Thursday, June 12, 2014

Advocacy Part 2 - Presenting Compassion Programs

Compassion International is a child development ministry and by far, their largest program is their Child Development Sponsorship Program (CDSP). However, their are many other opportunities for advocacy within Compassion.

  • Child Survival Program (CSP) - $20 monthly commitment - you "sponsor" a program, not a child. There is no relationship involved, but you will receive project updates, letters from mothers involved in the program and letters from pastors
  • Child Development Sponsorship Program (CDSP) - $38 monthly commitment - this is where you have the opportunity to connect new sponsors with children who are waiting. 
  • Leadership Development Program (LDP) - $300 monthly commitment - sponsorship at the university level for outstanding individuals who have been identified as leaders. 
  • Malaria Intervention - raise funds to provide mosquito nets for children living in areas affected by malaria
  • Water of Life - raise funds to provide water filtration systems for families living without access to clean water.
  • other critical needs

There is no right way to present these ministry opportunities. You can hold a Compassion Sunday at your church, speak to people one on one, share with your small group or youth group, organize a walk/run, have a yard sale, use social media.... the options are endless. 

Here are some examples of what I have done or seen done:

What moves you most about Compassion's ministry? We are much more effective when we are passionate about our subject. I love finding creative ways to teach children about poverty. I have found CDSP, Bite Back and Water of Life to be my "go-to" programs depending on my audience. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this....what do you have to add to this conversation?
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