Compassion Experience shows what living in poverty around the world looks like at Crossroads Church

This is what poverty looks like in Nicaragua
This is what poverty looks like in Nicaragua
Posted at 8:54 AM, Aug 11, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Even though poverty impacts children right here in our Tri-State backyards, the Compassion Experience has rolled into Cincinnati to provide a glimpse into how poverty's effects touch children around the world. 

This free, five-day event sponsored by four Crossroads Church locations looks like a truck filled with an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.


In more than 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools — without ever getting on a plane. 

The Compassion Experience aims to show visitors how to change the reality of those children, according to Keymonte Crooms, who leads much of Crossroads' work in Nicaragua. He says the church sponsored more than 6,000 children in Nicaragua alone last March.

"What you can do about it is sponsor one of the children that are available through Compassion," Crooms said. "Just this past March, we sent 100 people down that went to go visit their Compassion child. They actually got to tour where the kids live, they got to see the Compassion center, so everybody has an opportunity to do that at any Crossroads location across the Tri-State today."

These trucks are parked at the following four Crossroads locations from Aug. 11-15: FlorenceMason, Oakley and West Side (Cleves). They will be open to visitors from noon to 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. Sunday's hours will be from 1 to 8:40 p.m.