In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. The Door Church has partnered with Compassion to sponsor children in a particular village in Nicaragua and to be the hands and feet of Jesus in that region. Whether you’re a member at The Door or not, sponsoring a child through Compassion International is a tangible and life-giving way to reach someone with the Gospel in a different country.
The village that The Door Church has partnered to support lies in the mountainous community of Los Cedros, Villa El Carmen Community, home to approximately 9,000 residents. Typical houses here are constructed of dirt floors, wood or brick walls and tin roofs. The spoken language in this country is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, cheese, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites and respiratory diseases. Most adults are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $130 USD per month. This community desperately needs employment opportunities, housing and clean drinking water.
Sponsorship allows the on-site partner staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Peniel to provide these children with Bible teaching, devotionals, medical checkups, vaccinations, nutritious food, hygiene education, birthday celebrations, handicraft training and academic reinforcement. The center staff will also provide home visits, child protection education, monthly meetings and health workshops for the parents or guardians of the sponsored child.