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 Indonesian 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 Indonesia
Compassion’s work in Indonesia began in 1968. Currently, more than 61,000 children participate in 337 child development centers (not including eastern Indonesia).
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Indonesia’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 “hands” of Compassion, reaching out to local churches, instilling in them the vision, then providing them guidance for operating a successful child development center. Partnership Facilitators represent the best interest of child sponsors to the local churches and, in turn, represent the churches’ needs and challenges to the national Compassion office.
Each church is visited by its Partnership Facilitator once every month. Marcellinus Hendratma, who oversees 13 church partners in rural Medan on the island of Sumatra, spends up to two weeks away from home visiting these churches. But the effort is worthwhile. “What makes my job exciting is that I work with the church to expand its influence as a blessing to many,” says Marcellinus.