Effective Compassion is an investigation into American poverty-fighting. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg dig into the concept of challenging, personal, and spiritual help. They investigate how those concepts work in different scenarios and discover some of the common pitfalls that get in the way. And through it all, they keep coming back to one main question: How does being a Christian affect the way we try to help people?
Season 2, Episode 10: Hope for life change
In this final episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg visit two organizations with similar goals: They want to help the homeless, people who have lost everything and have nowhere to go. But these two organizations chose different strategies … and ultimately, got very different results.
Season 2, Episode 9: Ministry mistakes
Nonprofits, both Christian and secular, have to watch out for some common pitfalls that threaten to undo all their hard work. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg recount five cautionary tales from organizations that failed due to a lack of accountability, transparency, or an accurate understanding of what the people they wanted to help really needed.
Season 2, Episode 8: Hope Award semi-finalists
Every year, WORLD hosts the Hope Awards for Effective Compassion. Readers and listeners nominate hundreds of ministries, and we narrow the list to about eight or 10 semi-finalists. Just four make the final cut. This episode is about the runners-up. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg visit two ministries that didn’t win in 2019 and explain what bumped them out of the winner’s circle.
Season 2, Episode 7: Mending broken minds
Just about anyone working in mental healthcare, criminal justice, or social work will agree: people with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders face a difficult road. This episode is about the 50 million Americans dealing with mental illness. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg talk to some of the Christians who are there to help, working to put the challenging, personal and spiritual into behavioral health care.
Season 2, Episode 6: Repairing broken families
Many of the people who struggle with addiction or homelessness grew up with a family member with unhealthy habits. Or they experienced abuse. Some didn’t have a family at all. Coming from a good family doesn’t guarantee a trouble-free life. But having a shaky family foundation makes everything a lot harder. In this episode, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore what compassion looks like for hurting children, young adults, and their parents.
Season 2, Episode 5: Compassion for refugees
This episode is about newcomers: Refugees and asylum seekers looking for a fresh start. Journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explain how refugee resettlement works and visit several ministries that help these newcomers become self-sufficient in their new homes.
Recovering my Daughter
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Honest balanced & informative
This podcast is well researched and they assess the different organizations and methods from a biblical point of view. It is informative, inspirational, and cautionary. Can’t get enough of it!
Unique, moving, compelling
This podcast is beautifully written and professionally executed. Each episode presents its theme so well and leaves you excited to hear the next one. I’ve listened through both seasons twice because there is so much packed in to absorb. Well done!