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welcome Welcome to the Greater Things Compassion Conference! You are about to experience one of the most unique conferences geared toward helping the poor and disenfranchised, through the local church. “For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me… When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!’’ - Jesus Matthew 25:35 The hours ahead are designed to be inspiring, interactive and educational. Our prayer has been that you will hear from God during these hours through some of the most respected voices of our day. Their passion to help hurting people is self-evident and their experience is unparalleled. This event is the outgrowth of a movement of compassion that has been gaining momentum for the past few years. The organizers of this event are joining their hearts and efforts with multitudes of churches and other networks across our land. This event is an expression of all involved to pool their best practices, collaborate on joint projects, share their resources and work together for the common cause of compassion-evangelism. What began as a dream born in the hearts of Convoy of Hope’s leadership more than a decade ago, has blossomed into this premier training event. All of the sessions will be recorded and available online in the days ahead at www.hopeoutpost.com. Access to this site, is a part of your registration. We encourage you to take advantage of this resource and provide training to your local personnel when you return home. What happens here in Baton Rouge can be multiplied many times over online. The exhibitors have been selected because of their role in resourcing local churches to do compassion work. The exhibit space is called the Compassion Experience and every space is designed to be a mini-classroom. You are encouraged to spend time there and glean all you can from these resource organizations. We pray that the Greater Things Compassion Conference will be a life changing experience for you, as it already has been for us! Invite your friends to join us live online at www.greaterthingsarehere.com. The Conference Organizing Committee 2


schedule TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012

1:30 PM: Break 2:00 PM: Compassion Labs #03 3:00 PM: Break 6:30 PM: Main Session #03

4:00 PM: Registration and Compassion Exchange 6:30 PM: Main Session #01

Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. Janelle Hail Tommy Barnett George O. Wood Joyce Meyer

8:45 PM: Connect Time

Joshua DuBois Matthew Barnett Hal Donaldson Dino Rizzo 8:45 PM: Connect Time

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

8:30 AM: Compassion Labs #01 9:30 AM: Break 10:00 AM: Main Session #02

8:30 AM: Compassion Labs #04 9:30 AM: Break 10:00 AM: Main Session #04

Miles McPherson Christine Caine Mark Batterson

11:30 AM: Lunch Break 12:30 PM: Compassion Labs #02

Rich Wilkerson, Sr. Bill Scheer Rich Wilkerson, Jr.

11:30 AM: Dismissal

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Main Session Speakers TUESDAY PM JANELLE HAIL

Janelle Hail, a 31-year breast cancer survivor, is the Founder & CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF), one of the most highly recognized and respected breast cancer charities in the world. She founded NBCF (www.nbcf.org) in 1991 with a mission to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need.

SAMUEL RODRIGUEZ, JR.

The President of The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (The Hispanic Evangelical Association), America’s largest Hispanic Christian Organization with 30,621 member churches. In September 2010, Rev. Rodriguez was called to start a multi-ethnic, Christ-centered, spirit-filled, Bible-based church in Sacramento, CA.

TOMMY BARNETT

Co-founded the Los Angeles Dream Center with his son, Matthew Barnett, and is Senior Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in America: Phoenix First Assembly of God, Phoenix, Arizona. “Pastor Tommy” is looked to as a “spiritual father” by many of the leading voices of our time.

GEORGE O. WOOD

Since 2007, Dr. Wood has served as the chief executive officer for the Assemblies of God in the United States. Prior, he served in numerous leadership roles throughout the Assemblies of God and pastored Newport-Mesa Christian Center in Costa Mesa, California, for 17 years.

JOYCE MEYER

Joyce Meyer is one of the world’s leading practical Bible teachers. A New York Times bestselling author, her books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through Jesus Christ. More than 12 million of her books have been distributed around the world, and in 2007 more than 3.2 million copies were sold.

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Main Session Speakers WEDNESDAY AM MILES MCPHERSON

Miles McPherson is Senior Pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, California and President of Miles Ahead. Author of his new book, DO Something!, Miles talks about the church being the salt and light of the world – focused upward to God, inward to each other, and outward to the world around them.

