On a war-torn Korean street in 1952, God moved Everett Swanson with compassion. Watching city workers scoop up what looked like piles of rags and throw them into the back of a truck, he walked over to take a closer look. Swanson was deeply troubled to see that the â€śpilesâ€ť were not rags, but frozen bodies of orphans who had died overnight in the street.
On the airplane home, Swanson heard a simple message resounding in his head. As the engines whirred, he heard the challenge, â€śWhat are you going to do? What are you going to do?â€ť over and over again.
By the time his plane landed, Swanson had made a decision: God had moved him with compassion so he needed to take action.
Swanson knew he could not turn his back on these children. He took a stand, vowing to find a way to help them. He raised money to support a Korean orphanage and soon established a unique programme, linking each Korean orphan with a caring individual whose generosity provided them with education, food, clothing, shelter and medical care.
The very same belief drives us today. When God stirs our hearts with compassion, we take action to share His love.
Helping children in need remains at the heart of who we are
Since 1952, we've honed our approach to child development- Swansonâ€™s initial act of compassion has grown to a movement releasing more than 2 million children from poverty in 25 developing countries. There are thousands of Compassion graduates who've been released from poverty and are bringing change to their families, communities and nations.
Every day we continue to share Godâ€™s love in action with children in poverty. Will you join us?
At the start of Great Big Green Week, Palamanga Ouali, Compassionâ€™s Vice President for Africa, shares the startling impact the climate crisis is already having on those living in extreme poverty and how Compassion’s local church partners are responding.
Itâ€™s been a challenging time for so many people around the world. From a global pandemic to political and social unrest to natural disasters, we have seen so much suffering. Itâ€™s precisely in times like these we should lift our eyes to God.
GET INSPIRED BY PRAYERS AND STORIES
Get a little compassion delivered straight to your inbox with our monthly prayers and stories email. Make a difference by praying for children in poverty around the world.
We'll email you approximately once a month and you can unsubscribe at any time.
Compassion UK Christian Child Development, registered charity in England and Wales (1077216) and Scotland (SC045059). A company limited by guarantee, Registered in England and Wales company number 03719092. Registered address: Compassion House, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UT.