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.
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!
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.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it’s community”
Stephen Bauman, President of World Relief
The Oregon City Clinic was held on June 20 and opened doors for many volunteers and guests to share their experiences. Here is one that hits home.
Here is introducing you to the Compassion Network!
We have been so inspired by the success of our previous clinics that we have partnered with Legacy Health to expand our reach to the community. Now, instead of only holding clinics at locations with broad access, we have decided to develop a detailed model of locations chosen by zip codes to target needs directly. Thus, the Compassion Network was born!