Krista Lynn Campbell

Compassion International

invitations

No fanfare, wax seal, or calligraphy adorned the cream-colored envelope. Inside, a folded 8.5 X 11 piece of paper extended a grand invitation. An invitation to connect with a child. Invitations from children served by Compassion International and World Vision remind me to look beyond my walls, worries, and wishes and step into their world. …

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choosing to see

Ethan could have missed it. He could have been too naive, too overwhelmed, too selfish, or too young. Instead, Ethan chose to see. In 2017, Ethan and his father visited Uganda and their sponsored child, Emmanuel. While there, Ethan saw children walking everywhere barefoot and decided to do something. He gave Emmanuel his shoes. As …

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an exchange

“I wasn’t doing well in several subjects, so my mom and I decided it was best for me to quit school.” ~ Derly I read Derly’s words again, hoping for a different outcome. The second time revealed the same hard truth: Derly quit school. I’ve exchanged letters with this lovely young lady from Colombia since …

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room to dream

The old farmhouse consisted of three bedrooms for our family of six. My parents in one room and my two older sisters claimed another. The third and smallest room had enough space for one bed which I shared with my younger sister. As my older sisters married and an addition was built, I moved into …

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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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