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International Journey with a Lifelong Message

Many kids were able to experience the life of their peers in some third world countries.
Many kids went on a journey to Uganda, Bolivia and India, without leaving the Panhandle, and took us along for the ride.

It's a journey that some are hoping will be a lifelong lesson.

Compassion Independent Contractor Todd Stewart says, "this is the opportunity for us to take somebody through the day in a life of a child who lived in extreme poverty, has overcome that and has become a success story."

He tells us a goal of the event is to not only teach kids the importance of giving back, but to also make them want to.

A message that hit home for one kid.

"A few times I have bought stuff that I don't really need, but now i'm going to use it to pay these kids."

The Compassion Experience gives kids a chance to see the world through the eyes of their peers in a third world country.

The children we spoke with went on a self-guided tour through the bedroom, kitchen and living room of a young boy named Ruben.

They had headphones on and could hear all about his journey from hardship and hope, to success.

"It was hard and he didn't have that much stuff."

"I liked how excited he was about getting the table, finally having enough money to buy a table for his family so they didn't have to use a bed."

Children of all ages were welcome to go on the 20 minute tour, put on by Compassion International's Change the Story: The Compassion Experience.

"We thought it was important to bring our little girl here today to see how good she really  has things here"

Stewart says, "not only the kids in these developing countries are their lives being changed, but it's even good for our kids here in the states to realize what giving back really looks like." 

On May 4 at Hillside Christian Church, boy named Peter from Uganda, will share his life changing story of hope and transformation.

He now works for Compassion and travels all around giving kids everywhere the chance to learn about his experience first hand.

The sponsorship isn't just for children.

You can also help a kid go on to college.

If you couldn't make it out today, the tour will run May 4 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and May 5 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

To learn more on what you can do to help go to www.Compassion.Com

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