Grab Your Passports…I’m Taking You on a Trip Today!!!

Normally, you and I travel by planes, trains and automobiles.

Today, we’re traveling via Pedicab, a styrofoam raft, rickety wooden planks and rubber boots.

Are you ready? Let’s go to Emily’s house!

(Song: “I Saw What I Saw” by Sara Groves)

Don’t you just love Emily’s smile?

Do you know what it’s filled with? Hope.

Did you know hope only costs $38 a month. I know, GASP!, I’m talking about money. That’s right I am…. I was at her house, I watched lizards crawl up her walls as we talked, I listened as her mom told me how they used to make soup from the leaves of the trees outside their home…I waded past dozens of children surrounded by trash.

For 10 years Jimmy and I have sponsored children through Compassion. For 3 days I’ve looked at accounting records and asked hard questions. I listened and learned. I witnessed children worship like I’ve never seen before right in the midst of poverty like I’ve never seen before.

I can say without a doubt that Compassion brings hope in Jesus name. And they do it with more integrity and laser focused love for children than I could ever have imagined.

So you might need to get used to me asking.

Because I saw what I saw and I’m not going back…

Go give a child hope.

Emily and I traveled together today. Here’s her perspective.

Read all of my trip posts here:
Day 1 – The Tears, They Were Aplenty…
Day 2 – My Bathroom Is a Portal to the 1980’s
Day 3 – Grab Your Passports! I’m Taking You On A Trip
Day 4 – What To Do When You Can’t Do Anything
Day 5 – The Power of Being Known

Comments

  1. Wow, I’m sure you were prepared for all the interesting means of travel. I can’t see walking around there in platform flip-flops!

    It was so sweet of that woman to hold the umbrella for you guys. I’m curious what the weather is like there compared to what you’re used to?

    Emily is very sweet. I’d love to hear your thoughts on creative ways to earn an extra $38/month. We’d love to sponsor more kids.

    much love from the states! :)

    • We sponsor two children on our own. The third is an older child, with just over a year left in the program. From the beginning, she has been a group labor of love. I ask for donations, I make necklaces to sell and use the money towards sponsorship. We gave up coffee. :) There are so many creative ways!
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  2. Tears. My heart is missing children in Bunawan, Davao City that we ministered to that lived in the exact same conditions. Praying for the team as you all continue your trip.
    Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home recently posted…God Given Peace 751775My Profile

  3. Oh, Kat! Sarah Groves! She gets me every time. One of my favorite songs. *tears*

    Such a beautiful video. I’m sitting here with my kids watching it together so they can see the Philippines and see what God is doing around the world. I don’t really know what else to say. Just that I love you and Compassion and God and the Philippines and my kids and Jesus… {see what you’ve done to me?!}

    :)

  4. I knew you guys were going to have me crying every day! <3

  5. I sit here with tears streaming down my face – heartbroken, yet praising God for the hope he and only he can give to these families.
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  6. Kat, I just can’t. stop. crying. We just have so much and there is no excuse, none at all for us not helping them who have so little. We sponsor a child through Chalice…similar to Compassion I believe but is Canadian and Catholic. They are actually organizing a missions trip to the Philippines for next February and ever since seeing your videos and reading about your experiences my heart is just stuck in my throat. I want to go but i’m totally terrified. Maybe you could pray for me that it would become clear for me as to whether this is what God wants or not. Thanks! I will keep praying for you and the others on your trip :)
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    • Katie,
      I’m a bit slow in replying, but I want you to know I’m praying for you and your decision…

  7. Thank you for your bravery and your love. I pray daily for all of you and the families whose lives you touch. Thank you.

  8. Steve Jones says:

    Wow! Thanks for the images and for so passionately communicating what you are seeing. Powerful words.

  9. Thanks for sharing this video. I am honestly astounded. I just had no idea!
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  10. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I don’t think people realize how much we have over here, even if it’s not a lot, compared to many places. But seriously, you are going to have to buy us many boxes of Kleenex to replace what you’ve made us use up with your posts.
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  11. Julie cleeland says:

    I’ve been reading/crying along- I was SO moved and felt a tugging to sponsor a child. My dream is to sponsor many, but for now we are taking step one with a little girl in the DR. I have such a feeling of warmth, excitement and nerves as our family begins this journey. My church sends missionaries to this region, so I’ll be praying that I will be able to travel there someday, and meet this new family. I know I am Already blessed. I thank you with all of my heart for sharing your story.

  12. Why is the water so high? Is it always that much trash over there? I’m stunned, had no idea others were living in such horrific conditions.

    I’m talking to my husband now about giving up the Starbucks. I know there are so many things I can give up to get the money to help.

    Love the video and the sharing.

    Thanks ladies
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    • The water is high because the area flooded about 20 years ago. It used to be rice fields. Basically, there’s trash because there’s no where else to put it. There isn’t a pick up service or dumpsters.

      Thanks for being inspired to take action Angela!!! You’ll be a hero to a child!

      • So you mean that the water being that high is a constant?! My gosh. I had no idea people lived like that. I know people live in poverty, but I guess I never thought about how bad it really is for some people.

        And you say that there isn’t a pick up service or dumpsters?! Is disease rampant in that area?

        I woke up this morning thinking about your blog, the trip and all that you all are doing. It’s life changing … kingdom building for sure.
        Angela recently posted…Broken thingsMy Profile

  13. I love reading about everyone’s thoughts for every Compassion trip. Can’t tell you how many tears I’ve shed over each one.

    We’re counting down the days to sponsor our 6th.
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  14. Kat,

    “Inspired to Action” is the PERFECT blog name for you; it’s not just about your own inspiration, it’s about championing the cause of Christ and encouraging others to do the same: ACT!

    Sharing Emily’s life in words and pictures and extending a clear call to action will inspire many to sponsor a child, I just know it!

    Thanks for giving your words to us, for painting pictures of experience that make it real to many. You’re doing great :).

    Praying for you this morning… :)
    Robin ~ PENSIEVE recently posted…Subtle and unexpected- a change after the stormMy Profile

    • I was thinking the same thing earlier today as I traveled with her, Robin. Inspired to action, indeed. :)

    • Have I thanked you for this encouragement yet? If not, thank you!! It really blessed me, even if I was slow to reply. The writing got challenging for me toward the end of the week, you comment really inspired me. :)

      Thanks Robin!

  15. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with us, Kat.
    It really does open a person’s eyes. Hopefully we can be sponsors by the end of summer.
    In light of your trip, I’ve put up Inspired to Action as my feature blog this week. I hope it spreads the word about Compassion (and your blog) a little further .
    Blessings
    Penny recently posted…Featured Blog – Inspired to ActionMy Profile

  16. Oh, wow. That video and song were so powerful.
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  17. Kat,
    Your video touched my heart. Thank you for sharing it with us.
    Wendy
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  18. Kat, I do not know how to thank you for this wonderful, wonderful visit and sharing. Yes, we have so much beautiful and nice places and things to share here in the Philippines but there are many unfortunate people and depressed areas that need attention and care. I thank you for giving the world a glimpse of the *bad* side of this country and letting us all know that yes, we can do something to help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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