Lily's kids

Lily's kids

Monday, December 27, 2010

More on Compassion

So once again I am going to talk about... Compassion.
Seriously, it is an amazing organization. For only $38
a month, you can sponsor a child. The money will
enable the child to live a better life as well as have the
opportunity to learn about Jesus. I have been sponsoring
Kevin for several years and it has been such a rewarding
experience. But you may be saying, "I can't afford it!"
I was only thirteen when I started and had no income, but
God has provided. I have learned what I need with what
needs to be done. You are not just sending money to
a stranger, you are investing in a relationship with a child.
A child with a name. A child who will love you and will
love every single letter you send. Pray and spend time with
God asking what He wants you to do. If He wants you to
invest your time and resources into a child, He will enable
you to do so. Compassion International is not just a gift
for the child, it is a gift for the sponsor as well. Click here
to go to their website and learn more. God bless!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is approaching, cookies are baked, snow is
falling and presents under the tree. I am reminded this
Christmas just how blessed I am. I have a wonderful
family, an amazing church I am blessed to be a part of,
great friends, a super job and I have a home, food,
clothes and everything else I tend to take for granted.
I also have been saved by grace. That completely amazes
me! God saved ME!!! And Christmas is where he came
down to earth! A great movie to watch is the Nativity Story.
It is truly amazing!!! :) I hope you all have an amazing
God bless


Saturday, December 11, 2010


There is currently a blizzard where I live and it is amazingly beautiful.
It also makes me realize just how blessed I am to have a warm house
and that I don't have to be outside in the FREEZING cold! When I went
to Jamaica and Ecuador, the kids there had never seen snow and it was
really fun trying to explain it. Isn't God amazing!? :)
Hope you have a great day!
God bless!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

Yesterday, I volunteered at Operation Christmas Child which is an amazing organization that distributes Christmas presents in shoe boxes to children who are poor and in need. Their Mission: "To demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ." People all over America pack shoe boxes with gifts and then OCC sends them to children all over the world. Last year, 8 million children received a Christmas shoe box. Since 1993, 130 countries have received these shoe boxes! That is amazing!

You can learn more about OCC at their website which is here.

Have a great week!
God bless!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankfulness :)

Happy almost Thanksgiving!
I feel so incredibly blessed! I have an
amazing family, I go to an amazing
church where I can fellowship with
great friends and I also have the
opportunity to go to school and work.

In Ecuador, I really realized how blessed
I am and how easy it is to forget that!
There were kids who couldn't go to
school, kids who were fourteen and had
to work in order to help their families.
In Kevin's family, both of his older
siblings work.

At the CDC, there was a young woman
in a wheel chair. She had lost most of her
limbs yet her face was still filled with joy.
I want to live like her. Have nothing yet
still be thankful. I really saw there that
you don't have to have stuff to be happy.
You don't even have to have all of your
limbs. What you need is JESUS!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!
God bless!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Open Hand Children's Home

So once again I am here to tell you of a Children's Home that God
is using to rescue children from lives of poverty and hardships.
Located in Kenya, Africa, Open Hand has rescued 41 children and
loved them the way Jesus loves us. Check out their website to
learn more about the work they do! It is extremely encouraging
plus they have adorable pictures of some of the kids! :) God bless!


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's next :)

Hey! Sorry it's been a while since I last posted... I've been super busy!
I am graduating this year and so I have been praying about what come
next! I am hoping to go to an orphanage for several months and immerse
myself and learn all I can. So right now I am looking and praying about
where I should go. It's really exciting and a bit nerve-wracking but I am
excited to see where God leads. :)

Also, click this to go to Maggie Doyne's blog. She has a Children's Home
in Nepal and is doing AMAZING work there. This is an intense story about
some of the stuff she does. God is really using her in the lives of the people
living in Nepal.

Have a great week! :) Here are two pictures of two sweet girls I met while
in Ecuador. Karin was a little love bug who just crawled right into my lap.
The older girl (I never got her name) was thrilled when she found out we
both had braces and never left my side for the rest of the day. :)

God bless!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Covenant Mercies

Covenant Mercies is a ministry through the
SGF church helping orphans and those in
need in Uganda. Their website really explains
alot about what they do.

