It Takes a Village: Meet Staff Who Live Out the Call for Community

Jesus, wearing a dark blue shirt and jeans, is standing with his grandmother, Rosa, wearing a pink and white shirt and black and white striped shorts. Next to them is the project director and the tutors. They are standing outside Jesus' home. The Compassion staff are wearing face masks.

I’ve always loved the sentiment “It takes a village.” To me, those four words encapsulate the most powerful aspect of human growth and development: community.

As I reflect on my life — all the highs and lows, all the successes and failures, the acceptances and rejections — I think immediately of the surrounding people. The people who raised me. The people who poured into me. The people who walked alongside me on mountaintops and through valleys. It takes a village to propel humans into the future — to develop them to their fullest potential.

We all have a village surrounding us. And so does each and every child in the Compassion program.

For children to escape the cycle of poverty, they need a team of people who support, protect and empower them. If you’re a sponsor, you’re a member of that team for a child. So are caregivers, Compassion tutors and volunteers, pastors and center directors.

Today, we’d like to introduce you to some of the key members on the team of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name — partnership facilitators.

Sandy, wearing a white shirt, stands smiling in an office with arms on an open file cabinet drawer filled with files and paperwork.

Partnership facilitators are Compassion field employees who play a crucial role in ensuring that children receive the care they need through the local church. Each partnership facilitator oversees 10 to 15 Compassion partner churches in their own country. They know the needs of each community and ensure that the key holistic development programs are carried out with excellence at every church. They may not work directly with children, but the leadership of partnership facilitators has a profound impact on development and growth — whether children know it or not.

To gain a deeper understanding of what a partnership facilitator does and how they help release children from poverty in Jesus’ name, watch the video of Virginia, an inspiring partnership facilitator from Guatemala, below. She is dedicated to caring for children by meeting the needs of the different churches she works with. Then, keep scrolling for more interesting information about the important role that a partnership facilitator plays.

Watch “The Heart of a Partnership Facilitator.”

Serving children and communities

How a partnership facilitator serves his or her community:

  • Delivers sponsor letters.
  • Invests in and empowers frontline church leadership.
  • Partners with the church to meet critical needs.
  • Advocates for child protection.
  • Acts as a Compassion leader in the community.

A day in the life of a partnership facilitator:

  • Wake up early to travel for community visits.
  • Support program success and accountability.
  • Connect churches with specialized care.
  • Advocate on behalf of emergency needs.
  • Champion the well-being and protection of Compassion-assisted children.

True Story of Impact

Here’s an example of how a partnership facilitator can bring light to a whole community …

  • A frontline church partner in Burkina Faso expressed that access to running water and electricity would transform the lives of the children and community they serve.
  • They collaborated with their partnership facilitator to explore local solutions and make a plan.
  • The church took the lead and their partnership facilitator successfully advocated for the funding to make this dream a reality.
  • Local engineers installed solar paneling that now powers seven Compassion centers and brought access to clean water to those who need it.
A group of girls children students one is wearing a red and yellow shirt another a green dress with her hair in colorful braids looks at the running flowing water smiling as they are splashing washing hands at a station with clean running water from a faucet at a sink facility at the center practicing good personal hygiene washing and cleaning over a new outdoor outside sink tiled area.

It truly takes a village to help release a child from poverty in Jesus’ name — including partnership facilitators across the globe. Thank you to all our supporters for being part of this team.

One happy family

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  1. Linda van Eyssen August 13, 2021

    I love Compassion and the work that is being done for the children. However, Covid19 has made communication
    difficult. I have not heard anything from my child in Columbia for a long time. I think it is about a year since I heard from my sponsored child.

    1. Nicole August 16, 2021

      Hi, Linda! Thank you so much for the support and care you give to your child in Columbia! As a fellow sponsor, I understand the difficulty that has come from Covid19 and have not heard from one of my children since last November as well. I will be praying for your child and hope you hear back soon! If you would like, we would be glad to look and see if your child’s center is temporarily closed. Please rest assured that all the letters do get delivered, but if the center is not currently open, the supplies that the child needs to write you back are not easily accessible. If you would like us to check for you, you can simply send us an email to [email protected] and include both your sponsor ID and your child’s ID.

  2. Jeanne Coleman May 24, 2021

    Thank you, PF’s, for all that you do to better the lives of these children and most of all to share the love of Jesus with them!

  3. Maribel Conde May 5, 2021

    Thankful to be a blessing, All the glory is our Lord and Savior.

