Kidzone and Student Ministries on all the Chase Oaks campuses and The Harbor (our ReNew ministry for Students) collectively support 16 Compassion Kids through our partnership with Compassion International. Compassion International is a Christ-centered, child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty.
The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. Each Compassion Child that Chase Oaks sponsors starts out being supported by Chase Oaks children of his/her own age. Most of them started out in our Preschool ministry and have moved up with the Chase Oaks kids as they move up in age/grade.
In addition, our sponsorship allows the staff of Metu Meserete Kristos Child Development Center to provide our sponsored kids with Bibles, Bible teaching, health screenings, supplementary food, hygiene and health education, sports, historic and educational field trips, club activities, educational materials, tutoring, school fees, uniforms, academic support and skills training. A child can stay in the Compassion Program until they reach the age of 22.
Our first Compassion Child, Derara Mitiku Ambissa, lives in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region with his mother. It is Ethiopia’s largest state in area, and with 27 million people, it is also the largest in population. More than 90 percent of people in the Oromia region live in the rural areas and work as small-scale farmers. Coffee is the main cash crop in this region, which produces at least half of all coffee grown in Ethiopia. Homes of the Oromia region’s rural families are simple, sparsely furnished wooden buildings.
Few homes have access to electricity, and nearly 40 percent have no toilet facilities. Access to safe water is also a widespread problem.
Derara started receiving our support when he was a 10-year-old-boy and over the years our kids have not only sponsored him but also given him birthday, Christmas and family gifts. Some of the family gifts provided for him and his mother have been 12 chickens, 1 goat and 1 cow. His living standard has greatly improved because of the support of our Chase Oaks kids. Derara is always very appreciative of the support that has been given to him and his family and he loves receiving letters and pictures from the kids who are sponsoring him.
Derara is no longer a boy but a young man who will be turning 17 in November. He has completed his regular education and is grounded in God’s Word. He is now in a construction trade school so he will be able to get a good job and have a bright future ahead.
Thanks be to God and for all the caring kids at Chase Oaks who support and pray for him and all of our Compassion Kids on a regular basis!