[data] => Array
            [6d70cee9690c5] => Array
                    [link] => 
                    [original] => /media/image/news_my-first-slum_0.jpg
                    [coords] => 0-0-671-377
                    [path] => /images/r/news_my-first-slum_0
                    [size] => 800x450
                    [index] => 0
                    [caption] => 
                    [url] => /images/r/news_my-first-slum_0/c800x450g0-0-671-377/news_my-first-slum_0.jpg
                    [type] => image
                    [_image] => /images/r/news_my-first-slum_0/c960x540g0-0-671-377/news_my-first-slum_0.jpg
                    [marker] => 0
                    [alt] => news my first slum 0


    [thumbs] => Array
            [0] => <li><a href="#slide0"><img src="/images/r/news_my-first-slum_0/60x60g0-0-671-377/news_my-first-slum_0.jpg" alt="" /></a></li>

    [id] => carousel

Filthy puddles.  Makeshift structures.  A dark kitchen with no electricity.  Roaming chickens.  Emaciated dogs.  A naked child.  A mother who didn't smile.  I vividly remember walking through my first slum.  I was on a Compassion International mission/vision trip in the Dominican Republic with several colleagues in Christian radio.  As I toured the slum, I felt somewhat numb--not knowing how to process the scenery around me.  But when I returned to the hotel, and when I was in the middle of a live report back to WMBW-Chattanooga, TN, I completely fell apart.  I sobbed on the air with thousands listening.  At least I was not alone, many of us on that trip struggled with our emotions.  One of those teammates who also was deeply impacted was Mark Zimmerman of WCRF-Cleveland, OH.  There, in the DR, God introduced both of us to extreme poverty, a larger view of the Church, and a desire to be involved in global missions.

Click here for a link to Compassion International and to learn about Mark Zimmerman's work with Moody Radio Cleveland

(Photo of Mark Zimmerman and Andy Napier)