Ecuador – Why the tears?

I am quite tired tonight, and I have some stories that need to come out, but my brain is still processing them all.

I haven’t cried this much on a trip for a long time and I am trying to figure out why. Maybe it’s the fact that I am with 27 women of all generations who aren’t afraid to share their emotions, so I am joining them.  I am witnessing God’s transformation in their lives. God may use our resources and love to help these Compassion children be released from their poverty, but God uses these children to help us understand His love.  His grace overflows through the gratitude of the little ones.

Jennifer,  wrapped her arms around me and wiped my tears away as I cried listening to a story about a little girl who lost her mommy this year.

I am inspired and I have been moved to tears over and over, not only because of the ministry of Compassion, but the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the women who are seeing the world in a brand new way.  Here is the sponsor, Kristi, who embraces the little girl who lost her mommy. It’s ok to cry for those who mourn.

I confess, I was a bit nervous to lead a trip for 27 women, not knowing any of them well, because honestly, women can be catty.  But what I have been witnessing over the last few days is different, and I think God put me here for a reason.  It’s such a unique trip; I can’t deny that there is something deeply important about this trip. Only time will tell what that is.

I will say this, it’s like a good book and I can’t wait to see what happens next.  The stories are so good, and how God has lined them up perfectly is a little freaky.  I can’t really explain it and I probably sound completely crazy.

I have been in my hotel room for the last hour, having a good cry, feeling a sense of awe, realizing that God graced me, loved me, and allowed me to be here, and to be witness in watching something amazing unfold in 27 women from the USA who have a passion and fire to do something quite remarkable.

I can’t wait to see what it is!

One Comment on “Ecuador – Why the tears?

  1. I can’t even imagine what I would do given the chance to go on a Compassion trip. I would probably do a lot of crying too! :o)

    I do love being able to read about so many others who have been able to visit children who will be making a difference in their communities because of the work of Compassion. Thank you for being willing to share about your experience.

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