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To Save Many Lives

Some days, most days – they’re just that. Days. Hours stockpiled high in our broken lives. Rounding out every month. Every year.

Some events seem significant. You’re living bright in a moment and think, how did I get here? I’ll never forget this moment. Not ever.

But that is just some days. Probably very few days. Most days we move haphazardly, keeping tempo with the slow beat of all our to-dos. All our have tos.

Sometimes we wake-up and think, it’s all for a reason. It all has purpose. And then we drip our coffee into our veins. Sling our hopes into hands bigger than ours. And just enter the day.

We say yes. Yes. Yes. A thousand yeses. Wondering if it will unfold into some…something.

And then one day. A day that seemed like it would be just a day, breaks open like a piñata you’ve been swinging at for years.

Today was that day for me. I’ll never forget.

Because my yes put me in front of her.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling. And my yes meant life for one week in the Dominican Republic with these hearts.

Dominican Republic Compassion Bloggers!

It brought me to this center where I told the children they have dance moves that don’t quit and smiles that made this day shatter the status quo.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

But I wasn’t expecting what happened next.

When we entered a community that smacks hard up against a river. A polluted river that has caused an innumerable amount of disease.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

We climbed steps up and down and then up again. Weaving, winding, wiping sweat from our brow.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

Then we came into Elsa’s home. A grandmother who has taken in her two grandsons and one granddaughter.

We entered and I saw Jazmin. I couldn’t move my eyes from her. Then Elsa, the grandmother, explains that Jazmin has some special needs. She can’t move or speak or chew food. Before I could really move this reality from mind to heart, before anything I hear Lisa say, “I need to hold her. Can I hold her?”

Elsa nods yes. Lisa wholly and fully enters into her world. She swoops Jazmin’s body into her arms. Careful. Knowing what kind of bright precious Jazmin is.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

You see, Lisa and Stephen have a child with special needs. He can’t talk or chew food. For a long time he couldn’t walk.

Lisa and Elsa speak. Countless times between them they say, “It’s the same for us.”

Before long everyone has tears brimming wide. Falling quiet everywhere.

Every blogger. The translator. Elsa.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

It was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever been apart of. I couldn’t quite believe I was there. Witnessing this wild holy moment between Lisa and Elsa.

Lisa knowing so intimately things this grandmother may have never been able to share with another. Jazmin being held with a love that says, “I know. I really, really know.”

I couldn’t possibly recount all the moments or days that brought us all right here. All the days God gave us that were dressed up mundane, dressed us blindingly hurried, dressed so painstakingly normal. But so many of those days, they were all used to bring us here.

Isn’t it how He works? Him, always moving. Always knowing. Sovereign always. And then one day, He gives you this unforgettable day.

And maybe your week, your day, has been more normal than you care for. More mundane than your soul was built for. Maybe a yes could change all of that.

Will you sponsor a child from the Dominican Republic? When you do you will receive a necklace that Lisa Leonard created exclusively for this trip. A reminder of your yes.

The path to a full heart enriched by love and courage. So humbling.

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  • Crystal StineFebruary 19, 2015 - 12:33 pm

    This? This is why, sweet Bri, we trust you always to follow who God puts on your heart to invite on one of these trips. It couldn’t – shouldn’t – have been any other team than exactly these precious people, for this trip, at this time.ReplyCancel

  • KelliFebruary 19, 2015 - 12:42 pm

    Tears. One yes leads to something so beautiful and it’s the slow hope in the mundane. I just love this story.ReplyCancel

  • Dedra HerodFebruary 19, 2015 - 1:15 pm

    Bri doll.. thank you for saying yes and sharing this so beautifully. Holy & Sacred Ground you walked on. Thank you for sharing the Holy exchange between Elsa & Lisa.. so glorious to see His tangible work. Not shocked, not surprised by Him but like our sweet Sandra said… completely UNDONE.ReplyCancel

  • emily freemanFebruary 19, 2015 - 2:16 pm

    I mean. It’s like Lisa was handpicked for that moment. So beautiful. Thankful for your eyes and hands and ears on this trip, Bri. Love you.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 19, 2015 - 9:23 pm

      Emily! Thank you for stopping here on this little blog. And for following. You are such a gift to my life! Love you big! XoxoReplyCancel

  • edieFebruary 20, 2015 - 11:31 am

    You are His beautiful mouthpiece. A thousand thank yous for being who you are and doing what you do. You are so precious to me. And these that you’ve been called to serve, Jesus loves them every one. Praying for sponsorships. Praying for Gospel showers to rain down.
    Love you,

    • Bri McKoyFebruary 20, 2015 - 12:04 pm

      Edie! You are so dear to me too. Thank you for your comment! Your bright encouragement. For your prayers. For your love! Thank you for saying yes to Compassion too. I love you big! XoxoReplyCancel

  • Carl SchroederFebruary 25, 2015 - 1:36 pm

    My wife Emily and I have been sponsors for over eleven years. We started with one child, then two, then three, now back to two ( our first child has graduated with hope in her heart to further her education in college). Initially we asked “Can we really afford this?”, but after experiencing the joy and blessings from our first sponsorship, the question became ” Can we really afford not to?” Jesus said “Whatever you do to the least one of these, that same you do to me.” How can anyone deny Jesus’ plea for help, expressed through the hearts and faces of His beloved children?ReplyCancel

  • RachelFebruary 28, 2015 - 8:51 am

    Thank you! For the stories, the glimpse into your life and the DR, the reminder of what is most precious in life and the encouragement that comes with it. It is beautiful to see God so clearly at work.ReplyCancel

    • Bri McKoyMarch 3, 2015 - 11:52 am

      Thank you so much for this encouragement, Rachel! God is so good.ReplyCancel

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