The Compassion Journey Comes to Greenfield

(Photo: Exhibit shows how some in poverty live with limited resources)

You can experience the realities of global poverty, explore different cultures and hear real stories of children in need without ever leaving southern Ohio. The Compassion Journey, a family-friendly, interactive activity will be available for the public to visit February 1st-7th at the New Directions Youth Center, 910 North Fifth Street, Greenfield. 

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Posted public hours include: 

4pm-8pm Friday, 2/1 

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10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 2/2 

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noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 2/3 

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You can reserve a specific time to visit the interactive exhibit by registering via the Greenfield location at www.compassion.com/journey or you can simply arrive during the public hours. The Compassion Journey will also be available for individuals and groups to experience by appointment (contact Rick Schluep at 937-218-2811 or by email at rschluep@compassion.com to schedule a time outside of the public hours).

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“This free event is appropriate for all ages and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has never had the chance to travel outside the United States to get a small glimpse of what life can be like in developing countries,” said Schluep, a regional advocate manager with Compassion International, a child-advocacy Christian ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty.

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“This is a very unique opportunity for our community to be able to host this,” said Schluep, who added that several youth groups have already scheduled exclusive times and days to visit The Compassion Journey while it is in Greenfield. “Compassion has two Journey exhibits that will be hosted primarily in churches all over the United States, and Greenfield is one of the first locations for this interactive tour through the life of a child growing up in extreme poverty.”

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Participants journey to five learning stations, each depicting the realities for children growing up in extreme poverty: What do they eat? How do they live? What do they fear? What do they dream about? What are their prayers? Five to six guests travel together as a group between the stations at their own pace. To help process some unique challenges of poverty, Compassion provides guided discussion questions to start spiritual conversations. Individuals/families have time to consider a compassionate response at the completion of their journey.

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“I believe this opportunity to step into another world by visiting The Compassion Journey will impact your life beyond what you can even imagine,” said Schluep.

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Listen to our iHeart Media Communique interview with Rick Schluep in the podcast link below....

 

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