Last week I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador with Compassion International. If you don't know about Compassion, they are a child sponsorship organization that serves impoverished children and families all over the world. They provide the basic needs for children that include food, clean water, access to education, and healthcare. It was incredible to see this work being carried out in person. To learn more about Compassion, click here.
My favorite part about the things I saw there was the fact that all of the aid came from the local church. Compassion simply empowers the local church to do exactly what the church is supposed to do, love people and serve those in need. We visited homes and churches. We were welcomed with open arms everywhere we want and felt the Holy Spirit at work at every project.
One great aspect to the education component is that the kids are taught trades to help bring income into their families. The average child will start having to help provide for the family in their early teens. One project even had it's own shrimp farm that the kids cleaned and managed. Another had them learning things like sewing and baking.
The end of our trip was marked with visits to Compassion's national country office, sightseeing, and zip lining through the forest. It was an unforgettable trip that actually ended in Las Vegas. My wife was there for work training all week. I was able to spend the weekend with her. We took in the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show that was incredible. There was also a chance encounter to hear a Donnie Osmond soundcheck, crazy! It was a great ending to a great week!