i have followed compassion.com for years now since first reading about them from one of my favorite bloggers ashely who blogs at underthesycamoretree. she has been a compassion blogger for years and i have always seen it as one of the causes that i would love for my babies and i to be a part of. so i was delighted to hear, one sunday morning, that my church was hosting the compassion experience! i had just recently signed up to become a compassion blogger, in hopes of raising awareness of the work that they are doing. being given the opportunity to visit the compassion experience with my littles just a few mondays ago, seemed like the very best way to begin my journey as a compassion blogger and i am so very excited.
there is a section of the compassion website that addresses questions of weather or not the experience is appropriate/beneficial for young children. now, having visited with my 3,5 and 7 year old, i would say yes!
when you get started on the experience, they hand each child a device and a set of headphones to allow for individual control of the stories you will hear as you walk through the different sections/childs stories.
i must admit that, with little ones, it is a little hard to juggle. hard to try and keep them on the same track with the stories at the same time as well as manage what their eyes are seeing and their tiny hands are touching while inside of each pod.
what i decided to do, by the time we got to the second room, was focus my attentions on my big since his attention was following the story along with the environment that he was experiencing. while my little and the lady just explored.
one thing i noticed is that they didn't seem too surprised by their environments and the stories they were hearing. they seemed pretty comfortable with each setting and not so "out of place". i am not sure if i will be able to communicate this very well but i was very happy with their responses. to me, their responses meant that i have been doing a decent job talking to them about the lives of others in the world. it meant, to me, that their hearts were soft and not shocked by hearing the struggles and sufferings of others. i try my very best to have heart-to heart conversations with them, often, to help them understand that we are here to spread/share Gods love for his children in a world that is broken and covered in darkness.
^^^ listening! i love this kid!!! ^^^
i was so glad that we fought through the challenges of the day and made it to visit the experience on its very last day at our home church. i would recommend you visit compassion and check out some of the awesome work that they are doing to bring more and more light to our world. there are many different ways that you can support their efforts and help to make a difference.
and of course we vlogged about it, if you would like to see what our day was like :)
from syreena, with love