We are grateful for your faithfulness and the work of our Christ-centered church partners around the world. In the last fiscal year:
31,219 children were sponsored in May 2015 — the largest Child Sponsorship Program net growth in Compassion’s history)
More letters were sent to encourage children — 300,000 more than last year
Church Partners Added
411 new local church child development centers were added — that’s more than one church partner per day
Safe Water for Life
19,113 children and families received Compassion Water of Life safe water systems
U.S. Sponsorship Growth
In May 2015, the Child Sponsorship Program gained 31,219 new sponsorships globally — the ministry’s largest monthly net growth, in terms of commitments, in our 63-year history. In the same month, the United States broke the 1 millionth child sponsorship mark, contributing to a fiscal year-end total of 1,585,727 sponsored beneficiaries.
Step Into My Shoes
Compassion’s Step Into My Shoes (SIMS) advocacy toolkit was selected by KidzMatter Magazine as a 2015 leading ministry tool for children’s and senior pastors. SIMS is a fourstep experience that allows families, churches and schools to walk alongside a family in poverty and explore the question, “How much is enough?”
Great impact was also made through Compassion’s Global Advocacy strategy to equip and empower churches, organizations and leaders who align with our commitment to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. Through these advocacy efforts, Compassion was able to mobilize more than 4,500 church leaders in more than 50 countries to reach additional children who are not able to participate in our sponsorship program!
Mobile Experience Growth
The phenomenal success of the “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” traveling exhibit prompted the creation of four additional mobile units that were deployed from August to October 2015. The immersive exhibit allows visitors to experience other cultures, see the realities of global poverty, and discover true stories of hope. Now, seven traveling units are crisscrossing the country. In FY15, the Compassion Experience traveled to 80 U.S. cities, nearly tripling its reach from the previous year, and more than 200 events will be held next year.
Compassion Magazine: Now Online
Compassion Magazine’s new online edition provides you with more robust content, photo essays, and easy-to-share stories in large print. The magazine is also available through iTunes on iPhone and iPad, or in print. More than 80,000 sponsors have signed up to receive the magazine online, saving the ministry money that would have been spent on paper and postage.
Child Sponsorship: It Works!
Dr. Bruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, set out to explore if Compassion child sponsorship really works. His team researched the outcomes of 1,840 adults in six countries who were once sponsored through Compassion. The researchers compared these adults’ outcomes with those of more than 8,000 adults who had not been in Compassion’s program as children. Wydick’s independent study found that children in Compassion’s programs are more likely:
- to stay in school longer.
- hold salaried, white–collar employment.
- become leaders in their churches and communities.
- to finish secondary education and complete a university education.
As a Compassion sponsor, you can be more confident than ever that you are investing in a strategic, effective program that is truly transforming lives. Find out more about this study!