By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson First Church of the Nazarene is hosting a the Compassion Journey event this weekend to encourage child sponsorship.
"You can come," said Pastor Kent Pedersen. "We actually have over 175 people signed up online to go through the Compassion Journey. You put some headsets on, or your Airpods and you can listen to a journey as you walk through different parts of a child's life, a real child's life, to experience what it's like to be in another part of the world."
This free event connects visitors to some of the realities faced by children growing up in extreme poverty.
"Walkins are welcome and acceptable, as well," Pedersen said. "It's easiest if you register online, but it's a great thing to bring your family to. You might have an affection for Haiti, or for Kenya, or for Uganda. The bottom line is, we want to see children released from poverty, in Jesus' name."
The event begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the final journey beginning at 6:40 p.m., then again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and Sunday from 10:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church at 4290 North Monroe in Hutchinson.
Below is the full interview with Pastor Kent Pedersen...