*side note: yeah, that's a police officer on the left side there. we had escorts for safety reasons when we went to the projects, but a cool thing- the police officers had never heard of compassion or of the projects and what they are doing in the communities and were so moved when they learned about it (because they were sitting through the programs too), that they volunteered to escort us on all our drives and even sent l* flowers!! haha, she was amazed! (l is one of the bangladeshi compassion workers who was our guide while we were there).
(*not her full name.. want to protect her and the other compassion workers over there. i know my saying their names here probably won't matter, but it's worth it to me in case it does)
^ and this was taken on the back of a rickshaw ride to a couple of the home visits. man, i can't believe i was really there and was looking at all of that at one time.
met quite a few people who work for compassion over there and that was one of the most influential parts of this trip for me, actually. bangladesh has been and is a hard climate for Jesus followers and the work of compassion. these faithful brothers and sisters have gone through some hard seasons of opposition and unstable terms with the government and have fought hard, even when they weren't sure they'd get a paycheck for a little while there due to funding holds and other things, because they are passionate about releasing kids from poverty and making Jesus' name known. it was an incredible image to me of the body of Christ, how i connected so well and instantly with these humans i have nothing in common with other than our mutual love for our LORD. i'll remember them for a long time. i really & sincerely want to keep those courageous, Christlike, faithful people in my prayers. they're doing things for the kingdom that we don't even know about.
i met him, i really did. he is even cuter in real life and his dad said they went to pick out new clothes just for meeting me. the little buddy! what an important day.
and now i have to do my plug.. i really do, i feel very strongly about this. you can tune out now if you want to, but if you've been intrigued, i'd beg you to consider sponsoring a kiddo with compassion. (doesn't have to be in bangladesh!). i have seen first-hand, right before my eyes, how honorable, upright, and full of integrity the ministry is, and have seen, physically, how lives, families, and communities, are actually and truly being changed as a result of this work. the difference between kids in the compassion projects and kids who aren't is shocking. it actually changes the lives of these kids and their families! and it trickles to so many places. it doesn't seem like much to us, but it's crazy, sponsors are everything to these kids! they always talk about their sponsors and are so so grateful. and hey, these kids will grow up someday, and they'll be the leaders of their country. i want them to know the mercy of Christ and to know they are important, capable, and worthwhile. compassion international is making that happen. and you can trust me because i don't lie and i also don't work for compassion, so i don't have anything to gain from this. (: it's just the honest truth. as followers of Christ i think we need to get on board with stuff like this. it's so important.
if your heart feels stirred a little bit, at least check out their website (: and then just do it. just sponsor a child. it's good for ya! like broccoli, except it actually changes lives.