This is why we partner exclusively with local churches in developing communities to bring an end to poverty.

The places where people meet in the name of God come in all shapes and sizes. Rural and urban, some are no more than four walls and a roof and others architectural marvels. While they may be merely man-made constructs dotting the corners of communities around the world, the influence of the people who inhabit them can be divine.

This is why we partner exclusively with local churches in developing communities to bring an end to poverty.

Our church partners KNOW their community. They KNOW their needs. They KNOW their children.

The buildings where children attend might be expansive or cozy, ornate or simple. But one thing is for certain, they are a loud-and-clear message to their communities that God truly cares about the “least of these.”

Enjoy these gorgeous pictures of churches in the developing world!



Nazareno Church (GU870) in Coban, Guatemala has been loving their community long before they became partners with us in 1991. They were founded in 1919 and currently see to the holistic development of 328 kids and teenagers!



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Located in rural Indonesia, Christian Church of Sumba Kanatang (IO697) ministers to a community where high school education opportunities are few and malnutrition is common but rarely talked about. This is why we're grateful to be in partnership with them. Not only do they help students with school, through Critical Needs, they have been able to approach families regarding their undernourished children and educate them about solutions within a local context.




Church in Peru


Church in Uganda


St. Peters Kashenyi Church of Uganda (UG218) was founded in 1942 and has been a partner with us since 1999. Located in south-western Uganda, the average age of a first-time mother in their community is 16 years old. This is why they're working hard to provide health care, education and vocational training for young mothers in the Child Survival Program.






thailand Gor Mo Tha Church

Rather than just telling their pupils the importance of seeking education, the workers at Gor Mo Tha Church (TH376) in Umlo Village are showing them with their own lives that the poverty of education is a battle that can be won, no matter your age. In order to truly care for the children and mothers, the workers are overcoming their own illiteracy from lack of access to education when they were young.

Church in Thailand



El Salvador




Giving birth at home is often a risk for mothers in this community in Mbulu, Tanzania. The homes are more than 10 km away from a hospital and don't have electricity or medicine. About 1,000 mothers out of 100,000 in this region will lose their lives during childbirth. KKKT Usharika wa Mbulu mjini (TZ217) provides healthcare for mothers to see that they and their precious little one have every opportunity at life.




Standing on a firm foundation since 1907, Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (RW554) in Murambi has a vision for their community.

_To build a strong church which has members that are spiritually strong, able to hear witness to the kingdom of God in the world whose social environment is fully blessed. _- Matthew 28:19-20


Church in Brazil

Church in Brazil



Kenyan children

“I encourage young girls to say no to early marriage, female genital mutilation and HIV/AIDs, and educate them about the harmful effects of these practices.”

These are the words of Jennifer Sekeyian Kisurkat, a volunteer at POMC Najile Church (KE901) and proud graduate of the Ewuaso Najile Girls school. By offering her time to the community, Jennifer is helping to shape the attitudes of the next generation of Maasai tribe children like the ones here in front of POMC.









The mission statement at Evangelical Baptist Church of Marmont in Haiti who has 507 students and caregivers enrolled in the programs states that:

“The child development center exists as the defender of the most vulnerable children in her community to enable them to develop spiritually, economically, socially, and physically and to make them become responsible adults.”

Investing in the futures of children through the local church enables a community to change at a foundational level. When we are united together locally and globally to support each other's communities, lasting change can happen.

Let's be the Church and end poverty together!

Sponsor a child today.

Words by Eryn Carman

This article originally appeared on the Compassion International blog as 25 Gorgeous Pictures of Churches in the Developing World.

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