This episode we hear from Silas Balraj, Compassion International’s Vice President of Asia Region. Silas was on the frontline during the devastating time of Compassion’s withdrawal from India. Hear his insightful perspective on what it means to leave a nation still struggling with desperate poverty and how hope in God remains, even in times of heartbreak and hardship.

Compassion Stories Podcast Episode 4: “I Thought My Life Was A Mistake”

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Hosted by Michael Cauchi, the heart behind the podcast is to spark hope and change in the lives of listeners. Launching on Tuesday 22 October, new episodes are released weekly.

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What You’ll Hear in Episode 5

This episode we hear from Compassion International's Regional Vice President for Asia, Silas Balraj.

“For me it was more painful than ever before, because I had to go back to the place that God used me to plant those projects and say it was over.”

Silas and Michael discuss:

  • Silas's journey to finding his purpose in life
  • Compassion’s transition in India and dealing with the after-effects
  • How to navigate through stormy seasons


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Silas Balraj is the Vice President of the Asia Region for Compassion International. Silas has helped guide and improve field operations throughout the organization’s greatest period of growth. He also played a vital role during the transition of Compassion’s work in India in 2017. Silas served as a spokesman, advisor and board member for many Christian organisations in the US and abroad which focus on global and indigenous missions, child and youth development education, member care, as well as leadership and business for missions.


Producer, actor, media man. In four years as Compassion Australia’s Media and PR Specialist, Michael has seen countless lives changed, across Australia and around the developing world—and won the Compassion in-house breakdancing competition four years in a row. Above all, he believes in God’s power to redeem even the darkest situations, and he loves to share stories of a hope more powerful than poverty.