One week from today…

… I am scheduled to be on a plane bound for the Dominican Republic.

There’s a suitcase in the corner of my bedroom, which so far holds only a few things.  One of those things is a soccer ball for a little boy who I’ll get to meet next week for maybe an hour or maybe an afternoon.

Five times through the miracle of adoption I’ve traveled to another country and come home with a child, a new member of our family.  This trip is the same.  But different.

This time I’ll hug a child and meet his grandmother and see his house and hand him a soccer ball and chat with him and pray over him.  And then I’ll say goodbye and move on, and eventually get on a plane and come back home. And I’ll carry him with me, but only in my heart.

And yet through the work that Compassion International does, that child will become an honorary member of our family. The relationship that I begin with that child next week will Lord-willing be one that lasts for years, through letters and pictures and prayers.  And the support that child will get through his Compassion project and through us will let him attend school and be properly fed and have a chance at a bright future.

I’m looking forward to seeing the work done by Compassion there, and I hope that while I am there you will consider sponsoring a child of your own. Click here if you'd like to sponsor a child online through Compassion's Christian child sponsorship ministry. Search for a child by age, gender, country, birthday, special needs and more.


  1. Oh Mary what an incredible opportunity!
    One that will change your life I am sure.

  2. God’s Blessings on your trip. I can’t wait to hear about it!

  3. Have a good trip and may God bless your family’s efforts with this child! I hope I’ll be able to do something similar one day.

    I’ll be on a plane to Hawaii one week from today! I’ll be thinking of you as your flying to the Dominican Republic! Have a safe trip!

  4. One day I hope to be on a Compassion tour like this!! Have an amazing time – I am excited to hear and see the stories you will share.

    I pray that God will keep you safe, strong and filled with His love to share all around. Go in peace!

  5. Chris Arni says:

    Oh, Mary, I wish I were going with you! I had the wonderful opportunity to be the leader of the medical team for our youth group’s summer mission trip to the DR in 2007. My fellow nurses and I saw almost 1,600 people in 5 days of clinics. I left a piece of me heart in Boca Chica!!! But, alas, I cannot go with you in a week because my family and I are going to bring our new son home from Thailand in just 16 days!!! Blessings on your journey!

  6. This week the 7 t-shirts that say Amesegenalu or Thank you in Amharic arrived–they are made by compassion. I want our family to wear them for our Christmas picture.

    I hope you have a good trip and I look forward to hearing all about it on your blog.

    God Bless

  7. How wonderful. Bless you and that is so lovely. You are making a real difference in this world, one child at a time.