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.


In 1952, appalled by the great number of small, shivering and starving war orphans he saw on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, the Rev. Everett Swanson began a ministry to save them.

Guiding Scripture

"Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward them for what they have done." - Proverbs 19:17

about compassion

Compassion is the world's leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Holistic child development means they begin, in some cases, with prenatal care and go all the way through leadership development for qualified young adults. It means they take a long-term approach to what they do and go beyond simple involvement in the lives of the children and families they serve.

how you can serve

  • Sponsorship: Child sponsorship is critical. In a world where more than a billion children live on less than US $2 per day, child sponsorship, connecting one child with one sponsor, is the most strategic way to end child poverty. Pathways Church attendees have sponsored 97 children since 2010!
  • Church to Church Partnership: Pathways Church partners with a church | Compassion Project in Tarakeshwar, India. 
    Over the year this partnership has:
    • Prayed for Pastor Silas Pakhira and the children
    • Raised funds for clean water, kitchen update, library update, and study building
    • Sponsored children from this specific location

In 2010, Pathways was one of the first 30 churches to pilot a new program sponsored by Compassion International, called the Church to Church Partnership Program. Our partner church islocated in Tarakeshwar, India. Because of their strong commitment to reach the people of their village with the love of Christ, our partner church serves as a host site for the Compassion Discipleship Child Development Center, which currently serves 292 children. Our sponsorship allows the staff of the Development Center to provide each sponsored child with Bible teaching, nutritious food, sports, medical checkups, special celebrations, tutoring, educational material, vocational training, health education and cultural programs.  The children return to their (often) non-believing homes, and share what they have learned with their families…the Word of the Living God! Many families then come to know Jesus and participate in the Sunday church services. The staff also provides Bible studies for the parents or guardians of the sponsored child.

Our involvement in this partnership means that each of you, who make up the body of believers at Pathways Church, has the opportunity to provide for the children in Tarakeshwar who currently need a Compassion Sponsor. You can rescue one of these children from poverty, in Jesus’ name, by clicking on the Compassion link below. We pray that, in response to God touching our lives, we will be moved to action – to provide hope to those who need it most.