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Compassion closes India operations

With our hearts aching, Compassion has begun the process of ending our operations in India.


Today I’m writing the blog I had hoped to never write. With our hearts aching, Compassion has begun the process of ending our operations in India.

If nothing changes in the next couple weeks, our last day of operation in India will be March 15.

Months ago, the Indian government began blocking funds from reaching our field offices and church partners. Without those funds, we can no longer pay our staff or provide resources to our church partners and the children they serve. Please know that we have tried everything within our power to resolve this issue with the Indian government. But to date, all of those efforts have not resolved the matter.

As we navigate this difficult moment in Compassion’s history, I am flooded with emotions. I am heartbroken for the 147,000 babies, children, young adults and mothers who will no longer receive the benefits of Compassion’s programme. I am distraught over the partnerships with 589 churches that will come to an end. I am concerned for our 127 staff members who have committed their careers to helping the poorest of the poor in their own communities.

And yet, I continue to have great hope for India.

I have hope because I know that, even after Compassion has left, those 589 Indian churches that are passionate about caring for children will still be there. They will continue to do what they can to serve families throughout their country. Compassion’s model has always been to lift up the local church so she can better serve her own community. We trust those churches grew stronger through years of partnering with Compassion, and they will take that strength and grow it to meet the unique needs of the communities they serve.

Food at Indian Compassion project

I also have hope for the future because I have met some of these precious Indian children, and I have witnessed their resilience. I deeply believe that nothing—no government, no politics, no principality—can stop the work of God in a child’s heart.

And I hope with all my heart that Compassion’s work isn’t entirely finished in India, the country that’s home to one third of the world’s poorest children. God has called Compassion to release children from poverty and I don’t believe He’s excluded Indian children from that calling. I don’t know what our service in India will look like in the future, but I’m confident we will continue to follow God’s leading.

I’m honoured by how you, our sponsors, have faithfully walked beside us through this trial. You’ve prayed. You’ve fasted. You’ve spoken on behalf of Compassion through your social media channels. I am in awe of our Compassion family – hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life who banded together on behalf of children we may never meet in person. That is powerful. That is humbling.

I want to assure you that Compassion has broken no laws in India. We have been and remain committed to abiding by the laws of every country where we serve. You may have seen reports from Indian media accusing Compassion of forcing children to convert to Christianity in order to receive the benefits of our programme. That, of course, is simply not true. We partner with local Christian churches to extend the love of Jesus in very tangible ways but we never required a child to convert to Christianity to benefit from our programme. To do so would violate the dignity, freedom and grace that Jesus so freely gives each of us. Our church partners deliver Compassion’s holistic child development programme to children in need regardless of race, religion, caste or creed.

Smiling girl in India

Despite this heartbreaking situation in India, please know that Compassion’s ministry is still flourishing. We are continuing to serve more than 1.8 million children in 25 other countries. Our partnerships with more than 6,700 churches in those countries are as strong as ever. And our commitment to answering God’s call to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name is unwavering.

Thank you so much for your support through this difficult season. I’d ask that you please continue to pray for the children of India. Pray also that God will continue to equip the church in India and that she will rise up to care for the vulnerable. Pray too for India’s leaders—that they would be willing to speak directly to us about this situation so we may come to a mutual understanding that benefits the children of India. And, finally, please continue to pray for Compassion, that new doors of ministry would open even as some are closing.

 

Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado was born in El Salvador and became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International in June 2013. 

WORDS : Compassion International, Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado

PHOTOS : Compassion International


 

Article Comments

God is in control

As rightly said, God's Kingdom is the greatest and cannot be shaken. It's expanding. We are standing by compassion UK to be couraged and to continue on the good works which the King of the the kingdom Jesus Christ has started. God is rising and will rise more churches within India to continue this marvellous project with the full passion and transparency.
12 March 2017 |  Author : Mary

prayer

our family sponsor a child in another part of the world..however..our prayers will be with you until the date of departure(if that is Gods Will). God hears the prayers of the upright and hears us because we cry out to Him. He knows the good work which you do and may God continue to provide even when our our own hands are tied.
12 March 2017 |  Author : L Muir