CHRISTINE CAINE

A sought after speaker around the world, Christine Caine is passionate about the God life and seeing the local Church flourish across the earth. She is one of the pastors and directors of Equip & Empower Ministries, as well as the founder of The A21 Campaign.

MARK BATTERSON

Mark serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC, named one of the Most Innovative and Influential Churches in America. A popular and prolific blogger, Mark is the bestselling author of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Wild Goose Chase, Primal, and the newly released book, The Circle Maker.

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Main Session Speakers WEDNESDAY PM JOSHUA DUBOIS

Joshua DuBois is special assistant to President Obama and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In this capacity, he helps direct the Obama Administration’s engagement of faith-based and other nonprofit organizations.

MATTHEW BARNETT

Co-founded the Los Angeles Dream Center with his father, Tommy Barnett, and serves as Senior Pastor of Angelus Temple. Matthew is the Best-Selling Author of The Cause Within You and The Church That Never Sleeps.

HAL DONALDSON

Founder and president of Convoy of Hope, that has over the last 16 years served more than 48 million people in more than 100 countries and given away more than $242 million worth of food, clothing, medical aid, and other needed resources to people in need. Their mission is to feed people in need through children’s nutrition initiatives, citywide outreaches and disaster response.

DINO RIZZO

Dino and his wife DeLynn started Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, LA in 1993. Dino Rizzo’s book, SERVOLUTION, exposes his passion to see believers join together in a revolution of serving others – Jesus style. Dino also co-founded the Association of Related Churches.

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Main Session Speakers THURSDAY AM RICH WILKERSON, SR.

Rich and Robyn Wilkerson formed the Peacemakers Ministry with the purpose of serving and mentoring individuals and families who are in a crisis by helping them move into self-sufficiency. In 1998, they moved their family to Miami to pastor Trinity Church in the heart of the inner-city. Their vision was to build a Peacemaker prototype church that could be replicated across the United States. Today, Trinity Church and Peacemakers stand as an example of how a church can bridge the gap between life rebuilding resources and those who need them most.

BILL SCHEER

In December 1992, Bill Scheer and his wife, Sandy, founded Guts Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma out of an old warehouse with 8 people. Now, over 19 years later, with services and programs throughout the week, thousands call Guts Church in Tulsa and Skiatook, Oklahoma home. Bill’s compelling thought in leading Guts Church is “how can we reach and help people with the incomparable message of hope through Jesus?”

RICH WILKERSON, JR.

Rich currently serves as an associate pastor at Trinity Church in Miami, Florida. Rich, together with his wife and family have had a profound effect on the poor and underresourced citizens of the Greater Miami area. With an inspiring message and practical programs, they have seen thousands of homeless, hungry and hurting people changed by the power of Jesus.

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Compassion Lab SCHEDULE COMPASSION LAB #01 - 8:30 AM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ARENA LABS • Kid’s District – Stadium Room Providing a Peacemaker Center in the Local Church – Robyn Wilkerson | Peacemakers, Miami, FL • Prayer Room Adoption and Foster Care – Kirk and Jane Yamaguchi | Canyon View Vineyard Church, Grand Junction, CO • Meeting Room 1 Disaster Response (Inside the local church) – Chance Craven, D.R.A.D.T. • Meeting Room 2 Grant Writing – Claudia Berry | Healing Place Church • Cafe Loft Q & A on Human Trafficking – Christine Caine & Rebecca Grant | A21 & Project Rescue

ANNEX LABS • Kid’s Room Partnership of Urban Ministries and Churches – Ron Brummitt, Miami Rescue Mission, Miami, FL

