There are lots of times in life that we might be tempted to ask that question, ‘Why would you’ Why would I do this or that? Sometimes it’s a hard question to answer, sometimes not. Now I’m not really what you would call a seasoned traveler to be honest, in fact the last time I visited a developing country I was robbed at knife point the day after I arrived. So a week ago when I was sitting alone in Edinburgh Airport waiting for my flight to be called I was asking myself just that question. Why would I be embarking on a journey that would take me half-way round the world, with people I didn’t know, to a country that (if I’m honest) made me feel more than a little anxious!
The reason I was stepping into the unknown is simple, I have been an advocate for Compassion UK for around 3 years and every time I attend an event or speak at a church I feel a little frustrated with myself because I would like to answer questions better, more effectively and accurately and be more informed about how Compassion works. This was my chance, a God given moment, that I could actually go to Tanzania and see, with my own eyes, the difference Compassion actually makes.
Home again now there is so much that I saw and heard and felt, it will take a while to process. However, if you are interested, I invite you to share in my thoughts, feelings and observations as I tell the story of my trip over the next few weeks. I have many stories to tell, not my stories, but the stories of those I met, those who touched my heart and soul. Stories that will inspire and encourage you. You can make a difference, you can change the story for one child and who knows where that might lead.