I am enjoying the weekend leading up to my final week working at Compassion International. I’ve spent the last 9 weeks learning about this organization and their mission and providing my skills in the software development department. It has been an amazing summer both in and out of the workplace, as I have gotten to form lifetime friendships with the 18 other interns.
Compassion is a ministry that is committed to releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. They do this by providing local churches in poverty stricken areas the resources they need to provide for the needs of their community. The churches open their doors to the children in their communities and provide food, clothing, life skills, and spiritual teaching. Each child is matched with a sponsor like you or me who commits to provide the money needed each month to give that child the holistic growth he needs.
Even though it is consistently ranked in the 99th percentile of non-profit organizations because 80% or more of their money raised goes directly to the child, I think the thing that really sets them apart is their commitment to work exclusively through the local church. They are not promoted in the communities as the Compassion project, the locals only know it as the program put on by the First Baptist Church of Uganda or the Anglican Church in Bolivia. It is the church they see helping people and being a blessing.
Aside from my work there, I have been able to enjoy the utopia that is Colorado’s landscape. I’ve managed to hike up two fourteener along with my fellow interns and have hiked the Great Sand Dunes. All the interns have such an experience-life spirit, I don’t think I could have asked for a better group.