Why I Take People Overseas to See Compassion

Sometimes, we have to stop and see beautiful things, because we live in a difficult, complicated world.DSC_6248Often, I find beauty in things that make me laugh, like llamas who need braces or cows that look like they are exasperated. DSC_6287DSC_6289 (1)In my work at Compassion, I see a tremendous amount of poverty, and poverty is not pretty. It makes me tired and often emotional to the point that I can actually go numb.

However, in the midst of poverty, I find the most amazing and beautiful stories that remind me of God’s grace. I get to witness the power of relationship between a sponsor and a child, and see the impact a relationship has. DSC_6304I don’t bring people overseas to shock them with poverty, or to introduce them to poverty tourism, or to overwhelm them with guilt.

I bring people overseas to see something beautiful.  DSC_6317 (1) I want people to see God’s grace in the middle of something that might seem hopeless.

I want them to see Jesus.

Just keeping the record straight.

3 Comments on “Why I Take People Overseas to See Compassion

  1. I went on my first Compassion trip last month, and I was completely amazed at the hope I saw in the smiling faces of so many people on our trip.

  2. I love this post! And I love the photos of the beauty that you find.

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