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Have you ever been on a foreign mission trip? I have been on one some years ago. My son and I got to go together and it was a life-changing event for us. We went to Jamaica for 10 days to support the work of the local church there. We held a vacation Bible school for the children, held evening worship services, visited with members of the church, and reached out to people in the town as we went about our daily activities. This trip was the only time I’ve been out of the US, and the sights and sounds and smells were almost overwhelming. All these years later, I can still remember the difficulties our Jamaican friends faced on a daily basis. 
Just over two years ago, Compassion International posted its first picture on Instagram! So this month the Compassion Bloggers have been doing a photo scavenger hunt to highlight some issues in the countries where Compassion works with impoverished children. We’ve posted pictures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can follow the hashtag #CompassionHunt to see what’s been posted.
It’s been a lot of fun to hunt down these photos. Did you know…?
Compassion’s Child Survival Program saves the lives of mothers and children. #babyscale
Braids are common in countries where Compassion works. Hairstyling is also a vocational skill often taught to teens. #braidedhair
Compassion implements programs in partnership with local churches. #localchurch
Many families in developing countries earn money by selling food along the roadside. #farmersmarket
Three-fourths of the world’s inhabitants now have a mobile phone. #flipphone

Rice, tortillas, naan or injera bread are all common foods in the countries where Compassion works. #rice

Livestock means livelihood for many in developing countries. #cows

24,000 children under age 5 die every day, mostly from preventable diseases. #stethosope
There were other pictures that I wasn’t able to get:
  • children playing soccer – because it’s the most popular game in the world!
  • flag – from a country where Compassion works. There are 24 to choose from but I’ve not been out of the country lately so that one was a hard one to find!
  • sewing machine – sewing is one of the vocational skills taught to teens in Compassion programs.
  • seeds or grain – many people in the developing world won’t eat if they can’t grow their own food.
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