Can you trust and support Compassion International?

November 7, 2008

Tim Challies says you can. The well-known Christian blogger, author, and discerningreader.com reviewer recently spent some time in the Dominican Republic seeing what Compassion International does first-hand. You can read the blog posts he wrote on his trip here.  

A good friend of mine from my time at The Master’s College, Peter Habyarimana, now works for Compassion. The Lord used this ministry greatly in his life and has now given him the blessing of serving in it. You can read a mini biography for Peter below (from the website of an event he spoke at): 

Peter Mutabazi Habyarimana was born in Uganda and raised in the small village of Kabale in southwestern Uganda, near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania. Peter’s father worked with people affected by leprosy who lived on islands on Lake Bunyonyi.

 

Peter’s father was physically and verbally abusive and the two did not have a good relationship. At the age of 13 Peter ran away from home and lived on the streets of Kampala for 14 months. Peter says that it is by God’s grace that he came to know Mr. Jack Masiko, who was the Uganda Country Director for Compassion International at the time.

Through Jack’s benevolence Peter was able to complete his secondary and university education. More important, Peter was introduced to Jesus Christ, who he has come to know as his Lord and Savior. Peter attended a Compassion project in Kampala, where he grew in his faith and understanding of the scriptures. It was during his time in the project that Peter witnessed the impact Compassion was having on children and their families, as well as the church, which was growing as a result of their outreach to those who were helpless and poor.

 

During the Rwandan genocide in 1994 Peter was privileged to serve as a logistics officer with Compassion International through a special relief effort. It was here that Peter witnessed the human heart at its worst. Through this experience Peter developed a heart for children after seeing their loss and feeling their hopelessness.

 

A year later Peter returned to Uganda to work in the Compassion Uganda office, where he translated sponsor letters to children. He also served as a Bible teacher at a Compassion project. Peter has also worked for the International Committee of Red Cross in Geneva, Uganda, Southern Sudan and in the refugee camps in Northern Congo.

 

Peter graduated from the Master’s College in California with a degree in theology. He has now joined the staff of Compassion International once again at their Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Peter travels all over the United States to speak to churches on behalf of hurting children. He has also had the opportunity to lead short-term mission trips to Africa.

 

Peter’s challenge to those he comes in contact with is to follow Psalm 82:3-4 “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy…”

 

~ Donovan

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