The Week That Could Change Everything


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This week is going to be a little different here at Living Well Spending Less.

But I hope you won’t mind.

In fact, I hope you will embrace this little shift in focus with me knowing that a.) it is only temporary and b.) it is a week that could change everything, not just for you or for me, but for a whole lot of really special kids.

You see, this weekend I kissed my little family goodbye for seven whole days to travel to the Dominican Republic with Compassion International and some pretty amazing women—Lisa Leonard, Holley GerthBonnie Gray, and Bri McKoy.

While we are in the DR we will have an opportunity to learn more about the incredible work Compassion is doing within the communities there, to visit their different programs, and to spend time with as many kids as possible, including my own family’s sponsor children, two beautiful little six year old girls named Darismel and Evileidy.

All five of us will be sharing updates about the trip on our blogs all week, and I would love to invite you all to follow along each day, either by checking in here on the blog, following along on Instagram, or by following #compassionbloggers on Twitter!

Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but to help 300 kids find sponsors this week!

I would also like to ask for your prayers this week. Would you join me in praying specifically for the following:

  • First, for safe travels in and around the Dominican Republic and back to the US, and for good health all week for all of us as well.
  • Second, that our trip would result in many, many, many children being sponsored, and that we would blow our goal out of the water!

Ben Carson once said that “happiness does not result from what we get, but from what we give.” I know in my own life I have found this to be true time and time again.

300 is not a small number friends, but I have faith that we can do it. That you can do it. My challenge for you this week is to open your heart and consider making a difference in the life of a child through Compassion. Pray about it. Talk to your family. Bring it up with your friends. Follow our journey.

But don’t turn away. There is a child out there somewhere right now–perhaps even one here in the Dominican Republic– that needs YOU.

THANK YOU in advance for your support, encouragement, and prayers this week! It is so very much appreciated–more than you could ever know!

xoxo, Ruth



  1. February 15 at 08:09PM

    Wow, what an incredible opportunity, Ruth! Praying for you and the rest of the team as you travel and meet the little girls you sponsor. I can’t wait to read about your trip…and praying too for 300 children (or more!) to be sponsored this week. Compassion is an excellent charity–they do such wonderful work! Take care!

  2. February 16 at 10:08AM

    Your “shift” this week is an excellent one! Praying for you and your group.

  3. February 16 at 10:34AM

    I am so excited for you all! I will be following along and praying for you all!

  4. Jay
    February 16 at 08:19PM

    Good luck on your journey. It will change you to a much better person. I have been a Compassion sponsor many
    years and have supported young girls in El Salvador. Ten years ago, I took a leave of absence from work for 4 months,
    and backpacked thru 6 countries in Central America. During that period, I volunteered at an orphanage in El Salvador for a month. During that month I was able to spend many times with my sponsor child and her family.
    Her school and home was only a few miles from the orphanage. It changed me forever. You will want to go back. God bless you and your group. Looking forward to hearing your heart and feelings!!

  5. February 16 at 08:45PM

    Praying for you all – I know it will be a life changing trip for you and the team AND for so many children in the DR!! xoxo

  6. Sarah Walker
    February 20 at 04:03PM

    Just wanted to tell you that this was the first day of the rest of your life. What an awesome opportunity to travel and experience DR. I know that Haiti is next door and they also have the same problems and poverty. Thank you Jesus and thank you Ruth that you are putting a spot light on this region that is so close to us here in the US, neighbors, but a very different lifestyle.

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