Expertise: Disaster Relief, Global Poverty, The Wydick Research
“I grew up in a poor family in south Texas,” Tim says. “We survived on food stamps and the grace of neighbors and relatives. By the time I was seven, I had lost both of my parents and found myself in a children’s home. I know what it’s like to be poor. I know what it’s like to be an orphan, and to feel unwanted. But at the children’s home, I learned about Christ. When poverty was speaking into my life, telling me I don’t matter and I never will, Jesus, through caring individuals at the home, was saying, ‘you DO matter. You ARE important.’”
“In many ways,” Tim continues, “Compassion’s model is exactly the same. We drown out poverty’s despairing message with the hope-filled message of Christ. Research indicates our program builds self-esteem and self-worth. We give children in poverty a level playing field and an equal chance to not only survive, but also thrive in the world. I am dedicated to helping children in poverty because someone did the same for me.”
According to Tim, while Compassion continues to help children living in poverty, promising research shows the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in this generation is possible. “There is enough food in the world to provide each person with his or her needed caloric intake every single day. Yet there are millions who are starving. It’s not a matter of not having enough to go around, it’s a matter of getting help to those who need it most. This is doable. And I believe God has called His people to be the ‘doers.’”
Another issue close to Tim’s heart is disaster relief and recovery for the poor. “When disaster strikes the poor, the effect is profoundly more devastating,” says Tim. “Our disaster relief efforts aim to protect Compassion-registered children and their families from the things that could derail their journey toward healthy, productive futures. After a disaster, things like untreated injuries, loss of livelihood and food insecurity can be destructive, and even life threatening. Our goal is to help children and their families recover through programs delivered in Jesus’ name.”
Personal History: Tim earned a BS in Broadcast Journalism from Howard Payne University. He has been part of Compassion’s Independent Music Artist Network since 2002, and was hired in 2004 to join the USA Advocacy Team. Tim served as the USA Advocacy Director from 2005-2013.
During his tenure with Compassion, Tim has traveled to 16 countries and produced or co-produced a number of videos in the developing world that feature stories of impact, need or program delivery. Most notably, just 3 days after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Tim conducted a weeklong series of live reports. While in Port au Prince, he also fielded dozens of live media reports and interviews.