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 these. We invite you to join us in these 5 practical steps to lead the way.
"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."
"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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.