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How to Host Compassion Sunday in Your Church

How to Host Compassion Sunday in Your Church

Compassion Sunday is a special day for you and your church to find sponsors for waiting children. Participating is easy, all you have to do is:

  • Make a brief presentation to your church family.
  • Show the Compassion Sunday video
  • Set up a sponsorship table.

That’s it! Compassion provides you with all the information and resources you need to be successful. Get started in just two quick steps:

  1. Order the free Compassion Sunday Planning Guide
  2. Register your Compassion Sunday event

Get started today!

Why Your Church Should Do Compassion Sunday

This short video shares more about how you and your church can participate in Compassion Sunday

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Let God use you this Compassion Sunday to share His deep love for children with the members of your church.

Together, we can rescue thousands of children from the despair of poverty and give them a brand new start in life.

Start by getting your copy of the 2015 Compassion Sunday Planning Guide. It’s free, and there’s no obligation. The guide includes step-by-step instructions, a video, a suggested talk outline, information to share with your pastor, and everything you need to plan a great Compassion Sunday.

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We would be honored to have you join us by hosting a Compassion Sunday event in your church this year.

Register your event by clicking on the button below and we’ll ensure you receive a full Event Kit, containing, child packets, leaflets, posters, a display stand and your very own t-shirt in time for your event.

Remember, this is your day—a time for you to share from your heart about children in need with your church family.

Our resources will help you deliver the perfect event for your church and experience the joy of seeing children lifted out of poverty and given a new life.

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For Church Leaders

Compassion Sunday is an opportunity to energize your church family by giving people a very personal way for them to engage in mission and express their love for God.

We would be so honored to have you, and your church, be part of this awesome day.

If you have not already done so, please take a few moments to watch our video that will show you what a Compassion Sunday event could do for you and your church family.

We provide all the resources you need to run a short presentation about Compassion child sponsorship or a whole worship service based on God’s heart for the poor. With your lead, Compassion Sunday can be a truly memorable day for your church.

To be part of Compassion Sunday, please click below to access our Resources including sermon outlines, scripture readings, poverty facts, videos and more.

Why Do A Compassion Sunday Event?

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Please click on the play icon to view any one of the Compassion Sunday 2015 videos.

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Why Your Church Should Do Compassion Sunday

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Compassion Sunday News

My First Compassion Sunday: Crying for Compassion

5 February 2015

We were pleasantly surprised when our elders gave us an entire 45-minute Sunday school time to speak about Compassion.

We started to plan. We viewed all the video clips at our disposal. We read the many recommended ideas and modified an interactive activity we hoped would help the children realize the plight of children needing sponsors. We copied coloring pages and we strategized what I would talk about and what Eric would talk about. And we prayed.

We have a small church — at that time less than 180 people, with 100 of them children — but we were hopeful that two or three families might become sponsors.

Compassion Sunday came and our children were eager to help. We set up our table with Child Packets and a large display showing a little African girl with the biggest eyes I’ve ever seen.

We displayed our binders of letters from our sponsored kids, and we were all ready when our church family started to arrive. I was nervous.

Eric introduced what we were doing and we showed our first video clip.

Then it was my turn to speak. I started to share my heart for the work Compassion is doing, and then it happened.

I cried.

Now, crying isn’t anything new to me. And unfortunately, crying in front of a lot of people isn’t new either. Somehow giving birth to eight children unleashed a flood of emotions in my body and I can rarely speak about something or someone I feel deeply for without tearing up.

But this was different.

I felt my heart breaking as I thought about the wealth we Americans have and the wretched poverty so many children are faced with.

I kept staring at all of the clean, well-fed, well-dressed children before me and my heart was crying, “Why? Why Lord? Why do these children have more than they need while so many others don’t have even enough?”

It was all I could do to pull myself together and finish the presentation.

My tears embarrassed me. I didn’t want my friends to think I was trying to guilt them into sponsoring. I didn’t want to detract from our purpose in showing the exciting work Compassion is doing. But God used my tears.

As I pulled myself together, I realized I wasn’t the only one in the church crying.

God blessed our efforts that day. Between that Sunday and the following one, nine children found sponsors. Nine! Including a beautiful girl from Kenya that our own 13-year-old daughter felt called to sponsor.

And a sweet friend, who I hadn’t known was already a Compassion sponsor, came to me struggling through her own tears, convicted that they hadn’t made communicating with their sponsored child a priority.

When I look back at our first Compassion Sunday, I’m thrilled with what the Lord did. Sure, our numbers don’t compare with many of the efforts of larger churches, but our fruit that day was threefold what we prayed for, and I know without a doubt that nine little lives were changed forever because I was willing to stand in front of my church family and cry.

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