The Compassion Experience was set up Thursday (June 30) at Castle Rock Park in the Heights (Billings, MT), under the direction of Lacey Maloney.
By Aja Goare (MTN News) |
Billings, MT―A Billings couple adopted a child from Ethiopia two years ago and on Thursday, the mother of that child was overwhelmed to be able to share her son’s home country with the Magic City.
The Compassion Experience was set up Thursday at Castle Rock Park in the Heights, under the direction of Lacey Maloney.
Maloney and her husband adopted their son Abraham from Ethiopia.
“I didn’t know that one of the countries we’d have today would be Ethiopia until I got here to set up this morning,” said Maloney. “I was just so moved because it means a lot to me to show others the lives of kids in need from my son’s country.”
The Ethiopia tour is guided by the voice of a boy named Sameson, who describes living with his aunt.
The boy describes how scarce food is and the difficulty in attending school.
The pop-up style facility also includes a tour through the Dominican Republic.
The guided audio tour takes participants through a simulation of life in an undeveloped country to offer insight into the lives of impoverished people.
The project, which is backed by two Billings churches, tours the U.S., offering insight to men, women and children, across the country.
At the end of the tour, participants have the opportunity to sponsor a child from one of the two countries for a cost of less than $40 per month.
The community is invited to participate in the experience, which begins Friday and lasts through Wednesday.
The experience is free.
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