Some time ago, I participated on a Compassion Vision trip with a group of pastors from around the country. We visited Peru and witnessed the work of Compassion. My trip began with the idea that it would be good to see the work but not ready to be overly-impressed by what they were doing. I was wrong. Completely wrong. The work that Compassion International does around the world is first-class and trustworthy. I am so glad for our church to establish this relationship with Compassion.
Compassion is clear in what they hold as its highest goal. They want to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. In other words, as they relieve physical suffering, they are careful to do so with the gospel as the primary message. You’ll find that Compassion fulfills their strategy of being church based, child focused, and Christ centered.
Compassion was kind enough to provide two graduates of their programs to give their testimonies at each of our campuses. I personally heard the story of Gilbert Mfitundinda from Uganda and then later listened online to the testimony of Jey Mbiro from Kenya. These young men have powerful stories of how God used ministries provided in partnership between Compassion and local churches to change their lives.
If you’re a pastor, let me strongly encourage you to connect with Compassion and get your church involved in their work around the world. They have an impressive system and an equally impressive staff. And, if you have any doubt about the worthwhile nature of their work, just take six minutes of your life to watch this video. Praise the Lord for the kind work done by Compassion to connect us to the churches around the world that are introducing eternal hope to children and their families.