Compassion Partnership, El Salvador
For many decades, SBPC has been called by God to extend a hand of Christian friendship to our Hispanic neighbors, many of whom have recently migrated to the USA. Fifteen years ago, we were called by God to also address the root problems that cause people to leave their homes in Latin America to find a better life in the USA. That led to a 12 year partnership with a remote Mixtec people group in southern Mexico. Partnering with Plant With Purpose, we saw dramatic changes in the economic and spiritual health of that area, such that families were able to stay together in their renewed villages.
When that rewarding partnership came to a close, we still felt God calling us to address the poverty that drives many to leave their homes in Latin America. After a search of 1.5 years, we were led to Compassion International, one of the largest and most respected child sponsorship organizations in the world. And we were led to partner with CI to start a Child Development Center (CDC) in El Salvador.
The unique approach of CI resonates with us. They are explicitly Christ-centered, child-centered and church-centered. Local churches with a vision to reach children and their families are equipped by CI to run a CDC. Children enrolled in the CDC receive after school meals and tutoring, along with medical check-ups and treatment and a consistent witness to Christ. In-depth research by a U of San Francisco economics professor found significant and long lasting outcomes in the lives of children brought up in CI's programs around the world.
A generous SBPC family funded the start-up of the new CDC. Generous SBPC individuals and families and groups will, we trust, step up to sponsor all 150 children enrolled in our new CDC. A monthly contribution of $38 along with personal communication between sponsor and child (made easy by CI's new internet based system) supports the work of the CDC and provides loving encouragement to the child.
We will launch this new partnership on January 29, 2017 and expect to grow it for many years to come.
Learn more about Compassion International, www.compassion.com.