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COMPASSION LAB #02 - 12:30 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ARENA LABS • Kid’s District – Stadium Room Peacemakers Center – Robyn Wilkerson | Peacemakers, Miami, FL • Foyer (Entry 4) SNAP Program - Government Resources Available for Food – Bill Ludwig | USDA • Prayer Room Adoption and Foster Care – Kirk and Jane Yamaguchi | Canyon View Vineyard Church, Grand Junction, CO • Meeting Room 1 Special Needs Programs – JP Brumfield | Healing Place Church • Meeting Room 2 Legal Issues of Compassion – Tom Winters | Winters, King & Associates – Attorneys • Meeting Room 3 Pregnancy Care Center – Hope Mansion – Becky Hennesy, Shelia Hood & Angie Hammond | Hope Mansion Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX • The Arena Impact Outreach: Organizing your Church for Compassion – Tommy Sparger | North Point Church, Springfield, MO • Cafe Loft The Church. . . .Responding in Crisis (Part 1) – Kary Kingsland | Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO

ANNEX LABS • Main Auditorium Starting a Heart Revolution In Your Community – Sergio De La Mora | Cornerstone Church, San Diego, CA • Kid’s Room Food Pantry & Feeding Programs – Jeff and Jami Allensworth | St. Louis Dream Center, St. Louis, MO

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Compassion Lab SCHEDULE COMPASSION LAB #03 - 2:00 PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 ARENA LABS • Kid’s District – Stadium Room Care Services for the Elderly – Tom Knox | Seniorcorp, Norfolk, VA • Foyer (Entry 4) SNAP Program – Government Resources Available for Food - Bill Ludwig | USDA • Prayer Room Do Something! Organizing & Mobilizing the Local Church – Tommy Moseley | Rock Church, San Diego, CA • Meeting Room 1 Shelter – Doug Murrel | Habitat for Humanity • Meeting Room 2 7 R’s to Building a Successful Partnership with Government – David Donaldson & Terri Hasdorff | Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO • Meeting Room 3 Pregnancy Care Center – Hope Mansion – Becky Hennesy, Shelia Hood & Angie Hammond | Hope Mansion Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX • The Arena Immigration Issues – Eli Bonilla | National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference • Cafe Loft The Church. . . .Responding in Crisis (Part 2) – Kary Kingsland | Convoy of Hope, Springfield, MO

ANNEX LABS • Main Auditorium Developing a framework for addressing the needs of your city - Chuck Spong | Winston First, Winston-­‐ Salem, NC • Kid’s Room Unique Outreaches to Assist the Disenfranchised - Scott Hagan | Real Life Church, Sacramento, CA

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COMPASSION LAB #04 - 8:30 AM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 ARENA LABS • Kid’s District – Stadium Room Peacemakers – Robyn Wilkerson | Peacemakers, Miami, FL • Prayer Room Do Something! Organizing & Mobilizing the Local Church – Carissa Weibrecht | Rock Church, San Diego, CA • Meeting Room 1 Making a Difference in Our Communities – Mike Servello | Redeemer Church, Albany, NY • Meeting Room 2 Q & A on Medical and Dental Outreach – JP Brumfield | Healing Place Church • Meeting Room 3 Disaster Response (Inside the local church) – Chance Craven | D.R.A.D.T. • Cafe Loft Sports Programs – Sean Ray | Healing Place Church

ANNEX LABS • Kid’s Room Starting a Feeding Program and Thrift Program – Taylor Scheer | GUTS Church, Tulsa, OK

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Compassion Lab SPEAKERS Lab Session 1: Providing a Peacemaker Center in the Local Church (Part 1) Lab Session 2: Peacemakers Center (Part 2) Lab Session 4: Peacemakers Center (Part 3) Robyn Wilkerson, Peacemakers Miami, FL Robyn serves as Co-Pastor with her husband Rich of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida and and General Manager Peacemakers.  Robyn’s gift for teaching, combined with her flare for staying on the cutting edge of ministry, makes her tremendously effective in all aspects of ministry – from teaching, to preaching, to the role of administrator of a crosscultural faith-based social service ministry. Over the past ten years, they have seen more than $21M come from government sources to fund Peacemaker Center programs. Lab Session 1: Partnership of Urban Ministries and Churches Ron Brummitt, Miami Rescue Mission Miami, FL Ron and Marilyn Brummitt have served the homeless and needy of South Florida for over 20 years through the Miami Rescue Mission. The Mission serves over 1,000 men, women, and children and is one of the largest Missions in America. Services include emergency shelter and meals, comprehensive residential discipleship programs, education centers, medical clinics, social enterprises, job placement, charter and out of school programs for at-risk youth, and transitional housing for graduates. Lab Session 1: Adoption and Foster Care Lab Session 2: Adoption and Foster Care Kirk and Jane Yamaguchi, Canyon View Vineyard Church Grand Junction, CO Kirk Yamaguchi is Senior Pastor of Canyon View Vineyard Church in Grand Junction, CO. Kirk and his wife Jane have two biological sons, Wade and Joseph, and two adopted daughters, Gracie from China and Gerdy from Haiti. Kirk’s passion is for the church to be a strong force in our communities. They have greatly impacted Grand Junction toward foster care and adoption through their efforts to help families.

