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Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Tom Bryant, Feb 10, 2010.
Any of you have any experiences with them?
My family sponsors a child through compassion. I don't have any experience with them beyond that. We've been very happy with the sponsorship however. The ability to interact directly with the child through letters and such has been a wonderful thing for our kids to experience.
Thanks, Matt. Most everything I've read even from the watch dog groups has been positive.
Old Thread That I'm Bumping
Just bumping this old thread from last year.
I just updated some information on my account with Compassion International, as I've been sponsoring 2 children for several years. I feel alright about the ministry but wanted to see if any body else had some opinions pro or con. I just want to make sure I'm being a good steward. Thanks.
Edit: Sorry just read the rules for this section, I'm not a pastor, but I hope it was okay to post.
I sponsored a child through them many years ago, but wouldn't do it now. It seems that they're heavily involved with the Emergent Movement and I can't find any evidence that they present the Gospel at all.
It's a good and noble thing to feed starving children but, in the words of Adrian Rogers, if all your doing is feeding them without giving them the Gospel, then all you've done is make this world a more comfortable place to go to Hell from.
Thanks. I put it in here to lose some of the debate that goes on. So you're welcome anytime!
I agree with what Dr. Rogers said. Don't know anything about how CI is connected with the emergent movement. I'll check it out.
We sponsor a child in Ethiopia through CI. A friend of mine who was a missionary for over 20 years in the same country told me that CI is a good organization.
Not officially, although a couple of Emergent leaders have endorsed them, but certainly philosophically.
I sponsor a child in Africa through Compassion International. Her name is Melat. I have sent her a letter introducing myself and introducing Jesus Christ. She has sent me two letters with prayer requests.
While I admired Dr. Adrian Rogers for his preaching and his work for the Lord (although I didn't always agree with him), I must give a rebuttal of his quote with a quote of my own.
"Anyone who can walk away from a starving child and refuse to feed them, clothe them, and provide medical attention for them because the organization providing the food, clothes, and medical isn't preaching the gospel as defined by them is a pretty sad example of a Christian indeed." - Scarlett O.
I chose Compassion Internation precisely because they do provide the gospel to these children.
Let me lay some facts on you.
Here is Compassion International's mission statement.
Here is their statement of faith - what they believe and what they teach to the children and their families.
If you want to know the truth about this organization and want to base your decision on facts, then go to their website. You can see how they work for yourself.
Actually, that's not a rebuttal. That's a strawman.
Then they have changed greatly since the days I sponsored a child through them and whoever designed their website should be taken to task for leaving out any mention of the Gospel.
...says the girl who doesn't know the difference between a rebuttal and a strawman.
We also sponsor a child in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia by the same first name.
Outstanding organization. Fiscally responsible. Evangelical. Kids are saved--both spiritually, and physically--through this ministry.
A child that a former youth group of mine sponsored accepted Christ during the time I was there. We definitely celebrated that event!