Jun 16 2017

How to Keep Church Relationships Thriving

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How to Keep Church Relationships Thriving

If we’ve learned 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 tricky feat. Our volunteers juggle significant responsibilities that have huge impact, and that can bring both challenges and growth. One challenge we’ve noticed some of our leaders experiencing is how to navigate the waters when once-enthusiastic church partners lose steam. 

 

Jun 07 2017

A Journey of Service

Deanna's Story

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A Journey of Service

"This last clinic, I helped a guest who had numerous needs and was also deaf. It took three of us to be his “entourage” to make sure all his needs were met. He gave me two hugs! Best feeling in the world!"

Feb 13 2017

The Intimate & the Infinite

Lessons from Clinic Prayer

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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.

 

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."  

 

Sep 28 2016

My Prayer Journey With Compassion Connect

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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

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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!
Mar 24 2016

Leadership Spotlight: Shinji Mae

10 Years of Selfless Service

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Leadership Spotlight: Shinji Mae
Behind every successful Compassion Clinic is Shinji Mae, a man who has worked tirelessly and uncomplainingly for ten years to ensure that the right equipment shows up, gets set up, and back in the trailer afterwards. His work may be primarily behind the scenes, but without him the tools that are used to provide dental and medical care to thousands wouldn't be there. Read on to learn more about how Shinji got involved with Compassion Connect and what has kept him here all these years.
Mar 17 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Constant Lu

A Faithful Servant Leader Since Day One

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Volunteer Spotlight: Constant Lu
Did you know that this year is the Ten Year Anniversary of the Compassion Clinic model? In 2006 the very first Compassion Clinic was held in the Rockwood neighborhood, and God has been radically growing the movement of uniting the Church to serve ever since! Dr. Constant Lu served at the Rockwood clinic in '06, and simply put, has never stopped serving. His decade of service is testament to a heart that is humble and passionate. Read on to learn more about Dr. Lu's story--how he got involved with Compassion Clinics, his most memorable moments, and what advice he gives to potential volunteers.
Mar 09 2016

A Story of Hope Comes Full Circle

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A Story of Hope Comes Full Circle
Sometimes the stories we hear at clinics never come to a neat resolution. The people we pray for and interact with on clinic day, we may never see again. That was certainly not the case recently for George Hamilton, longtime Compassion clinic prayer warrior. Read on to read the story of a full-circle moment for George and a woman he prayed for way back in 2011.
Aug 04 2015

Mini-Clinics with Huge Impacts

Go behind the scenes of the mini-clinic planning

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Mini-Clinics with Huge Impacts

We have some wonderful news to share!

Just as we were hoping it, the new mini-clinics are having a huge impact. It was so much fun seeing all the pieces come together at the Gresham Clinic July 18 and we would love to share the ups and downs of getting there with all of you!

Jul 25 2015

Vancouver Heights Patience

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Vancouver Heights Patience

The teamwork between the churches and volunteers at Vancouver Heights on July 11 produced another great Compassion Clinic event. We can only say thank you so much, but we really feel blessed with how our models are brought to life by these groups. At the clinics, we constantly find ourselves witnessing lessons from these volunteers and guests alike, so we figured it was about time to share what we’ve learned from you!

Jul 06 2015

The Power of Prayer

A look at a prayer team member's favorite moments

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The Power of Prayer
“The purpose of prayer is to give someone a positive encounter with God by receiving a blessing at a place of need. That's what Jesus did. No matter who the person was, it was about them receiving the love, power, and healing He knows is in their hearts.”
Jul 05 2015

An Intern's Experience

Oregon City Clinic

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An Intern's Experience

Hey, everyone! My name is Nichole and I’m a summer intern this year at Compassion Connect. I’m helping out with social media, blog posts, clinics and anything I can really get my hands on. So hopefully you like our social media posts and the blogs I’ve written recently! 

You know what else I love? Compassion Connect clinics! I attended my first (and not the last!) in Oregon City June 20 and saw some amazing things, not to mention met a lot of great people.