Working Through the Local Church
Compassion Mexico ministers to children in need through local churches. It is an ideal partnership because churches are known, trusted entities in their communities. They also know well the local families and the needs of their children.
Churches participate in the partnership by providing personnel to work directly with the children, as well as facilities for a child development center (classrooms, restrooms, a kitchen, etc.). Compassion, in turn, provides sponsors for the children, training to the staff, a holistic development program curriculum, and other important tools and resources. The goal is that the church – not Compassion – be seen by the community as the provider of an important ministry to its children in greatest need.
How Compassion Works in Mexico
Compassion's work in Mexico began in 1979. Currently, more than 29,000 children participate in 174 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Mexican children with a long-term program of physical, educational, socio-emotional 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 potential in Christ.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
Partnership Facilitators are the face of Compassion to the local church partners administering our child development program. Alberto García has been a Partnership Facilitator for Compassion Mexico for the past four years, and he hopes to continue in this role “for as long as God allows.”
Alberto enjoys seeing the love of God reflected in the children assisted by the Compassion centers under his care. He also enjoys getting to know and helping the partner church staff members who work hard to make their Compassion centers the best they can be.
He visits the centers at least once a month, helping the staff identify needs, be good stewards of their resources, and become excellent leaders and role models for children.