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Africa. When God Says Fly.

Our timelines rarely coincide with God’s. We want life to go faster. Or slower. We wish this would happen. Or that. We want to press forward. Quicker. We wish we could go back in time. And do it again. We dream of better days, longer days, days fuller, days lighter. We dream, scheme and believe BIG,…

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  • Rachel ArntsonDecember 14, 2015 - 12:33 am

    What an amazing trip! Thank you for sharing. It makes me anxious to go back again someday. We will see.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole BobdaSeptember 18, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Amy, I’m so so excited for you!! Thank you for sharing this, especially about God’a timing vs our timing. I LOVE Africa, but have never been to Kenya. So excited for you to have this experience. I believe it will be AMAZING!! Really looking forward to seeing your pictures and reading about your trip. God is with you!ReplyCancel

  • Christy DavisSeptember 16, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    sooooooooo excited for you! God’s going to blow your socks off and I am so encouraged by your YES! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kris NeffSeptember 16, 2015 - 12:29 pm

    Beautiful story from an amazing lady! 100% support you in every way! You filled my eyes with tears at your humble nature and such a spirit of loving all humanity. God only chooses the best for his work Amy, he knows what he is doing. Trust and Obey.


    • AmySeptember 16, 2015 - 6:12 pm

      Thank you, Kris. Your words are humbling and honoring to my heart, my mind and my soul. Thank you for taking time out of your day to read, and to leave words of encouragement. God bless.ReplyCancel


I bought her from a street vendor in Haiti. Poverty stricken men begged for our business. They didn’t have to beg me a second for her. I saw her. I wanted her from the minute I laid eyes on her. I bought her for $12. Didn’t barter a cent. She’s worth far more. If she were to break, I…

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…