little blue backpack {#compassionbloggers}

1.16Compassion-003A little blue backpack sat on the table in the middle of the room as we worked on school all week. Tucked inside was a soccer ball, pump, paper, school supplies, a few other daily need items and a notebook filled with pictures. Over the course of the week, my kids have added pictures and notes to the notebook. We’ve gazed over at the backpack, prayed and talked about the little boy who would be opening it next week. It seemed so surreal to think about how that little backpack would travel to Ecuador and within a week hang on the shoulder’s of a little boy we’ve never met.

1.16Compassion-001Surreal and wonderful.

We’ve sponsored kids through Compassion International for several years. Honestly, I never thought we would actually have the opportunity to meet one of our sponsored kids or see firsthand the work of Compassion. And yet – that day has arrived.

Today, my son and I are boarding a plane and headed to Ecuador.

In a couple days you will see that little blue backpack in a much different setting. There are so many things I treasure about being a Compassion sponsor. There are two sides to the stories of sponsorship….the sponsor and the child. For so many years I have only seen firsthand the stories of the sponsor – what connecting with a child across the globe has meant to my family. This week I get to see the other side and I get to use my blog to share it with you. Dream come true.

1.16Compassion-002Compassion International involves much more than sponsorship. I will be sharing different aspects of Compassion in the coming week.

EcuadorHere are a few links to more about our trip:

A Pilgrimage to Ecuador

Our Ecuador team page – where you can find all of our posts

2015 Compassion Annual Report – to see how your investment is managed

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  • Emily - I am so glad you are sharing. Thank you so much. Best of luck on your journey <3

  • Tiffany - Praying with you this week, Ashley & son!! Blessings on your trip!~ I will be reading daily and praying for all of you without ceasing!

  • Rae - I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, Ashley. Your family has inspired me in numerous ways. I hope that I get to meet you in person one day [come down to TX! :)]. I must say I was never really into adoption before reading this blog, but now I can’t imagine anything better than adopting! πŸ™‚
    So excited and happy for you and your eldest. May this trip be everything you dreamt it would be! Can’t wait to read about it πŸ™‚

  • Tracie M. - My husband and I sponsor two kids through Compassion and we LOVE this ministry. The thing I love the most is that they use the local church in the child’s community to provide care. We had so enjoyed watching ours grow up through letter and photos. I highly recommend taking a look and seeing how easy it is to be a sponsor!

  • Angela Atkins - My son has a Compassion buddy in Ecuador. I would LOVE to be able to take this trip with him and look forward to seeing your trip posts. And if you meet Donaldson Eduardo Perez give him a hug for us from his Oklahoma buddies!

  • Shelley - So excited for you and can’t wait to hear about your trip. We sponsor a child and would love to visit her, but tensions are high in her country right now. If you ever have the opportunity to tour the Compassion headquarters in Colorado Springs, it is amazing! Safe travels and God bless!

  • Katey - Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter and I cannot wait to see the photos in the weeks to come. My daughter asked for a brother for her 2nd birthday, Dad was overseas so that wasn’t an option. We allowed her to pick a brother from Compassion. The joy. Oh the joy she has seen over the years of writing and asking for money on her birthdays so she could send it to him. Prayers every night. Our hearts are so full because of Compassion. Maybe, one day, we will set off to El Salvador. Prayers for you and this amazing adventure!

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