Church Plant Partnerships
BUILDING A LEGACY FOR GOD's kingdom
We began giving toward starting a new church in Haiti back in mid-March 2019. Thanks for being a wonderfully generous church with a heart for the world. In mid-April, we met our goal of $77,000 for the first new church and now, we have been able to fund a second church plant in Peru! Praise the Lord!
Partnership in Haiti
CHURCH PLANT UPDATE: August 2020
Coronavirus has impacted all of Haiti. Places of worship and other public gathering locations have been ordered closed for the time being. All Compassion child development centers have paused group program activities, but partner church workers are attempting to keep in touch and minister to their communities. Almost 155,000 food packs and more than 91,000 hygiene kits have been delivered along with medical assistance for over 10,600 people. Staff members are also working to provide Bible studies and other lessons through phone calls as much as possible. A small number of staff are available each day at Compassion centers to deal with emergencies and in-person needs.
- The walls of the church building are finished
- Beams for the church building, school, and cafeteria have been installed.
- Asphalt for all buildings has been laid
- Work has been paused due to the pandemic
- COVID-19 pandemic remains the biggest challenge.
- Tropical storms are also a concern; a contingency plan related to cyclone season is in place
As soon as work can safely resume, the plan is to:
- Finish the walls of the toilet block
- Install roofs on all of the buildings
- Plaster the walls
Praises and Prayer Requests:
The church continues to thank God for sending rain and for the church plant in Bondeaux.
The church also thank God for protection against COVID-19 and for reducing pandemic effects in some countries.
The church would appreciate your prayers for:
- The holistic development of the beneficiaries so they become responsible leaders in their community
- For the successful completion of the construction work.
- For the protection of the sponsors, donors and their families from COVID-19, by considering not only their health but also their work and ministry.
- For the protection of Haitian children, parents and families against COVID-19.
- That God leads scientists to discover a vaccine or a medicine to effectively treat COVID-19.
- For protection of all people in the world against coronavirus.
Partnership in Peru
CHURCH PLANT UPDATE:
FINAL REPORT June 2020
From Iglesia Evangelica Bautista: First Baptist Church, thank you for supporting Iglesia Evangelica Bautista in the community of Castilla, Piura, Peru. The new building is complete, the church is growing, and the congregation celebrated construction completion with an inauguration service. In this report, we are pleased to present you with the most recent church activities, challenges and opportunities for the community, and an update on the impacts of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued prayers.
Currently, 75 children and 30 adults attend church services at Iglesia Evangelica Bautista and there have been 2 new professions of faith in Jesus in the last 60 days.
Pastor Benjamín Felipe Cunayapi Huasanga and the church are actively reaching the community by holding Sunday services and classes for families, hosting worship services in homes, visiting sick children and caregivers and evangelizing parents. They have shared the gospel with 147 parents! One parent expressed that, “God freed me from the hatred I felt in my heart for my father who mistreated me as a child.” We thank God for His work in healing hearts and restoring relationships!
CHALLENGES & NEXT STEPS:
Construction is complete, however the church is currently working to raise local resources to better furnish the classrooms and kitchen.
While the church has seen growth and more people come to know Christ, there are many others in the community that need hope. Another objective of the church is to share a monthly food basket with families who have a child enrolled in the project.
In an update on the impacts of COVID-19 on Iglesia Evangelica Bautista, Pastor Benjamín Felipe Cunayapi Huasanga shares that the community was in crisis with dengue fever just prior to the COVID-19 crisis. God has answered prayers and is working in the midst of these crises. Families are responding by holding devotional times at home with their children and Compassion Peru has provided food baskets and medicine kits.
First Baptist Church, thank you for your prayers and support of this community in Peru. The pastor of Iglesia Evangelica Bautista sends you this message, “Our joy and happiness with the completion of this intervention is overflowing. The church will be a light for our community. I thank God for this program because our children are being blessed with medicine, food baskets, hygiene kits, Christmas gifts and more.” Now over 150 children have access to a safe and clean church building.
Thank you for your commitment to releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name!
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty, and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults — all for God’s glory. We also speak out for the needs of children in poverty to compel Christians worldwide to respond to God’s call to “look after orphans and widows” through advocating for children (James 1:27).
ADVANCING GOD'S KINGDOM:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV). True life and hope are found only in the redeeming gospel of Jesus Christ. Fighting poverty is more than providing economic resources — it is defeating the fatalistic lie that we are unworthy of God’s love. At the heart of all Compassion’s work is our commitment to releasing children from spiritual poverty. We pursue this commitment with as much fervor as we approach any other type of poverty.
More than 2,104,835
More than 2,104,835 children currently participate in Compassion's programs in 25 countries around the world.
Planting a New Church Partner
Compassion’s church-based efforts are key to its effectiveness. We invest a great deal of time and money ensuring each new church we partner with is like-minded in ministering to children and evangelizing biblically-based Scripture. Building relationships with more local church partners allow Compassion to open more Child Development Centers in more extreme pockets of poverty and reach more children who otherwise would have no exposure to Jesus’ love and mercy.
Compassion International is seeking committed US churches that are passionate about planting new churches in Latin America and providing needed funds for the construction of a suitable facility for the new church plant. These new churches will be identified and mentored by a local, established "mother" church and extend the reach of the gospel into new, unreached communities through planting a "daughter" church where they already have a ministry presence.
Child Development Through Sponsorship
Once planted, a new Compassion Child Development Center will be among the first outreaches of the new church. Experience shows that, as the local Compassion staff members minister to approximately 200 children in need, visit their homes, and host community events, many parents and other family members become involved in the new church. This unique collaboration of ministry helps new churches grow even faster and stronger as they meet real needs.
Members of your church may wish to expand their individual ministry to children in Haiti by personally sponsoring some or all of the children who will be registered in the new Compassion student center.
Compassion International's Approach to Planting Churches
Identify established churches successfully operating Compassion's programs and working with children in an extended community as potential church planters
Thoroughly investigate and vet the capacity of the established church (mother) to plant and mentor a new church (daughter) in the proposed community
Partner with like-minded churches that are able to provide financial resources for the church plant's infrastructure needs, and potentially interested in sponsoring children
Construct new facility, register up to 200 children in Compassion's sponsorship program and communicate the impact of the daughter church to the supporting church partner
Compassion International's Ministry Model
Three distinct foundations of how Compassion works:
We focus exclusively on children — “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16, NIV). All programs are aligned with developing children holistically (pre-natal through young adulthood) by addressing physical, spiritual, socio-emotional, economic and educational needs.
We work exclusively with the local church — Compassion believes that the Church is God’s agent for change in a broken world, which is why our programs are only offered through partnership with churches in the developing world that have the same passion for prioritizing and ministering to children.
We keep Jesus at the center of all we do — Children and families are not required to profess Jesus as their Savior to participate in our programs, but we want children to hear the gospel, see living faith and be discipled in the ways of Jesus. To this end, every mother and child registered in our programs receive age-appropriate Bibles, which are replaced as children mature and develop.