May 11 2017

The World Sees A Victim. We See A Victor.

Dress for FREEdom 2017

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

The World Sees A Victim. We See A Victor.

One rainy Saturday afternoon, the grey sky split open for sun to shine through on a small church in Southeast Portland. It was not your typical sunshine though; it was seeing 60 young women light up with the realization of their value at Dress for FREEdom.

 

Apr 20 2017

Choosing the Better Way

How to Live Out Love & Unity In A Divided Nation

Posted in Blog, Reflections

Choosing the Better Way

 

 In a culture fraught with so much division and the temptation to take sides, may we as the Church be a guide to a higher way, a way that sees value & dignity in every person and lives out these values in selfless consideration of the least of theseWe invite you to join us in these 5 practical steps to lead the way.

 

Apr 05 2017

Get To Know Mark

Our New Development Director

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Get To Know Mark

"There is a problem with churches not working together [...] the other problem has to do with church members. They sit at church wondering, “what can I do” to serve the Lord. “I don’t sing. I don’t teach." But Compassion Connect models provide an endless range of opportunities for church members of all ages and abilities to get out and serve the Lord and show His love to neighbors in need." 

 

Mar 21 2017

Meet Kendra

A Conversation With Our New Bridal Shop Manager

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

Meet Kendra

"Women don’t just come for the cause, they come to champion other women in knowing their full value in Christ.  Their impact then reaches far beyond the shop’s walls to aid other women in being fully removed from the trafficking system once and for all.  It is a ripple effect, and one that I am beyond blessed to be a part of."

 

Mar 01 2017

5 Ways To Take Your Faith Beyond 4 Church Walls

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5 Ways To Take Your Faith Beyond 4 Church Walls

You walk into the building on Sunday morning, greeted by smiling faces eager to hand you the sermon outline. You get inside and take your seat, ready to worship and ready to listen: you are at church. Church. What comes to mind when you hear the word?

1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.” You are the church. We are the church. People are the church. Even if we truly know church is more than a building, do we always think of church beyond our four walls and outside our own congregation?

Feb 13 2017

The Intimate & the Infinite

Lessons from Clinic Prayer

Posted in Clinics, Blog, Reflections, Prayer

The Intimate & the Infinite

A hand on a shoulder, a tear dropping as a weight lifts because of a burden shared.  Bowed heads and private whispers. This may not be the image that typically defines prayer, because too often we try to find that definition in textbooks and institutions.

 

Jan 31 2017

Saying Sayonara to Scott

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Saying Sayonara to Scott

After more than four years of faithful service with Compassion Connect, we are saying goodbye to our Development Director Scott Schoenborn as he moves on to new life pursuits. A father of five, a climber of mountains, a fluent speaker of Japanese, and a steadfast friend, Scott touched many lives during his time on the team. As he makes his transition, the following are well wishes from several Compassion Connect staff and champions.

 

Jan 27 2017

Mini-Clinics With Huge Hearts

The Gresham Mini-Clinic Story

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Mini-Clinics With Huge Hearts

Although Gresham churches in two neighborhoods now host Compassion mini-clinics, for many years volunteers ran Gresham's original mini-clinic at Trinity Lutheran Church under the radar, quietly making an impact in the community. Running only in the winter months, it serves as a lifeline for many who desperately need medical services when the weather turns cold. And for many, it offers so much more than a simple doctor's visit.

 

Dec 21 2016

Horses, Healing, & Hands of Hope

How a local ranch is helping trafficking survivors thrive

Posted in Blog, Reflections, Abolition Now

Horses, Healing, & Hands of Hope

It’s amazing to see the connection between the survivors and our sweet horses. One survivor said to our severely abused horse, Sonny, ”I get what it’s like to be hurt.” [...] That is one of the greatest lessons I’ve learned though this process. It’s not my journey. I don’t get to decide how fast and how far someone should be along their journey.

 

Dec 08 2016

What The World Needs Now Is The Church

Reflections From Compassion India

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What The World Needs Now Is The Church

"Everything that we saw in India, the poor, the homeless, the beaten and abused, the unloved, it all exists right here at home in our local communities, and it is up to us the Church, in unity, to reach out to those people and give them hope."  

 

Nov 30 2016

How the Design Studio Changed My Life

Andrea Crane's Story

Posted in Blog, Abolition Now

How the Design Studio Changed My Life

"Whether it be the harder way, the more inconvenient way, or the impossible, these women and men I have met over the last seven years have helped drastically change my life. Whether it be faith, addiction or just habits. They've done this without even knowing it."

 

Sep 28 2016

My Prayer Journey With Compassion Connect

Posted in Clinics, Blog, Reflections, Prayer

My Prayer Journey With Compassion Connect

In addition to greater opportunities to pray for the sick and to bless people, my confidence and boldness to reach out and take a risk has greatly increased. More importantly, I have observed that many of the volunteers, especially among the young people, have never had or taken an opportunity to reach out and serve the poor in a public gathering. A vision for such service is birthed in them. I have seen multiple times how the clinics are an opportunity for people of diverse backgrounds, ages, experience, maturity levels, talents, and church backgrounds to come together. 

Sep 07 2016

"Jesus With Skin On"

The Story of Downtown Compassion

Posted in Clinics, Blog

Six years after its inception in 2010, Pastor David Wheeler reminisces about Downtown Compassion, from their miraculous beginnings in the Memorial Coliseum to their downsized but cozy current location at First Baptist Church. All these years later, the service and love that the churches of Downtown Compassion ooze out to the people of Downtown Portland is still quite remarkable, and definitely unchanged with time.
Aug 17 2016

2016's Everyday Heroes

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2016's Everyday Heroes

Heroes can come in the unlikeliest of places, and they don't always announce themselves as heroes (or even know that they are). But the woman who extended forgiveness to her son after years of bitterness, the high schooler who vowed to change the way he treats women, and the teenager who defied the nagging voices of insecurity to summit a waterfall---they are our heroes this year, and it's been a gift to be a small part of the journey each one is traveling. These are the stories from each of our models so far this year that stand out and make us listen closely to how God is transforming lives through the united service of the Church. 

May 26 2016

Renewal Campaign Kicks Off

Get Involved Today!

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Renewal Campaign Kicks Off
We strongly believe that together, we can awaken change in our communities. That's where our Spring Renewal campaign comes in--together we can partner to provide compassionate health care to our most vulnerable neighbors, and we can unite to prevent human trafficking in our own backyard. Truly, together we can do so much. Read on to learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved!