There are a lot of people out there telling you to follow the Compassion Bloggers in Peru this week, but I'm the only one who's telling you to stay away.
I can hear what you're thinking: "How dare you say such a preposterous thing when you've traveled with Compassion International as a Compassion Blogger yourself?!"
But, see, I know things; I'm simply issuing a warning, a public service announcement of sorts. If you dismiss my advice and read their stories, you're going to be haunted, you're going to compelled to do something.
You're going to WANT to do something.
This small band of brothers is somehow managing to reach their arms around the world through their poignant and powerful words. Every day they rise and eagerly go into places no one would choose to live if they had any choice in the matter. Thankfully my sweet friends Jen and Angie, along with Layla, Kevin and Shaun have chosen to go and visit, so they can see then tell.
They're learning how Compassion International is best at what they do: advocating for children and releasing them from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults." These discoveries aren't being made in a field office; they're spending time in the homes of families who can speak the truth of how Compassion has impacted them.
Compassion International provides hope to families in dark places. When they join a Compassion project children dare to dream, a luxury they didn't understand was possible before; their futures are altered because of their sponsor's personal involvement in their lives and the resources available to them through their local project.
But I don't want to say too much about Compassion because...
I really do want you to read these breathtakingly beautiful stories from writers who are authentically sharing their experience.
I want you to be haunted and changed and challenged to do something...to sponsor a child. There are over 1,100 in Peru alone!
You can trust Compassion to be a good steward of your monthly gift; their administrative costs are very low relative to the services it provides.
(And for those of you new to Compassion, this is a wonderful way to teach your younger children about others in need in the world; and to develop a relationship with an international pen pal.)
Photos from Compassion Blogger's Flickr stream.