Justin McRoberts concert at Hillsboro church April 27

By Angela Shepherd ashepherd@civitasmedia.com

April 18, 2014

Everyone is invited to attend the Compassion concert at the Hillsboro First United Methodist Church on April 27 with singer-songwriter Justin McRoberts taking the stage at 6 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by Compassion International, an interdenominational Christian child development ministry.

The members of Hillsboro First United Methodist Church are helping 60 children through Compassion International sponsorship. The church, located at 133 East Walnut St., has a prayer room on the first floor by the church offices where pictures of the children sponsored through Compassion are displayed. According to a press release, one sponsor was so excited to receive a recent letter from her sponsored child because she called her “Grandma” for the first time.

As a representative of Compassion International, the themes of hope, justice and compassion run through McRoberts’ music as they do his career. He writes, “I believe these are the defining characteristics of our likeness to God. The need and desire to care for the poor and oppressed is something we share in common with all humanity, not simply the religious.”

“In and through art,” the San Franciscan says, “we learn to see ourselves and our world as part of a cohesive, Divinely-orchestrated story.”

Central to McRoberts’ work is advocacy on behalf of the poor and oppressed, predominately through Compassion International, according to his Facebook page. “Not only do the poor need us,” he writes, “we need the poor to remind us what being human is about.”

In addition to being a Compassion spokesperson and sponsor, McRoberts has traveled in the field with the organization.

Compassion International is an advocate for children, which exists to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training, the organization’s website says. Today, Compassion helps more than a million children in 26 countries.

This is accomplished through a one-to-one sponsorship program. Each child has only one sponsor. The sponsor’s prayers, letters and support are instrumental in a child’s growth and development. This one-to-one relationship provides children with the message that they matter, that they are valuable and that someone outside of their family cares about them and their future.

For more information go to www.compassion.com.

Angela Shepherd can be reached at 937-393-3456 or on Twitter @ashepherdHTG.