Weekend Links

DIY_studded_tree_stumpDIY Studded Tree Stump // A Beautiful Mess


20140109_AnnieDowns_hope-652x4001The Year We Hoped // Annie Downs via (in)courage

 pboat1-3Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Squares // How Sweet It Is

icn.seths.headThe Humility of The Artist // Seth Godin

topiwo's family

Three Timely Books I Accidentally Read Before Traveling to Uganda —my post at (in)courage


We leave tomorrow and start posting on Monday. Why? Why are a group of ragamuffin bloggers including two goofy sisters going to Uganda with Compassion? Because we believe in the work that Compassion is doing through the local church made possible by sponsors like you and me.

Chad and the boys and I sponsor three boys (one in Guatemala, one in the Philippines, one in Tanzania)  the first two were a direct result of reading posts by compassion bloggers (I can STILL tell you which posts prompted our commitment).  The last boy/17 year-old man we sponsor, Topiwo from Tanzania, was also because of the blogger trip–because I went and got to meet him! Chad and I often say that the $38 per month to sponsor each boy is the best money we’ve ever spent.

And that’s the other reason we are going, not just because we believe in the work that Compassion is doing, but because it’s brought us much joy, and we feel like we can make a difference in the lives of three families without even leaving our house. And we want you to experience that too. We are going in hopes of matching up 400 sponsors to 400 children who are unsponsored. Click here to meet some of the children who are waiting for a sponsor. You’ll be glad you did.

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  1. Have a safe trip Myquillyn! Looking forward to hearing all that you are going to share with us from the trip. I am not at a place to sponsor a child quite yet (due to lack of financial stability), but my goal is to be able to sponsor a child by the end of this year. Sending my love and prayers your way ox

    • Thank you so much Yuko! xoxoxo

    • Yuko, on the Compassion International website I found out that they are needing people who will write letters to the children also, even if you cannot afford to sponsor one. Many sponsors help financially but that is the extent of it and C.I. would like for the children to receive correspondence as well. I just looked on their website and cannot find a link for you, but you could call and ask them about it. 1-800-336-7676

      • Traci – Thank you SO much for your suggestion! I had not idea that CI would let us correspond with children without sponsoring them. I’d love to be part of it! I’ll go to the website now and see if I can find the information. Again, thank you so much for letting me know! Have a wonderful weekend. oxox

  2. As a compassion supporter I love knowing you will be there and share with us!

  3. I still remember your stories from your last trip, and the heart cut from the jeans. Praying for you all.

  4. I just sponsored a child because of your post. I’m always leary of these types of things because we hear so many storeis about charities and corruption. Since you speak so highly of this one I decided to listen to you. Best wishes for a safe trip.

  5. I just want you to know I sponsor a little boy in Tanzania because of your posts (and a couple of other blogger’s posts) last year.

  6. You will LOVE Uganda! My husband and and I went 6 years ago (can’t believe its been that long already,) and I’m praying for God to open the doors to go back! I’ll be praying for you!

  7. I love the two children we sponsor through Compassion – the same ages as our own children! What a great organization. Praying for a fruitful trip for you!

  8. I asked my family to “surprise” me by sponsoring a child for my birthday this year. I can’t think of a better gift. Look forward to hearing about your trip. Safe travels and may you and your sister have a wonderful trip.

  9. Wonderful links, thanks for sharing!

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  11. We started sponsoring two boys after your last trip, your husband is right it truly is the best money we spend every month!

  12. Wow! Thank you! I continually wanted to write on my blog something like that.
    Can I implement a part of your post to my site?

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