Compassion International is a nonprofit organization founded in 1952 by Reverend Everett Swanson. Swanson felt driven to help South Korean children who were left orphaned due to the war. He was inspired by Matthew 15:32 where Jesus says, “I have compassion for these people…I do not want to send them away hungry.” He formed this nonprofit Christian ministry to free these innocent orphans from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. That vision formed the organization’s mission statement. Today this organization aims to provide over 1.2 million children in twenty-six countries with food, shelter, education and health care, and Christian training.
Although Compassion International began in South Korea, the idea caught the attention of other people and it began to spread throughout the world. Compassion International is funded by charitable donations that are tax deductible in the United States. Last year about 520 million dollars was donated to this charity, and of that 520 million, 80 % went towards program activities for the children. This organization also receives funds via people who sponsor a child from one of the twenty-six countries. The aforementioned charity seeks out $38 dollars a month from those who would like to sponsor a child and provide them with their necessities and religious guidance.
There are a few characteristics of Compassion International that makes them different from other nonprofit organizations. One characteristic is their commitment to the children. Their ministry is focused on each individual child and their needs. They work holistically with every child to focus on their spiritual, economic, social and physical needs. Another characteristic is their commitment to Christ. Compassion International believes that Jesus Christ is the heart of their ministry. They use this to help their children to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. The...