Making New Friends

by Jennifer Donovan

Our visit today was incredible.

Sitting here looking through the pictures I took today, I can’t stop smiling.

There’s the girl who finally taught this “americana” to do the hand-clapping game reasonably fast without messing up (Mira! Look — uno, dos, uno, dos):

The little girl who didn’t let go of my arm as we sat in chapel, who I couldn’t shake, and I didn’t even want to:

Ivan, one of our translators, who was also a Compassion sponsored child himself:

I am privileged — not just to be here and experience it personally, but to let people peek into the window a little bit. I came into this thinking that it would break my heart , and honestly — I think it’s given most of us here hope. Maybe I shouldn’t speak for the others, but it’s given me hope. Hope that I can make a difference with just $32 a month, or a four-hour visit, or writing a letter.

Oh, and that prayer about losing the safety net? I think maybe it got answered too:

This girl was bound and determined to do something to my humidity-drenched hair.

Visit my Compassion Trip Page, to see all of my posts from my journey and go to to read all of the posts from all of the bloggers on this trip.

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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Katrina (Callapidder Days) November 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

Great pictures, and great glimpse into your day!


2 Martha C November 5, 2008 at 11:15 pm

You look like you are having so much fun. I am so happy. I am enjoying reading about all your experiences.


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