Tim's Blog: The Continent Next Door
With the major focus of our recent magazine being on Asia, Compassion Australia CEO Tim Hanna reflects on Compassion’s work in ‘the continent next door’.
13 Apr, 2015
Asia is a continent on the move and in the news. In recent times, economists all over the world marvelled at China’s economic rise; India and Indonesia held democratic elections that saw hundreds of millions of citizens vote; the US President announced a ‘pivot to Asia’ and the Australian Government released the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ white paper.
For Compassion, events like these are important not for power’s sake but because of their impact on those we’ve been called to care for and help—children and their families living in poverty.
Children are the most vulnerable in times of unrest and conflict, or when disaster strikes. They are all too easily forgotten when the headlines are about political upheaval, yet it is from them that the leaders of the future will come.
It’s for the sake of more than 1.6 million children—and, I hope, many more to come—that Compassion lives and breathes and works. In Asia, we’ve worked for almost 50 years in partnership with local churches to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name. In that time, development in ‘our neighbourhood’ has resulted in millions of people being lifted out of poverty, much of it thanks to generous people like you.
So as you read our stories from Asia in our Compassion Magazine, each one unique, each one a small reflection of life in this immense and exotic and intoxicating continent, remember that together we’re changing lives. It’s only with your help and the grace of God that we continue to do so.
This content was correct at the time of publishing. Compassion closed its programs in India on 15 March 2017 and no longer works in that nation.