Krista Lynn Campbell


Farm raised. Heaven bound. Writer in the interim. Welcome to my blog, Handfuls of Hope. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NIV)

Angels of God

With sanitized hands and shoes removed, I slipped on borrowed footwear before passing through the door labeled: Angels of God. A children’s center, on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, cares for and houses orphans, newborn to teenage. Several couches, floor mattress, and baby swing filled the living room area. Infants Veronica, Jaydon, and James enjoyed …

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with open hands

In Williamsburg, Virginia, an overhead door bell jingled. Away from the weaver, wheelwright, and wigmaker, a store offered yummy treats. Samplings of handcrafted Virginia peanuts, chocolate-covered peanuts, peanut brittle, and additional salty and sweet combinations filled The Peanut Shop. On a recent visit with my 3-year-old grandson, we approached a can of salted peanuts. Open …

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in their eyes

Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal. ~ Samuel Richardson Without saying a word, their eyes spoke volumes. Was the haunting sadness caused by hunger, neglect, sickness, or the challenges children face in Kenya? The unhappiness in their eyes generated tears in mine. Unable to erase the image of their mournful expressions, my …

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Plan C

Rumblings and stirring launched Plan A. Go somewhere uncomfortable, do something meaningful, and bless everyone along the way. Plan A pointed to Africa. For years, God placed the beautiful continent on my heart and mind. Time to step into the unknown. An internet search led to a ministry working with children in Uganda. I completed …

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yes to Mercy

The unknown number went to voicemail. Compassion International’s call delivered bittersweet news. The young man I correspond with in El Salvador was graduating. Wilmer, 16, completed all the available programs at his project and our time together was ending. Wilmer’s long informative letters with beautiful drawings brightened my day. When he won a drawing contest …

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double heartbreak

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.   ~A.A. Milne  One email. Double heartbreak. A request to visit our sponsored child, Chisomo, in Malawi was denied (heart break #1). After assisting his community for ten-plus years, World Vision completed their work and needed to assist another area. This meant our …

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man of the house

Samuel’s black jacket hung loose on his thin frame. At his Compassion project in Tanzania, he demonstrated his proficiency at welding, woodworking, and sewing. Following the tour of the facilities, we drove part way, then walked a short distance to this young man’s home.  Samuel was of the Maasai tribe and the man of the …

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