The Compassion Experience: Canton, Dover & Millersburg, OH

Ever wonder what life is really like in other parts of the world? What if you could experience it for yourself — without leaving Ohio?

The Compassion Experience will bring you as close to another country and culture as you can get without a passport. This interactive, immersive display allows you to step into the life of a child who has suffered under the crippling weight of poverty.

But the journey does not end there.

In the span of 20 minutes, you will travel with that child from hardship to hope. And in the midst of hope, you will see that child’s story transformed through the support of Compassion and the child’s life-giving relationship with a sponsor.

Free and appropriate for all ages. Make a reservation for the location nearest you using the links below. Walk-ins are also welcome.

June 10-13
NewPointe Community Church

Dover Campus
3950 State Route 39 NW
Dover, OH 44622

Canton Campus
5303 Broadmoor Circle NW
Canton, OH 44709

Millersburg Campus
8882 OH-39
Millersburg, OH 44654

Protected Grace: Olive’s Experience of “Home”

As a young girl, “home” didn’t always equate to safety for Olive. Her Heavenly Father worked through her grandparents, teachers, and sponsors to protect her more than any walls could.

She was led on a harrowing journey full of unexpected turns, and now she understands how important a safe home can be to a child.

Olive’s experience inspired her towards social work and she now works full-time, facilitating community relations among mental health service agencies that serve children and teenagers.

In this video, Olive reflects on the differences between her own childhood and the childhood of her son, Felix.

You too have the power to extend transforming grace to a child. Click here for more information about sponsorship through Compassion International.

Try This Recipe for Delicious Jam




Mangoes are popular in many tropical countries where Compassion sponsors help children. Mango trees can grow more than 100 feet tall and were even grown in India 5,000 years ago! Help your kids learn how to make mango jam for PBJs this week!


Ingredients for Mango Jam:
2 c. prepared mango (about 2 medium fully ripe mangos)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2-3 c. sugar
¼ tsp. butter
1 pouch pectin

• One 2- or 4-quart pot
• 1 ladle
• 1 potato masher
• 1 cutting board
• 1 large kitchen knife



  • Peel and pit mangos. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into 2- or 4-quart pot.
  • Grind or crush fruit with potato masher. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Place mixture on stove and cook over medium heat, stirring regularly.
  • After about 4-5 minutes,* add sugar and butter to pot.
  • Bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with spoon.
  • Ladle immediately into storage container.
  • After it cools, you are ready to eat your mango jam! Try it on toast or with crackers and cream cheese. Store in a covered container and refrigerate. It will last 1-2 weeks.


At elevations above 1,000 feet, increase cooking time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 ft. = 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 ft. = 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 ft. = 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 ft. = 20 min.

Originally Posted by Amanda Priefer at Step Into My Shoes.

Free From Poverty

Jey was not born free.

Raised in Mathare, one of the largest and poorest slums on the African continent, Jey’s childhood was a difficult one. But Jey has overcome poverty and has now found his niche as a successful DJ and a youth minister.

Listen to Jey’s journey to freedom in his own words:


If you’d like to offer freedom to a child like Jey, we’d invite you to consider becoming a Compassion sponsor. Click here to learn more.

The Impact of Writing Letters

Hear directly from a few formerly Compassion-sponsored children reflect on the impact that letters from their sponsors had on their ability to escape from poverty.


This same group also spent some time talking about some of their favorite memories from the Compassion program.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor and empowering a child to be released from poverty? Click here to learn more.