Following Compassion in the Dominican Republic

By now most of you have figured out that I am following Compassion International’s blogger trip in the Dominican Republic. Rather than write a post of my own right how, I am posting links to the teams posts below. Take a few minutes to read them and consider sponsoring a child to release them from poverty in Jesus’ name. Of course, I reserve the right to edit and make comments later.

To Save Many Lives – Bri McKoy. Bri is the Compassion Blogger team leader and her post are also at Compassion’s Blog on Child Poverty.

Dominican girl
Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel

Why Love Is Not a Consolation But a Light – Bonnie Gray.

Thanks to a Compassion Sponsor, Saulo goes to school — and he comes back home to teach his brothers all the materials he learned. And the beautiful thing is this: Compassion-partnered churches open their doors to unsponsored siblings for worship and recreational activities like sports, music and art.

Compassion sponsor letter
Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel

Everything We Have – Ruth Soukup.

Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel
Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel

How to Get Rid of the Darkness in Your World… – Holley Gerth

I think the enemy tries to make us feel overwhelmed when we hear about or see poverty and other difficulties in our world because then we become paralyzed by guilt or fear. Or if that approach doesn’t work, he might try to convince us we have to destroy the darkness directly–in other words, become antagonistic and negative in the name of “justice.”

But we can’t let ourselves fall into those traps. Instead we need to stay focused on the only real solution to darkness: adding more light.

Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel
Courtesy of Compassion International | Mike Varel

Shout out and thanks to Mike Varel for the fantastic pictures from this trip. See them all on Flickr.

And remember to sponsor a child today.