You have three sentences to tell a person that has never heard about Compassion what it is we do, what we we’re about and how we’re different.

Can you?

What do you say?

That’s your Compassion elevator speech.

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  1. Jul 25, 2008
    at 7:47 am

    It’s too early in the morning for me to tax my brain, but this is my short intro’ to Compassion:

    Compassion International is a Christian child development organization working primarily through individual child sponsorships to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

    I’m eager to hear what other people say!

  2. Jul 25, 2008
    at 8:07 am

    Aw gees, you are making my head hurt! It’s too early in the morning for this! The dog ate my homework?…alright, enough excuses…here goes.

    Compassion International is a child development ministry whose goal is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. They minister to children holistically, making sure their physical needs (food, clothes, health) eduactional needs (help with school) and spiritual needs (introducing them to Jesus) are met. The unique thing about Compassion is the special one-to-one approach they take, meaning that you as a sponsor get to have a real connection with a real child, writing letters and even visiting your child if you would like.

    Ok, so my 3 sentences are up. The only thing I add when I share with someone about Compassion is their integrity, which I share that over 80% of the sponsors money goes directly to the program, and that they can check out Compassion on

    Is that what you were looking for?

  3. Jul 25, 2008
    at 10:35 am

    Compassion International is a Christian child development ministry working to release children from poverty through individual child sponsorship. It is unique in that, although American based, Compassion works through the local church with native staff in each country. Children do not receive money directly from Compassion, but by being enrolled in Compassion’s programs, children are equipped for the future by having their core needs met (physical, economic, social and spiritual).

    Or something like that…..

  4. Jul 25, 2008
    at 11:03 am

    I laughed when I read this. Mainly because I sat the other day trying to tell my blog readers about Compassion. I wanted to keep it short, but there were so many things I wanted to say. 847 later, I was finally finished writing it. Hopefully, someone took the time to read it. :)

    In three sentences…..

    Compassion International is an organization that’s ultimate goal is to release children from all over the world from poverty in Jesus’ name. Through a one-on-one sponsorship, they recieve food, healthcare, education, and have an oppurtunity to learn about Jesus and his mighty love for everyone. Sponsors are able to encourage their child through letters and the ability to visit them-which teaches that that child they are someone and that Jesus’ love is real.

    Okay, that was hard! I think maybe my last sentence was a runon.

  5. Jul 25, 2008
    at 11:16 am

    9 words… “Anybody in here want to save a kids life?”

    My 2 follow up sentences are:

    1) “No really, I’m serious.”

    2) “Inhale, release…every time you exhale a child living in poverty takes his last breath.”

    *Hopefully by this time you have at least one person’s attention.

    • Christy S
      Jun 8, 2010
      at 2:08 pm

      LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jul 25, 2008
    at 1:16 pm

    I sometimes use a similar approach as Dave. I might say something like, when someone asks what I do: “I found a way that I can truly help children in poverty.” The sentence will create a question in someone’s mind. Then they start asking me more questions and I almost make people discover Compassion.


  7. Chad Summers
    Jul 25, 2008
    at 1:25 pm

    Here goes something:

    We are a ministry called by God and by choice to give children a start in life by releasing them from the oppressive grip that poverty has on them. We want to fill these children with the grace response that they do matter to us and to God. We are unique as Christ was unique in that we deal with one child’s cares at a time – and through these small rain drops – we make an ocean of a difference.

  8. Jul 25, 2008
    at 3:46 pm

    We love God. God says to help the poor. That’s what we do.

  9. Jul 25, 2008
    at 5:36 pm

    Two variations of a common theme:

    Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty, and equips them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Today, Compassion International helps over one-million children in 25 developing countries, connecting children in need with sponsors in a one-to-one relationship… one child… to one sponsor. Through the local Christian church, sponsored children are provided educational assistance, basic medical care, social development skills, and the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that equips children with skills they need so they may have a quality and sustainable livelihood, and enables them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Today Compassion International serves over one-million children in developing countries, connecting children in need with sponsors in a one-to-one relationship… one child… to one sponsor. Compassion’s sponsored children participate in a church-led program where they receive life-changing benefits that include educational assistance, basic medical care, nutritional support, and—most importantly—the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

  10. Jul 25, 2008
    at 6:16 pm

    Love it Becky…nice and simple!!!