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Lab Session 1: Disaster and Response (Inside the Local Church) Lab Session 4: Disaster and Response (Inside the Local Church) Chance Craven, D.R.A.D.T. Greer, SC Founder of DRADT, Chance Craven has traveled the world leading disaster relief efforts. His ultimate Goal is to make Jesus famous by empowering the local church. He and his team work with local churches during times of disaster to provide infrastructure and resources often destroyed by the disaster itself. They specialize in local church preparedness for disasters. Lab Session 1: Grant Writing Claudia Berry, Healing Place Church Baton Rouge, LA Claudia Berry supports the ministries of Healing Place Church by leading the development team in grant writing and other activities to develop partnerships with corporations and government. Claudia shares in this session practical skills for any ministry seeking funding for their programs to help the poor and disenfranchised. Lab Session 1: Q & A on Human Trafficking Christine Caine & Rebecca Grant, A 21 & Project Rescue Christine Caine is the founder of The A21 Campaign and spends much of the year travelling to champion the cause of justice and build the local Church globally. Christine’s powerful testimony has been an inspiration to thousands across the globe. Chris comes from a background of childhood abuse, which she refers to frequently in her messages. Rebecca lives in Fort Collins, CO and works with victims of human trafficking. Through Rescue Arts, Rebecca uses drama, dance, art and creative writing as a bridge for healing for the victims who are experiencing post-traumatic stress, self-mutilation, depression and other battles related to their sexual exploitation.


Lab Session 2: Lab Session 4:

SNAP Program – Government Resources Available for Food SNAP Program – Government Resources Available for Food

Bill Ludwig, USDA Alexandria, VA   William Ludwig serves as Regional Administrator of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Southwest Region. He oversees 15 federal nutrition assistance programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.  These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and other food assistance and nutrition programs. Building partnerships with Federal, State and local agencies is a hallmark of Mr. Ludwig’s tenure. 

the community, the marketplace, and beyond, as it embraces women from all walks of life. Shelia Hood is currently the Administrative Pastor for Trinity Ministries in Cedar Hill, Texas. She is currently a member and officer of the Board of Directors for Transformation Vision Cedar Hill and serves on the Executive Committee of Hope Mansion. Angie Hammond is the Executive Director of Hope Mansion with over 28 years of experience in her field. Angie has touched the lives of over 70,000 women and children as she cares for, encourages, edifies and brings hope to the clients she serves. Lab Session 2: Impact Outreach: Organizing your Church for Compassion Tommy Sparger, North Point Church Springfield, MO

Lab Session 2: Special Needs Programs JP Brumfield, Healing Place Church Baton Rouge, LA JP serves as the outreach coordinator for Healing Place Church. JP organizes all outreaches to serve the people of Baton Rouge. He is committed to the Healing Place mission to reach out to the lost and hurting offering the hope of Jesus. Lab Session 2: Legal Issues of Compassion Tom Winters, Winters, King & Associates-Attorneys Tulsa, OK Winters & King, Inc. of Tulsa, OK was established in 1983 by founding partners Thomas J. Winters and Michael J. King. The firm was founded on Christian principles and over the past 24 years, Tom and his firm have been dedicated to serving the needs of churches, ministries, and non-profit organizations. Tom provides literary agent representation to many of the country’s best-known authors. Lab Session 2: Pregnancy Care Center-Hope Mansion Lab Session 3: Pregnancy Care Center-Hope Mansion Becky Hennesy, Shelia Hood and Angie Hammond Hope Mansion Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX Becky Hennesy serves with Jim Hennesy as Pastors of Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX. She is also on the Executive Committee of Hope Mansion. She believes the church can be vehicle for transformation in

