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Category Archives: Dominican Republic

My Story and Why I’m Saying Goodbye to My Blog of 4 1/2 Years

The story began on Christmas 1985 when I was just nine years old. I received my first camera as a gift that year. It was film, of course. One of those old-fashioned rectangular Kodak cameras, I’m quite sure. $10? $15? $20 max? Who knows how much that camera cost. I might not have known it…

The Time I Lost My Head

I stood alone, staring at a display of brightly-painted clay women in that Dominican Republic market. Who knew I’d find myself here? Now. For such a time as this. Moments earlier, I’d been giddy over a painted canvas I’d purchased from the upper level of hidden gems nobody seemed to have found. But joy eventually subsided,…

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

It’s true, you know. It’s really true. A picture is worth a thousand words. I love taking pictures. Photography is the one thing besides writing that I’ve done consistently since I was a little girl. I just purchased my dream camera and lens in September 2014, and was particularly looking forward to using it on our sponsor trip…

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  • Karen SelbyJanuary 24, 2015 - 9:36 pm

    Hey Amy, I was finally able to sit down and read all your posts. Thank You! Your writing is amazing and you reflected several things that felt when I met you and it is awesome to read the work God did in your heart as you progressed through this. The post about being empty reminded me of a time when someone said and I remembered and could find no other words except to repeat it when I needed it. God can only fill empty vessels. The giving and receiving is an area I am growing in and I will message you about the 3rd.ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne ReynoldsJanuary 20, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Absolutely beautiful, the post, the photos, and your heart for Compassion! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us!ReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 20, 2015 - 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Yvonne. It’s an honor to advocate for the children and Compassion. I’m tremendously humbled when I consider the fact that I’ve been able to experience two sponsor trips with Compassion. I’d take the trips again in a heartbeat, and will recommend them without reservation to anyone who asks me about my experiences in the future.ReplyCancel

  • Bri McKoyJanuary 20, 2015 - 10:53 am

    I love how much you loved on and engaged your sponsored child, Amy! These pictures capture both hearts so beautifully! XoxoReplyCancel

    • AmyJanuary 20, 2015 - 8:42 pm

      Thank you, Bri. It was a true delight to spend the day with her. Words don’t adequately express how good it was for my soul. That’s why I love the pictures. They say it all. 🙂ReplyCancel

How a Formerly Sponsored Child Taught Me Anything’s Possible

On our last day in the Dominican Republic, Yulesi, Diana and Jonathan came to the front of the room to share their testimonies with our group. All three grew up in extreme poverty as children. All three had been enrolled in Compassion International’s Child Development Sponsorship Program. And all three completed the program successfully. Yulesi is in medical school and…

A Best Friend for Eternity

When our group arrived at the Compassion Child Development Center, we headed straight upstairs for lunch. We’d spent all morning visiting homes, so we understood the reality of what it looks like to live in extreme poverty. Without a doubt, one of the most humbling gifts that comes from a trip to visit your sponsored child is…

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