Meet Shirley

Let me start by saying, Meet Shannan



As we all know her, FlowerPatchFarmGirl.

The woman who shares stories of living on the wrong side of the tracks, in spite of where she originally dreamed of dwelling.

She shares countless accounts of her life that leave your eyes a bit misty when you finish reading.

So beautiful.

So inspiring.


Now, meet Shirley.

My precious, little, blurry pictured beauty who lives a continent away from me.

She’s four.



She caught my gaze instantly.

She’s mine and Cody Bell’s compassion baby.

We saw her picture with a little heart on it that said “waiting for a sponsor for 378 days.”

We knew she was supposed to be our kiddo to send goodness to.

ALL because of a blog post shared by Shannan, a woman I’ve never personally met.

Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016-DayFour-1(disclaimer, these are all from Shannan’s page, I just needed you to see the beauty.)

Shannan shared a story of sponsoring a child in Ecuador.

It was more than a story, it was a reality.

It was truth.

It was simply sharing the power that $38 per month has on a child.

Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016-DayTwo-32The stories that she shared moved me beyond words.

Now, here I sit, a sponsor to a little Ecuadorian baby who is crazy deserving of my help because of priceless words that hit me right at the heart.

I don’t have much, at least I think…

Then, I open up a picture of beautiful little Shirley and my heart is changed.

My money gives her education, food, Jesus…

which doesn’t feel like much to us crazy blessed Americans, but it’s everything to Shirley.

Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016-DayFour-32Shannan is currently in Ecuador meeting her kiddos that she blesses from her North American dwelling.

She keeps sharing story after story of her interactions with these folks and those accounts are priceless.

She is seeing first hand what her sponsorship is doing, and it’s absolutely beautiful.

Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016-DayFour-60Her pictures bring her words to LIFE.

Her actions are just pure gold.

But her sacrifice to give to others humbles me.

Compassion Bloggers Ecuador 2016-DayFour-66Be sure to check out Shannan’s Page today and see how incredible the opportunity is to sponsor a kiddo through Compassion.

 *Images by @MikeRavel via FlowerPatchFarmGirl.

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