Why the Church matters

Partnering with churches to meet the needs of children

The Church is the only institution ordained by God Himself—the people of God serving as an outpost for the Kingdom of Heaven acting as witnesses and heralds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the nations.The Church is Christ’s body (Ephesians 5:23) and His bride (cf. Eph. 5:25-32). He gave Himself up for the Church “to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Eph. 5:26-27).

Christ loves His bride and will make her radiant, holy and blameless. There is nothing on earth that can stop her.For the Church, there is nothing more important than making disciples of Jesus Christ—to see the good news of Christ’s life, death, burial and resurrection transform the hearts and minds of men, women and children everywhere (cf. Matthew 28:18-20).

That is the mission of the Church. It’s our mission, too.

Partnering with the local church to release children from poverty

Whether the church is found in a remote community in Thailand or the hustle and bustle of Toronto, the church plays a critical role in bringing practical and spiritual care to children. That’s why Compassion partners exclusively with the local church in our mission to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.


The church in the field

Compassion’s local church partners in the developing world are not only known, but are trusted in their communities. They are known for their outstanding love for the poor and needy – and because of that, they can reach people that no other organization on earth can!

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training, and expertise they need to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. And because they know their communities best, each church is empowered to implement our child development programs in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve.

“God has called Compassion to be a bridge serving the Church both in the developing world and here in Canada.”

Dr. Barry Slauenwhite, President/CEO, Compassion Canada

Where we work

Compassion works in 25 of the world’s poorest nations to help children get an education, stay healthy, learn how to build strong relationships and discover God’s love for them in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Where we work in Africa:
  • Burkina Faso (BF)
  • Ethiopia (ET)
  • Ghana (GH)
  • Kenya (KE)
  • Rwanda (RW)
  • Tanzania (TZ)
  • Togo (TG)
  • Uganda (UG)
Where we work in Asia:
  • Bangladesh (BD)
  • Indonesia (IO)
  • Philippines (PH)
  • Sri Lanka (SL)
  • Thailand (TH)
Where we work in Central America and the Caribbean:
  • Dominican Republic (DR)
  • El Salvador (ES)
  • Guatemala (GU)
  • Haiti (HA)
  • Honduras (HO)
  • Mexico (ME)
  • Nicaragua (NI)
Where we work in South America:
  • Bolivia (BO)
  • Brazil (BR)
  • Colombia (CO)
  • Ecuador (EC)
  • Peru (PE)

The church in Canada

Compassion partners exclusively with the local church to carry out its mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. But partnership doesn’t happen only in the developing world. It happens here at home when Canadians take an active role in the lives of children in the developing world.

As sponsors, church members write letters to a child and pray for them, giving a child hope because someone who lives thousands of miles away cares enough about them to encourage them and speak God’s truth into their lives. Canadians can even take advantage of opportunities to meet their child face-to-face and build a lasting relationship as they spend time together.

By working together, we get to see the church fulfill its role as the light of the world, pointing the way to salvation and giving children hope for a life free from poverty.

There are three main reasons our church partners with Compassion: their commitment to Jesus and the Gospel, their commitment to those in need and their commitment to working through local churches.

Darcy Kuhn, Pastor of Outreach, Northview Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C.

Let’s talk about partnership

Compassion want to create a partnership that fits every church in Canada—one that complements their existing missions focus and offers each congregation new ways to join in and take an active role in evangelizing and discipling children in the developing world.

Let’s talk about what partnering with Compassion could look like for your church. Fill out the form below and we’ll get started: