a guest post by Corbett Campbell {#compassionbloggers}

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! He is a researcher – he likes facts, statistics, black & white. I encouraged him in the process of sharing all the facts that his mind is processing to also share how those facts have impacted him. He is a pretty straight forward guy and I gave him free reign in what he wrote about and what pictures he chose (I was so very tempted to crop my talking face out of one pic!).  It is an honor to have his thoughts and perspective shared here today. (and yes…we chose to let him share his name in the process)

flourishHi, I’m Corbett. I’m almost 12 years old. I have had the amazing honor of being on this trip with my friends Caleb, Calvin, our media guy Sam, our moms, Bri our trip leader, and our amazing translators Andrea, Jairo and Pauli.  This post is about my experience in Ecuador and Compassion International.

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In Ecuador, most people travel by foot. Although some travel by bus or taxi. Only a few can afford to have a car. Almost all of the children that go to school have to walk pretty far distances to get to school. In many homes the children’s parents have migrated, so the children live alone or with their grandparents. Many of the children have to wash their clothes and their siblings clothes. Sadly many teenagers have committed suicide because they live alone since their parents have migrated. Many of the children’s reasons for committing suicide are I don’t want to work hard. I don’t want to be hungry. I don’t want to be the parent. I feel like I should share this because lives would be different if they were sponsored.

Work

The average amount of money a family earns goes from $150 to $200 to $360 a month in Ecuador. Many of the poorest families make only $60 a month or $2 dollars a day. Jobs do not always last long. In the coastal areas, many fisherman can be found just sitting because its not fishing season or because they don’t have a boat or fishing rod or net. In some families, they only eat a few chopped up fish mixed with water because they can’t afford for everyone to have fish. Poverty in Ecuador is extremely high in some areas. When you sponsor a child, you help provide for him or her.

Compassion

The work of Compassion is amazing. They have many funds and programs. I will talk about a one of the programs. Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program is unique. The program connects one child to one sponsor that should help him with letters develop into the extraordinary child that God has created him or her to be. Through this program the child receives medical care, educational opportunities, nutrition, Christan education and essential life training. Most importantly the program helps the children get the opportunity to become disciples of Christ.

2.16guest-30I have personally seen the work of the Child Sponsorship Program. I got to meet and play with Ismael, my family’s sponsor child. We got to go to his home. He lives in three rooms each smaller than 10ft. They borrowed furniture from neighbors so we had something to sit on. He gave us a book with photos of his family.

2.16guest-01I gave him a soccer ball or as they say in England and Ecuador a “football.”  Ishmael’s home, which was made of concrete, was the one on the roof of a house. We also gave his family a photo of our family.2.16guest-03This is a photo of Quito. I’m with Caleb (left), Me (middle) and Calvin (right). Many people here share concrete homes, one family on bottom floor and the other family on the top floor. It is very common to see street vendors come when your car or bus stops in traffic. They try to sell food. Plantains are very popular and are commonly sold by vendors. The plantain looks like a banana, but beware it is very waxy to the taste and should be cooked.2.16guest-04This is me, my mom and my friend Calvin. This was our third and final dance of the trip. The first and second dances were extremely complicated and were for 16 year old girls. The adults and us kids were really awkward in the beginning, but we all did the third dance okay. All of the dances were in Spanish, of course, so I didn’t understand a thing that they were saying. The dance went like “hands up, hands down, hands to the right clap twice, hands to the left clap twice, clap four times repeat.” My friends and I were really awkward in the dancing.2.16guest-05One night we stayed up to 12:00am. The moms were blogging and us boys were mine crafting. Then, we all got up at 3:30am the next morning to get on a plane to fly to a more rural area. 2.16guest-07We visited a home in the rural area and got to help with their chores. We got to really experience their daily life. In many U.S. stores you can get quinoa by a pound or more. It took me about five minutes to grind about thirty stalks of quinoa, which equaled about two tablespoons:). There were thousands more stalks that the family’s dad would grind per day.

