What’s up guys, girls, ladies, and gentlemen! The Myriad is here. I have been very busy now that school is in full swing…well, college to be exact but you get the idea. Today we, yes, you and me, are going to be looking at Compassion International.
Compassion International, or simply Compassion for short, is an outreach ministry that is widely known throughout the globe, but what do they do exactly? Compassion International is a sponsorship program for children in need. This means that they set up Compassion centers around every corner of the earth and find children who are living in extreme poverty and are either infants or under the age of eighteen though some countries allow ages all the way up to twenty-two. Once Compassion finds children who meet this criteria, they put the child’s information, things like birth date, age, what country they inhabit, etc. into rotation inside the sponsorship program. This allows them to become more exposed to people who might sponsor the child.
Speaking of sponsor, what role could you play in this? Well, the sponsor is someone who sees the child’s picture on the website, at a convention where Compassion is present, or by some other means, but the easiest way to sponsor a child is through the Compassion website. Compassion has a long list of kids that need to be sponsored and they are all available in one place. Once you find the one for you, or you feel the Holy Spirit direct you to the right one, you simply click on their profile and the website will direct you to a page where your personal information can be filled out. Once complete, Compassion will send you information about your sponsored child in the mail as well as start sending you a bill for $38 dollars a month which goes to the child’s benefit.
Perhaps the absolute coolest thing about sponsoring a child through Compassion is that you have the ability to write a personal letter to the very kid or young adult you are sponsoring. That’s right! Compassion gives you the ability to write a letter to your child as well as send photographs, drawings and pretty anything that will fit properly in an envelope. Of course, if letters can travel to the child’s location, then they can certainly travel back. Compassion allows the person being sponsored to write back and send pictures and artwork of their own. This is such an amazing way for the sponsor and the child to bond with each other even though they have never met. Seeing the child write in their own words and send you pictures of their way of life, what they do for fun, the names of their kin, how they are growing in the Lord, is indescribable. Yes of course Compassion has people who translate your words into the child’s dialect and vice versa, but they leave the original language on the space above. It just reminds those who are involved with Compassion that they are talking and supporting a living, breathing, knit together by the Lord, child who may be in dire circumstances.
Moving away from the main course of what Compassion does, we now are going to be looking at how Compassion International handles themselves in general. Compassion is 100% donor funded. They have had fourteen years in a row now where they have had a four star rating on Charity Navigator and it would appear that they are completely centered on Christ and simply doing what they feel called to do. They charge $38 dollars a month for one sponsorship and this gives the child the following as on Compassion’s website: Love, education, supplements, health care, Christ-centered spiritual guidance, recreational activities, and of course the Gospel message. According to Forbes, the total revenue for the fiscal year end of June 30, 2015 was around 767 million dollars while the total expenses were 776 million dollars (it would appear that they did lose about 10 million dollars). I could go deeper, but I really don’t see the point. I have not found anything that could be questionable in their business practices other than asking, “What happened to that 10 million?” Are there any complaints against them? Absolutely, but I found these complaints to be rather shallow in their arguments. For example, one person complained that Compassion released the children too early. However, this is not the case. Compassion, as well as the sponsor, cannot afford to support adults. That simply isn’t their job. Most of the youth and children supported eventually end up joining Compassion and becoming teachers, pastors, or have an opportunity here in America to get a more advanced education or even meet their sponsors which is an incredible sight.
I hope that this has helped you make an informed decision or opinion about Compassion International. They have a website (linked below) with a myriad of details listed on it as well as places where you can find out about sponsoring a child, regularly answered questions, about Compassion and where they started, what their goals are, and lots and lots of other stuff. That is it ladies and gentlemen!
Link to Compassion Website: Compassion International