Of course there are challenges to expansion. The most immediate challenge is that the need always exceeds the funds available to partner with more churches and register children into our program. Entry into new countries means that the level of development investment is high upfront.
“For example,” Muisyo explains, “churches located in and serving poor communities are typically poor themselves. This means they do not have the infrastructure and facilities to host a children’s program. So certainly, we support these churches with upfront investments so they can start the programming activities well. This further establishes trust with the community.”
Another challenge we encounter is simply establishing trust. Many “development” actors come to communities in poverty with lots of promises, and nothing ever comes of these promises. “So naturally, we encounter deep-seated doubt and mistrust when we enter new communities,” Muisyo says. “Development takes patience, respect and transparency to establish trusting relationships. We do not show up as if we are the experts, but we show up as neighbors who want to listen, understand and serve together to solve the problems that the community identifies as affecting their children.”
Compassion’s current expansion efforts are already being funded by generous supporters. But we gratefully seek prayer for the work! And we’ll be certain to share when there are opportunities to support or encourage children in these countries.
In Matthew 9:37, the Lord Jesus commanded the disciples to ask the Father to send more workers. The harvest was ready, but resources were in short supply. “I would ask our supporting churches and Christians to pray for the same thing,” Muisyo says.
Please join us in praying that we stay aligned with God as work in each country progresses. Pray specifically for the journey of each person connected to this work now and in the future:
- National team members
- Local Church Partners
- Community leaders
- Children and families