We have all heard stories about young, vulnerable children who were abandoned or abused, those who lack positive role models and models of hope. We are aware of the gaps in their lives and we try our best to find ways to fill them. The problem is that sometimes we hear these stories so often that we become numb to the fact that each story is an individual’s life. These individuals don't refer to them as stories, but realities. We need to stop listening so much and start acting.
How can we be mentors TODAY?
The deadline for our One Voice Campaign is coming up quickly. Last year we did something pretty awesome by reworking the rules of math. We made every dollar donated equal $16 of economic value. Because of the donations and volunteers, we were able to really make that money matter. With a starting goal to secure $20,000 in 12 months through online pledges from April 20 to June 30, we’re ready to see what can be done this year.
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!
Here, before the first piece of armor is ever worn, before the first drop of blood, sweat, or tears is ever shed. Paul, writing to the Ephesians of our battle “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” he doesn’t end with the armor. He ends here:
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18)
This end is our beginning.
A team of volunteers in Arizona have led their own Compassion Clinic for 4 years. Now they are starting to help other communities do the same! Spurring the growth of unity within the church and compelling the Body to serve their neighbors through a clinic setting.
The mission for church collaboration to serve is SPREADING!
At the end of October of 2013 Compassion Connect was privileged to host a banquet in honor of those who have contributed to the vision of Compassion Connect. It was a beautiful night, with candles, good food, and great company. As the group reflected on what they were thankful for, and how the Lord had blessed them, the once bare tree on stage sprang to life as garlands of leaves with ink on them laid gracefully on the branches. The leaves were covered with words spurred by the question, “What are you thankful for?” Grace, love, laughter, family, Compassion Connect, friends, a home, opportunities, sunshine, and numerous other words that symbolize the blessings that God has richly lavished on our lives transformed the bare branches. It was said that “from thanksgiving, comes life” and that was shown when the complete transformation of a tree, which almost looked dead, became radiantly beautiful within minutes.
Continue reading to hear exerts from an astonishing speech by Norene Owens employee of DHS Child Welfare.
Over the past 30 years, my wife and I have been involved in some level of Foster Care. We started our journey by becoming foster parents ourselves and provided a safe home for some of societies most at risk children. It was a difficult but rewarding experience. So many lives were touched as a result of opening up our home and our hearts to share the love of Jesus with these fragile little children.
No exalted individual, no victory celebration, no Marie Curie or Jonas Salk…Cancer doesn't work that way. It’s not just one disease; it’s hundreds, potentially thousands. – Bill Saporito, The Conspiracy to Kill Cancer