What Makes Compassion Different?

Several of you have emailed me to ask what, if anything, makes Compassion International different from World Vision.

My friend Shaw-awn has a most informative, eloquent answer.

And you can read it right here.

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  1. Very cool. Compassion is amazing!

  2. Thanks for linking to that post. We’ve talked about sponsoring a child, but I’ve been confused about what each organization does. I hate to think that they were competing groups. But it looks like they work together, and in different areas.

    Thank you!

  3. Wow, very interesting. I’d like to actually be someone who goes over there vs sending money. But that IS my retirement plan.

  4. Well, now…he’s made obvious distinction between the two, in the most positive of ways :).

  5. Thanks for linking this, Shaw-awn is doing a great job of promoting Compassion in the right way – Compassion does one thing incredibly well – happens to be the thing I am most passionate about (one to one linking with a child in the love of Christ and obedience to scripture).

  6. I work for World Vision…and we do not compete with Compassion. No NGO actually competes with another NGO. Shawn is right … Compassion does focus on one child from start to finish. World Vision did that years ago – but found it difficult to focus in on one sponsored child – and not provide for other siblings or the family as a whole. So we come into the community — and provide for everyone in the family when a child is sponsored. I think that’s the best non-eloquent way to say that. There is so much involved in relief work that I’m not schooled enough to share. What I do know is that most NGOs are doing very important work — and if you sponsor a child or donate money, you should always, always explore, ask questions and know the inner workings of the humanitarian agency you are donating your money to. WV has one of the slimmest overhead rates around…and sponsorship dollars are viably going to the family or child you support. The letters and relationship that is developed between the sponsored child and sponsor is very real…I just wanted to make that know. God bless!

  7. Thank you so much for the timely information! I had been researching sponsoring a child, and I wasn’t sure what organization I wanted to go through. My best friend is a loyal reader, and when I mentioned what I was planning, she told me about your recent trip and how you talked about what Compassion does. This helped me to make up my mind to sponsor a child through Compassion. I am currently (rather impatiently) awaiting my packet. Thank you so much for helping me find the perfect child to help!