2.16guest-12 I also broke open a vegetable called sambo. My mom caught a photo of me hitting the stalk, although it looks like I’m just pushing it. Sam was happy that the stalk just came off when he was breaking the sambo.

2.16guest-15Caleb and I helped feed the pigs. The pigs made horrible shrieking noises because they were starving, but when they all had food they were completely quiet.

2.16guest-10This is one of the many Compassion centers that we visited. Our language was different but almost all boys always love a good hard game of soccer. They told our translators that they knew where a bigger field was located. We then went and played soccer there. 2.16guest-08Letters are really important. We visited a home of a girl named Brenda. Our translator asked her if she had any letters. She smiled and went to her special drawer and pulled out her letters. She talked about each of them. Our translator asked her which letter was her favorite. She laughed and pulled out the letter below. Our translator asked, “Why is it your favorite?”and she told us because her sponsor messed up writing it and put smiley face stickers to cover her mistake. Sam is amazing. He took a photo of her sponsor’s contact info and asked the girl what she wanted to say to her sponsor. While she was talking, he took a video and he is going to send it to her sponsor. In the homes we visited, he took a photo of every child’s sponsor’s info and sent a message to that sponsor. He told him or her that we visited their sponsor child. Let’s say you are a sponsor and you send a letter every four months, think you would feel if  you were the child and saw all of the other kids get letters every month and you didn’t. You would be really sad.

A few days after we visited Brenda, we went to a home of a older brother.  We asked the boy if he had any letters. He told us he had never got one although his younger brother, who was also sponsored, and the other sponsor kids had. I felt sad hearing that. Even though we write a lot of letters to our sponsored kids, it made me feel like we need to have a Letter Day where we write to our sponsored kids.2.16guest-09We rode twice by truck to the sponsor kids homes. I liked riding truck because you got to see homes, fields, pigs, dogs, and sometimes cows.2.16guest-16We listened to Fernado Puga. He is the country Directer of Compassion in Ecuador. The work that Compassion had done was incredible.2.16guest-31Today was Fun Day. We got to go eat Burger King and later go to an indoor playground with Ismael. Even though he’s from a different country, Ismael and I will always like Burger King.2.16guest-33I helped Ismael build a Lego set that me and my brothers chose for him. Since it was small, he can build it into three different sets and the sets were all types of cars.2.16guest-34It’s war so no mercy and no one can beat us.2.16guest-35Goodbyes are hard. Ismael and I promised each other that I would learn more Spanish and he would learn more English. Next time we won’t need Pauli our translator (she did not like it when we told her that though).2.16guest-37I personally want to thank our translators Pauli, Andrea and Jairo. We will head back home and maybe later come back on another trip, but they will stay helping Compassion. I also want to thank Sam our funny media guy, Bri our amazing trip leader and Mike our great photographer. You should also go see my good friends Caleb’s and Calvin’s posts. When you sponsor a child and send them letters, you will completely change their and their family’s lives.

Please change a child’s life by sponsoring a child.

 Ecuador in Calvin’s Eyes ~ by Calvin on Flower Patch Farmgirl

By Caleb: What My Friends Need to Know About Poverty ~ by Caleb on Gracelaced

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  • Shannan Martin - Corbett, I love this so much! I think it’s awesome that you mixed details with some really personal moments. I’m so glad you and Calvin are buddies now, and that you recovered from your argument over that game the other night. 😉

  • Jeannette - All I can say is Priceless! Corbett – you are a blessed writer – thank you for sharing your experiences!

  • lynne atl - Corbett: Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It was so nice to see it through your eyes.

  • Emily - Thank you for sharing Corbett! You spoke your thoughts so well. I am sure it is an amazing trip in so many ways!

  • Yvonne Reynolds - Oh my goodness! This is such an amazing post!! Corbett, thank you so much for sharing about your experiences. I absolutely love the photos of you and Ismael. I am sure both of you are going to remember this trip forever. Your mom must be so proud of you and your heart for wanting more people to sponsor children like Ismael :)

  • MC - Corbett, you are an amazing human being! Thank you so much for writing about your experiences with such detail. I also appreciated your humor :) You are giving your readers so much! Such a special post!
    Espero que pronto puedas hablar español con Ismael.

