What an experience we had yesterday! Compassion International came to a city close to us, bringing their mobile, interactive “immersive event,’ as they called it. Click here to check it out further.We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were definitely not disappointed.
Compassion International is a global program, helping impoverished children by implementing the “Three C’s”: Christ Centered, Child Focused, and Church-Based.
Our family is intimately aquainted with Compassion, because we sponsor a little boy, Emanuel, from Peru. Carson loves drawing/receiving pictures and writing/receiving letters. It’s been a great experience.
While we waited in line, we read about two children who were sponsored by Compassion, Kiwi from the Philippines and Jey from Kenya. We each got an iPod and really high-quality headphones. We were able to listen to their stories, moving from one scene to the next, inside the trailer. The scenes were so well-done. It felt like we had stepped into these countries and were experiencing their stories first hand. A word of advice, if you go to one of these near you, I would suggest letting your child listen to the “kid’s version” of the stories. The adult versions had a few graphic details and sound effects.
As we walked through the lives of these two children, our kids got to touch and sit and feel and experience everything in the scenes, just as Kiwi and Jey would have.
It was great to see local public schools’ buses pull in, as we were leaving. This is the blessing of living in the South. The Gospel was so clearly given in Kiwi’s and Jey’s stories, that I pray a seed was planted in those students hearts.
After it was over, Carson said this was the best field trip he’d ever been on. I pray it makes a lasting impression on these boys-giving them compassion and a desire to reach others with the Gospel of Christ.