Local church hosts ‘The Compassion Experience’

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Starting early Thursday, volunteers were busy transforming part of the parking lot at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston-Salem.

The church is hosting a traveling exhibit called “The Compassion Experience.”

The Compassion Experience spreads awareness about global poverty through real stories.

“We complain about small things here. We don’t understand what it is to live in extreme poverty,” said Bishop Sheldon McCarter, senior pastor at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church.

The exhibit is inside of a tractor-trailer that has been decorated to reflect the lives of individuals from childhood through adulthood.

The trailer reflects their living conditions including where they slept and what they ate.

“As you walk in, you have a head-set on and you’re listening to a child’s story on an IPod,” said Laura Owens, tour manager for The Compassion Experience.

The exhibit runs under Compassion International — a child-advocacy ministry connecting children with sponsors.

The Compassion Experience will be at Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston-Salem Friday through Monday.

The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is available, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Click here for a complete list of times.

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