My daughter Julia wrote this tonight. She told me the other day she wants to go to India now. All she has been thinking about is her sponsored child. I won’t get to meet Remya on this trip because she lives in Southern India (a 3 hour plane ride from where we will be). Anyway, she wanted to send this message to all the Compassion Blog team going to India.
A Message to the Blog Team – by Julia Jones (14 years old)
My mom is going to India in just a few days and I can’t help but feel a little jealous. Everyone says that India is a hard trip, but ever since Kenya I’ve wanted to go there. I know that doesn’t seem like that long ago but to me the trip feels like forever ago. Its really hard for me to think how just 3 weeks ago you I was hanging with the most life changing people I have ever met. Anyway, I want to go to India because that is where my sponsored child lives. When I saw the other people on our trip meet their sponsored children and saw how everyone felt when they met their children it made me want to meet mine, I want to get that look in my eye that says “I am finally meeting the girl I have been writing to for so long, I see how much of an influence I have been on her, and she’s not just a picture on my fridge anymore”. When someone has that look you see so much joy that no emotion is held back, their smile sort of melts you in a way you can’t hold back tears. Don’t get me wrong, being with Hannah, my mom’s sponsored child, was amazing. It had to be one of the best days of my life, but on the other hand I want to meet the girl I have been writing to for almost 7 years.
I am so happy that I had the experience of going to Kenya, but in a way it’s ruined me. The other day my mom asked us what our next vacation should be, and we all said we wanted to go on a Compassion trip. It’s kind of funny, I feel almost selfish that I want to go visit poor children because I know so many people don’t get to do things like that.
I guess I just wanted to say how lucky all you people are that are going on my moms trip. I wish that I could go with you. Seeing these kids will change the way you look at everything. Even after the trip you will find your self in India, or in my case Kenya. You’ll just be sitting there in your car one day and want to cry because you want to be there with all those beautiful children, or you will have a vivid memory about a story a girl or boy told you while you were sitting in a small mud hut. You will remember how it felt when you hugged those children, and you will want to go back. But you will also want to be at home so that you can tell everyone about what you’ve done and seen, you want to tell them how you felt, and you’ll wish that they could have been there so that they could understand your emotion. But no matter what happens on the trip or when you get home, you will be changed, and there is no going back to how everything was; now you’re different.
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I just wanted to say thank you for such a beautiful letter. May God continue to challenge and stretch and bless you both on this wonderful journey with Him! Maybe one day we will see Julia on the mission field full-time! 🙂 It is a HARD road sometimes, but such an amazing BLESSING as well. I loved this:
“I am so happy that I had the experience of going to Kenya, but in a way it’s ruined me. The other day my mom asked us what our next vacation should be, and we all said we wanted to go on a Compassion trip. It’s kind of funny, I feel almost selfish that I want to go visit poor children because I know so many people don’t get to do things like that.”
Amen for the way you were seeing with KINGDOM eyes, Julia.
Praying for you both.