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Compassion Internationals Change the Story: The Compassion Experience Is Coming to Tyler

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Interactive Tour Immerses Visitors into Daily Life in Another Country

Tyler, Texas (PRWEB) March 20, 2014

Compassion International, a leading authority on child sponsorship which releases children from poverty globally, will be bringing its Change the Story: The Compassion Experience tour to the Tyler area March 28-31. 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 set up in the parking lot of Green Acres Baptist Church at 1607 Troup Highway in Tyler, Texas from March 28-31. There, visitors will be invited on a 20-minute, self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of one of three children living in India, Uganda or Bolivia. Each childs story starts in hardship but ends in hope.

The experience includes 3,100 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 Internationals 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 youll see that hope come to life at this event.”

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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 more than 1.4 billion people are living on less than $ 1.25 per day (USD). In the areas Compassion serves, one in five children die before the age of five, mostly from preventable causes, and 101 million children worldwide do not attend school. Tour goers will have the opportunity to change the story of children living in poverty by learning more about the issue, as well as Compassions child sponsorship program, which tackles global poverty one child at a time. Compassion currently serves more than 1.4 million children in 26 of the worlds most impoverished countries.

For more information about Change the Story: The Compassion Experience, visit, @ChangeTour on Twitter, and on Facebook.

Compassion International is the worlds leading authority in child sponsorship. Compassion revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the Church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. It is the only child sponsorship program to be validated through independent, empirical research. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to release more than 1.4 million babies, children and students from poverty in Jesus name. Compassion has been awarded the highest rating for financial stewardship and transparency for 12 consecutive years by Charity Navigator, Americas largest charity evaluator. For more information on the ministry, visit or follow them on Twitter at @compassion.

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March 29th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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