about life and faith through these experiences. I simply love the work Compassion is doing and came back with the message that Compassion is truly doing what they say they are doing. They are investing in children's lives at the ground level and making a long-term difference through holistic child development. It's not a quick fix, but takes time and will make a difference in years to come. My own sponsored child, Josseling, is 17 now and has just started college. Because of sponsorship and her involvement with Compassion, she has a bright future.