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Just Yes.

Today expanded and contracted over us like it knew why we treaded its ground.

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We unfolded out of that turquoise bus that held the whole lot of us. The lot of hearts filled fresh with yeses. A thousand questions met with a thousand yeses that brought us all right here.

And I think about what Bob Goff wrote,

 “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”

I think about my beating full life and all the yeses it holds. 30 years of small yeses and hurried yeses. 30 years of heartbreaking, “Can I take that back?” yeses. And big, life changing yeses.

Some yeses weren’t worth the small wisp of my breath. But some of them, some of my yeses, they changed a life. Changed my life.

Coming on this trip was a big yes. It was a yes born from wonder. And then somewhere morphed into fear. And then that yes was rescued and redeemed by the only One who could have called me.

So I stood up on that turquoise bus and I thanked our bloggers for their yeses.

Coffee. Always.

Coffee. Always.

Their enthusiastic yes. Their worn through yes. Their, “Are you sure me?” yes.

We climbed out of a bus and into hearts.

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And into songs.

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And into kitchens. (And you know how I feel about kitchens!)

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You don’t see a child’s smile like this and not feel that this yes is changing lives.

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Or hold a hand so tight you wonder why you held onto anything else at all. The praise of man. The possessions. The slow no because you didn’t feel worth the yes.

But, I think he was right. I think he said it best, “I used to think you had to be special for God to use you, but now I know you simply need to say yes.”

Yes changes lives. Yes can change a child’s life forever. Even her eternity.

If you sponsor a child with Compassion I hope you know it’s not small.

When did you first say yes to a child in poverty? Do you remember? I hope you celebrate that yes. I’d love for you to share that moment in the comments.

If you haven’t said yes, will you? And know that it’s not small.

Also? Lisa Leonard created an incredible necklace, exclusive to Compassion. When you say yes to a child in poverty, you’ll get this necklace as a gift.

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*This post was also shared over on the Compassion Blog!

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  • KelliFebruary 17, 2015 - 11:24 am

    I love this. And I’m glad you said yes. And the picture of that sweet one singing?! So stinking precious. I just love Compassion. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:03 am

      Thank you, Kelli! I am so glad you said yes too 😉 Grateful for you!ReplyCancel

  • Diane St GeorgeFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:23 pm

    Watching for a picture of our Compassion child, Raciel who lives there. We were able to have a visit with her last January when we were in Punta Cana. Compassion was awesome, special thanks to Jonathon and Marie from Compassion International. You were awesome. The visit really touched our lives.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:03 am

      Diane, I told Jonathan you say hello! Isn’t he amazing? I have a story about him tomorrow over on the Compassion Blog. Thank you for sponsoring a child!ReplyCancel

  • Kris CamealyFebruary 17, 2015 - 12:55 pm

    Yes!! Just Yes!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • TeresaFebruary 17, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    I said “yes” to my first sponsor child at a Michael W. Smith concert in 2008. I have said “yes” again, 13 more times since then. These children steal pieces of my heart and hold them forever.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:00 am

      Wow Teresa! That is so incredible. Thank you so much for all your yeses. So grateful for you and how God is using you.ReplyCancel

  • JolantheFebruary 17, 2015 - 1:52 pm

    Oh my goodness. My heart just smiled seeing that little one singing. 🙂 So glad that we have said “YES” – and will continue!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 12:59 am

      Jolanthe! So beautiful to see your comment. You are such a joy! Thank you for saying yes!ReplyCancel

  • Charles DrakeFebruary 17, 2015 - 4:48 pm

    Glad I opened the post today! Remember the song ‘what the world needs now is…..’ couldn’t be more appropriate. I’ll follow the link to compassion.ReplyCancel

  • Michael PattersonFebruary 17, 2015 - 5:14 pm

    We first said yes in 1998 to a 6 year old girl in the Dominican Republic. For 8 years I was very consistent about writing to her. Then when I lost someone close to me my letters stopped… even though her father had died around the same time. After losing her dad, in her next letter she asked me to pray for her grandfather who she was living with because he was about to have an operation. Her next letter said her grandfather had died. Still no letter from me. Her next letter changed my life. She said, “Dear Mr. Patterson, Thank you for the Christmas gift you sent. But I want you to know I am sad. I’m sad because this last year I lost my father, then I lost my grandfather and now I’ve lost you because you won’t write to me anymore. Please never forget me. Love, Yefredy” My wife and I were sad and ashamed that this good thing we started out doing had merely become a monthly bill to us. I told my wife that I’d seen videos of Michael W. Smith visiting his sponsored child. She quickly reminded me that I am not Michael W. Smith (keeps me humble). That’s when we learned online that we could go visit our child. We signed up that day, then wrote to Yefredy and told her we are sorry, we love her and would never forget her. Then we told her we were coming to see her. That trip changed my life in many ways. We were so impressed with Compassion’s ministry that we sponsored more children when we returned home andI signed up to hold a Compassion Sunday at my church. After that I join Compassion’s Voluneer network where I’ve been for the past 8 years. Yefredy is now 22, and a mom. She is also attending college and we are in touch with her regularly.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 12:58 am

      Wow, Michael. That is such a powerful story. Thank you for sharing it! So grateful for all you do for Compassion. And thank you for following out trip.ReplyCancel

  • aly chaseFebruary 17, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Love every word of this, Bri. I wrote about my first yes on the Compassion page of my blog. I had no idea what I was getting myself into… in the best way possible. Since then, I have “adopted” one more and correspond with two others. My heart has room for many more yesses!!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal StineFebruary 17, 2015 - 7:02 pm

    Could not love this more, Bri! Grateful for your “yes,” for the “yes” of those with you. Praying for 300 to feel called to say “yes” to those sweet faces.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Heska KingFebruary 17, 2015 - 10:42 pm

    Bri, you are a beautiful yes. You are His yes. This whole post is a big yes!

    And Michael above… he’s made me cry. I getting kind of tired of crying. 😉

    You are so very loved!ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:08 am

      Sandra! What a beautiful comment. Thank you. Thank you! And thank you for your yes 🙂 XoxoReplyCancel

  • Erica HahnFebruary 18, 2015 - 1:46 am

    such a beautiful post and such beautiful work you guys are doing. I’ve been praying for you and looking forward to getting together once you get back!ReplyCancel

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