Working Through the Local Church
Compassion International and the local church work together to free children from poverty and make disciples. The church is crucial in implementing Compassion’s holistic child development programs, including using age-appropriate curriculums that address spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs. Teachers use games, music, drama and other methods to share the gospel with children who are eager to learn about Christ’s life and love for them. Proper hygiene and sanitation methods are taught, and youths share the information with their families. Children also receive vital academic support and life-skills training. In urban areas, where youths make up about half the congregations, Compassion ministers to them through seminars on subjects such as purity, peer pressure and dating.
How Compassion Works in Rwanda
Compassion’s work in Rwanda began in 1979. Currently, more than 63,500 children participate in 235 child development centers. Compassion and its church partners work to help provide Rwandan 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
The Partnership Facilitator is the key link between Compassion and the local church. The facilitator shares Compassion’s vision with church partners and oversees its implementation at centers. Thirty-year-old Kwizera Ernest, for example, strives to ensure a respectful and trusting relationship with the church and families so that all involved learn from one another.
Ernest travels mostly by motorcycle taxi to reach his centers. He is passionate about children and wants to give back to the community because he himself was helped during hard times as a child. He lost his father when he was 7 and says, “I faced many challenges growing up, and I do not wish to see anyone face the same challenges I did.”