Why We Don’t Recycle Bottles

Today’s post is very simple.  Since I write so much about Compassion International I thought it would be good to explain what Compassion is about.

What is Compassion International?

The website says this:

Compassion International is a Christian child development organization dedicated to releasing children from poverty. Our ministry is twofold: We work through local churches to provide child development programs to deliver children from economic, physical, social and spiritual poverty, enabling them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. And we speak out for children in poverty – informing, motivating and equipping others to become advocates for children.

What is our mission statement?

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

I love this blog post that expands and explains the mission statement, along with some really great photos.

I love the fact that Compassion exists as an advocate for children.  I have seen this over and over again, as project workers step up to protect children at risk, as the global ministry headquarters makes crucial decisions on behalf of children and as sponsors go out of their way to share the ministry with others.  We all exist as advocates for children.

But here’s an interesting example, to put it into perspective.  I recall attending a Compassion conference in Colorado Springs a few years ago, and someone raised the question, “Why aren’t you recycling plastic bottles here?”  I was shocked to hear the answer.  It had to do with the fact that they had found out that the recycling of bottles was being done in a developing country and was putting children at risk!  I was amazed that our employees had become aware of this sad fact and had acted upon it quickly, by discontinuing the “normal” or “correct” practice of recycling bottles (at least until this situation could be corrected or found to be safe for children).  You can bet that someone from Compassion spoke up about this travesty when they discovered it.  This is just another special detail I have noticed about Compassion in previous years.  The advocacy for children is sincere, thorough and filled with passion, as it should be.

Don’t believe me?  Take a look at this photo from Bangladesh, which happens to be one of our partner countries.  Why support this type of child labor?  One way to protect them from this type of abuse and hardship is to consider the mission statement above and sponsor a child.  Compassion provides safe places for children to spend their time, learning and growing in proper environments and activities.


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