Friday, November 23, 2012

Turning 30 in Bolivia

Seeing Jhonny for the first time.
I turned 30 this month and celebrated by going to Bolivia to meet Jhonny, the boy I've sponsored through Compassion International, for 11 years.
I wrote about it and the story just went live on the Knoxville News Sentinel's homepage. YAY! (It'll be in tomorrow's paper, in the Faith and Family section.)

Here's an excerpt:

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia — I imagined he would be this quiet and reserved teenager. I'd conjured that idea in my head, thanks to a decade of looking at his straight-faced photographs. But the 19-year-old who sprinted toward me earlier this month and threw his arms around my neck quickly dispelled that notion.

For my 30th birthday, I got to meet Jhonny*, the child I've sponsored through Compassion International, a child advocacy ministry, for the last 11 years. He was all smiles and questions and laughter — a flaming extrovert much like me.

Read the full story here.

Jhonny's mom, Albertina, me and Johnny.

For more Bolivia pictures, click here.

1 comment:

  1. first of all, welcome to 30! Secondly, the article makes me happy.