Tommy Sparger is lead pastor of North Point Church in Springfield, Missouri. He and his wife Rachel started North Point in September of 2003 and now have three campuses. North Point Church was listed as the 9th Fastest Growing Church in 2009. Tommy is passionate about the local church, and reaching people who are far from God. They have developed a unique approach to impacting their community through compassion, as detailed in his recent book, Impact Outreach. Lab Session 2: The Church. . . .Responding in Crisis (Part 1) Lab Session 3: The Church. . . .Responding in Crisis (Part 2) Kary Kinsland, Convoy of Hope Springfield, MO   Kary Kingsland directs all global program initiatives of Convoy of Hope and is a nationally recognized leader in the field of disaster response. The pillars and principals of disaster response transcend the boundaries of nations, culture and language. Session #1 will identify and provide practical approaches to disaster response on a local and national level. Session #2 will cross borders in addressing international nuances and protocols that exist.  Attendees will be presented with considerations that must be made in helping those hurting in the context of their cultural setting and leave with a place to begin. Lab Session 2: Starting a Heart Revolution in Your Community Sergio De La Mora, Cornerstone Church San Diego, CA   Sergio De La Mora is the founder and pastor of Cornerstone Church (continued on page 20)

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Compassion Lab SPEAKERS (continued from page 19)

of San Diego, ranked one of the fastest growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine. Called “The Turn Around Specialist,” Sergio cofounded the Turning the Hearts Center, a nonprofit organization designed to empower youth and families to restore unity and selfsufficiency through a variety of programs, seminars, and support resources. Sergio lives in San Diego with his wife, Georgina, and their six daughters.

Tommy Moseley’s life is about sharing God’s love outside the church walls. Since 2001 he has been an outreach pastor and involved in competitive mixed martial arts. He founded Right Cross Mixed Martial Arts in San Diego, and acts as a chaplain to the mixed martial arts community. He competes in Brazilian Jujitsu and recently won the American Nationals. Lab Session 3: Providing Shelter to the Disenfranchised

Lab Session 2: Food Pantry & Feeding Programs Jeff and Jami Allensworth, St. Louis Dream Center St. Louis, MO Jeff and Jami Allensworth, serve as Senior Pastors of the St Louis Dream Center. Together they give leadership to the work of the Dream Center and oversee their food pantry and feeding programs. The SLDC is located in the 21st Ward of the City of St. Louis. The FBI has identified this as the most dangerous city in America. It is the backdrop for the daily feeding and outreach programs of the St. Louis Dream Center. Lab Session 3: Care Service for the Elderly Tom Knox, Seniorcorp Norfolk, VA Tom Knox is founder and CEO of Seniorcorp and CareFamily.com. He began his work in the senior-based health field after his grandmother was neglected in a nursing home. As a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Tom was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Council on Human Rights, which protects citizens against age- and race-based discrimination. Tom has helped over 2,000 seniors remain safely at home and also helped to create thousands of new jobs and careers. Lab Session 3: Do Something! Organizing and Mobilizing the Local Church Tommy Moseley, Rock Church San Diego, CA  

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Doug Murrel, Habitat for Humanity Atlanta, GA   Doug Murrell is director of Global Faith Engagement at Habitat for Humanity International, based in Atlanta, GA.  In this role Doug leads HFHI’s strategic efforts to increase the involvement of Habitat affiliates and national organizations with churches and faith organizations. Doug draws on his educational and experiential background from Vanderbilt University, serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, and executive pastor to bring a unique skillset to this social justice and compassion ministry. Lab Session 3: 7 R’s to Building a Successful Relationship with Government David Donaldson and Terri Hasdorff, Convoy of Hope Springfield, MO   Dave Donaldson is the co-founder of Convoy of Hope and current Director of Global Partnerships. Convoy of Hope is an international organization providing disaster relief, building supply lines, sponsoring Health and Job Fairs, drilling wells and the Nurturing Hope nutrition program. Dave has extensive experience in Washington, D.C. working with government to help the poor. Terri Hasdorff is the former director of the USAID Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives, reporting directly to the Bush White House. She has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors, building public and private partnerships; leveraging all sectors of society to meet development goals.


