It’s almost been one week since we returned home from the Blog Trip to the Dominican Republic.

We’re slowly settling back into our routines. Remembering how to live in our reality while carefully carrying with us the reality of the children we met.

And thank you, thank you, thank you for following the journey, praying, sharing and commenting. Thank you for stepping up beside us and immersing yourself in every story.

More than 30 blog posts were written by our trip bloggers. It may have been hard to keep up with them all so I wanted to highlight my favorite post from each blogger! Hopefully it will help you digest this trip if you missed it!

Grab your coffee and your warmest blanket. Cuddle up and read what God is doing in the Dominican Republic.

Why Compassion Isn’t a Project but an Intimate Whisper of Love

Bonnie Gray

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“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

She lives next the river. Where her mother committed suicide…by drowning.

Elsa. No, she isn’t the queen that lived in an ice castle in the movie Frozen.

The Elsa I met in the Dominican slums of Santo Domingo lived where even the poorest look down on her.

Elsa lives next to the river. Where people get sick from the polluted waters and everything putrid that gets ejected from the slums built up higher always finds its way downhill.

Living next to the river also means your house will be flooded — regularly here in the tropics when the waters rise. So your home can never be free from the refuse that sloshes in as it washes away all you own and leaves a reside you cannot wipe away.
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Mar 2 2015

The Power of Pity

Drop Box Film Power Pity

Pity is a feeling many of us have when we come face-to-face with the misfortunes of others — with those whom we perceive to have less than us. We feel pity when we see things we don’t understand. We feel pity when we feel helpless to act. Many people, myself included, feel pity but…

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Compassion Sunday Tips Featured

We’re getting so excited for Compassion Sunday on April 26th! This is a day when thousands of children living in poverty will gain a sponsor and new opportunities for their lives. But we know that hosting Compassion Sunday can be a little intimidating, especially if it’s your first time. Never fear! We’ve asked a few…

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compassion sunday cross

Compassion Sunday is a day for churches across America to share the Bible’s message of caring for those in need and to give people the opportunity to sponsor a child. But even more than that, it’s a day when churches in America come together in solidarity with churches in the developing world.

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Compassion Bloggers Dominican Republic 2015

Being born in America, eating every day all day any day, being able to read and write, going to university. If you can say yes to any of these you are the minority in this world. You have influence.

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Feb 19 2015

Not Just a Day

Compassion Bloggers Dominican Republic 2015

Some days, most days – they’re just that. Days. And then one day. A day that seemed like it would be just a day, breaks open like a piñata you’ve been swinging at for years.

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between life and death 3

Marlo looks up at us and he knows. He knows he’s becoming a man. And in so many ways as a sacrificial lamb.

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Feb 16 2015

Just Yes.

Compassion Bloggers Dominican Republic 2015

Yes changes lives. Yes can change a child’s life forever. Yes can change eternity.

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(L-R) Bonnie Gray, Mark and Holley Gerth, Bri McKoy, Ruth Soukup, Lisa and Steve Leonard (Mike Varel not pictured)

Each Compassion Blogger on this trip to the Dominican Republic has an amazing personal story to share. All different. All unique.

Yet as you get to know Ruth, Bonnie, Holley, Lisa and Bri this week, you will see something in their blog posts, something special they all have in common – a deeply held love…

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letters to teenagers

Developing a meaningful long-distance relationship through letters with 5- to 10-year-olds isn’t very complicated at first. Tell them you love them, tell them God loves them, tell them you are proud of them. Send them stickers, coloring pages, and photographs of your family. Repeat often! But as any parent knows, as those little ones…

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Dominican Republic Boat Boy

With a team of Compassion Bloggers heading to the Dominican Republic next week, we thought it’d be a great time to learn more about the beautiful island country, its customs and its people before you experience it with the bloggers. So to buff up on your Dominican Republic knowledge and our work there, here are…

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