Krista Lynn Campbell

Compassion International

Outside Looking In

He stood outside and watched plates filled with chicken, rice, and fruit circle the room. But he wasn’t alone. Sad faces with hungry eyes crowded around windows while children inside gobbled food. Several years ago, I met this young boy in Tanzania while traveling with Compassion International. To convey as much love as possible, I …

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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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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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the pilot

The metal sliding board rose in the middle of the modest playground. Children bunched together waiting for a turn down the slick runway. Goodluck and his buddies climbed up and giggled down, anxious to repeat. Goodluck dreamed of becoming a pilot. Too young to understand the science and skill of aviation, his dream hinged on …

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