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I’m kind of appalled that compassion would send a progress report on a child’s walk with God and list things like how much scripture they can recite as a measure of their spirituality. I’m happy that compassion is interested in keeping me updated on the health, well being, and closeness to God of my child, but delivering that information in a progress report in my opinion is antithetical to the Gospel. What does it communicate to sponsors with their own children who participate in supporting and loving their sponsored child? I’m sure it was done with the best intentions, but there has to be a better way to deliver this information.
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jordan

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Steve

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I'm sure someone will be able to answer your concern.  I'm not sure I understand your question.  But in the mean time, what is your concern with reporting what Bible versus your child has learned.  I love to hear what my children are learning and that they are able to recall Scripture versus.  "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."
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Michelle Sharpe

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Wow.....Of all the things to complain about. Learning scripture is fundamental to a Follower ‘s walk with Christ. The Bible tells us that repeatedly. Thank God, they are learning God’s word !!!!! Knowledge of God’s word is an indicator of how mature a person is becoming in Christ. I seriously down they are telling the children they will go to hell if they don’t memorize 50 Bible verses by a certain age.
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angelslegacy

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Wow...this is really a concern?? I'm so confused
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jordan

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Sorry for the confusion, I thought I was being clear. I love that my child is learning about the Bible and who God is. My concern is about the delivery mechanism of a progress report and what kind of message that could convey to my own children if they saw it. I certainly wouldn’t want my sponsored child or my own children to feel like they are being graded on their spiritual progress. That could be damaging to their understanding of grace. I just think their ought to be a much better way to deliver this information without it being formatted like a report card .
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OK, I understand your concern.  I was, and perhaps am, a fairly good student, but  I've always had problems with rote memory.  I remember my 7th grade teacher complaining about the performance of all the students and singled me out as virtually never saying my memory work.  But I am proud of my sponsored children when they can recite Scripture and I applaud the projects for emphasizing the Bible.
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Sarah, Sponsor and Donor Relations, Social Media

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Hi Jordan! I hear your heart and understand how a progress report on spiritual growth could be seen that way. Thank you so much for voicing your concern! The assessment for your child's spiritual development has more to do with their involvement and demonstrated knowledge. We are not providing insight into their direct relationship with Jesus- or "judging" their relationship. Spiritual growth is a part of Compassion's approach to holistic child development through, and we want to be sureto address how each child is growing and developing spiritually. If there are children whose spiritual development is in the development needed ranges, know that Compassion doesn't see this as a bad thing that the children should be shamed for. It is actually helpful for the project staff there to know where they can provide extra support to help encourage those children in their spiritual development. Truly, it helps center tutors provide more meaningful mentorship to these precious kids when we are able to pinpoint these areas in order to help challenge them to grow deeper in their own faith.That being said, I will certainly pass your feedback on to leadership.