Lab Session 3: Immigration Issues Eli Bonilla, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Sacramento, CA Eli Bonilla serves as senior pastor of Abundant Life Church of God, San Antonio, TX and is Executive Secretary of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Board of Directors serving over 15 million Hispanics nationally and over 34,000 churches. The church operates two food banks in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank and is one of the largest distributors in the area. Lab Session 3: Developing a Framework for Addressing the Needs of Your City Chuck Spong, Winston First Winston-Salem, NC   Chuck is the Executive Pastor of Arts and Compassion at WinstonSalem First in North Carolina. He also serves as the Executive Producer of Christmas for the City, an event that brings together churches, artists, businesses and non-profits to throw a huge Christmas party for the city of Winston-Salem. This Christ-centered experience incorporates elements of the arts, worship, community, compassion and justice. CFTC is part of a larger serving campaign called Love Out Loud whereby churches and individuals serve alongside 100+ non-profits already at work in the community. Lab Session 3: Unique Outreaches to Assist the Disenfranchised Scott Hagan, Real Life Church Sacramento, CA   Scott Hagan and his wife Karen are founding pastors of Real Life Church in Sacramento. Scott is a visionary leader with a passion for the outcast. From neighborhoods to nations he loves to inspire unity and minister to the needs of leaders engaged in compassion-evangelism. They have gained national attention through their unique outreaches to the disenfranchised such as street marriages and other efforts to help the poor.

from the Guts church thrift store for minimal prices. Lab Session 4: Do Something! Organizing and Mobilizing the Local Church Carissa Weibrecht, Rock Church San Diego, CA   Carissa serves as the Do Something World (DSW) Manager of the Rock Church, San Diego, CA. DSW is a training and resource center available to any church to help establish pervasive hope in every community. In 2009, Rock Church, the nation’s 19th largest church with over 12,000 attendees, provided over 600,000 volunteer hours inside and outside its church walls through its almost 100 church ministries. Lab Session 4: Making a Difference in our Communities Mike Servello, Redeemer Church Albany & Utica, NY Mike Servello serves as founding pastor of Redeemer Church. For more than 20 years Redeemer Church has been loving God and loving people through community action. The church feeds tens of thousands of people annually in New York, across the States, and around the world. Mike’s conviction is that God’s heart is to impact society, unite the races, influence the marketplace, break the cycle of poverty, heal social dysfunctions, and rescue those trapped in spiritual darkness. Lab Session 4: Q & A Medical and Dental Outreach JP Brumfield, Healing Place Church Baton Rouge, LA JP serves as the outreach coordinator for Healing Place Church. JP organizes all outreaches to serve the people of Baton Rouge. Medical and dental outreaches have become a core component in the Healing Place mission to reach out to the lost and hurting offering the hope of Jesus. Lab Session 4: Sports Programs

Lab Session 4: Starting a Feeding Program and Thrift Program Sean Ray, Healing Place Church Baton Rouge, LA

Taylor Scheer, GUTS Church Tulsa, OK Taylor is director of the feeding program of GUTS Church, Tulsa, OK. Through “Friday Groceries,” every Friday about 1,000 needy Tulsans line up in front of the Church’s Distribution Center to receive enough food to provide a family of four - with three meals - for four days. Additionally they can get gently used clothing, furniture, toys and household items

Outreach through Sports is a proven effective means to reach people in need unlike other compassion activities. Healing Place Church has used sports as a vehicle to share compassion and touch hurting people. Sean will share creative and practical ways to engage in an effective sports program toward compassion-evangelism.

