Visiting Ecuador was a life changing trip and I really enjoyed it. Well today, about 2 months after we got back, I was called into my moms bedroom (i had no clue what i was about to hear her say) so she tells me that there was an Earthquake in the country I cherish. My response is "whaaaaaat!!" then we go and pull up this map of the area and sure enough there it is.
Compassion is a natural response to kinship. When the tragic earthquake hit Ecuador this week, I knew Calvin would care deeply. Walking a few miles with someone and beginning to relate with them makes ignoring their pain impossible. Calvin's immediate capacity to care humbled me.
We scoured the maps, paying close attention to Quito, where our sponsored child and his family live, and Manta, where we'd spent one unforgettable, sweaty day. Manta, a coastal city was hit particularly hard, and it's impossible not to think of the homes we visited, made mostly of sticks. We don't know for sure if any of our friends were affected. After visiting the Compassion website, searching for updates, I wondered out loud if I should blog about this. Without hesitation, Calvin broke in, "No. I want to write it."
He did just that while I played at the park with Silas and Ruby. Tonight, along with many of you who sponsored children during our trip in February, we are moved to pray for the country we love and her people. This is precisely why our support matters. Compassion has set up a special donation page if you'd like to offer additional help.
And if these recent events move you to sponsor a child, it's never too late. There's plenty of room for you in this tribe.
EDIT: I just realized my teammate Ashley wrote a beautiful piece on the earthquake as well. Find it here.