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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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Blogger Trips

Grice

Making People

People Smile

God Thing

Compassion International

Snap Chat

Received

Honor

Last week I received the honor of traveling to Bolivia with John S Grice and Cole LaBrant.If you know these guys from Instagram or Snapchat then you know that they are in the business of making people smile. #compassionbolivia

Cole LaBrant & John S Grice Travel with Compassion to Bolivia

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Blogger Trips

Thing Doesn'T

The Good

The One

Equips

Wounding

Good Samaritan

Bolivia

On The Side

We’re the Good Samaritan, right? Sometimes we're also the one wounded on the side of the road. But this thing doesn't work, this daily living in this bright and wounding world doesn't work unless we're being helped and we're also helping. It doesn’t work if we don’t walk each other Home. #compassionbolivia

This One’s for the Children – The Hope Bearers

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Bus Ride

Plane Ride

Esther Lives

Pin Dropped

Blogger Trips

Feet Hit

Cochabamba

Bit Difficult

Compassion International

Yesterday I had a meal with Esther.Getting to her was a little bit difficult. It took a plane ride and a very rocky bus ride.We stepped off the van and I heard. Nothing. Like a pin dropped onto a map, our feet hit the dirt. Esther lives in the south of Cochabamba with her grandmother and…#compassionbolivia

A Meal with Esther

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Incredibly High

Team Traveled

Blogger Trips

High Altitude

Compassion International

Santa Cruz

Bolivia

Day By Day

Sits

Bolivia sits at a very high, incredibly high altitude. So high that it is strongly encouraged that visitors start in Santa Cruz at the lower elevation and make their way up, day by day, to La Paz.This was the plan. The Compassion Bolivia team traveled all day from all different cities on Monday to… #compassionbolivia

Love in Bolivia. But First

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Thank You for Inspiring This Pilgrimage to Bolivia

Cole Lebrant

Week Telling

Grice

Blogger Trips

Bolivia

Pilgrimage

The Story

Thank You For

Compassion

We're on a pilgrimage to Bolivia this week telling the stories of Compassion Bolivia with Cole LeBrant and John Grice. Here's how you inspired it all! #compassionbolivia

Thank You for Inspiring This Pilgrimage to Bolivia

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We Are Family

Development Center

Child Development

Blogger Trips

Cruz Bolivia

Peniel

Compassion International

Who Cares

Santa Cruz

The Kid

The kids at Peniel Child Development Center know the love of a family - to have a team of people who care about who they are and who they will become. #compassionbolivia

We Are Family | Compassion International Blog

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Compassionbloggers Trip

Shannan Martin

Blogger Trips

Compassion International

11 Year

Ecuador

Calvin

Shares

Poverty

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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Compassionbloggers Ecuador

Blogger Trips

Lovely Humans

64

For Her

Daughters

Stories

Hope

Mother

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

Hungry Sign

I'M Hungry

Caleb Age

Washington Holding

13 Son

Trip Ecuador

Bloggers Trip

Correspondence Ideas

Gracelaced

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 @gracelaced.

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

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Trip Ecuador

Ecuador 2016

Compassionbloggers Trip

Blogger Trips

Pretty Rare

Oldest Son

Guest Posts

Special Guest

Manage

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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Compassionbloggers Ecuador

International Sponsored

Blindingly

Blogger Trips

Sponsored Children

Elbows

Compassion International

Deep Breaths

Abandonment

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

Christ Believing

Believing Loving

Trip Ecuador

Ecuador 2016

Compassionbloggers Trip

Mother Dreams

At The Top

The Good

Blogger Trips

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? - @gracelaced #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016

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

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Trip Ecuador

Ecuador 2016

Compassionbloggers Trip

Trust Walk

Blogger Trips

Child Advocate

Stepped Foot

Child Sponsorship

Sponsored Children

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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Trip Ecuador

Ecuador 2016

Compassionbloggers Trip

Face Lined

Blogger Trips

Sat Quietly

Hope I'Ve

Child Advocate

I'Ve Asked

"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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Compassionbloggers Ecuador

Clanging Symbol

Living Missionally

Blogger Trips

Patch Farmgirl

Flower Patch

Gingham

Rags

Dressed

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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Exposing Children

