We believe in a God who made us, cares for us and has made it possible for us be in relationship with Him. Knowing, loving and following Him are our first and highest callings in life. His love is what motivates all of our efforts to love and serve all people. We intentionally seek God’s direction and wisdom in our lives and outreach.
Although we may serve in different roles, possess different talents and operate in different spheres of influence, we all have equal value in the eyes of God. No person — from the smallest child to the poorest beggar, the elderly, the disabled or the discarded — is of lower value on eternal scales. No one, regardless of talent, position, role or accomplishment, is higher than these in the eyes of God. Each person has something of value to contribute and with this in mind, we approach situations and one another first as listeners and learners. It is important that we embrace this truth and exhibit it among those we serve, both within our team and in the community.
We do not want to create unhealthy dependency by doing for others what they are capable of doing for themselves. Rather than reinforcing a mentality of helplessness among those we serve, we will strive to empower others to help themselves. This is essential in seeing dignity restored. Within our ministry, each of us commits to empowering one another, appropriately applying our talents, time and energy towards the growth and success of every member of our team.
Creativity and Initiative
Vision, creativity and initiative-taking are important to us and key for growth. We want to encourage and support Compasio staff and teams to take creative initiative in putting their talents to work.
We believe that the most effective and sustainable model for working in any country emphasizes leadership and direction by those with the clearest understanding of the culture and social parameters. Compasio’s goal is for all of its projects to be fully managed and led by national staff. International staff serve in the key role of skilled capacity-builders with the aim to support, resource, promote and encourage a national-led ministry.
We value healthy team relationships within the Compasio. Seeking always to support, encourage and empower one another with humility and love, we strive to build healthy team relationships and an atmosphere of trust. We look for the best in each other and resolve conflict in a mature, respectful manner.
We value relationship with those we serve. Our whole philosophy and approach is based on building relationship as the foundation of our ministry response. We look beyond the problem into the person and invest our lives in developing relationship, trust and understanding. We take the stance that we will walk alongside first rather than fly in to fix a need as we see fit. Our intentional and ongoing relationships within the communities we serve allow us to better understand the issues, the culture, the language and ultimately the best response to real felt needs.
We value family relationships. We believe that God created the family as the ideal environment for a child’s development and that it is the best long-term sustainable support network any person can have. Keeping a family together is always a top priority when dealing with any sort of crisis. Poverty, lack of education or other needs do not necessarily equate an unhealthy family. A healthy, supportive family reduces the child’s risk of abuse, violence and exploitation.
We value community relationships. The network support of a community of people working together provides protection for individual members from abuse and exploitation. We seek to promote, support and empower healthy relationships within at-risk communities between families and community leaders, and facilitate access to local resources and assistance,which will support their long-term stability.