  • Rachel C - Best post ever on this blog! Corbett — Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and your heart. I know this is a trip you will remember for the rest of your life. God has such plans for you. Mostly, thanks for advocating for kids in need. You are a man after God’s heart.

  • Kelley - what a great post! Thank you for sharing! I love getting to see Ecuador and compassion from your perspective! And I especially love how you thought it was most important that compassion offers a chance to become disciples of Christ- that says so much about your Godly character!

  • Chris Campbell - You got one proud dad son! Great post! Way to take care of your momma, and represent our family so well. Excited to see what God is going to do through you and Ismail’s friendship. I know this trip has been just the start!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Corbett, thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love hearing what you thought about everything. I know your visit will mean so much to those children and will encourage other people to sponsor children. Thank you.

  • Cassidy Scott - Corbett, WONDERFUL job! Thank you so much for telling us about the trip from your perspective. (And Ashley, thank you for giving us the chance to see it that way!) It’s so great that you get to experience and learn these things; many ADULTS aren’t even aware of what poverty is really like. One of my best friends majored in Spanish in college and is now teaching English in Colombia both at a shelter for abused women and also working at an orphanage. She was my first exposure to Compassion, back when we were in 8th grade, and I remember her joy at writing to the child her family sponsored. I can only imagine the reaction from that child. Keep up the good work – you’re going to go far!

  • IslanDakota Girl - wow, this post is very powerful. I can only wish to do this kind of great stuff with my son. Great job!

  • Susie - Thanks for sharing! I have a boy the same age as you and I enjoy reading about your family! We are planning on sponsoring a child- maybe someday we will meet them too!

  • Jessie D - Corbett, you may regret writing such a great guest post on your moms blog. Im giving you a fair warning that a lot of your moms friends (myself included) will be asking for “More posts from Corbett!”. I appreciate your detail and all that you shared of lives so different from our own. All that you have seen and now understand is such a powerful tool of knowledge, let God use it within you. Bring it home with you, and share it. I pray you continue to lead and use your voice to advocate for those who need it. (And I expect a full report on your moms dancing the next time I see you.)

  • Chelsea - Hi Corbett, it’s a privilege to read your guest post. I found it to be full of good information that provided a true snapshot of the challenges faced by the people in the areas you visited. You’ve done a wonderful job showing the beautiful spirit of Ecuador. Thank you for sharing and providing your perspective. I look forward to reading more about Compassion and the opportunity to sponsor a child. I hope you and your mom have safe travels home and that the memories from this trip are always with you!

  • S - Ok fiiiiine I’ll cook that neglected bag of quinoa in my pantry tomorrow :). I never ever would have thought that the kids would care about receiving these letters. I honestly would figure they just wanted (and deserved!) the donation aspect and hearing from strangers would be pointless. How wrong I was! It’s been wonderful to see this experience through you and your mom’s eyes. Thank you for opening mine. I pledged to my husband that the first commitment we are making when I find a job is sponsoring a child. I never would have considered it had it not been for your trip. Thank you again! PS I thought you were around 15 from photos! Look out Ashley you’re going to be mistaken for friends or siblings any day now!

  • kimberly oyler - the part about dancing and Burger King were my favorite. :) Corbett, wow! I am so impressed with all the details you took in on this trip. it can be so hard to see poverty and to know what to do with what you’ve seen, but God is so good and faithful to walk us through it.

  • Richard - Amazing!! I think soft boxes are far better option than umbrella. Thanks Dzvonko for sharing this post :)

  • Mariam - this is beautiful <3

  • Carmen - What a beautiful experience and incredible memories you will take home from this trip. I can see that you will follow in your mum and dad’s footsteps in loving, caring, showing compassion and cherishing the moments and time you spend with people. This is so well written…how are you only 12?! Nice work ?