Raise Children

Compassionbloggers Ecuador

Based Fear

Hard Realities

Caring Adults

Kids Eyes

Blogger Trips

Ashley Ann

"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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El Roi: The God Who Sees Them {Compassion Bloggers Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 3}

Wife Child

Mom Wife

Compassionbloggers Ecuador

2016 Compassion

Blogger Trips

Compassion Sponsorship

Gracelaced

Compassion International

Stepped

"I stepped into the doorway of her home with one thing in mind: I want to SEE this woman. I want to not simply sum her up or look at her life as a problem to solve. She is a mom, wife, child of God. We are more alike than we are different." - @gracelaced #compassionbloggers #Ecuador

El Roi: The God Who Sees Them {Compassion Bloggers Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 3}

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A Holy Experiencefrom A Holy Experience

To this world: I think I’ve been looking at you all wrong

Blogger Trips

Loving God S

Sponsoring

God Saved

Compassion International

Fortunate

Grip

Holy Experience

Ann Voskamp

God saved me from this world and from myself through the grip of a child.

To this world: I think I’ve been looking at you all wrong

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A Step Towards Hope {Compassion Blogger Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 2}

Trip Ecuador

Ecuador 2016

Blogger Trips

Life Happen

Gracelaced

Setting Goals

Compassion International

Struggles

Discipline

"The thing about being someone who admittedly struggles with self-discipline and setting goals is that I've been known to let life happen to me." - @gracelaced #CompassionBloggers Trip #Ecuador 2016, Day 2

A Step Towards Hope {Compassion Blogger Trip Ecuador 2016, Day 2}

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The Power of Touch

Hands We Re

Hold Hands

Holding Hands

Compassionbloggers Ecuador

We Re Bonded

Longer Strangers

Blogger Trips

Compassion International

Demonstrating

"We're no longer strangers when we hold hands. We're bonded together through the power of touch. Even if it's only for a moment." See these beautiful pictures from around the world of holding hands, demonstrating the power of touch. #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador

The Power of Touch

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Sponsorship Program

Child Sponsorship

Eyes Compassion

Program Center

Huge Smiles

Survival Program

Blogger Trips

Kind Eyes

Fancy Shoes

As we walked into the Compassion Child Survival Program center, we were greeted by mothers and children with huge smiles and kind eyes. Compassion is often known for its child sponsorship program, but I am learning there is much more to this organization. In the past, child sponsorship began with…

little toes pouring out of fancy shoes

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Compassionbloggers Ecuador

Shannan Martin

Blogger Trips

Patch Farmgirl

Flower Patch

5 Year

Sponsors

Visits

Martin O'Malley

Shannan Martin from Flower Patch Farmgirl visits the family of little 5-year-old Josue whom she sponsors. #CompassionBloggers - #Ecuador, Day 2

Stay - Ecuador, Day 2

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He Is Able and We Are Willing {Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016 DAY 1}

Entry Kitchen

Kitchen Living

Living Room

Compassionbloggers Ecuador

Ceiling Dividing

Family Speaks

Blogger Trips

Child Advocate

Framed Photos

The girls light up when we ask about how child sponsorship has changed their lives. They immediately pull aside a bedsheet hung from the ceiling, dividing the entry/kitchen/living room from their bedroom. "Look!" Erika says, "I have my sponsor's picture in here." In a home with nearly no decor and no room for anything but storage of the essentials, the decorated and framed photo of her Compassion Sponsor's family speaks volumes to me... #CompassionBloggers #Ecuador

He Is Able and We Are Willing {Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016 DAY 1}

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Blogger Trips

Shannan Martin

Compassion International

Ecuador

Equally

Opportunity

Lives

Martin O'Malley

Sacred

"We have the opportunity to live as though we believe lives are equally sacred. We get to be part of this." - Shannan Martin #CompassionBlogger #Ecuador

Hosanna - Ecuador, Day 1

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Plane Arrived

News Caught

Blogger Trips

Missionary Heart

Late Hours

Compassion International

Sponsored

Guard

Prepared

Our plane arrived in the late hours of the night. On the way to the hotel I learned that we would be meeting our sponsored son Ismael and his family the next day. Originally, I thought we would be meeting his family later in the week, so the news caught me off guard. As I prepared for this trip,… #CompassionBloggers

coming alongside her {#compassionbloggers}

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