    I also really like Compassion Dave’s approach…

  11. Jul 25, 2008
    at 7:41 pm

    Compassion is more than feeling sorry for someone. It is letting God move your heart to actively try to alleviate (someday eliminate)suffering. Compassion is my offering of God’s money multiplied to reach a broken world.

  12. Jul 28, 2008
    at 1:19 pm

    We have some good pitches here.

    Which do you think are most effective? The most informative?

    Which would get you to do something – anything – other than breathe a sigh of relief when the elevator doors open?

  13. Jul 28, 2008
    at 1:43 pm

    It’s sad to say, but if you don’t grab someone’s attention in the first 10 seconds, regardless if it is in an elevator or a cathedral, you spend the rest of your time and effort playing catch-up. While that might sound somewhat gimmicky, it doesn’t negate the truth.

    Therefore, it is necessary to captivate our audiences with a phrase or activity that leaves them wanting more — in this case the ‘more’ is ‘information’.

    I had a Compassion event this past weekend and I tried something very different, at least it was different for me, and I believe more children (than average) were sponsored as a result.

    Instead of asking…

    “Would you like to sponsor a Compassion child?”

    to the folks walking by our table, I instead did NOT ask a question, but made a statement…

    “Please sponsor a Compassion child.”

    It was a subtle difference, but MORE people stopped and chatted with me (and I believe) MORE people sponsored children. The thought process behind this personal change was, if I were asking a stranger to save MY child’s life, would I politely ask, “Would you like to help,” or would my simple plea be, “Please help.”

    I know I would be more direct if it were my own, therefore it is only right (as an advocate for these voiceless children) that I plea for them as if they were my own.

  14. May 29, 2009
    at 10:37 am

    Compassion Dave – That’s awesome. As the help children need becomes more real everyday to my slow-moving mind, the ownership of the children’s needs grow.

    I agree, asking for help is a good step, but a simple plea is far more honest to my desire. Thanks for commenting.

  15. Jun 8, 2010
    at 2:08 pm

    I’ve got a couple:

    Compassion works with the church to give kids an education, healthcare, social skills and teach them about Jesus.

    Even simpler:

    Compassion works with the church to help kids meet the eternal solution to poverty–Jesus Christ.

  16. Valerie Long
    Jun 8, 2010
    at 2:14 pm

    Compassion is a child sponsorhip program that focuses on lifting children out of poverty one by one through interaction with local churches. What makes them different is they work together with local churches so the child has a solid foundation and support structure while growing in Christ. They have also received Charity Navigator’s highest rating for 8 years in a row proving that they are who they say they are and are not just out to scam people out of their money.

    Those are my three sentences. Usually if they express more interest, I tell them about my kids, including showing pictures and letters as I usually have their latest letter with me (so I can write replies on my lunch hours) and I always have their photos in my wallet. :)

  17. megan
    Jun 8, 2010
    at 2:50 pm

    Ok i should be able to do this lol. I’m an advocate. Here i go:

    Compassion International is a Christian child sponsership organization. Compassion Is different from st child sponsership organizations because you have a personal relationship with your child through letters and pictures, most of the money goes directly to your child, and your helping your child with spiritual needs not just phisical needs. Compassion will not only change not only the life of a child but your life as well for just $38 a month.

    thats 3 :) I did it!!!

  18. Jun 8, 2010
    at 3:15 pm

    Give a hopeless child true hope. Give a poverty stricken child true love. Give a lost child Jesus Christ.

  19. Marguerite Velthuizen
    Jun 8, 2010
    at 5:21 pm

    We are the world’s leading Christian child development organization. We are committed to releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name through wholistic interventions implemented exclusively through local churches. It is our desire to facilitate mutually upbuilding relationships between needy children and their sponsors, and to introduce children to the eternal solution to poverty, Jesus Christ.

  20. Juliana
    Jun 8, 2010
    at 7:20 pm

    Have you ever seen a miracle?
    Compassion International, through sponsors around the world, giving a “cup of cold water” in the Name of Jesus, have provided the physical & spiritual hope to otherwise, forgotten children.
    Jesus turned the water into wine, the young boy’s lunch into a feast, whatever gift we put into His Hands, He will meet the need!

  21. Linda
    Jun 9, 2010
    at 8:08 pm

    In 3 sentences??? I’ll have to work on that!!! I just put a ‘blurb’ in our church bulletin about Compassion. It was 10 sentences!! And I STILL felt like I left stuff out!!! LOL!!! Yeah, it was a bit wordy. I definitely will be looking forward to reading what people come up with here, so I can sum it up more easily for people….

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