Change The Story: The Compassion Experience Visits Willow Creek Church and the Global Leadership Summit

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Interactive Traveling Tour Immerses People Into The Real Life World Of Impoverished Children On Three Continents

Compassion has found a way to bring the developing world to communities throughout the United States.

The Compassion International Mobile Experience tour makes a four-day stop in Chicago at Willow Creek Church's Global Leadership Summit on August 9th and 10th. The tour kicked off in Knoxville on July 19 and is making its way across the country to educate people about the lives of the more than 1.3 million children Compassion serves globally.

The Change The Story: The Compassion Experience is two trailers totaling 3,500 square foot that feature replicas of the homes of three Compassion beneficiaries who live in extreme poverty on three separate continents. In the twenty minutes it takes to tour the facility, visitors will fully experience the despair of poverty as they are immersed in littered streets and sounds of insecurity surrounding a closet-sized dwelling.

“It is our hope that people who walk through Change The Story will personally experience and celebrate the transformation of so many lives of children living in poverty, and, through that, realize their own personal transformation as so many do when they travel abroad and see poverty first hand.”

Created in a warehouse in Central City, Kentucky, Change The Story brings Americans as close as possible to the realities of over 1.3 million Compassion beneficiaries in 26 countries, whose households survive on less than USD$1 per day. Change the Story will stop at over 35 towns and travel 65,000 miles of the United States in a year.

"Compassion has found a way to bring the developing world to communities throughout the United States. We're bringing an African shack to the midwest, an Asian alleyway to the south, a Latin American schoolroom to the west coast. But everywhere we go, we're allowing the Church to see how millions of children in poverty live," says Mark Hanlon, Sr. VP of Compassion International, USA.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded eleven consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.

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