What Do I Do When I’ve Been Hurt By The Church?

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How to Pursue Unity When The Church Isn’t Perfect Family is a messy thing.  Has a more obvious observation ever been made?  I’ve often wondered why?  Is there something inherent…

“Jesus With Skin On”

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The Story of Downtown Compassion “I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me.”       Matthew…

They Waited For Me

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A Story of Hope & Healing At the Design Studio My story with Adorned in Grace begins in a rough place. I met Linda and the Design Studio ladies at…

Interns With Purpose

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Meet Dana & Rachel This summer we’ve had the pleasure of having not one, but two stellar interns join our team. They have already risen to the challenges and opportunities…

4 Ways to Mobilize Your Church to Take Social Action In the Community

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Have you ever felt like an observer at church? I bet you, like many others, have struggled with the thought “what’s my place here?” I can relate to that sentiment….

How to Keep Church Relationships Thriving

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If we’ve become convinced of anything over the years, it’s that passionate volunteers are the lifeblood of Compassion Connect. We realize that being a volunteer leader, however, can be a…

A Journey of Service

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Deanna’s Story This year’s Compassion Tigard volunteer training gathered quite a crowd of excited volunteers itching to serve early the next morning. Several Compassion Connect staff attended to offer support,…

The World Sees A Victim. We See A Victor.

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Dress for FREEdom 2017 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…

Choosing the Better Way

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How to Live Out Love & Unity In A Divided Nation What does it mean to live out the ways of Jesus? When we are tested… In a culture of…

Get To Know Mark

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Our New Development Director On Becoming One of the Team I saw the advertisement for the Director of Development position in Mac’s List and immediately thought that this organization was…

5 Ways To Take Your Faith Beyond 4 Church Walls

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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…

The Intimate & the Infinite

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Lessons from Clinic Prayer 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…

Mini-Clinics With Huge Hearts

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The Gresham Mini-Clinic Story My husband and I were involved with Compassion Connect when they did the first Rockwood Compassion Connect event. I love the way Compassion Connect pulls people…

What The World Needs Now Is The Church

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Reflections From Compassion India AJ West was one of 19 Americans who flew to India to serve hundreds of local people during a six-day Compassion Clinic at the beginning of…

How the Design Studio Changed My Life

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Andrea Crane’s Story Your journey with Compassion Connect began many years ago through your encounters with Gary and Linda Tribbett and Clear Creek Church. How did you first meet Gary…

My Prayer Journey With Compassion Connect

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For many years my passion and calling in the Kingdom of God has been to pray for the sick, afflicted, and brokenhearted. I love to see hurting people receive healing…

2016’s Everyday Heroes

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Compassion Clinics A personal note we received from a guest at the Compassion Vancouver Heights Clinic on July 23: “I’m not sure how to begin this message. I went to…

When Something Beautiful Happens

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Reflections On Dress for FREEdom 2016 As I gazed out into the sunshine on the morning of April 8, 2016, I saw the balloons swaying gently in the breeze. A…

It’s Happening In Our Own Backyard

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A Conversation With A Local Officer As Adorned In Grace Opens Its New Anti-Trafficking Boutique “It couldn’t happen to my child or anyone I know, because they’re good kids.” This…

Leadership Spotlight: Shinji Mae

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10 Years of Selfless Service With characteristic good humor and honesty, Shinji Mae told us the story of his involvement in Compassion Connect from the very beginning. His story may…

Volunteer Spotlight: Constant Lu

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A Faithful Servant Leader Since Day One How and why did you get involved in Compassion Clinics? I first got involved before the local Compassion Clinics started, by volunteering with…

A Story of Hope Comes Full Circle

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We don’t always see the results of our prayers and our service to others, but we take the leap of compassion anyway, knowing that God uses our efforts in ways…

Vancouver Heights Patience

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How do you imagine yourself spending your Saturday mornings? Sleeping in? Enjoying a large breakfast and vegging out to some television while you relax? Some of us who are more…

The Power of Prayer

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A look at a prayer team member’s favorite moments What exactly do we achieve through praying for strangers? At the last clinic in Oregon City, a member of the prayer team…

Waiting to See the Dentist

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A Story of Community from Oregon City “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it’s…

10 Reasons You Should Make Time for Volunteering & Internships This Year

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Forget everything on your resolution list immediately and listen up: volunteering and interning can change your life. (Okay, don’t forget everything on your list; I’m sure you’ve got great stuff on there.)…

Saving Lives at Compassion Oregon City

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“Would you like to have some basic lab work done, sir?” The nurse inquired. The man looked up from his newspaper. “Oh, I’m just here with my mom and sister,…

Adventures In India

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A Tale of Two Pastors It’s not every day you are invited to India to speak to two hundred and fifty some pastors eager to soak in your message. It’s…

Compassion Connect encouraging the next Generation

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A random email, a passionate leader, and Kingdom work We get lots of emails from all over the world and its easy to get overwhelmed and ignore emails that have…

Impressions of Compassion

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Our intern shares her thoughts on collaboration and compassion After hearing story upon story about how God moves when the body of Christ functions as one unit, it still seems…

“I Am the State”

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How The Church and DHS are collaborating At the end of October of 2013 Compassion Connect was privileged to host a banquet in honor of those who have contributed to…

Night Ride II

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What about the johns and pimps? Where are the active neighborhoods? Portland police officers work to eliminate sex offenders and traffickers What about a john/a purchaser of sexual favors?  When caught,…

Night Ride

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Opening our eyes to protect trafficked victims. After spending a night in a squad car, observing Portland police officers assigned to the sex trafficking division, I became more acutely aware…

Shelly’s Story

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From runaway to redemption. Before her 10th birthday, Shelly’s happy family was ripped apart by her father’s affair. The shockwaves of the resulting divorce left her mother so paralyzed, that Shelly…

Compassion Clinic: Tigard

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Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. Titus 3:14 On October 20th, the parking…

My experience and why I value the mission of CC

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A Pastor’s perspective on the Compassion Clinics Although I’ve been an enthusiastic supporter of Compassion Connect since their inception, the opportunity to experience a clinic firsthand drove my appreciation for…

Miracles @ a Compassion Clinic

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Compassion Vancouver leader reflects Miracles. By definition a miracle is “a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be…