If you could sum up Compassion’s ministry in a phrase, it would be “holistic child development.” This might sound a bit complicated, but this concept is key to Compassion’s ministry.

It means we don’t simply respond to poverty by handing out food or Bibles. Instead, we seek to develop children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while equipping local churches to share the love of Jesus with them.

Short-term relief paired with long-term development

You may be thinking, “Sure, that sounds great in theory, but how does that actually work?

Through Compassion’s programs in partnership with local churches, children are ministered to in every aspect of their lives. Through sponsorship, they receive:

  • Age-appropriate Christian teaching and discipleship at a local church
  • Formal and non-formal educational opportunities
  • Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food
  • Personal attention, guidance and love

You see, we believe in the importance of short-term relief and long-term development. We know that by working through churches that are in the same communities as the children we serve, children have the opportunity to be known, loved and protected and walked alongside as they grow through the years.

In a time like COVID-19, we have also been able to provide immediate relief to children and families through providing urgently needed food, hygiene kits and medical care.

So, how does this actually look in practice?

Let’s take a deeper look at how Compassion’s unique holistic sponsorship model helps children develop in every area of their life.

How does sponsorship help a child spiritually?

How does sponsorship help a child mentally?

How does sponsorship help kids emotionally?

How does sponsorship help kids physically?


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Written by: Laura Phillips

Laura Phillips is the Writer and Editorial Specialist for Compassion Canada. She is passionate about pursuing justice and mercy through writing, crafting, music, and sharing stories over a cup of strong coffee.