POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:26pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:25pm
Tyler, TX (KETK) — Americans donate around 2 percent of their income annually to various charities. Does this ring true for you? Well here in East Texas, there is a new charity coming to town that could be worth spending that hard-earned cash.
In just a few days, the Green Acres Baptist Church parking lot will be transformed into the "Compassion Experience". The Compassion International charity has partnered with Green Acres to show visitors the realities of life in poverty. KETK spoke with the Minister of Missions at Green Acres, Dale Pond, who said the goal is, "Just for people to see what conditions children go through, and to help bring awareness to see how we can make a difference in the lives of people, even in parts of the world that we're not familiar with".
Large tents are set up to re-create the actual living conditions that children across the world experience every day. Pond hopes, "Everyone that goes through is going to say 'I'm glad I did this', and really just have the opportunity to say, 'Yea I do want to make a difference".
The Compassion International organization helps children across the world, but has partnered with Green Acres to specifically help in India, Uganda, and Bolivia. In these areas, one in five children will not make it to the age of five. So far Compassion International has helped 1.4 million children in 26 different countries.
The event is free, but you do need to register. To do so, click here; http://www.compassion.com/change/default.htm?referer=134089  . "The Compassion Experience" begins on Friday, March 28, 2014, and lasts until Monday. Pond believes, "That's who we are here in East Texas. We really come together to help and work together as a community".