  4. Thomas Cremona April 30, 2021

    We are always glad and honored to help. I truly wish we could do more.

  5. Carlton H. Hibbard April 29, 2021

    Great video to let us sponsors know what is happening.

  6. Tom and Arlene Malanga April 29, 2021

    Happy to play a small part in helping these children and their families. But you guys do the real work and we hope you know that God is looking down at you and saying …”well done….” Bless you for everything you do. Praying for all involved.

  7. Brian Benedict April 29, 2021

    Keep up the good work in Jesus name. I am glad God has blessed us to be a part in sponsoring children in need.

  8. Kim April 28, 2021

    Thank you compassion international for this ministry.It’s not the saving of these children from poverty that is the most important part of this ministry but the fact that you teach them they have eternal life with Jesus! I love being a part of this organization and can’t wait to meet my sponsored child in heaven because of what you do.

  9. Joelle Erdmann April 28, 2021

    Thank you for sharing about the people that make up the team that supports and advocates for the children. It does take a village and I’m so moved that this village is full of God’s love for the children and finding ways to meet needs and provide for the potential in these precious children ❣️Thank you God, Compassion International, and all those who support this endeavor ???

  10. Danyella Guerrero April 28, 2021

    I’m so thankful you made this video. Thank God for Compassion and I hope this organization continues to be a resource for children!

  11. Jacque Jensen April 28, 2021

    I LOVED seeing the joy on the faces of the children and the PFs Thank you this update of Compassion and the good and God’s work ongoing.!

  12. Deborah R urgin April 28, 2021

    Compassion, a wonderful organization, I thank you for all you do to reach out and help the children and families.
    Debbie Durgin

  13. Amelie Julien April 28, 2021

    I always wanted to help children in countries less fortunate than my kids.
    I’m so glad my GOD puts in my heart to help.
    It’s a blessing to share your wealth with those who don’t have.
    I’m so happy to read my sponsor child each time I get a chance.
    God bless this ministry.

  14. Nicole April 28, 2021

    May God bless Compassion International for the heart and love to the children in poverty by helping on this program and make their life better and also teaching them about Jesus through partnership with so many and Churches that have the love and compasión for children in need.

  15. Darlene Leitner April 28, 2021

    Compassion, Thank you for sharing the update and responsibilities of Partnership Facilitators. To All who serve, God Bless your hands and feet…God is on the move.

  16. Sondra Nunn April 28, 2021

    Thank you for all you do. This brought tears to my eyes, watching and listening to the video, but they are happy tears. Such beautiful children of God.
    Again thank you. God bless in every area.

  17. Mary Jo Turner April 28, 2021

    Thank you Compassion International for being such a positive and loving influence in my sponsored child’s life! It is such a rewarding part of my life! God Bless each one of you!

  18. Willene April 28, 2021

    Thank God for all the hard work the Partnership Facilitators are doing for those precious children. My best to each of you.

  19. Donna Edington April 28, 2021

    Thank you all for your service to these precious children.
    Roy and Donna Edington

  20. Tim & Denise Folgert April 28, 2021

    Thank you for all you do In the name of Jesus. I am wondering with technology growing so rapidly, if
    we would be able to do a live chat through zoom on our computers with our sponsored child? We understand you would need a word translator so he can understand? If there are costs involved, we will be willing to pick up the extra costs.

    Blessings to all of you!!

    Tim & Denise Folgert

    1. Kaye-Lin April 28, 2021

      Hello Tim and Denise! Thank you for your support in our ministry! 🙂 Regrettably, though technology is growing, we do not have the option of Face timing and/or video chatting available. Not all of the children in our program have access to computers, cell phones, and/or internet. I do apologize for the inconvenience! If you have any other questions about this, please send us an email at [email protected]. We are happy to help! 🙂

  21. Marnie April 28, 2021

    Thank you all for what you do! I see this photo of these beautiful and joyful kids delighting over clean water and my eyes fill with tears. I often forget how blessed I am just to have free flowing water in my home…and electricity to wash my clothes and keep my food cold. May God help me daily to remember these dear children and to thank Him for how blessed we are. May God bless you all for being the hands and feet of our Savior!
    May He move mightily in the lives of these children!!!

  22. JOHN BELEMJIAN April 28, 2021


  23. Miguel Gutierriez April 28, 2021

    I greatly appreciate Compassion International and all who are involved in releasing children from poverty in Jesus Name.

