Compassion, Changing Lives

by | May 14, 2015 | #tbt, Ethiopia

Meet Zewdu. He is a powerful testimony of the incredible, life-changing work of Compassion International.

Compassion International was founded in 1952 to meet the needs of children orphaned during the Korean War. Today Compassion serves more than 1.2 million children through local churches in 26 different nations. In the last year alone, more than 125,000 children and parents invited Jesus to be their savior.

Compassion is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty in families around the world and they do this primarily through sponsorship. Sponsoring a child is a long-term commitment of $38 per month that lasts until the child graduates from the program (between the ages of 18 and 22, depending on the country). But sponsorship is far more than a financial transaction. Children and sponsors exchange letters and photos. Sponsors receive periodic updates on their child and have the option of providing gifts to children and their families. Every child in Compassion has the opportunity to hear the gospel and learn about Jesus while being empowered to escape a life of poverty.

Compassion describes itself as Christ-centered, child-focused, and church-based. Working with local churches allows more individual attention for children and empowers the local church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the children they serve.

The integrity of Compassion as a charitable organization is astounding. They have been included on Forbes’ 50 Largest U.S. Charities and lauded by multiple independent agencies that study the financial management of non-profits, including The American Institute of Philanthropy and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance. Charity Navigator, the largest charity reviewer in America, has consistently rated Compassion International as a top charity.

According to Compassion’s website, the average Ethiopian is one of the poorest people in the world, living on roughly $1 per day. Literacy in the country is low; less than half of the population has the ability to read. More than 800,000 children have been orphaned by AIDS while even more—up to an estimated 4.5 million—are missing at least one parent. Compassion focuses on children individually, equipping and empowering them to escape the cycle of poverty.

I pray you are blessed by hearing Zewdu’s story. Please pray about sponsoring an Ethiopian child through Compassion International today! Because of your generosity, another life can be changed. Sponsor a child today!