Helping the poor is more than just meeting physical needs. The World Bank definition of poverty includes “fear for the future,” “powerlessness,” and a “lack of representation.” Compassion International is helping kids conquer fears, fight powerlessness, and find representation. By helping fill the spiritual component of poverty, children find peace, love, and the ability to dream of their futures.
Spiritual poverty is defined as “having no access to the gospel or never hearing about Jesus.” When children grow up without an understanding of God, it is difficult for them to understand themselves. Nearly four-fifths of our world’s children are growing up with no knowledge of God’s love for them through Jesus Christ.
Compassion works in many communities where Christianity is a minority religion. These children undergo a revolution when they realize that God loves and values them. They understand that they were placed on the earth with a divine purpose in mind.
In helping the poor, Compassion seeks to give children the opposite of poverty. As a society, we must give them enough — enough to succeed physically, socially, economically and spiritually.