Working Through the Local Church
The local church is in an ideal position to minister to those in need. Its partnership with Compassion International is vital in implementing Compassion’s holistic, age-appropriate curriculum, which focuses on developing children spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically. The church is also instrumental in helping the community by coordinating conferences and seminars on topics such as agricultural improvements, sanitation, HIV and AIDS, and other crucial matters that affect rural residents.
Non-Christian parents feel comfortable sending their children to Compassion-assisted centers because they see the positive results in children’s behavior, attitudes and health. As a result of Compassion’s outreach with the local church, many parents have also accepted Christ as their Savior through the programs and activities.
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 child development vision with church partners and oversees the work to implement it at centers. They strive to ensure a respectful and trusting relationship with the church, registered children and their families so that all involved learn from one another.
Each Partnership Facilitator supervises 12 to 13 centers. Many travel long distances to visit Compassion children and their families via public transportation, cars, taxis, motorcycles, or even boats, depending on the country and region. An excellent facilitator is passionate about children. Some were sponsored children themselves, in fact, so they understand firsthand just how deeply Compassion positively affects a child’s whole life.