Working Through the Local Church
Compassion believes that God’s purposes on Earth are accomplished through the church – including His purpose of bringing justice and mercy to the world’s poor and oppressed. That’s why in eastern India, as in every country where Compassion’s ministry is found, our program is carried out through local churches.
Our partner churches in eastern India are on the front lines, reaching into their communities to serve impoverished children and families. After all, who better than the local church understands the real needs of the people in its community?
It is our privilege and blessing to work alongside these committed partner churches in eastern India, encouraging, empowering and equipping them to meet children’s needs, all because of God's love.
How Compassion Works in India
Compassion’s work in India began in 1968 and in eastern India in 2002. Currently, more than 56,500 children participate in 233 child development centers in eastern India.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Indian 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 fulfill their God-given potential.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
As the link between Compassion and the partner churches operating our program, Partnership Facilitators play an important role. In eastern India, one of these dedicated staff members is Rupesh. Previously, Rupesh worked at a local church’s Compassion center. So he knows well the challenges partner churches face in providing the best program possible for the children they serve.
Rupesh has a big heart for eastern India’s children in need. He meets regularly with the staff members of the centers under his care, addressing any issues they have and guiding them in improving their ministry. And when he is back in the Compassion office, he spends time with other Partnership Facilitators, sharing ideas and encouraging each other in their important work.