This is a big day today for a handful of bloggers. They're headed to India, to the city Calcutta (or Kolkata, as I think we're supposed to call it now, but I'm sorry, the old 5th-grade geography sticks with me). They're going with Compassion International to live-blog what they see. I suspect that they, and those of us following along at home, are about to have our comfy American socks knocked off.
When Shaun was first telling me about this trip several months ago, he mentioned what a challenge it would be for those bloggers who will try to describe it adequately. He explained that the poverty on the streets of Calcutta is like no other poverty in the world, so vast is its scope. Please join in me praying for these bloggers–for their safety, for their families back at home, for their own hearts as they try to tell us some powerful stories.
And please pray, most of all, that their words will resonate with those who have not, perhaps, heard of Compassion's powerful work. If people can see and understand how Compassion is bringing true hope to a dark situation, and if they'll join in the effort, children will be sponsored. Lives will be saved.
So please pray, and follow along with these bloggers as they tell their stories. (Barring any technical or logistical issues, I'm hoping that one of the bloggers, my friend Robin, will be guest-posting here next week.) I shared a couple of days ago my concerns about what is not, perhaps, quite right with the blogosphere, and many of you kindly expressed they were concerns you shared too. But this India trip? This is the power of the blogosphere at its highest and very best.
Be a part of it, and help spread the word.