Interactive Tour Takes Visitors Into Daily Life in a Developing Country

FREMONT – Fremont-area residents have the chance to hear stories and see what poverty is like for children in developing countries this weekend.

Over 700 million people in developing countries live on less than $1.90 a day, and face challenges most Americans never will. To show people what that’s like for a child, Compassion International’s The Compassion Experience is making a stop in Fremont. Missions & Smalls Groups Pastor Victoria Leuthold says it’s a self-guided tour that will immerse people into the stories.

“The Compassion Experience is about a 3,000-square-foot trailer that comes out on location to provide an interactive tour for everyone who goes through the experience,” said Leuthold. “So at the beginning, folks will come in, check out a set of headphones with an iPhone, and then they’ll walk through different stories of what Third World poverty looks like for a child.”

Leuthold says visitors will get to see homes, walk through schools and markets, and hear life-changing stories of hope. She adds those stories will be about two people who were once sponsored by Compassion International.

“These are two alumni stories,” said Leuthold. “So these are real life stories of two children who went through Compassion’s program, had been sponsored, and then they go back to tell your their story.”

Leuthold says since not everyone gets the chance to go on a mission trip, they wanted to bring The Compassion Experience to Fremont to give people an idea of what poverty looks like.

“As the Missions Pastor, I know that the majority of people are not going to have the experience to go on a mission trip on the other side of the world,” said Leuthold. “And so we’re bringing poverty to our parking lot, so people can really see and experience what children living in poverty go through.”

The event will be set up in the parking lot of StoneBridge Christian Church, located at 1041 Nye Avenue, and will open for visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 9th through September 11th. Visitors are encouraged to make a reservation, but walk-ins are welcome, and the event is free and appropriate for all ages.

They are also still looking for volunteers to help set up for the event on Friday, September 8th. Anyone interested in volunteering can email

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