Working Through the Local Church
Compassion’s mission to release children from poverty is carried out by local churches. Our church partners are in the heart of the communities we want to reach. They understand the challenges local children face, and they reach out to them regardless of gender, ethnicity or religious belief.
Recently in Uganda, when a Compassion-assisted child’s family was presented a gift from his sponsor, his Muslim caregiver said, “If this is what it means to be Christian, then let me accept Jesus Christ.” He was overwhelmed not only by the sponsor’s generosity but also by the fact that in a country where corruption is commonplace, the church presented him the entire amount that was sent. Through the program, children are known, loved and protected by their sponsors and caring staff members.
How Compassion Works in Uganda
Compassion’s work in Uganda began in 1980. Currently, more than 77,000 children participate in 300 child development centers.
Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Ugandan children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social 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 an important link between Compassion and the individual church partners that implement our program. In Uganda, each Partnership Facilitator, or PF, oversees 12 local churches that operate Compassion-assisted child development centers.
PFs play a critical role in empowering local church partners to be the best they can be at meeting the needs of their communities’ children. Ugandans themselves, PFs understand the local reality of the churches they serve and are best able to represent the churches’ needs and challenges to the national Compassion office.
Uganda’s PFs demonstrate a selfless commitment to their demanding jobs. They have a passion for children and never pass up an opportunity to speak out on their behalf.