imageWhat an experience we had yesterday! Compassion International came to a city close to us, bringing their mobile, interactive “immersive event,’ as they called it. Click here to check it out further.We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were definitely not disappointed.

Compassion International is a global program, helping impoverished children by implementing the “Three C’s”: Christ Centered, Child Focused, and Church-Based.

The event was inside of this trailer.
The event was inside of this trailer.

Our family is intimately aquainted with Compassion, because we sponsor a little boy, Emanuel, from Peru. Carson loves drawing/receiving pictures and writing/receiving letters. It’s been a great experience.

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Carson and his buddy, David, waiting for their iPods. They thought that was pretty cool😊

While we waited in line, we read about two children who were sponsored by Compassion, Kiwi from the Philippines and Jey from Kenya. We each got an iPod and really high-quality headphones. We were able to listen to their stories, moving from one scene to the next, inside the trailer. The scenes were so well-done. It felt like we had stepped into these countries and were experiencing their stories first hand. A word of advice, if you go to one of these near you, I would suggest letting your child listen to the “kid’s version” of the stories. The adult versions had a few graphic details and sound effects.

As we walked through the lives of these two children, our kids got to touch and sit and feel and experience everything in the scenes, just as Kiwi and Jey would have.

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This daily portion of rice was to be split by Jey and his 14 other family members.
This daily portion of rice was to be split by Jey and his 14 other family members.
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Kiwi’s father was an alcoholic before he got saved at church in the Philippines.
Experiencing Kiwi's school, housed in the church who had partnered with Compassion.
Experiencing Kiwi’s school, housed in the church who had partnered with Compassion.
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The verse Kiwi learned, which helped her through the very dark and confusing times in her childhood.
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The little holder on the wall has tooth brushes. Kiwi was nine the first time she was introduced to a toothbrush.
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Floor made of reeds.
Notice the metal pieces, making the walls of Jey's
Notice the metal pieces, making the walls of Jey’s “house.”
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Moonshine that Jey’s mother sold. She would make it with battery acid, jet fuel, or any other ingredient she could find that would give a ‘jolt.’ They said it would sometimes kill the person after the first drink! Crazy!
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Cole enjoyed the maracas. This event was great, even if you have a fussy child. With the headphones, no one can hear them crying! Hahaha

It was great to see local public schools’ buses pull in, as we were leaving. This is the blessing of living in the South. The Gospel was so clearly given in Kiwi’s and Jey’s stories, that I pray a seed was planted in those students hearts.

imageAfter it was over, Carson said this was the best field trip he’d ever been on. I pray it makes a lasting impression on these boys-giving them compassion and a desire to reach others with the Gospel of Christ.

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