  • La - CORBETT!!!!!!!!!! you have a name I don’t think I ever heard it before and I have read this blog for years or Have I only look to the beautiful pictures? I love your name and your post was great. I been following your adventures attentively these days because I am a South-american living in the United States. Aren’t our countries beautiful so much green, so much to offer. You can find plantains in the US too my suggestion is to fry them and I promise you would love them. And yes Español por favor!!!! the sooner you learn the easier it would be. Thanks for sharing your name, your perspective and your beautiful voice.

  • ranee - Corbett, thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to read it to my own kids who are younger than you, but also sponsor friends through Compassion! You are changing the world!

  • Jessica - Corbett,

    Thank you for your insightful and thoughtful report on the changes Compassion International can make in the life of a child.

    As a mom, we wish for many things for our sons but to be a good citizen of the world is foremost in my mind when I look at my toddler learning to walk. You, sir, are well on your way to that path.

    Best Wishes,
    Jessica

  • Marie - What a great post! Loved hearing it from you son Corbetts perspective! I can only imagine it was a wonderful & meaninful trip for you two! Praying my son & I can experience this one day as well! I’ve been to Ecuador before, but how amazing to go with your child!

  • Paige - Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your obviously big heart. I hope my boys can one day take a trip like this and forever be changed.

  • jules - Corbett – what a wonderful experience for you and your friends! So thankful that your Mom took you on this trip and allowed all of us to see it through a child’s eyes too. I will share your writing today with my teenage boys and maybe we will find a child to sponsor for the first time. Thank you for sharing your passion with us and the world. Be blessed.

  • Cara - Very well organized and expressed, Corbett! And it’s nice to officially “meet” you. :) It sounds like you are having an amazing experience in Ecuador, and you have definitely inspired me to write my sponsored kids more. I think having a Letter Day is an awesome idea!

  • Amy M - WOW! Just WOW! To God be the glory! You and your mom are such examples of following God’s commands to love Him and love others.

  • Renata - Wonderful post. You are a wonderful writer, and it was so nice to hear your perspective. Thank you for taking the time to share. Good job.

  • JuliAnne Berry - Corbett, thank you for sharing about your experience in Ecuador. I could tell you have a huge, kind heart. This blessed me to read it. I pray you continue to do great things for Jesus.

  • Julie - I had already decided to sponsor a child when I first read these posts, but this made me want to get the info and start writing letters! thanks Corbett, for showing us what you learned. I’m anxious to “meet” my sponsored child!

  • Ana - I’m in tears!!! What a wonderful boy and his beautiful perspective of this trip!! Life changing for all of you and for me too! ??

  • Kara M - Corbett, thank you so much for sharing! I teared up reading about your experience. Last year, our family met the young lady we sponsor in India. It is such a life changing experience. I really love the picture of you and Ismael at Burger King. You can tell he really admires you. Thank you for sharing the hard stuff about suicide too.

  • LeeH - Thanks for this post Corbett. ¡Muy bien!

  • Erika - Corbett, I was unsure about sponsoring a child but I wanted you to know that because of your post I have decided to. Also, thanks for the warning about plantains, good to know, I would have tried to eat them without cooking them!

  • Jill - Great post! I have been following your moms blog for awhile and wanted to share with you that after reading your blog post this morning my boys and I signed up and are now sponsoring a little boy through Compassion Canada! Thank you for sharing your thoughts (and interesting knowledge!)of your experience in Ecuador, your post has shown my boys that kids can make a difference too. We are committed as a family to help our sponsor child and his family throughout the years to come!

  • Susan - Corbett,
    What a fine young man for Christ you are. I have enjoyed sharing your journey to Ecuador. May God bless you and your mom as you return home. And thank you for challenging us all to be more Christ-like.
    Stay in His grip!
    Susan

  • Laura J - Great job Corbett! Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. It means a lot to me that you took the time to tell us about your journey. I really liked the mix of facts & thoughts about what you were seeing.

    My son (now 22 & in law school) was and is a huge reader & loved Legos too. Have you ever read the Brian Jacques books? My favorite is ‘The Angel’s Command’. We got to see Brian Jacques a couple times in person talking about his books and loved meeting him.

