On Saturday, April 30, Compassion International will host “Step into my Shoes,” an event to help you experience a life radically different than your own. The community is invited to come and experience what life is like for people around the world and to hear the stories of 20-year Compassion advocate Rick Schuelp.
During the event attendees will be able to experience first-hand what it is like to live in countries around the world – activities like making a soccer ball, collecting water and the struggle it is for many people, how to deal with mosquitos, what it is like to go to the market, and virtually meeting a family who lives this life everyday. You will come away from the event with a greater appreciation for what others in the world face each day and understand what is like to step into someone else’s shoes.
In addition, Schuelp will share his experiences from around the world. He has been sponsoring children with Compassion for 20 years. He was a volunteer advocate with the ministry for eight years before joining Compassion’s staff in 2007, serving volunteer advocates across the United States. Schluep has been on more than 20 international trips, visiting Compassion’s work all around the world. Schluep and his wife, Tonia, live in Greenfield with sons Caleb and Reece.
The event is hosted by Compassion International and the Hillsboro First UMC and runs from 2-4 p.m. at the Hillsboro VFW, located behind Dairy Queen on U.S. Route 50. For more information, contact the Hillsboro First UMC at 393-2981.
Compassion International is a 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.
Compassion’s work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist the Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry where millions of children are now reaping the benefits of one man’s clear, God-given vision.
Submitted by Jarrod Weiss, Hillsboro First UMC.