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Compassion Experience immerses visitors in the developing world

October 4, 2017

Northwest Nazarene University invites the community to participate in an interactive tour. October 4–8, “The Compassion Experience” is coming to the NNU campus to educate the community on life in the developing world.

The week will include speaker Sarah Thebarge, a partner with Compassion International, sharing at NNU’s chapel on Wednesday, October 4, at 10 a.m. in the NNU Brandt Center and a multi-sensory exhibit open Thursday–Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m., in the Wiley Learning Center parking lot. Both events are free and open to the public.

Visitors to The Compassion Experience will have the opportunity to step into the true stories of children growing up in the developing world, and walk with them through their journey from poverty to a life transformed through Compassion International and the local church. In twenty minutes and 1,700 square feet of interactive exhibit space, viewers will step inside homes, markets, and schools in Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic.

“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money. Those are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope. Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in children. And you’ll see that hope come to life at this event."

Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Compassion's work has grown from Rev. Everett Swanson work in South Korea in 1952, where he aided 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of Swanson’s vision. Compassion partners with over 6,700 churches in 25 countries to deliver its holistic child development program to over 1.8 million babies, children and young adults.

For additional information, visit CompassionExperience.com.


Photos provided by Compassion International.

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