    Kind regards,
    Laura J-reading you from California

  • Heather - Wow. just wow. I am so impressed with you Corbett for the incredible blog post but also your wonderful compassion and empathy. You are a remarkable young man.

  • Joanne - Corbett, thank you for sharing this week with us! I have read all your mom’s posts and loved seeing how the LORD worked through y’all to reach the people of Ecuador! What an amazing trip y’all had!! You are an awesome guy with a BIG heart!! You made a big difference there this week and that is no small thing!

  • Paul Anderson - Corbett, you are a very organized writer, great job! I loved the pictures and captions explaining them. Your heart is big, that’s obvious. Keep it up buddy, you’re going far in life.

    -Paul

  • Tracy A - Corbett, thank you for sharing your experience with us! May God continue to use you and your family to impact the lives of the poor.

  • Rae - So beautiful to see this from your view, Corbett! Great post, looking forward to hearing more from you in the future! :)

  • Ann - I’ve read your blog for a while, but never have I been touched like this week. I wanted to reach out and help for a long time, but had difficulty trusting any of the organizations. Well, I did the research and our family is now sponsoring two little girls in Honduras.

    I am a pediatric CVICU nurse, and our team does medical missions in Honduras. The team does heart surgeries for children who have no other options. I am hoping to coordinate a medical mission trip, with a time to meet our new girls.

    Thank you, for making me weep my way through this week. I am feeling broken-hearted. Yet, as the earth must be broken before seeds can be sewn, I trust that this sorrow is the prelude to unprecedented growth.

  • Jennifer - Amazing! I went on a similar trip to Cuernavaca, Mexico when I was 17 and it changed my life forever. Really enjoyed reading your point of view Corbett.

  • Byron - Well said; wonderfully done! God bless you and your families as you all grow together.

  • Jamie - Great job!!! So excited about all you experienced and I’m going to write our kid today! Thanks for inspiring us all.

  • Loan - I am so choked up by the compassion and love your son has for Ismael. You have raised a young man who is aware of his blessings and willing to extend a hand out to others. I expect great things from you, Corbett!

  • Marnya - Amazing!!! Corbett, you have such empathy and compassion. You describe your experiences very well, your mom is surely very proud of you! And you are lucky to have such a thoughtful mom to take you to meet your sponsor child! Thank you for sharing your experience. You are both so inspiring!

  • Kathleen - This has been, by far, one of my favorite posts…. I like how it was written truthfully, about both the good and hard things. I feel like you did an excellent job preserving the dignity of the friends you met this week. I also can see how thoughtful you were about what you wrote. And my favorite part of the post was seeing a sense of fun and humor in what was written – I have three little girls, so reading the caption about the time with Ismael and the game of “war” was awesome and foreign to me all at the same time:) Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us, Corbett! And Ashley, as a Compassion sponsor, I have been so encouraged in our sponsorship by your words, thank you.

  • Nancy Kenaston - THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting your son share this! I’m going to let my 11 year old daughter read this & the other 2 boys’ stories as well. We sponsor a girl in Ghana, but my daughter has not got involved, with out my “prompting”. I will pray that these young men’s stories will be a tool in God’s hand to touch her heart. Please thank you son for me? ~Nancy

  • Emily - Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are every bit as inspirational as your mother. I am truly moved by all of the posts this week, and honored that you chose to share your side of things. Thank you so much.

  • Carrie Campbell - Good job, Corbett. Thanks for sharing!! :)

  • Ivy - Thank you for sharing Corbett! I loved hearing about this trip through your eyes. Great job!!

  • Kirsten - Corbett – a fantastic post! Thank you so much for sharing about your experiences. My son Caleb (same age as you) just read your post and said “that makes me want to write to our sponsored kids!” (who we have not written to in quite a while). Thanks so much for the encouragement, we will be writing a couple of letters tomorrow!

  • Lindy Gregg - What a great job you did, Corbett! Thank you for sharing and for encouraging people to sponsor kiddos!

