521 W Lynn St
Springfield, MO 65802
Dr. JoAnn Butrin, Director
We use a Christ-centered, development-based approach to helping people help themselves. Our ministry philosophy is that every person has value, dignity, and potential, no matter his or her life situation. Our workers are committed to "walking with" rather than "doing for" a needy person or community. During that journey together, our team members take every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
At the invitation of communities, national churches, and missionaries in all regions of the world, our teams offer training in community health evangelism, health education, medical seminars, medical/dental/optical services, training and services for ministry to those with disabilities, disaster relief training, post-crisis pastoral care, and training in community development and appropriate technology.
One of the objectives of CompassionLink is to come alongside and help AG missionaries accomplish their dreams and calling. CL recently responded to the request of one AGWM missionary couple working in Moquegua, Peru. Chris and Deb Bowser worked hard for six months to plant a church but were growing discouraged. Despite all the hours they invested, only one adult had been saved and they were ministering only to the children in the area.
The Bowsers asked CL to join their efforts to plant the new church. God assembled a great team to help the Bowsers. Along with the 20-member CL medical evangelism team, missionary Lena Shrader, missionary associate Matt Cullipher, and local Peruvian AG church members gathered in support. God was ready to show what He could do in one week’s time!
On the first day of the clinic, one team member led a mother and her 21-year-old daughter to the Lord. They both cried tears of repentance as they were reconciled to God. When introduced to the Bowsers, they hugged Deb, who cried with them because they had attended the Thursday night Bible classes previously for several weeks without giving their hearts and lives to Christ.
That day more than a dozen new converts were brought into the Kingdom. By the end of the week, Chris and Deb were encouraged to see what God had done to help boost the new church through the CL team and those who worked with them. They counted over 200 new converts, and the church has new acceptance in the community.
The Bowsers also have new respect in the area, beginning with the mayor and his wife, who both attended the closing banquet. They were so impressed with the love and compassion shown to them and their city and saw teamwork at its best. All of the community saw what God can do. Best of all, the Bowsers have a follow-up team to visit new converts and the new church has the boost it needs to move ahead!