When trying to explain severe poverty to someone, the greatest challenge is often a lack of understanding. How do you help your co-workers understand the devastation of poverty when they’ve never seen it? How do you show the life of a child in the slums when the concept of a slum is so hard to grasp? When more than 60 percent of Americans don’t have a passport — how can you convey the harsh reality of global poverty?
These very questions were the catalyst for Change the Story: The Compassion Experience, an immersive mobile exhibition that began its trek across the United States this summer. Change the Story is bringing poverty to the parking lots of festivals, concerts and churches, all in the quest to reveal the daily realities of extreme poverty and proclaim the transformation of real children who have found hope and healing through Compassion. The Experience, packaged in two tractor-trailers, expands to 3,100 square feet of poverty, hope and change.
From the moment you enter the Change the Story Experience, you will be involved in the life of a Compassion child. The Experience offers three unique stories of actual children. In the span of 20 minutes, you will see their humble beginnings and watch as their lives are changed through the support of a sponsor. You will stand in their homes, walk through narrow alleyways, and eventually step into a room that demonstrates their release from poverty. But we don’t want to give it all away!
In its first year on the road, Change the Story will visit 35 locations. If you visit compassion.com/change you can see a map of Change the Story locations, constantly updated as more churches and venues partner with Compassion for this once-in-a-lifetime event.
If Change the Story is coming near you, we invite you to attend this life-changing Experience. Bring your family, friends, and Bible study group. It is like nothing you’ve seen before. Change the Story has the potential to change the lives of thousands of children in poverty — and to educate and inspire thousands of new sponsors who have struggled to understand the reality of life in a developing country.
Bebo Norman Shares about the Compassion Experience