Compassion Friends

As always, one of the best parts of a Compassion conference is seeing friends.

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Here I am with Caitlin Jane – we became great friends in the Dominican Republic, when we stayed up late talking and laughing together in the lobby with other friends.  It was great to hang out with Caitlin again, and she is now being featured in a new film that was previewed at the conference. Watch for it to be released to the public on July 21st!

There were many others that I had not seen for a while, and we just enjoyed hanging out and attending a great conference together.

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Compassion Kids

At the Compassion Experience conference we had a very unique experience.  We were able to Skype with kids in two of our Child Development Centers.

Here are the kids in Burkina Faso.

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For you formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were written all the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

Next, we were able to ask questions of the kids, such as “What do you do during the day at the Child Care Center?”   It was wonderful hearing them answer our questions.

If that wasn’t enough, we also got to visit with some kids in Bolivia.

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They were celebrating all the birthdays for June.  They also sang a song for us, shared some Bible verses and answered some questions.  When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” one of them answered, “A dentist, so I can give nice smiles.”  Another said he wanted to be a fire truck driver.  One of the children read from their sponsor letter.  We not only got to hear them sing but we shared a song with them that alternates between two groups — “Alleluia — Gloria a Dios!”  That was really fun.  They taught us actions for some of the songs.  What a wonderful treat!

Not only this, but we had a formerly sponsored child for our guest speaker — Satish Kumar of India.

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His story of hardship and heartache was very compelling, and to hear about Compassion’s ministry and support in his life.  When he lost his father to suicide and his home to a fire (as his father committed suicide) Compassion came forward with food, clothing, and a new roof on the burnt home.  It was very sad to hear that his sponsors only wrote him twice in 14 years, and never sent a photo.  But for all those years they had no idea of the impact their sponsorship was making in his life.

He qualified for Compassion’s Leadership Development Program and completed a degree in Business Management.  Now he sponsors a child from Sri Lanka and he writes her a lot.  Hope is what he is giving her!  I’m so thankful for Satish’s life and for the fact that he’s sharing his story with many others and calling people to sponsor kids.

If you’d like to sponsor a child — please click here or in the graphic in the sidebar.  You have no idea how much of a difference it can make for a child in need!

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Compassion Experience

I just returned from a great conference in Colorado Springs — Compassion Experience.  By all means, go to one of these if you get the chance.

We had great speakers, music and fellowship.

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Here I am with the CEO and President of Compassion Internatioanl — Jimmy Mellado.

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He lived in seven different countries growing up, competed in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and was president of the Willow Creek Association for many years.  What a fascinating man, completely devoted to helping children in need around the world!  I have heard him speak several times now, and he never fails to inspire me with his love of God, family and ministry.

 

Denver

I spent a day with Jeremy in Denver recently.  We attended worship services at this church in the morning and a concert there in the afternoon.  This is the oldest church in the city — Trinity United Methodist – established in 1859.  It’s a beautiful church inside and out.  I love the stained glass windows, which are brown and amber in color, and it has beautiful woodwork throughout.  Perhaps you can see some of the interior at the website link above.

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It was also good to see the Colorado state capitol, which has been covered with scaffolding for over a year.  It’s finally finished!

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One of the unique facts about the capitol is that the steps outside have a mark at the mile-high mark.  Or rather, I should say they have three sites that mark where the altitude is one mile above sea level.  That’s because the engineers keep re-adjusting the mark as technology changes.

It was great spending some time with Jeremy, even if only for a few hours. We were so glad to have a beautiful day to wander around downtown together!

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Lupine

Chris and I went in the mountains to check out the lupine recently, and we were not disappointed.  It was perfect timing.

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We took a lot of photos and these are some of the best ones on my camera, but I’m sure Chris has some better ones.

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Those are the Big Horn Mountains in the background.

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Fun!

The main reason to come to the Big Horn Mountain Festival this weekend is just for the fun!  There is so much to do — listen to bands, attend workshops, buy merchandise, eat the great festival food, camp, hang out with friends, jam, dance, sing, play.  Hope to see you there!

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