  • Ann Bennett - Way to go Corbett! That was a fantastically written post and very motivating. I know that many people will sponsor children because you took the time to write this.

  • Hailey Campbell - Corb! This is so awesome! You are such an encouragement to me and to others. You never fail to surprise me in all that you do! Also, glad to see you won your game with Ismael! 😉 Love you guys and hope to see you all soon!

  • steph - Nicely done Corbett – hope you all are having a great time!Safe Travels

  • Jenny - What an awesome blog post!

  • Shauna Wortinger - We sponsor 2 kids. After reading your post and seeing the letters the kids enjoy getting, we are going to start writing more frequently to them. We have one girl in Columbia and a boy in Bangladesh that we sponsor. Enjoy your trip! What a great adventure to be on with your mom.

  • Lisa - I have tears in my eyes after reading this. Thank you for sharing Corbett!

  • Asbeh Nayeh - Hi Ashley, I’ve been reading your blog from before you adopted and I wanted to tell you that you were my inspiration to sponsor 3 children from Ecuador today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Jenny B. - Wow! So powerful. I just finished reading all three posts, and I can’t wait to show them to my 11-year-old son.

  • Jessica P - Great post, Corbett! I loved this glimpse into how Compassion changes lives. You have really challenged me to write to my sponsored kiddo more often. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  • Tanya - My mama heart bursts because I can imagine how proud your mom is to have you with on the trip as well as here on the blog. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

  • Tracy R - Corbett- It was such an honor to read your words about your trip and Compassion. Your mom opened my eyes to Compassion and you have sealed the deal for our family to sponsor a child. Thank YOU!

  • Amy - Thank you so much Corbett! Although I’ve long considered sponsoring a child, I always imagined it would be a small child. I never considered the emotional burden a teen might be carrying or the need they’d still have for sponsorship. Thank you for telling your story in your way. You willingness to identify suicide as an actual risk for the teenagers who have been left on their own has opened my eyes and we will now be sponsoring an older child.

  • janet @ the ordinary life of jannybean - Hi Corbett… Thank you for writing this. You have opened my eyes. We are definitely the family that sends our letters every few months or so. I have now made a reminder in my calendar to send one at least monthly so our sponsored child know we are always thinking of him.

    Thanks! :)

  • Amber - Thank you Corbett for sharing about your time in Ecuador! What an amazing time blessing those around you! We sponsor children through Compassion and it’s wonderful to hear, through your eyes, just how much sponsorship affects the lives of the child, the parents and the community. I was blown away by the suicide information, and gladdened by how letters are cherished. We have been following your trip and I can’t wait to have my kids read your post! Again, thank you for sharing your experiences so eloquently and candidly. God bless you and your family?

  • Sherry Boyle - Corbett,your post was so informative and inspiring! I already sponsor a girl in Ecuador and a boy in Uganda, but now I know that I need to write to them more often. It takes about three months for a letter to get to me from the time they write it, so I guess that is how long it must take for my letters to get to them, probably due to translation. I wish the process could be faster, as it would be more rewarding for everyone. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Jennifer - Dear Corbett, thank you SO much for sharing. You and your mom did such a wonderful job telling us about your journey. I’ve been following your mom’s blog for quite a while, and I can really sense that your family is really working for GOD and it is AMAZING! I have been telling myself to sponsor a child through Compassion for some time and I finally went and did it! I have three little girls at home and I am looking forward to writing monthly letters with all my kids to our three young sponsors in different parts of the world. I hope that my children will grow up knowing that they have a sister out in the world somewhere! Thank you again and keep up the good work!!

  • laila - what little cuties!! xxxxx

  • Erin - Corbett–You are a ray of sunshine! Thank you so very much for sharing your thoughts and experience. Reading your words and hearing a kid advocate for other kids–that says more than any adult ever could. You are doing amazing work, and I can only imagine how proud your family is of you!

