Krista Lynn Campbell

Compassion International

the red dress

Nothing attracts attention like a red dress. ~Laura Bush Her red dress looked so familiar. A photo search revealed the answer. Two years earlier on a unique shopping day in Tanzania a little girl fell in love with a red dress. As my husband climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, I enjoyed special time with our sponsored children: Goodluck …

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closed doors

The wind is moving, but I am standing still. A life of pages waiting to be filled. A heart that’s hopeful, a head that’s full of dreams, but this becoming is harder than it seems. ~Michael W. Smith, “Place in this World” Michael W. Smith’s song captured my heartache as I searched for meaning and purpose. With a …

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exchange

Silly or not, we weren’t sure. But with a sharpie, we began. On one side, we printed Jesus loves you. On the other, Krista and Jay love you. Our best love-words on a wooden heart tucked into our suitcase. In addition to memories and photos, we wanted a keepsake from our time with Angel, our sponsored …

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the horse rider

As the chickens strutted around our feet, we introduced ourselves to the mother and her three sons. Jorge,  (pronounced Hor-hay) was enrolled in the local Compassion project. Under the warm Mexican sun, our lives intertwined as we listened, prayed, and enjoyed their chickens, turkeys, and Jorge’s pet turtle. Through our interpreter, Jorge shared his dream …

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preparation

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. ~ Abraham Lincoln Preparation is deflated soccer balls, bubbles, crayons, and Spanish lessons on You Tube. Hola, me llama Krista and Jesus te ama. Preparation week culminates with a Chipotle burrito and a Walmart run for play-doh and Pepto Bismol. Evidence …

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enough

Vote Open a checking account Enlist in the military Change your name Get married or divorced Sign legal documents and contracts Buy insurance Apply for a credit card Weighty privileges accompany 18th birthdays in the United States. On Saturday, our sponsored son in Tanzania celebrates his 18th birthday. How will Bilali spend his special day? Since …

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$15.95

It dangled from a peg with the displayed Christmas ornaments. The miniature, rainbow-colored xylophone with its tiny mallet caught my eye. I smiled as I pictured my eight-month old grandson, Cam, banging on his toy xylophone. He creates music only a grandparent can love.  This Christmas, I decided to continue a tradition my mother began …

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mirror mirror

Mirror, mirror on the wall….. Looking at mirrors with my 4-month old grandson entertains both of us. We point and giggle as we discover who is looking back at us. We talk (Ok, I talk) about the cute little boy in the mirror. I see new life with fresh potential. All things are possible. Prayerfully, …

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more

I met this little boy while visiting a Compassion project in Tanzania.  After touring the facility and worshipping with the children,  it was time to eat. We served approximately 100 children a meal of rice, chicken, and fruit. This little guy was not enrolled in the Compassion program. I don’t know the reason. But he, …

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