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I received a letter back from my representative about the situation in India and it didn't quite match what I've heard from you. He stated the reason you were initially reprimanded was because of your aggressive tactics in evangelizing. As well he said in the end you decided to leave you were not kicked out?
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Vonnette Monteith

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KristenH, Champion

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I think it's been quite clear, from Compasion's communication with sponsors, along with their appearance in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee that your representative is sorely mistaken.


The Indian government has not been allowing funding to get to projects for nearly a year. What choice did Compassion have but to leave? They weren't being allowed to do the work they needed to do to keep the projects running. The government is hostile toward Christians, including NGOs so obviously it is their assertion that Compassion has been using "aggressive tactics in evangelizing".


I'm sorry your rep wasn't supportive, but I guess at least you got a reply. I have heard back from either of my senators or my rep.
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Vonnette Monteith

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That's too bad. Yes Yarmouth is great! He routinely shows up at things all over the state and takes his commitment to his constituents to be off utmost importance.
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Stephen

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Honestly I don't think he had all the facts so I don't think he should have said anything to anyone I don't know him so I can't say all I can do is pray for him and be the example Jesus wants us to be by forgiving him
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Hi Vonnette, here's a link to a video of the Foreign Affairs Committee hearing about Compassion and India. I encourage you to watch it and I think it will help ease your concerns. I'm not sure why your representative would say that, but I agree with Kristen. I think he's mistaken.
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Vonnette Monteith

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Thanks so much it was very interesting. I would say if my representative had much dialog with Noorudin or even just read his statement along with some of the other things I could see where he got his opinion. Did you read it all or just watch the opening statement?
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Hi Vonnette! Thank you so much for writing to your representative on behalf of Compassion! I am so sorry for the discrepancy in information you've received from Compassion and your representative, but I'm hoping to help explain what's been going on with the Indian government's issue with our ministry. At a very basic level, the obstacle we have been facing with the government was funding constraints involving a freeze on our bank accounts, preventing us from transferring new funds into the country. We've never been given an actual answer on why these restraints were placed on our ministry. Compassion is one of many non-profits faced with these obstacles. India has actually placed constraints on over 20,000 NGOs whose primary funding was supplied from out of the country. Additionally, as your representative indicated, we do believe the government misunderstands Compassion's model, assuming our sole intent is converting children to Christianity, when in fact, our primary goal is to rescue children from poverty. After months of concerted prayer and attempts to resolve matters with the India government, we were still not allowed to send funds into the country. These restrictions prevented us from disbursing funds to our sponsored children and our in-country staff. As a result, our funds were depleted. Without funds, our church partners and Compassion's ministry was just not able to operate any longer.
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Stephen! If you can tell me how much you'd like to send to Julia for a birthday gift, I can get that transferred over for you :).
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Stephen

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What is the max amount I can send for a birthday gift
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Adam

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Hey Stephen, the maximum for birthday gifts is $100.
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Stephen

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Let's do a 100 for Julia birthday present
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Hi Stephen, I have that all taken care of for you! Have a great day! 
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Hi Vonnette,  I am another sponsor and lost one sponsored child due to this situation.  I hope you gave the name of the person you talked to a supervisor because they obviously need some training.  If by aggressive evangelism you mean the children are taught that Jesus loves them when they come to the project then guilty.  I don't call a church teaching people about the Jesus and the Bible aggressive.  It is what we are all commanded to do.  Compassion has a wonderful curriculum that is used in all the countries to teach the children that the God of the universe loves them and how they can be in relationship with this God of the Bible.   

I have a friend in India and they told me the goal of the government is no more Christians or Muslims by 2020.  I don't think that means k*ll*ng them but no more sharing the gospel at all.  In the state my friend lives in a pastor was shot and killed recently for handing out Bibles.  
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That is scary...I went to India two summers ago with my kids. We are Catholic and everyone was so nice they took us to church and anything they thought we would be interested in and we were in a Muslim area part of the time. Sadly "Christian's" are getting kind of a bum rap since the election. They want to try and put the KKK in the Christian category since by in large they are all church going people. I just say the KKK is not Christian they are extreme Protestants just like ISIS is not standard Muslim but extremists as well.
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Wow! I am curious as to who your representative is.
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Vonnette Monteith

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Yarmouth... And he is great! Really a voice for the people... Always supports the under dog so when he writes back and says he felt compassion was not all innocent in this I do take notice. One of my prior kids found me on Facebook the dangers of having a one of a kind name. He told me when he turned 18 he was out not welcome at all. He now goes to the local Catholic Church and between the two of us he is attending college. I asked him to contact compassion and see with his degree if they could use him or help net work for him. He said he tried and they were not helpful at all. As well I've had two of their translators from my kids find me on face book and try to contact me... I'm just getting mixed signals lately.
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Vonnette, apparently your Senator is unaware that Compassion is not alone in its being forced out of India. Many other Christian NGOs have met the same end. Compassion taught our beloved children about the love of Jesus and that alone in the eyes of the current Indian government is "aggressive evangelism". Here is an excellent article out what happened with Compassion and other NGOs in India: https://world.wng.org/2016/12/compass....
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Thanks!
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Compassion broke no laws.

During my time as a sponsor, I have not seen or heard of anything other than Compassion loving all children unconditionally. Their mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus' name. They don't aggressively proselytize or require children to convert to Christianity in order to be enrolled in their programs. They do give children the opportunity to learn about Jesus and share the gospel with them. Not only do I "feel" that is innocent, that's the main reason I sponsor with them.
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I agree Adam. I have had children from many different religious backgrounds in my time with Compassion and have never gotten the feeling that they were treated differently or pressured to convert because of their beliefs. 

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