Working Through the Local Church
Compassion believes that God’s mandate to care for the poor falls on the shoulders of the local church. That’s why in the Dominican Republic, as in every country where our ministry is found, Compassion serves primarily as an instrument of support and empowerment for the local church. Our goal is to enable churches to be what God means for them to be in serving their communities’ needy children and families.
Churches intimately know the needs of the local people and how best to meet those needs. And parents know that at the local church-based Compassion center, their children are off the streets, learning good values, and being provided important benefits that they wouldn’t otherwise receive.
How Compassion Works in the Dominican Republic
Compassion's work in Dominican Republic began in 1970. Currently, more than 48,500 children participate in 167 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Dominican children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and be all God created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Partnership Facilitators play the important role of assisting local churches in conducting successful Compassion programs for their communities’ children. Serving churches in southeastern Dominican Republic is Juan David Perez Peña, who has been a Partnership Facilitator for the past five years.
Before joining Compassion, Juan David was a schoolteacher for 15 years. In addition to his Compassion duties, he is also a Sunday school teacher at his church. Juan David visits the 10 local churches in his care at least once every month to assist them in operating their Compassion center. Although he often talks to center workers by phone, he prefers being at the centers in person to see firsthand how things are going and to offer his help.