Interactive Learning Experience - Poverty, Child Development and the Church at Compassion Int.
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics presents...
Poverty, Child Development and the Church
Discovering how southern hemisphere churches are nurturing children out of poverty and into a hopeful future.
**Registration is now closed**
April 13, 2013 ~ 7:30 am - 3:00 pm (this includes travel time)
Compassion International, Colorado Springs
This is a personal opportunity for Denver Seminary students and staff to expand their understanding of poverty alleviation in the developing world by grasping the pivotal role churches play in child development.
Compassion International is the world’s leading authority in holistic child development through sponsorship. Ministering in 26 countries, Compassion International is investing in the lives of over 1.3 million babies, children and university students through their partnership with over 5,800 churches. In this half-day experience, they are opening their doors and sharing insights that will change the way the Church in the northern hemisphere understands and interacts with their counterparts below the equator when it comes to releasing a generation from poverty.
This Compassion-hosted experience will include:
With millions of children affected by human trafficking, we need people addressing the full spectrum of response—from prevention to rescue and rehabilitation. Hear how children in Thailand are avoiding the trauma before it begins and how to get involved in protecting, as well as rescuing, children from harm.
The Theology of the Child - Dr. Dan Brewster
What is your theology of the child? Any theology that does not include a theology of the child misses an important component in worldwide ministry. This session will detail the special place children occupy in God’s economy and help you develop or refine your own theology of the child.
Child Advocacy - Menchit Wong, general session presenter on topic of children at Lausanne Cape Town Seminar
Proverbs 31:8 is a capstone verse about justice and compassion. “Speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves” perfectly describes the plight of many children growing up in abject poverty. Lacking a political, economic voice of their own, this seminar will detail how this lofty challenge becomes tangible to benefit children.
The Church and Children - Dr. Bambang Budijanto
The local church, tucked away on obscure streets or planted in remote areas, is God’s marvelous delivery system of grace and redemption. This seminar will talk about the radical disciple-making power of the local church when it comes to the lives of children encumbered by poverty.
Also being planned is a global-link to one of Compassion’s field countries where participants will experience live interaction with child development center programming in progress. Additionally, as part of this immersion experience, participants will hear a firsthand life story of a young adult who has graduated from Compassion’s program and now looks in the rear view mirror at poverty and its lies.
Also Being Offered from Compassion, Int.
(this is separate from the April 13 event)
Walk with a Child in Poverty – http://www.compassion.com/change/
April 18 - 21, 2013 at Woodman Valley Church in Colorado Springs
Walk through the recreation of a child’s story, meeting one of three real children Compassion serves in Latin America, Africa, or Asia. See their homes reconstructed, hear their stories, watch videos, interact with objects from their lives and see how simple acts of compassion changed their life stories.
Dates Open to the Public: Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21, 2013
Location:Woodmen Valley Church in Colorado Springs (visit website for more details) – Mobile walk-through experience set up outside of the church
If you have any questions please contact Freida Craig at:
8:00 AM - Leave Denver Seminary for Colorado Springs
9:00 AM - Attendee Registration Open (Coffee and Light Refreshments served)
9:30 AM - Welcome and Worship with Children from Compassion Guatemala Rich Van Pelt and Naomi Cramer Overton and Worship Leader
9:50 AM - Plenary #1: Advocating for Children – Presented by Menchit Wong
10:10 AM - Roundtable Prayer Response -- Naomi Guides
10:25 AM - Plenary #2: Biblical Foundations – Presented by Dan Brewster
10:40 AM - Roundtable Prayer Response -- Rich Guides
11:00 AM - Break (Coffee and water available)
11:15 AM - Welcome Back - Perspective by Compassion LDP Student with Compassion Executive (TBD)
11:25 AM - Plenary #3: The Church and Children – Presented by Bambang Budijanto
11:45 AM - Roundtable Prayer Response -- Naomi Guides
12:00 PM - Invitation to Salt and Light Activities; Lunch served – Available on side tables.
12:15 PM - Lunch/Case Study: Beyond Trafficking—How International Justice Mission And Compassion Are Co-Laboring to Prevent Child Exploitation in Thailand – Presented by Bethany Hoang (by Skype) and Naomi Cramer Overton
12:45 PM - Closing, Rich Van Pelt & Naomi Cramer Overton
12:00 -1:30 - Be Salt and Light Opportunities -- In Lobby
- Tour Compassion Classroom and Child’s Home – Yvonne Brown and volunteers
- Send-off tables - Advocates
- Write Letters to Children in Poverty
- Make a Christmas Card for a Child
- Discover how to advocate or work with Compassion
- Collect badges and do sign out
- Church Leaders Roundtable - Church Team