The Power of the Individual to Change Poverty Globally – Hope 103.2

The Power of the Individual to Change Poverty Globally

Last month, the Hope family rallied together to change the lives of 267 families on the Filipino island of Masbate. Hope Breakfast's Sam & Duncan caught up with the CEO of Compassion International, Jimmy Mellado to talk about the role we each play in ending poverty.

By Duncan RobinsonTuesday 24 Apr 2018Hope BreakfastSocial JusticeReading Time: 2 minutes

Listen: CEO of Compassion International Jimmy Mellado chats to Sam & Duncan about global poverty.

Last month, the Hope family rallied together to change the lives of 267 families on the Filipino island of Masbate.

Sam & Duncan from Hope Breakfast had an opportunity to chat with the Global CEO of Compassion International, a man named Santiago Mellado about the role we each play in ending global poverty.

Affectionately known as Jimmy, he was born in El Salvador, and lived in the Philippines before moving to the USA. He competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics as a decathlete and in 1991 he obtained a degree from Harvard.

Jimmy has lived a life of contrast, having been raised in some of the poorest countries on earth, he now occupies the most senior role in a multi-national not-for-profit.

“Hope is the biggest difference maker… Hope is optimism plus the agency to realise a better future. You can see a path.”

At his heart, Jimmy has a passion for the individual. He shared stories of encounters with mothers and their children all over the world. In each case he saw the impact of poverty and the opportunity through Compassion to help end its limitations. With over 70,000 care-givers globally in the Compassion network, Jimmy doesn’t ever seem to lose sight that at the end of the day, it’s a life that is being changed by another person’s investment.

We asked Jimmy a strange hypothetical question. If he was put in charge of planet earth what is the one thing he’d implement to ensure global equality. His answer was simple: “the love of Jesus Christ.” Jimmy explained that without Jesus none of this matters. Nothing changes unless we communicate the significance and impact of Jesus. That is what changes lives.

He says that “hope is in fact the biggest difference maker in their lives”, rather than education or healthcare. Time and again, he says, it is the hope and love of Jesus that truly leads to transformation.

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“Optimism and hope aren’t the same thing. Hope is optimism plus the agency to realise a better future. You can see a path.”

Compassion is driven through local churches on the ground. The goal is to equip and enable them to be the hands and feet of Jesus- empowering locals to transform their own communities. The individual does have the power to change poverty for one person. But we can make a difference, one person, one family, one village at a time.