Compassion International’s “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” is Coming to Muskegon

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Interactive Tour Immerses Visitors into Daily Life in Another Country

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Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will be bringing its “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience” tour to Muskegon as a part of Unity Music Festival August 6-10. The event will educate visitors about the realities of life in poverty as well as provide an international experience to visitors who may not ever have the opportunity to travel abroad to a developing country.

The five-day event will be at the Heritage Landing Waterfront August 6-10. Visitors will be invited on a 20-minute, multi-media journey where they will be immersed in the true life stories of one of three children living in India, Uganda or Bolivia. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope.

The experience includes 3,100 square feet of exhibit space, featuring exact replicas of the homes and environments of these three Compassion beneficiaries. This family friendly experience is available at no extra charge to Unity Festival ticket holders.

“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Compassion’s USA Group.

According to Unity Music Festival director Kevin Newton, The Compassion Experience is a fitting addition to Unity's array of family friendly and family affordable attractions for attendees of all ages. "This is an extra-ordinary presentation and we are excited to host the new Compassion Experience. Unity fans have actively supported local, regional and international ministries including Compassion International. That will make this experience very personal, eye-opening and inspirational for the Unity audience."

The tour is highly interactive, using individual iPods and headsets to offer visitors a sense of what life is like in extremely poverty-stricken areas around the world where more than 1.4 billion people are living on less than $1.25 per day (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 101 million children worldwide do not attend school. Tour goers will have the opportunity to “change the story” of children living in poverty by learning more about the issue, as well as Compassion’s child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time. Compassion currently serves more than 1.4 million children in 26 of the world's most impoverished countries.

For more information about “Change the Story: The Compassion Experience”, visit http://www.compassion.com/change, @ChangeTour on Twitter, and http://www.facebook.com/changetour on Facebook.

Unity Festival
Unity Music Festival celebrates its 13th year as the largest Christian music festival in Michigan and one of the largest in the country. Featuring top current national artists with this year's line up including Crowder, Hillsong Live, Passion Worship Band featuring Kristian Stanfill, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp and many others on two continually running music stages.

About Compassion International
Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus’ name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit Compassion.com or follow them on Twitter at @compassion.

COMPASSION CONTACT:
Chris Hoffman - Communications Manager - Compassion Experience
719-494-3073
CHoffman(at)compassion(dot)com

UNITY FESTIVAL CONTACT:
Kevin Newton - Director
kevin(at)unitymusicfestival(dot)com

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