  24. James heidmous April 28, 2021

    Thank you for adding information to further understand my child in a deeper way

  25. Sharrol Arluna April 28, 2021

    I’m so blessed to be a sponsor for a child in Uganda. Thankful for Compassion and all they do for the children & families of poverty in Jesus name.

  26. Thomas & Phyllis Jones April 28, 2021

    Blessings to you and many thank yous for loving and tending to the needs of the children and their families. Thank you for sharing how the Compassion Facilitators work. It is an honor and privilege to be a small part of the Compassion “family”.

  27. Rita D Oby April 28, 2021

    Thanks for sharing in the building up of God Kingdom in how we are united as one in serving!?❤?

  28. Lyle Salzman April 28, 2021


  29. Michelle Edouard April 28, 2021

    May you be abundantly blessed for all that you do to share God’s Love!

  30. Miriam Jones April 28, 2021

    So thankful that God has called you to fill the gap between the church and these precious children and their families. Appreciate your heart of compassion and love!!

  31. Leanne Gregory April 28, 2021

    Thank you for all you do, GOD is certainly leading this ministry. Looking forward to hearing from my sponsored child again.

  32. James Mason April 28, 2021

    Thank you, Compassion, for what you are doing. We are blessed to sponsor a girl from Ethiopia, It is so exciting to watch her grow, not only in stature, but in maturity as well as growing in Christ.

  33. Rosemarie Hitesman April 28, 2021

    Thank you for sharing the lives of these children and their facilitators.

    I have lived in a 3rd world country, so I pretty much know what their lives

    entail. It is a hard life for many families.

    Rosemarie Hitesman.

  34. Kristine Hessenthaler April 28, 2021

    Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
    Thank you for representing Jesus to “these” for those of us who can’t go ourselves!

  35. Eduardo and Cristina Nieto April 28, 2021

    This is a wonderful ministry. We love to watch videos or read the stories of the committed people that work as part of Compassion or as volunteers. You can only do this work if you have a heart for God.
    Prayers and blessings to all.

  36. Betty Rahal April 28, 2021

    Thank you so much for your partnership with the children and their parents.

  37. Caroline Perigo April 28, 2021

    Thank you for sharing with us – it opens our eyes to what is actually happening with our Compassion children. We pray for you when we pray for our children. May God bless you and give you strength to carry on!

  38. Caryl Tieszen April 28, 2021

    I am so looking forward to these special letters from the facilitators for the churches where I have correspondent children!!! Thank you so much for doing this and for all you do for these precious children!!

  39. Kathy Cooke April 28, 2021

    A big thank you to facilitators who reach these children with face to face contact and arms of love. I am grateful for all you do!

  40. Katie Meyer April 28, 2021

    Awesome! I love it. God gets all Glory! Thank you Virgina and all the other facilitators for your gracious work. Blessings to all.

  41. Carla Jenkins April 28, 2021

    I was lucky enough before Covid to see a functioning church/school facility in Columbia. I was inspired by the love that the teachers and volunteers poured into the kids. To help the kids thrive in knowing that God loves them. Thank all volunteers for their devotion.

  42. Kim Lape April 28, 2021

    Thank you for all that you do and for who you are. Thank you for looking after these precious children and their families.
    May God bless you with His strength, His peace, and His love ❤️

  43. Jo Woody April 28, 2021

    God bless Compassion! How wonderful it is to see what God is doing in the lives of these beautiful children through this ministry! Happy to be a part of it!

  44. Leatha mcnutt April 28, 2021

    Thank you at compassion and all facilitators for reaching out to the families in have a big heart ..I pray daily for compassion church’s and the people who help in so many ways..I pray daily for my sponsor family..
    Thank each of you for being hands and feet of Jesus..
    May God keep blessing you and all the families in need.

    1. Kaye-Lin April 28, 2021

      Hi Leatha! Thank you so much for your prayers. You kind words have blessed us! ?

  45. Joan Hunt April 28, 2021

    Thank you for caring for children around the ? Prayers for your ministry and abundant blessings Facilitators are the heart of this ministry, especially during the added stress and concern of the past year. God Bless You

  46. Elena Curtis April 27, 2021

    Thank you for all you do for these beautiful children and their families!

  47. Bryna Gerakos April 27, 2021

    Thanks for sharing about the work of facilitators. God bless you, Virginia! Thanks for being our hands and feet to reach out those communities. My total respect and prayers are for you.

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