I was shocked one night to discover this on YouTube when I was searching for something else--
Meeting Pinki for the first time, the little girl from India I sponsor through Compassion International.
It's was a beautiful, awkward, painful, heart-spinning moment, and I think all of that shows on my face.
I hadn't realized the video existed; maybe I was aware of it at the time, but it didn't register. When I found it...and then played it...I was transported back to Kolkata with my Compassion Blogger team, and my spirit ached for a place that will forever hold slivers of my heart.
There's so much I could say, but I'd rather you spend time ~
- reading accounts by others affected by Compassion's work (and feel free to link your own thoughts at (in)courage)
- looking around Compassion's site and finding a child to sponsor yourself
- and maybe watching my video.
(It's probably helpful to know part of the awkwardness was due to pre-maturely meeting Pinki; the blogging team was "hiding" until the children were settled and she had to use the restroom. But it was kinda magical--when our eyes met as she walked by, we "knew" each other and it was impossible not to meet apart from the other children and their sponsors.)