Working Through the Local Church
Compassion believes that God’s mandate to care for the poor was given to the church. That’s why in Ethiopia, as in every country where we minister, Compassion serves primarily as an instrument of support and empowerment for local churches. Our goal is to enable churches to be what God meant for them to be in serving their communities’ people in need.
Local church staff members intimately understand the needs of the children in their communities. They know the best ways to meet those needs. In fact, in many communities where churches operate our program, people don’t know the name “Compassion.” What they see is a caring, dynamic ministry of the local church for their children.
How Compassion Works in Ethiopia
Compassion's work in Ethiopia began in 1993. Currently, more than 85,200 children participate in 373 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Ethiopia’s 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 become all God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Partnership Facilitators are an important link between Compassion and the individual church partners that implement our program. In Ethiopia, each Partnership Facilitator oversees several local churches that operate Compassion-assisted child development centers.
Facilitators play a critical role in empowering local church partners to be the best they can be at meeting the needs of their communities’ children. Ethiopians themselves, Partnership Facilitators understand the local reality of the churches they serve and are best able to represent the churches’ needs and challenges to the national Compassion office.
Ethiopia’s Partnership Facilitators are a team of workers selflessly dedicated to their demanding jobs. And they have a passion for seeing their country’s children in need released from poverty, in Jesus’ name.