Our middle school girls went to The Compassion Experience (a project of Compassion International) on Monday night at Christ Community Church. Two leaders and 10 girls participated in the free immersive, interactive exhibit, which is a journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. More than 2,000 square feet of space features the inside of homes, markets and schools; each child's story starts in poverty but ends in hope. Our girls heard the stories of Olive (Uganda), Carlos (Guatemala) and Kiwi (Philippines).
One of our teen girls on the way home said , "I cried hearing Olive’s story.” Another girl, when listening to Carlos' story, asked, "Did 12 people really lived in this room?”
"My hope was that each student would find hope in the stories they heard," says Aileen Hinojosa, Caterpillar's director of youth. "I prayed they would see God working in the lives of people who struggle and know that God touches people’s hearts, no matter where they live or their circumstances."