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thank you FOR JOINING US! The Coalition of Compassion is a network of leaders and organizations that have agreed to lend their names, influence and funds to launch a compassion-evangelism movement through the local church. The central purpose of the Coalition of Compassion is to equip the local church to do compassion-evangelism. This purpose is realized through three core functions: • Connect individuals, churches, ministries, and organizations in a relational network focused on compassion-evangelism • Create resource channels that equip the local church to do compassion-evangelism • Champion the access and story-telling of others by providing promotion and materials Be a part of Connecting, Creating, and Championing compassion-evangelism in your community: Connect to the Compassion Movement www.coalitionofcompassion.com facebook.com/compassionlive @compassionlive

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compassion TOPICS hunger 24 education 28 adoption-foster care 30 disaster response 34 family 36 health 40 shelter 42 social 46 HEALING PLACE CHURCH | BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA | FEBRUARY 21-23, 2012

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hunger 14.6% of U.S. households—more than 49 million Americans, including 16.7 million children—struggle to put food on the table. —Bread for the World Some 49 million Americans live in “food insecure” homes— their regular eating habits are disrupted by lack of money or other resources. —Feeding America

The leading cause of hunger is poverty. 46.9 million people in the United States live in poverty (up from 37.3 million in 2007). —World Hunger

“…to loose the chains of injustice, to set the oppressed free…share your food with the hungry.” Isaiah 58:6-7

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education 14 million (25%) Kindergarten through 12th-grade students are responsible for taking care of themselves after school. —AfterSchoolAlliance.org After-school hours—between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.—is the peak time for juveniles to commit crimes and

experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex. —Progressive Policy Institute

Teens who do not participate in after school programs are nearly three times more likely to skip classes or use marijuana or other drugs; they are also more likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and engage in sexual activity. —YMCA

“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” Psalm 34:11

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adoptionfoster care More than 400,000 children are in foster care. —U.S. Department of Health and Human Services An estimated that 114,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted. —U.S. Department of Health and Human Services More than 2% of all U.S. children have been adopted. —AdoptionInstitute.org In Louisiana alone, more than 4,786 children are in foster care. —Children’s Defense Fund

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disaster response The May 22, 2011 tornado in Joplin killed 161 people and destroyed over 900 homes and other buildings. —Reuters During the 2011 fire season in Texas, nearly 4 million acres burned, destroying some 2,800 homes and 2,700 other buildings or businesses. —Incident Information System Hurricane Katrina in 2005 killed more than 1,800 people, destroyed 200,000 homes, and displaced some 1 million people.

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family 27% of children under 18 live with only one parent. —U.S. Census Bureau Some 40% of marriages end in divorce. That number is expected to increase to 50% in the very near future if trends continue. —Americans for Divorce Reform

63% of all boys, age 11-20, who commit murder kill the man who was abusing their mother. —makersofmemories.org Nearly five children die every day in America from abuse and neglect. In 2009, an estimated 1,770 children died from abuse in the United States. —National Children’s Alliance

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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health 22 million Americans have a substance abuse or dependency problem. —National Survey on Drug Use and Health

1.1 million are estimated to be living with the HIV/AIDS today. —AIDS.gov Nearly 1,600,000 Americans will likely be diagnosed with cancer in the next year. —American Cancer Society Every woman has a 12 percent chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some point in her life. —Breast Cancer Society

“The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Proverbs 18:14

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shelter Nearly 650,000 people across the United States do not have a place to sleep. —U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Roughly 1

in every 200 people in the United States need

shelter. —U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The recent spike in real estate foreclosures has caused an increase in homelessness. —National Coalition for the Homeless Among the homeless, the fastest-growing is families. —National Coalition for the Homeless

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social Up to 30 million people—roughly the population of Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas combined—are estimated to be slaves or victims of human trafficking around the world. —U.S. Department of State Some 80% of those being trafficked are women and children often used for commercial sexual exploitation. —U.S. Department of State In the United States between 14,500 and 17,500 women and children are trafficked each year. —U.S. Department of State Human trafficking has become one of the crimes, second only to drug trafficking. —U.S. Department of State

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