Montreat College will host “The Compassion Experience” on its Black Mountain campus this coming week. The Compassion Experience is an interactive tour of living conditions in many of the poorest parts of the world, where Compassion International sponsors children living in extreme poverty. The tour is free and open to the public; visitors can pre-register for tours at

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students and the local community to see what conditions are like in places of extreme poverty,” said Alan-Michael Sprinkle, Montreat College’s interim dean of spiritual formation. “The experience also educates people on how they can help children living in these conditions, following Jesus’ example of caring for the poor.”

The Compassion Experience features an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic. In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without getting on a plane. Visitors will be given headsets and invited on an audio-guided journey through wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of real children who have grown up under the weight of extreme poverty. Each child’s story starts in poverty but ends in hope.

The Compassion Experience is a project of Compassion International. For over 60 years, Compassion International has been making a difference in the lives of children growing up in some of the most impoverished places on earth. Though the statistics on poverty have greatly improved over the past 25 years, the reality is that there are still 385 million children living in extreme poverty (defined as less than $1.90/day by World Bank, 2013). This type of poverty stands in direct opposition to children growing up healthy, educated and with every opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.

The Compassion Experience will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, February 12-15, on Montreat College’s Black Mountain campus, 191 Vance Ave., Black Mountain, 28711. Visitors can pre-register for tours at: