Church presents 'experience' of life in developing countries

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The Compassion Experience is suitable for all ages. SUBMITTED

More than 700 million people in developing countries live on less than $1.90 per day, facing challenges most Americans never will.

From Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, attendees can experience what that life might be like through an interactive program, The Compassion Experience, at LowCountry Community Church, 801 Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton.

Using technology to tell true stories of real children, attendees can take an interactive journey into homes in other countries. Participants will experience what it's like for children living in places such as Uganda, the Philippines, Kenya and Guatemala as they journey through the presentation, created and presented by Compassion International.

In the self-guided tour, using a provided iPod, headset and nearly 2,000 square feet of interactive space, guests will see the children's homes, walk through schools and markets, and hear life-changing stories of hope - all from the perspective of a child whose life began in poverty.

"We built The Compassion Experience in order to really bring the developing world to America," said Mark Hanlon, Compassion International's senior vice president of global marketing and engagement. "When people think of poverty, they often think of the lack of things, the lack of stuff, the lack of money. Those are all symptoms of poverty. The real issue of poverty is the lack of hope. Through our holistic child development program, Compassion stirs hope in children. And you'll see that hope come to life at this event."

The free event is appropriate for all ages and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has never had the chance to travel outside the United States to get a small glimpse of what life can be like in developing countries.

To register, visit compassion.com/events/1349. Walk-ins are also welcome. Groups of 20 or more should email changetourcorp@compassion.com to reserve their space.

For more information, call 843-836-1101 or visit lowcountrycc.org/events, compassionexperience.com or facebook.com/compassionexperience.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization. Compassion tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 2 million babies, children and young adults in 25 of the world's poorest countries.

For more information about Compassion, visit compassion.com.

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