"Covenant Mercies’ vision for ministry to
orphans includes:

*Enabling extended families of orphans to
provide effective care through our Orphan
Sponsorship Program

*Building orphans’ homes in cooperation
with local churches in other nations

*Providing adoptive homes for orphaned children

*Providing Adoption Assistance grants for
qualified families through our Orphans Fund"

Covenant Mercies also allows the children to be
sponsored. For just $30 a month you can make
such a big difference in a child's life. Click here
to go to the sponsorship page.

God bless!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Final Ecuador post :)

Well, today I'll try to wrap up this super long saga of my trip... ;)

I was blown away by how much I learned on this trip. I am so blessed
to be a sponsor and be able to sponsor Kevin. I actually just got two
letters from him where he told me how much fun he had. So cool to
hear! I am excited to correspond with Kevin now that we have so many
memories to share together! I feel like I receive more as a sponsor than
my sponsored child does. Being a sponsor is more than a monthly $ sign
but it is investing time and love into a little boy who lives across the
continent. I am so thankful for Compassion and their ministry.

Have a wonderful week!
God bless!


Friday, July 30, 2010

Ecuador, Day 5

Day 5 we spent at a child development center where mothers learn how to care for the young children. Most of this post will be pictures. The kids were adorable and I loved hearing them giggle as they held our hands and smiled their beautiful smiles. Children are definitely a blessing! Some of the mothers at the project did two Ecuadorian dances for us and then invited us onstage with them so I was able to dance with them which was a once in a lifetime experience! :)
I hope you enjoy these pictures!!!

Ecuador Day 4 part 2

Day 4 part 2 :)

At the park there was a really really really freaky zipline that Kevin decided to try! Basically it was a swing that went down a zipline and was stopped by two tires=dangerously fun! After he tried it he pointed to me and with a bunch of screaming... I ended up going on the zipline and actually enjoying it! We took a few pictures at the playset and I showed Kevin how to use my camera.

My dad found some small coconuts on the ground and he and Kevin practiced throwing them at an empty waterbottle! So cute and Kevin loved it because he beat my dad and knocked down the bottle! :) We played a little more soccer and then the hardest part of the trip came... saying goodbye.

We started out with a GIANT group picture of all the sponsors and sponsored children, family members, tutors, translators and directors.
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Saying goodbye was so much harder than I thought it would be. I was trying really hard not to cry because I was so happy about the two wonderful days we had shared but it was really hard. Kevin ran and picked me a beautiful flower which was really special.

I didn't want to let Kevin go but I am so glad for the time I was able to spend with him!

I am so blessed to be a sponsor and be able to know Kevin. The two days I spent with him some of the best in my life and the memories we share are priceless! I just received a letter from him today and he was so grateful for the visit! I will post the final day soon!

God bless!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ecuador Day 4 Part 1

Day 4 was one of the most amazing days of the trip. We got to spend a second day with Kevin. Our group of about 50 sponsors arrived at a park early in Sunday morning which happened to be Father's Day. When the kids arrived, Kevin was much more talkative and open. He gave me a wooden box that he made that said "With Much Love, Kevin"

We then had a short church service where one of the Compassion directors who works in Ecuador just thanked the sponsors and teachers and parents. We sang a few songs in English and then a few in Spanish which was fun. During lunch, Kevin was talking alot and smiling and he was really happy when my dad drew a picture of him.

After lunch, we had a few hours left with Kevin so we went to see a few sheep and goats at the park. On our way to see the animals, my dad picked up a few fallen oranges and showed Kevin how to juggle. After about four or five trys, Kevin could juggle three pretty well! He is a good student! :)

I then told Kevin I had some gifts for him but first he told me he had a surprise for me. He told me to close my eyes and then he placed something in my hands. I opened my eyes to see a beautiful little elephant statue. I was so surprised! I told Kevin it is my favorite animal and he grinned and told me "I know!"

I then handed him his backpack full of gifts I had brought with me. It was such a blessing to see him hold up each gift and smile. Even the little things like socks for his dad were delighted over.

