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Minister to the needs of rural America


Rural Compassion is a national initiative dedicated to

encouraging, strengthening & empowering

small and rural churches to work outside their

four walls to address the needs of their surrounding

communities. We provide inspiration and action to

help the pastor and congregation to be Christ's hand

extended by meeting the concerns of poverty and

restoring self-respect in the hearts and minds of

rural communities.



“We believe that church is called to be the instrument of change in every community. Through faith based serving and loving neighbors, Rural Compassion partners with churches and enables them to respond to the needs in their community”


One of my greatest concerns is for the rural pastors. I have seen their sacrifice and commitment and I have seen their suffering and pain for the lack of income and recourses. I think Rural Compassion's initiative can help them fulfill Gods call on their lives and with their churches”


—  Steve Donaldson, Founder



commentated by Steve Donaldson

Steve Donaldson, one of the co-founders of Convoy of Hope, founded Rural Compassion in 2003. His heart for underserved rural communities and churches prompted him to devote his full attention to bringing light and hope to forgotten places.


According to Steve,

The roots of Rural Compassion were born one day in 1969, the day my dad was killed by a drunk driver. My mom was also severely injured, leaving my three siblings and me in desperate need of a support system. The Davis family answered the call and welcomed us into their home – a 10’ x 50’ mobile home. Ten people sharing the fullness of life under one roof. As a ten-year-old boy, I personally experienced the depth and power of compassion, and that has made all the difference. As Andy Stanley says,

“Do for one what you wish you could do for all”

The Davis family demonstrated their faith by loving us when we had nothing to offer in return.


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