Jul 11 2009

Compassion Connection

I got this in a letter from one of my sponsored children in Bolivia – actually a correspondent child. Notice how the child is connecting us together.


BTW, I’m 6’5″. I stand out like a giant in Bolivia. Isaias is always amazed at that. LOL!

And please realize, I don’t really wear a pink dress! :-)

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    Kees designs websites for a living. And in his personal time, he serves as an area coordinator for the Advocates Network in North Central Florida.

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  1. Amy Wallace
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 5:54 am

    This just made my day! So cute :)

  2. Jul 11, 2009
    at 6:22 am

    That is such a great picture! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Mike Stephens
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 6:31 am

    That’s a great picture!!!!!!! Looks like you don’t have to worry about rain b/c you are even with the clouds!

  4. Cheryl J
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 6:42 am

    Awesome picture, Kees! I love how he connected the two of you as well. How old is he?

  5. Ken M.
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 6:49 am

    I love your picture. I’m reminded of how my youngest child from Brazil, who is 6, connects with me. Although he didn’t write the word Compassion between our hands, he did have the correspondence monitor label the 2 people in his picture as my sponsor and Micael. It really touched my heart. I’m looking forward to meeting Micael and the rest of my sponsored children in October during the Brazil tour. I always read how meeting your children forms a deeper connection with them.

  6. Jul 11, 2009
    at 8:40 am

    @Ken M. – Ken, I’m thrilled for you that you’re going on the tour to meet your kids! I know how you love them all, and this is just going to be such a life-changing time for you. Better yet, the children whose sponsors visit them get such a boost! I so wish I could do that for all of my girls.

  7. Jul 11, 2009
    at 8:40 am

    Oh–Kees, thanks so much for clarifying the point about that dress. :o>

  8. Caitlin
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 10:35 am

    Cute. No pink dress? I think it’d look good ;-). Make sure you sunscreen the right side of your face!

  9. Bob
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 11:01 am

    @Kees… God made you a “giant” to carry that huge heart you have for his children.

    Great pic!

  10. Jul 11, 2009
    at 11:04 am

    Awesome!!! Love it so much.

  11. Heidi
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 1:41 pm

    Hi Kees,
    And both of you have identically huge smiles. The joy is priceless!

  12. Jul 11, 2009
    at 4:00 pm

    Thank you so much! I enjoyed that letter too. Then all of a sudden, I noticed that the word “Compassion” was there between us. I first thought it was a little chain. He thinks of me as a giant.

    This is a picture of him and I and one of my other sponsored children.


    Isaias will be 8 years old this August.

    I can assure you that I’ve never worn a pink dress around him or anywhere else for that matter! LOL

  13. geri
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 8:56 pm

    What a great picture! I love how “compassion” connects both or you. Not too sure about the pink dress, though – not really your style, I think. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Misty
    Jul 11, 2009
    at 11:35 pm

    @Ken M.
    Hi Ken, I will be on the Brazil tour too, meeting Raphaela and Kaio.

    God bless

  15. Jul 12, 2009
    at 8:01 am

    Priceless Kees — especially the pink dress part. Love the photo too — that is one special little guy; he seems to have a deep understanding of what’s going — so touching! Thanks!

  16. Chuck Guth
    Jul 12, 2009
    at 8:15 am

    Great picture and great connection…..doesn’t really matter about the dress….it is what is “inside us” as oppossed to our “outside”

  17. Jul 12, 2009
    at 9:01 am

    It’s probably not a dress at all. It’s probably a robe, like Jesus.

  18. Jul 12, 2009
    at 11:58 am

    Kees, I love it! You should frame that one. :)

  19. Dana Young
    Jul 12, 2009
    at 1:11 pm

    I love this picture! The pink dress isn’t to bad…I really dig the yellow leggings!

  20. Ken M.
    Jul 13, 2009
    at 4:26 am

    @Misty – Hi Misty,
    I will be meeting Danilo, Adaglilson, Anderson, Andre and Micael. I’ll look for you.

  21. Hezra
    Jul 14, 2009
    at 9:35 am

    What a priceless picture! I didn’t even notice the pink dress until you mentioned it! Then I really had to laugh 😀

  22. Heather
    Jul 15, 2009
    at 8:45 pm

    Oh Kees this is wonderful!! I love to read your posts about your children. I hope someday I’ll get pictures drawn for me! :) You should definatly frame this! :) :)
    You are my Compassion hero! :)

  23. Susan Holt
    Jan 26, 2011
    at 10:43 pm

    Kees, that is one gifted little guy you’ve got there…so creative! Do you draw pictures for him too?

    • Apr 4, 2011
      at 12:11 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever drawn much for him outside of a little Donald Duck on a card….. Most of my letters are via email and you can’t really draw much…. I drew something for a little girl in Mexico one time, because she specifically asked for a drawing…. Then I sent the drawing to my children too….. or a scan of the drawing…..

  24. laure
    Jul 20, 2011
    at 4:33 pm

    You are the man! No kidding.

    Some of my favorite heroes wear pink!

  25. Scott
    Jul 20, 2011
    at 5:44 pm

    That is the most beautiful thing I have seen in a long time.

  26. Lizzie
    Nov 6, 2011
    at 1:48 pm

    How sweet! I love it :)

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