All over the world, children are placed in dangerous settings of poverty, violence, war, and famine. Although the best way to serve and help these children would be to personally visit these places, it isn’t easy for every person to do so. But from September 12th to the 15th, the suffering that these children are enduring can be experienced close to home, as Church Everyday is hosting a Compassion Mobile exhibit called “Compassion: Change the Story.”
Compassion International, a Christian organization that focuses on child development and is particularly well known for its sponsorship programs, launched “Change the Story” exhibits to give people opportunities to experience firsthand the situation of the impoverished areas that Compassion workers minister in. People who are unable to go overseas for various reasons including time, finances, health, etc., can experience the ministry in the very places that Compassion goes to as they visit these “Change the Story” exhibits. These interactive displays allow people to step into the difficulties that children face all over the world, a well as the hope and benefits that children who are sponsored by Compassion are able to have. In the U.S., there are four “Change the Story” exhibits, and two of them will be coming to Church Everyday this month.
Church Everyday is one of the most passionate churches in participating in ministry with Compassion International. In this church alone, the number of children the congregation sponsors amounts up to 2,000 children.
Compassion International currently helps more than 1.3 million children all over the world through a one on one sponsorship program. The ministry was started in 1952, when Reverend Everett Swanson, the founder, witnessed the destitute situations that child orphans during the Korean War had to endure. Since then, Korea has received relief and aid for 41 years, saving lives of almost 10 million children. In November 2003, Compassion International established a sending base in Korea, and since then the nation has changed from a country that receives aid to a country that offers aid.
An aspect that distinguishes Compassion International from other relief organizations includes the significant fact that along with practical relief, Compassion focuses on sharing the gospel to children. In the past year alone, an estimated 120,000 children and their parents have received Christ as a result of the organization’s ministry, according to the reports of 6,200 churches that Compassion International partners with.
“Change the Story” exhibits will be available to visit at Church Everyday from 10am to 7:40pm on the 12th; 9am to 6:40pm on the 13th and 14th; and 10am to 6:40pm on the 15th.
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