Toke Child Development Project

This church’s vision is to preach the Good News, provide discipleship for their people, and be a source of spiritual and economic change in their community. As a part of this vision they host 240 children at their Compassion center where they are provided with Biblical teaching and shown the love of God through the center staff and volunteers.
Ethiopia
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Toke Erensa, Ethiopia

240 children

Pastor Pedro Antonio Polanco Tobar is changing Chalchuapa as he serves the children in Jesus' name. This church oversees a Compassion child development program and is looking to partner with a church in the United States.


  • Compassion-sponsored children are taught healthy personal hygiene habits, receive regular health screenings and medical treatment when needed, and are academically supported with school fees, supplies, and tutoring.
  • Activities at the center include: first aid training, prayer group and choir, field trips, and sports and recreation programs.
  • Parents of these children have the opportunity to be involved with their child’s social activities and benefit from the distribution of needed material items.

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  • The hills of Toke Erensa are home to approximately 6,000 residents.
  • Most adults work as farmers and the average family income is the equivalent of $15/month.
  • Social needs: increase in value of education, alternative employment options, vocational training, education of the people against harmful, traditional health practices.
  • Health concerns: intestinal infections and parasites, malnutrition.
  • Toke Erensa Birhane Wongel was planted by a few missionary clinic employees in 1989. They met in member’s homes for nearly seven years and were blessed with their own building in 1995.
  • They have partnered with Compassion for 9 years.
  • Relationships between the church and the community are strengthened.
  • Children are offered a safe environment where they are encouraged to learn, play, grow spiritually, and gain confidence.
*Consider using this profile as a tool to begin a discussion with your leadership to see how it may fit with your church's vision and mission. While we cannot guarantee you will be partnered specifically with this Pastor, we are seeking participants for our Church to Church strategy.