Working Through the Local Church
Compassion partners with local churches throughout Nicaragua to operate child development centers. This partnership empowers the churches to be witnesses of Christ’s love in their communities. Local churches know well their communities and the challenges that their neighbors face. Like Compassion, they are eager to reach children and families for Christ.
Many parents initially enroll their children in the church’s Compassion program for the material benefits. But when they begin to see the spiritual changes in their children and the difference that biblical values make in their lives, parents are open to the gospel message themselves. In Nicaragua, Compassion and the local church is a dynamic partnership that is changing entire families!
How Compassion Works in Nicaragua
Compassion began registering children in Nicaragua in 1974. Compassion Nicaragua’s first church partners were located in and around Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city. Currently, more than 41,000 children participate in 151 child development centers. Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Nicaraguan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all that God has created them to be.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
“I believe God brought me to this ministry,” says Winston Pérez, a Partnership Facilitator for Compassion Nicaragua. Describing his role, he says, “I have the responsibility to be the connection between the partner church and Compassion.” Currently, he oversees 11 church-based Compassion centers.
Winston believes his responsibility for selecting new churches for Compassion partnership is especially important. “I look for churches committed to children and their development. An effective partnership can impact children, and through them, entire families.”
He adds, “God knows my heart’s passion is working with children. For more than three years, I was a center director at a local church. Now working for the Compassion national office, I have the opportunity to share with even more children.”