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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, May 05, 2016, Page B7, Image 19

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RELIGION Compassion Experience gives locals taste of developing countries BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY FOR THE CHRONICLE The commercials of underprivileged children shown on TV oftentimes lead people to ask how are the children able to survive such poverty and who is helping them improve their lives. To help answer these questions and more. Union Baptist Church hosted The Compassion Experience. The Compassion Experience allows individuals to undergo a journey into the lives of children in underdeveloped coun tries. The stories of these children are true. The children were all assisted by Compassion International and have become productive adults in their communities and beyond. Compassion International brings children in Third World countries together with sponsors looking to help them improve their situations. Compassion International is unique in the fact that the child and sponsor are able to communicate with one another through letters and even has an application on cell phones to allow sponsors to send messages to the children. Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr. connected with his friends in Global United Fellowship to bring the Compassion Experience to Union Baptist for those who are curious about Missionary work but are not able to travel abroad. "It allows us to fulfill the Great Commission of Christ," said Youth Director Kia Hood, who helped coor dinate the event. "One of the missions of this church is that we really believe in evangelism and church is not sup posed to be a place where we only gather together on Sundays, but it should also be about reaching out locally and globally." Hood went on to say she wants people to be grateful for what they have and realize that other people have it worse off than they do. According to Hood, Mack visited the country of Ecuador and really wanted others to experience what he saw while there. Those who walked through the Compassion Experience were touched as well. Freddie Marshall of Winston-Salem said, "My wife and I found it very informative and it also helped us to identify with the plight of children around the world. What was so impressive is you don't have to be rich to touch a life, and we talk a lot about legacy and philanthro py. I don't see any better way to start than to just touch a life." Marshall and his wife, Azariea, also stated they will be sponsoring a child after going through the experience. Hood stated they expected over 3,000 people to come. She said for those who cannot sponsor a child, she wants them to have joy for what they do have. Photo by Timothy Ramsey Union Baptist displays dresses on Thursday, April, 28, that will be donated to Third World countries. Missionaries display pillowcase dresses made for Third World countries BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY FOR THE CHRONICLE Many churches donate clothing to the needy all the time. However, Union Baptist Church on North Trade Street has found a unique way to make an impact in the lives of underprivileged children. The missionaries of Union Baptist decided to make dresses out of pillow cases for young girls of Third World countries and disaster-ridden areas. The church chose to take on this task after attending a Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention and receiving a challenge from lead, pastor Bishop Sir Walter Mack Jr. to find a project while there and bring it back to the church. According to church member Helen Harris, she connected with the Women in Service Everywhere (WJ.SE), part of the Lott Carey Convention, because they have been making the pillowcase dresses to send overseas for years. W.I.SE. initially started sending dresses to Haiti after the devastating earth quake of 2010. The dresses are going to be delivered to children in Haiti, Kenya, and the Sudan, and the total number looks to exceed v 300. "We are just glad that we can be a blessing to those who are a blessing to us," said Harris. "The Lord said suffer little children to come unto me and to clothe the naked, so we are just doing the commandment of God. And the pastor is behind us 100 percent." Harris went on to say, "We want them to feel motivated and empowered to have something new. We also .want them to feel safe in their environment by being clothed." Members of the church donated the pillowcases for the missionaries to sew and donated undergarments for the young girls to wear along with the dresses. "We are blessed to have a pastor who believes in helping," said Minister DeniseWade. "He belidves that if you're not a church that reaches out to others you don't really have a pur pose. He has actually gone to a Third World country and seen the devastation and substandard homes, so he had a heart to help." The missionaries have been working on the dress es since March and once their goal of 300 or more is met, they will be sending them to the communities in need. V Barton building innovative solutions ? Malow ^1 BID ANNOUNCEMENT] Barton Malow / R.J. Leeper - A Joint Venture Requests Bid Proposals for the following Bid Packages I ? BID PACKAGE 3.03 Concrete Foundations, Walls & Slabs BID PACKAGE 3.04 Masonry' BID PACKAGE 3.05 Structural Steel, Misc. 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