Take Courage- Compassion

Thank God it remains four days. It is never over until God Himself says it is OVER AS HE HAS THE FINAL SAY. AMEN,
11 March 2017 |  Author : Adebowale Oladapo

Sponsoring

I want to thank Compassion for letting me sponsor Anurag in India, I know The Lord is in his heart, he is on the right road. Praise The Lord.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Graham

India

It is indeed sad news for all those children who so desperately need Jesus in their lives. We can only persist in prayer that the Indian authorities will come to understand that there is nothing to fear and that only Jesus truly sets people free.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Roy Moate

India

Your pain is felt and shared by all reading about your situation and the valley you are in, He will turn your mourning into joy,"those that sow in tears will reap with joy" and joy comes in the morning. The arm of the Lord is not short and His hand is not empty,this too will turn. His word will not return void but WILL accomplish in that which it was sent to do.No prayer goes unheard or unanswered. Therefore be strong and of good courage for He is mighty to save.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Lee

Closure of work in India.

This is heartbreaking news and we need to pray more for an open door again.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Ravinder Kaur

India

So sad to hear!
8 March 2017 |  Author : Janna

Compassion in India.

God works in mysterious ways as we know, His work will continue in India. God Bless all those children and families who live in poverty anywhere in the World. Thank you for all the work you do for them.
5 March 2017 |  Author : Beryl.

Compassion

It is very sad news that compassion will be leaving India. How can nurturing children and giving them a better life be wrong?
4 March 2017 |  Author : Kathy

India

God Bless each child in India who has been a part of Compassion's work. May the Lord God's plans for India prevail!
3 March 2017 |  Author : Elizabeth Hickin

India

Thank you for all you've done for the people and children of India. Our family supported a young boy through his teens and another young girl for a number of years. It was so a rewarding experience and I still think of them and pray for them. God is truly in control of this situation, and as sad as we are this is happening, He has a greater goal we may not yet see. May His peace and security be with all of the Compassion workers and those affected by this great ministry. You are all appreciated and covered in prayer. May His blessings be on you all. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
3 March 2017 |  Author : S D

India

Be strong and of a good courage, God will not waste your prayers or the loving work you have done.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Barbara

India

Really sad for all the children some partner organisations are planning to keep some projects open so pray for these organisations as they try to meet at least some of the need
2 March 2017 |  Author : Jeremy Dart

Compassion can still run

I use to run a compassion project in India. The Indian government has closed one door of operation but there are other doors and avenues are open for compassion to continue to help children if they want. I can help if they want to.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Hemo Das

India

To all the children, workers and churches in India and to you all at Compassion. Our Father says 'Never will I leave you never will I forsake you' Hebrews 13 verse 5 'He alone is my(our) rock and my(our) salvation, my(our) fortress where I(we) will never be shaken.' Psalm 62 verse 2
2 March 2017 |  Author : Janet

May our good God take all the issues

I pray that may our loving and caring country of India know the truth to help neediest and poorest children.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Biren Terang

India

God will make a way where there is no other way. Darkness has to move when light is present. We carry on praying that the truth will prevail.
2 March 2017 |  Author : John

Precious little lights...

Hi Jimmy, thank you for this tragic update. We will continue to pray for the 147,000 precious little lights that Compassion were able to ignite before today. God will finish the work He has started.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Martyn

So sorry to Read and hear

Please don't give up. The Almighty sees all. I love to visit India soon. If there is anything I can assist with.
1 March 2017 |  Author : M

LEAVING INDIA

What a shame that Compassion will be leaving India, and I hope that they will be back very soon.
1 March 2017 |  Author : Linda Evans

India

Very sad news. but you know you can focus on the good that has been done and the acheivements made.
1 March 2017 |  Author : Ian Mason
Article Comments

ARTICLE COMMENTS

God is in control

As rightly said, God's Kingdom is the greatest and cannot be shaken. It's expanding. We are standing by compassion UK to be couraged and to continue on the good works which the King of the the kingdom Jesus Christ has started. God is rising and will rise more churches within India to continue this marvellous project with the full passion and transparency.
12 March 2017 |  Author : Mary

prayer

our family sponsor a child in another part of the world..however..our prayers will be with you until the date of departure(if that is Gods Will). God hears the prayers of the upright and hears us because we cry out to Him. He knows the good work which you do and may God continue to provide even when our our own hands are tied.
12 March 2017 |  Author : L Muir

