Working Through the Local Church
At Compassion, we believe God’s mandate to serve the world’s poor and oppressed rests on the shoulders of the church. That’s why being “church-based” is an important Compassion distinctive. In other words, Compassion comes alongside local churches, empowering them to carry out God’s mandate to bring real and lasting transformation into the lives of impoverished children. Local churches understand well the challenges of the poor in their communities, as well as the best ways to address those challenges.
For more than 40 years, this unique partnership between Compassion and local Indian churches has been releasing children from poverty and providing them the opportunities they need to grow into happy, healthy, responsible Christian adults.
How Compassion Works in India
Compassion’s work in India began in 1968. Currently, more than 114,100 children participate in 478 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide India’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 that God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Partnership Facilitators are the “face” of Compassion to the local churches that operate our program of holistic Christian child development. In India, these dedicated Christians each work alongside 12 church partners, helping them meet the needs of the children they serve with excellence. Partnership Facilitators also represent the churches’ needs and challenges to the national Compassion office.
A Partnership Facilitator visits each church at least once every three months. Travel to churches in remote areas can be long and difficult. Often, facilitators are away from their families for days at a time. But for India’s Partnership Facilitators committed to improving their country’s future one child at a time, the effort is more than worthwhile.