  • Glenda - Corbett,

    You are an amazing young man. Thank you so much for sharing your week with us. The Lord is most certainly working through you. Your parents must be so very proud! You and your mom have opened my eyes to Compassion International through your writing.

  • Jenn - great post Corbett. loved hearing about the trip from your perspective.

  • Jenny - Thank you Corbett! I am going to write another letter to my sponsored child right now. :)

  • Rebekah Van Der Hengst - Hey, Corbett, great story. Very moving. Loved the pics and details. We sponsor a child, but we don’t write like we should. Thanks for pointing out the importance of a letter to them. I wanted to tell you something my son uses that you may like. He’s 12 years old, and we home school. We have a family business that employs many Spanish speaking people. Last summer he worked with one man in particular all summer. My son really wanted to communicate better with him, so we started looking into Spanish programs. We found a place called Homeschool Spanish Academy. Their website is http://www.spanish.academy The company is in Guatemala. They have about 20 or so instructors who use Skype to teach Spanish. My son Will logs in once or twice a week (we schedule it for him) and has a Spanish speaking teacher. His favorite teacher is a man who talks soccer with him first, then they do Spanish. He loves learning from a real, live Spanish speaker. Maybe you can work on your Spanish like that, too. Anyhow, thanks for your post. I’m so glad you got to go on such a special trip!

  • Heather - Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience, Corbett! I really enjoyed your writing, and I read your post to my oldest son, who now wants to go visit the little girl that we sponsor. We also sat down this afternoon to send handwritten letters to her after being inspired by your blog post.

  • Olivia Stewart - Hi Corbett!
    I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences. You have inspired me to start writing my sponsored child Smitha in India more often! You did a great job with your post. I am so happy you were able to have this experience with your mom!
    God Bless,
    Olivia

  • Bekah - Corbett- what a great post about the life changing experiences you just had! I can only imagine how much this opened your eyes to the devastation that’s in other parts of the world. You were made for such big things, and I can already tell that you will be someone who changes the world! Keep on facing the hard realities and sympathize with those less fortunate than us, but go a step further- take action to make life better for all around you! Praying for you, Campbell family!

  • Marsha - Corbett, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences on this trip. It is so rare to hear about these important moments from a young man’s view. It was encouraging and challenging to watch this trip through your mom’s eyes and words, but even more so it was an honor to see it through yours.

  • Erin - Hi Corbett!
    Excellent post! Well written and thought provoking. May God bless you for your courage and good works. Cannot wait to see how you set the world on fire for Christ! Sending a high five from South Carolina!

  • angie lockhart - I’m so glad you took the time to put into words the amazing experience God lead you through in Ecuador. I felt truly honored to hear your journey and witness first hand the seeds of love and empathy He planted in your heart. You did so great reporting witg and abundance of facts, descriptions, and personal experiences. Top notch writing! And, Corbett! I just can’t help mentioning how much I love your name. Totally cool.

  • Shauna - Corbett,

    Thank you for writing this from your perspective. I also read the views of Caleb and Calvin. Just amazing to see the trip for the eyes of someone who is the same age as some of the sponsored children.

    Its a real eye opener.

    Thank you

  • Alison - I did not know that we could write to our sponsored child. Thank you for showing me how important it is to them and that I can do it.

  • Diana - Corbett – how wonderful to hear your perspective of the trip (not that your mom’s wasn’t wonderful too!). We take so much for granted here, I know I do every day but seeing and realizing how little others have is such an eye opener. I love that even with the language barrier you were able to communicate with kids down there, especially through soccer. What a wonderful experience. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  • Lacey - Corbett, thank you so much for putting this post together for all of us to learn and grow from. What a blessing you are!

  • Alice Marks - I sponsor 6 girls in Ecuador and went on a sponsor tour about 3 years ago. We met 4 of the girls then. The other 2 I began sponsoring after the trip. I enjoyed reading your posts and it brought back some fun memories. When I was about your age my family began sponsoring Compassion kids. When I got married I began sponsoring my own. I have sponsored quite a few kids over the years and still have all their letters. I hope you will continue even when you have your own family.

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