Take Courage- Compassion

Thank God it remains four days. It is never over until God Himself says it is OVER AS HE HAS THE FINAL SAY. AMEN,
11 March 2017 |  Author : Adebowale Oladapo

Sponsoring

I want to thank Compassion for letting me sponsor Anurag in India, I know The Lord is in his heart, he is on the right road. Praise The Lord.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Graham

India

It is indeed sad news for all those children who so desperately need Jesus in their lives. We can only persist in prayer that the Indian authorities will come to understand that there is nothing to fear and that only Jesus truly sets people free.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Roy Moate

India

Your pain is felt and shared by all reading about your situation and the valley you are in, He will turn your mourning into joy,"those that sow in tears will reap with joy" and joy comes in the morning. The arm of the Lord is not short and His hand is not empty,this too will turn. His word will not return void but WILL accomplish in that which it was sent to do.No prayer goes unheard or unanswered. Therefore be strong and of good courage for He is mighty to save.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Lee

Closure of work in India.

This is heartbreaking news and we need to pray more for an open door again.
9 March 2017 |  Author : Ravinder Kaur

India

So sad to hear!
8 March 2017 |  Author : Janna

Compassion in India.

God works in mysterious ways as we know, His work will continue in India. God Bless all those children and families who live in poverty anywhere in the World. Thank you for all the work you do for them.
5 March 2017 |  Author : Beryl.

Compassion

It is very sad news that compassion will be leaving India. How can nurturing children and giving them a better life be wrong?
4 March 2017 |  Author : Kathy

India

God Bless each child in India who has been a part of Compassion's work. May the Lord God's plans for India prevail!
3 March 2017 |  Author : Elizabeth Hickin

India

Thank you for all you've done for the people and children of India. Our family supported a young boy through his teens and another young girl for a number of years. It was so a rewarding experience and I still think of them and pray for them. God is truly in control of this situation, and as sad as we are this is happening, He has a greater goal we may not yet see. May His peace and security be with all of the Compassion workers and those affected by this great ministry. You are all appreciated and covered in prayer. May His blessings be on you all. Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
3 March 2017 |  Author : S D

India

Be strong and of a good courage, God will not waste your prayers or the loving work you have done.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Barbara

India

Really sad for all the children some partner organisations are planning to keep some projects open so pray for these organisations as they try to meet at least some of the need
2 March 2017 |  Author : Jeremy Dart

Compassion can still run

I use to run a compassion project in India. The Indian government has closed one door of operation but there are other doors and avenues are open for compassion to continue to help children if they want. I can help if they want to.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Hemo Das

India

To all the children, workers and churches in India and to you all at Compassion. Our Father says 'Never will I leave you never will I forsake you' Hebrews 13 verse 5 'He alone is my(our) rock and my(our) salvation, my(our) fortress where I(we) will never be shaken.' Psalm 62 verse 2
2 March 2017 |  Author : Janet

May our good God take all the issues

I pray that may our loving and caring country of India know the truth to help neediest and poorest children.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Biren Terang

India

God will make a way where there is no other way. Darkness has to move when light is present. We carry on praying that the truth will prevail.
2 March 2017 |  Author : John

Precious little lights...

Hi Jimmy, thank you for this tragic update. We will continue to pray for the 147,000 precious little lights that Compassion were able to ignite before today. God will finish the work He has started.
2 March 2017 |  Author : Martyn

So sorry to Read and hear

Please don't give up. The Almighty sees all. I love to visit India soon. If there is anything I can assist with.
1 March 2017 |  Author : M

LEAVING INDIA

What a shame that Compassion will be leaving India, and I hope that they will be back very soon.
1 March 2017 |  Author : Linda Evans

India

Very sad news. but you know you can focus on the good that has been done and the acheivements made.
1 March 2017 |  Author : Ian Mason
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