At Compassion House, our view is that when God builds the house, it succeeds. Accordingly, we encourage lives that are built on 'The Rock.'
Many of our programs are not overtly spiritual in nature, but we made a costly decision to ensure that our parenting program would be Christian in its orientation. We had the opportunity to receive $5000 in state funding to teach a traditional Nurturing Parenting class, but after much prayer we decided to forego this money in favor of Nurturing God's Way. Based on the results so far, we couldn't be more pleased!
One mother who is attending our 17-week class said, 'I love this class! I came in all upset, and I'm leaving with a feeling of self-worth.'
At the beginning of each set of classes, the participants are asked what they think it means to be a godly parent. They typically turn in a blank sheet of paper or have little to say. At the end of the class, however, their vision of themselves and their families has been transformed.
"Compassion House offers the best parenting class around. The program is faith-based and is taught by people who are educated in anything and everything to do with not only parenting, but also relationships of any kind. They provide dinner and free childcare one night a week for 15 weeks. I learn something applicable every time and can see a difference in our patience and communication capabilities with one another..."
is to increase stability in families and develop meaningful life skills.
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from recent graduates:
'At the beginning of this class, I thought I knew a lot about raising my children and grandchildren. Throughout these past 17 weeks, I have realized how much I didn't know and how totally different I will use discipline and learning techniques. The biggest thing I can give my children and grandchildren is the chance to know God and turn to Him in times of trouble and joy. If they will cling to Him, no matter what the circumstance, He will be there to lead them and walk with them through the good times and to carry them through the storms.'
'I have learned that to be a godly parent means to love, understand, respect, and build trust between you and your child. I have learned ways of good discipline and setting good guidelines, and also how to help my child learn to have a good relationship with God, because He is the best person to go to for help. He will never steer you the wrong way.'
Nurturing God's Way has been written to help families learn to depend on God in their parenting journey. It was designed for parents who may be enduring a variety of family challenges, who come from many different situations and backgrounds, and who have children of all ages.
We gladly make our classes available to anyone in the community, yet the majority of our participants are parents who have had their children removed from their homes and placed in foster care. Our experience has shown that unless new investments are made to prevent child neglect and abuse, the sad story of abuse will continue to repeat itself from one generation of troubled families to the next.
Every incremental success adds to a foundation that will support the parent/child relationship long after the child returns home. We believe these positive steps are crucial.