Compassion International's “The Compassion Experience” is Coming to Clarksburg

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Interactive tour immerses visitors into daily life in another country comes to Clarksburg, MD.

Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will be bringing its tour, “The Compassion Experience”, to the Clarksburg area December 8-11. 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 Compassion Experience
The four-day event will be hosted by Clarksburg Church at 22820 Frederick Road in Clarksburg, Maryland from December 8-11. There, visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of three children living in the Guatemala, Uganda, or the Philippines. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope.

The experience includes 3,000 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these three Compassion beneficiaries. The event is free and family-friendly.

“We built ‘The Compassion Experience’ in order to really bring the developing world to America,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International’s senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. “When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money. Those are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope. Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in children. And you’ll see that hope come to life at this event."

The Poverty Problem
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 the World Bank estimates that 700 million (9.6 percent of the global population) live on less than $1.90 a day (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, nearly one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 124 million children worldwide do not attend school, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

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 1.8 million children in 25 of the world's most impoverished countries.

“We are so excited to host such an amazing and life-changing event for the city of Clarksburg, MD. It is not only life-changing for the children whose stories we will hear and see, but for every single person who walks through this interactive event. We realize that being hosted on the parking lot of a church can be a turn off for many, but this event isn’t about the church, it’s about the children and families who are living without hope in third world countries.” - Beth Wolff, Lead Teaching Pastor, Clarksburg Church http://www.clarksburgchurch.com/beth-wolff-lead-teaching-pastor

For more information about “The Compassion Experience”, visit http://www.CompassionExperience.com, @compassion_exp on Twitter, and http://www.facebook.com/CompassionExperience on Facebook.

About Clarksburg Church
Originally named Lakewood Church of God, Clarksburg Church was founded in 2014 and is led by Teaching Pastor, Beth Wolff. Clarksburg Church is a campus of Fairfax Community Church, located in Fairfax, VA. Their mission of creating relevant environments in which to gather equipped and empowered people to love God and love others is changing the City of Clarksburg, surrounding cities and people across the world through international partnership TeacHaiti, Heart for Lebanon, Wycliffe, IJM, Partners in Hope, Villages of Hope, Maketplace & Development Enterprises, Kima International School of Theology, World Relief. For more information, visit http://www.clarksburgchurch.com or follow them on Facebook or Instagram @clarksburgchurch.

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