“Compassion Sunday has really helped us engage our congregation. It changes the way we see kids, and the way we see poverty. It’s going to make a difference in your congregation. They’re going to become more like Jesus” – Mark Hardacre – Landing Place Church
Compassion Sunday is a service that is an opportunity to share the heart of God for children in poverty with the members of your church family and gives them an opportunity to inspire your church to care for the poor, educate them on global and issues and allow God to use your congregation to help kids begin a new life filled with the hope of Jesus.
Compassion Sunday is free of charge for your church.
Compassion Sunday can be tailor made for your church context and culture. Typically Brad leads in a time of worship (either on his own or with some worship team members from your church), shares a message on God’s heart of Compassion and shares how Compassion works and how we can be involved. Brad does not believe in using guilt or manipulation to get people to be involved in helping the poor. He simply presents the situation of child poverty, what Compassion is doing to transform lives in Jesus name and invites people to get involved as the Lord leads.
Compassion is about releasing children from poverty in Jesus name.
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Yes, we believe there is eternal value in every act of love and compassion. But true love means that we want to help a person to overcome.
Our three Cs distinguish us. Christ centered. Child focused. Church based.
Our Commitment to Christ
Jesus is the core of our ministry and his life and teachings shape our programs. They reflect the spiritual commitments of our staff. And they guide how we love people, respect communities and cooperate with nations.
Our Commitment to Children
Child development through Compassion is all about the individual child. Each one receives the holistic care they deserve to realize their full, God-created potential in life. It is only through the careful blend of physical, social, economic and spiritual care that a child can fully mature in every facet of life and transcend a legacy of poverty.
Our Commitment to the Church
Compassion partners with indigenous local churches for effective child development. We believe the strategic placement of local churches makes them best suited to address the holistic needs of the children in their communities. And only they can deliver the Jesus-based teaching and whole-life care that children in poverty deserve.
Our people became more generous; giving became more personal for them after our Compassion Sunday. We have an even more generous church now than we did before. Compassion helps the local church become more generous.
After a recent Compassion Sunday, we felt a revival of God’s Spirit. We could sense Him challenging the people to do more and to be more aware of what’s going on in the world!
On our Compassion Sunday, a congregant, who was formerly homeless, sponsored a child. Here is a man who is 12 months off the street — he saw a need and obeyed the Bible. This is the real religion James talks about in James 1:27.
We were incredibly blessed this past weekend to have Brad Guldemond join us at The Campus Church. His leadership in worship was excellent and drew our congregation into a meaningful time focusing on our Saviour. We always look forward to our Compassion Sundays as it encourages our community to look outward and find ways to practically share Jesus with the world.
Compassion Sunday is an opportunity for people in your church to live out their faith in a very tangible way by giving generously to help children. But most important, these events will help raise up a new generation of disciples by introducing children living in poverty to Jesus. That’s what the Great Commission is all about.