A friend of mine invited us to the Compassion Experience. So we went 🙂 We have sponsored a child through Compassion for a couple of years now, so it is close to our hearts. I really wanted my kids to get a real idea of how life is for these kids. It’s one thing to read about their lives, quite another get get a first hand example. We broke into groups, we had another mom and her kids meet us there as well, and took them each through all three stories. My girls went with my friend, but my son was with me and his best friend. I kept a pretty close eye on them to see how it affected them. I could tell that they were deeply touched several times. Hearing that children like themselves are growing up in these conditions, these life circumstances, was hard for them.Even when you have a family that doesn’t really hide the realities of life from you, it’s hard to hear a child’s voice tell the story. But, when they got to the end of each story, they would play music and give the happy outcome, and my son would dance. It was so adorable and full of joy that it just filled me with that deep happiness. He was happy that they had received what they needed and had grown up to be successful and were helping other people. All the things that I want for my kids. I think all of the kids walked away changed and a little more aware. A little different. Even as an adult who is aware of the world, I was touched and brought back to a place of awareness. It is too easy to become accustomed to the struggles of others around the world and just not really see it anymore. It gets lost in the background. This is a reminder of the realities of life.
If you have never been to a Compassion Experience, I highly suggest you go. And take your kids. It will open their eyes to what life is like for so many children around the world. It is presented well, and the stories are not the worse of the worse, so it is family friendly. It will really give them some perspective. It is free as well. You can find out more and reserve a spot with the link below.