Feb 24 2011

A New Way of Doing Mission?

a new way This picture was taken three weeks ago on a trip to Korogocho, Kenya.

Korogocho is located next to one of the largest dumpsites in Nairobi and is one of the three largest slums in the city. Navigating through Korogocho can be challenging, not to mention asphyxiating, as it lies in an underdeveloped, bustling area where thousands of people live and work. Small makeshift homes are piled one on top of the other.

The pastor of the church, Redeemed Gospel Church, told us that the name ‘Korogocho’ has the meaning of being ‘crammed shoulder to shoulder’ or ‘piled on top of one another.’

This picture, taken in the midst of the slum, tells an amazing story because it represents the firstfruits of a Church-to-Church (C2C) partnership.

In the picture are parents and their children, newly registered in our Child Sponsorship Program at Redeemed Gospel Church.

Also included in the picture are leaders from Trinity Church in Michigan.

Our C2C program focuses on building long-term relationships between well-resourced churches in the U.S. and our partner churches in the field.

C2C is now active in nine of the 26 countries where we work.

The idea of churches working together in partnership is not necessarily new, but our C2C Partnership is. What began in a beta test last year with 36 churches is now in the second year, closing in on a benchmark of 100 church partnerships.

C2C creates a relational mission, one church to another, beginning with connecting church leaders on a Discovery Trip, where congregation members from each U.S. church can get connected in a special way.

The first goal of C2C is to ensure at least 50 children from the church partner’s child development center are available for the U.S. church congregation to sponsor.

Redeemed Gospel is one of the bright spots in the community of Korogocho. In spite of being under resourced and facing a multitude of other challenges, the person of Jesus is fleshed out on a daily basis.

It is such a powerful thing to witness. A church like Redeemed Gospel has so much to offer a church here in the U.S. As churches build relationship together our prayer is that learning and ministry sharing will begin to take root in both directions, benefiting both partners and meeting kingdom goals with exponential impact.

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  1. Sarah
    Feb 24, 2011
    at 4:51 am

    What a great story! Is there a list somewhere of the US churches and the location of their partner church?

    • Feb 24, 2011
      at 11:01 am

      We don’t have a published list. We haven’t received permission from our church partners to share this information.

      Currently we have 60 churches from across the USA partnered in El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Peru, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, Haiti and The Philippines. We have capacity to partner 30 more churches in the coming months.

      • Marci
        Feb 28, 2011
        at 11:18 am

        Hi Chris,

        How can a church that has an interested in this project get in touch with a direct contact to learn more?

        • Feb 28, 2011
          at 1:06 pm

          You can call (866) 441-7184 to speak with a Church to Church representative, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MST, or email C2C@compassion.com.

          • Marci
            Mar 1, 2011
            at 11:32 am

            Thank you, Chris! I’ve just passed it on to a Missions Team Member to discuss with our Pastors.

  2. Nina
    Feb 24, 2011
    at 6:26 am

    I am so happy Compassion has implemented the Church 2 Church partnerships. I think it is such a great idea. Thank you, Compassion for one more way to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world.

  3. Feb 24, 2011
    at 6:10 pm

    I have a dream…that, one day, many, many churches all over the U.S. will be partnered with a Compassion field-partner church; that all countries where Compassion works will be covered; and that, one day, my own church, and others in our area, will share in the wonderful, marvelous, incredible relationship with a church in the field.

  4. Marvin
    Feb 25, 2011
    at 8:37 am

    Wow this is a really great program. I am from the USA but live in Asia… we from the western world can learn many things from the Chinese and other churches from around the world.

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