“Think of one word that describes what you have seen this week,” John Carswell said as he helped a group of us debrief what we had learned about Compassion International. The day was October 11, 2018, and Ray Griffin and I were on a vision trip in Guatemala. We were there to witness firsthand the work that Compassion does.
“Empower” was the word that came to my mind. It is also the reason I am excited to introduce QSBC to Compassion International.
Compassion empowers churches to be lighthouses to their poor communities. All ministry flows through churches to children and families, and for this reason, the churches become hubs for ministry, centers of care, and harbors of hope. The churches feed children, assist with education, help with medical care, impart practical skills, and teach children and parents about Jesus. In a word, Compassion empowers churches to holistically improve the lives of children.
On the weekend of November 2-4, you too can learn about the ministry of Compassion. You can visit The Compassion Experience, an immersive exhibit where you encounter other cultures, global poverty, and changing the life of a child faraway. You can tour the exhibit in The Hill parking lot on November 2 and 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. and on November 4 from 9:40 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Another avenue to familiarize yourself with Compassion International is to attend worship on November 4. There you will learn more about its ministries, and afterward you can see pictures and packets of children who are economically poor and currently waiting for someone to sponsor them. If you decide to sponsor a child, you’ll be personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought that you care.
As you can see, Compassion Weekend provides you opportunities to experience another culture and to learn how Compassion empowers churches to change lives. In so doing, you will understand how partnering with Compassion tangibly increases QSBC’s impact on children far from us.
You can visit The Compassion Experience at The Hill this weekend!
November 2–3, 11:00 a.m.–6:40 p.m.
November 4, 9:40 a.m.–5:00 p.m.