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    Stories From Our Blogger Trips
    Every year we take a group of bloggers to a country we work in so they can experience our work firsthand. You can follow along, in words, photos and video at compassionbloggers.com/trips, as well as enjoy the highlights of each trip here.
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    How can a daughter have so much hope for her future when her mother has none? - #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador 2016

    What Everybody Ought to Know About Hope

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    Almost 11-year-old Calvin, son of Shannan Martin of @flowerpatchfarmgirl, shares the #compassionbloggers trip to #Ecuador through his eyes. What does poverty look like and what does Compassion International do about it?

    Ecuador Through Calvin's Eyes

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    To my pals back home, I’m heading home tomorrow night, and will be back at school on Monday, but I wanted to share a few thoughts I had with you. I thought I knew what poverty looked like. I thought that it was the guy on the corner of Central and Washington, holding an "I'm hungry." sign. I thought that was the extent of it until I came to Ecuador. - Caleb (age 13), son of #CompassionBlogger Ruth Simons.

    By Caleb: What My Friends Need To Know About Poverty {Compassion Bloggers Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 5}

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    Guest posts are pretty rare on this blog, mainly because I am not organized enough to manage it! Today I have a very special guest post - my oldest son is sharing about his experience in Ecuador. This is his first time to write on my blog! - @underthesycamore #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016

    a guest post by Corbett Campbell {#compassionbloggers}

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    Sometimes poverty looks like not having enough..Today it looked a lot like loneliness. Like no one was ever going to come for you. Like the only way out was...getting married too young and starting a family you can’t possibly provide for. You were up to your elbows in abandonment. And just when I though I’d need a lifetime of deep breaths before I lost my mind at this cycle of poverty, I went to your house, Brenda. Your smile was so innocent and blindingly pure. #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador

    An Open Letter to the Girls of Manta (Guest Post)

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    If you ask me what my hopes are for my children, at the top of my list would be loving Christ in treasuring the Gospel and serving others by applying the good news of Christ. Believing, loving, and doing all things unto Him. Isn't that what every mother dreams? - Ruth Simons #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016

    What Every Mama Dreams {Compassion Bloggers Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 4}

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    Sponsorship was a leap of faith for me. Even while I saw the fruit of sponsorship in my own kids, I felt like it was kind of like a trust walk to believe Compassion and child sponsorship was all that I had read. Then, I stepped foot in Ecuador and saw firsthand the work of Compassion here. - @underthesycamore #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016

    paper treasures ~ I got it all wrong {#compassionbloggers}

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    "What do you dream for your children?" we asked the mother. She sat quietly, her face lined with lack and pain. "I wish I could have big dreams for them, but I cannot. I have no hope." I've asked this question in every house. But this was the first time we received this response. - @flowerpatchfarmgirl #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016

    On Seeds & Growing

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    If I Have Gingham but Have Not Love: "If I come to a place where I value my want over someone else's need, I've become a clanging symbol dressed in rags." - @flowerpatchfarmgirl #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador

    If I Have Gingham But Have Not Love

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    "I've often been asked about our decision to expose our kids to 'tough' things. The questions are usually related to how, why and when we choose to open our kids' eyes to hard realities. Sometimes the questions are fear based - fear of what could happen to a child when exposed to heart break." - @UndertheSycamore #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador

    he jumped in the game {#compassionbloggers}

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