We’re thrilled to be partnering with Power to Change – Students for their annual P2C PLUS conference. They recently invited us to write a guest post on their blog leading up to the conference. You can read the article below, and be sure to scroll to the end of this post for a special promo code for 40% off your ticket to P2C PLUS 2019: First!

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Words by Alyssa Esparaz

Last year, around this time, I had just come home from a trip to Ethiopia and I was trying to sort out what Christmas means in a world of stories like the ones I heard on my trip.

I came home to a plastic Christmas tree on the baggage claim carousel and tinsel hanging in the airport’s long corridors.

By the time all the bags had gone past me on the baggage claim and I knew mine wasn’t coming, I was too travel-weary to even cry travel-weary tears. I went to the customer service counter, filled out the forms and walked out to arrivals, thankful to see my dad, who had a warm hug and my winter coat for me.

The whole time, the words of a single mama back in Ethiopia were ringing in my head: I’m alive because of Compassion.

Tigist, Alyssa and Yeabsira in front of Tigist and Yeabsira's home.

A story of strength and survival

We had multiple interviews to do that morning with several beneficiaries of Compassion’s program in Addis Ababa, so we decided to split up. I was welcomed into the home of Tigist and Yeabsira, a dynamic mom and daughter duo.

We sat in their one-room home, and Tigist told me her story. It soon became clear to me that I was sitting in the presence of a miracle.

“I was preparing to leave my daughter orphaned. My child would be a street child,” Tigist said.

Read more on the P2C blog

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We’d love to see you at P2C PLUS in Toronto, December 28-31!

You can use the promo code compassion@P2CPLUS to get 40% off your registration. Both Day Passes or Full Access Tickets are available.

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Written by: Alyssa Esparaz

Alyssa brings her passion for youth, justice and Jesus to her role of Writer and Communicator at Compassion Canada, as she works to inspire and equip the Church to live compassionate lifestyles. Her favourite things in the world include her family, basketball, ice cream and riding on airplanes.