I'll post part 2 later!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ecuador Day 3

Day 3 was the third day in Ecuador and the first day with Kevin, my sponsored child. We drove up up up into the mountains and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! I mean green pastures and the mountains... wow! When we arrived at the park (which was a really nice park coverin over an acre) we were assigned to a color. I was blue and we were the last group to head into the soccerfield where our kids were waiting. I saw Kevin pretty quick but it took a while for him to finally see him. It was amazing to see him run towards me and be able to hug him for the first time after over 4 years of writing and praying over this little boy, to be able to hug him was one of the best and most rewarding moments of my life.I also got to meet his mom, Doris and his tutor. Kevin was a little shy when we first met so I handed him the soccer ball I had brought and he showed off some amazing skills. Kevin then handed me a beautiful scarf that he made for me on his fingers! The kid has got some amazing talent. He also handed me a small worn teddybear. He told me that it is his favorite toy and he wanted to give it to me because it was the best gift he could give. This completely floored me and I was so blessed and thankful to recieve that simple. We then went swimming in a HEATED pool and although Kevin was a little nervous in the water, he did show me some freaky backflips he chucked off the side of the pool. During lunch, we were able to talk and I was able to learn alot about his family and Kevin's interests and hobbies. When he grows up, he wants to be either a lawyer of a policeman so he can help and protect people. He loves animals and Kevin told me that he takes care of his neighbours dogs. It made me laugh when I found out he named one of the neighbour dogs after my dog who he asks about in every letter. After lunch we played soccer and let me tell you, that kid is amazing with the soccerball! He was dribbling and kicking right around me. We had a blast and were able to bond alot through the game. We also had the opportunity to go on paddle boats and walk around and explore the park. Earlier in the day, Kevin asked me what my favorite food is and my answer like most Americans was PIZZA! To my joy, I was able to buy Kevin his first ever piece of pizza and we split it. He loved it! :) The first day with Kevin was amazing! I learned so much about him and the second day which I'll post soon was even more amazing! I have some videos which I'll try to post too! God bless! ~Lily

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ecuador Day 2

Day 2

After waking up at about 9, me and my dad proceeded down to a fabulous buffet breakfast where there were about a million different kinds of juice including orange, strawberry, mango, pineapple and blackberry. We then headed out on the bus to a children's center where we got fed a wonderful meal of ecuadorian food including chicken, potatoes, corn and veggies. We then went on a home visit, we visited a mother and her two kids, Christian and Fanny. Sadly the father is no longer around which is the case in many families there. The house was only two rooms with cement floors and walls and a plastic ceiling to prevent leaks. It was very hard to see the family living in such poverty but it was a blessing to see Christian telling us how happy he was to have us in his home.

We then headed back to the project and spent time hanging out with the kids there which was sooooo much fun! We went to the church across the road and a little girl named Karin claimed my lap. Another little girl Jessica also grabbed my hand and followed me around for the rest of the time.

Me and Karin

Me and Jessica

The second day was really cool and it was fun to communicate with these kids despite the language barrier. (I speak absolutely no spanish) The funny thing is that since I took a year of french, I actually started counting in French and the little girls started laughing at me! Nothing like little kids to keep you humble! It was a blessing to represent these kids sponsors who couldn't be there and still receive so much love from them.

More of the trip to come!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ecuador Trip Day 1

Wow! My trip to Ecuador was absolutely amazing! During the next few posts I'll share stories and pics from my trip and you'll get to see the wonderful country of Ecuador and some of the stuff I learned while I was there! Hope you enjoy and are blessed! This trip really filled me with a thankfulness and an awareness of what I have! It also showed me that stuff doesn't matter. So follow along as I take you an my adventure to Ecuador!!!


Day 1 was filled with sitting on airplanes and waiting at airports! We got to Miami at about 1 pm and then had a layover for about 6 hours. When we finally got on the plane for Ecuador we were delayed because of lightning so our arrival which should have been at about 10:30 pm ended up being at 12:30. I officially found out that airplane food is DISGUSTING and that I would rather be hungry than try to digest that again! We got into Ecuador and went through customs really late so by the time we got into our fabulous hotel it was 3:00 am! We were exhausted and our 6 hour sleep felt amazing!!!