The Great Debate: Is it Wrong for Christians to Be Wealthy?

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By Beth Ricci, Contributing Writer I walk into my bedroom. I see the naked white walls. I imagine them with a small collection of hanging prints and unique pieces like this one, or maybe a bunch of printed instagrams, like this. It would really make the space into something special, I think to myself. Maybe add a few colourful throw pillows and a couple of new matching alarm clocks to replace the 15-year-old one we scrounged from his parents’ basement. Because everyone deserves matching alarm […]

Looking Through a Child’s Eyes

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I am often in awe of how God has blessed children with eyes that are so pure and innocent. Yesterday morning, I sat down on the couch to show my 4 and 6 year old the pictures from my recent trip to the Philippines as a Compassion Blogger. I found it difficult to look at the pictures without becoming emotional. I’ve experienced a lot of different emotions this week since returning. Simple, I know, but I can’t get over how clean it is everywhere around […]

Is Compassion International a Good Investment? A Husband’s Perspective.

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**Many of you may have realized that I was blessed to have my husband, Ryan, come with me on my trip to the Philippines last week. Though we hadn’t originally planned for him to join me in writing, he was so impressed by the answers to all of his questions (someone on our team referred to him as the Barbara Walters of Canada!), that he simply felt compelled to write and tell you what he found.** Growth in business does not happen by accident. Everything […]

How to Pry Open Swollen Eyes

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I’ve been hugged more this week than I probably have in the last year. I love it, but really? I’m just getting to the point where I want to go home and hug my own kids. Ready to go home or not, this week has been full of good times… I’ve had a rockin’ ride in a Jeepney, had some unique cultural lessons, had a larger-than-life dancing Jolli”bee” flirt with me, driven through the countryside in a relaxing Pedicab with Simple Mom, and drawn letters in the air with […]

Because I’m Afraid That I Will Forget

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I was washing some of my dirty clothes in the hotel bathtub this morning. Sweating profusely every day will make you go through what you packed in your suitcase in a hurry. As I knelt over the tub and scrubbed the clothes, I was taken back to images of Filipino women squatting beside pails of soapy water, washing their families clothing by hand. “When I get back home”, I thought to myself, “I won’t complain about my cruddy old washing machine and dryer anymore. I’ll remember how […]

Of Rubber Boots, Self Pity and Ladders

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I met a woman who has water flooding her house, up to her knees, for 9 months out of the year. She has to wear rubber boots inside while she cooks and feeds her family. She has two sons, and one is registered as a sponsor child with Compassion. She also actively serves and teaches the 9 and 10 year olds at the very same child development center that her son goes to in Velenzuela. It struck me today that the churches here in the […]