Compassion Intl

We are currently working a partnership with Compassion Intl to develop “orphan care” opportunties in areas where we haveWSN Partnerships or potential partnerships. Compassion can also work “Compassion-run” short-term projectsin the approved countries.Here’s the basic info:

Where Compassion works:
Africa
– Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Ghana
Asia
– Philippines, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh
Middle America
– Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua
South America
– Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Columbia, Peru

Short-term missions approved countries (extended Compassion-only projects)
– Uganda, Kenya, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru

Ken McKinney of Compassion and I (Jay Lorenzen) talked about three different field opportunities: (as aspect of the first/second combination could be “WSN projects going to these countries could offer the students an opportunity to sponsor a child in that country as part of their preparation and then visit that child during the project to cement the relationship, etc”–a cool thought!)

1)Child visits: anyone traveling to a country where Compassion works can schedule a day to meet their sponsored child personally, whether at the child’s project and home, or having Compassion arrange to bring the child in to our country office or a convenient meeting place.

2)Every Compassion country office (24 countries) is available to host a visiting team for a one-day project visit and exposure to our work/opportunity to engage with children first-hand. We can work with our country office to make that a service opportunity, a learning opportunity, or really to target the experience around the goals of the mission team. With special permission, we could extend this into a 2-3 day opportunity.

3)A select group of countries (6) have been approved to fully host short-term mission teams as the trip’s primary host/contact/itinerary. This kind of trip would need to go through approval and planning with each team, and are still available on a limited number only. (Compassion would direct this type of project.)

For now, if you are interested in exploring these opportunities, contact me (Jay Lorenzen, jayLLL@aol.com) and I’ll put you in touch with Ken and others on the Compassion team. As the partnership develops, we’ll have a more streamlined approach.