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Effective Compassion explores what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. This seasonal program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope.


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2021 Hope Awards nominees

Every year, WORLD recognizes a handful of non-profit ministries serving on the front lines of poverty fighting. Those ministries are nominated by WORLD readers and listeners. We call it our annual Hope Awards. In this episode of Effective Compassion, we highlight the four finalists for 2021.

WORLD Radio - 2021 Hope Awards nominees


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.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 10: Hope for life change


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.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 9: Ministry mistakes


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.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 8: Hope Award semi-finalists


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.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 7: Mending broken minds


Season 2, Episode 6: Repairing broken families

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.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 6: Repairing broken families


Season 2, Episode 5: Compassion for refugees

This episode is about newcomers: Refugees and asylum seekers looking for a fresh start.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 5: Compassion for refugees


Season 2, Episode 4: Compassion in crisis

Natural disasters are disruptive and traumatic, especially for people already in emotional, physical, or spiritual crisis. Last year, every compassion ministry in the country faced the same disaster: COVID-19.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 4: Compassion in crisis


Season 2, Episode 3: Addiction and recovery, part 2

This episode of Effective Compassion is part two of our dive into addiction and substance abuse: The cauldron of stewing ingredients that leads to it, and the intense, drastic life-renewal strategies that help vanquish it.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 3: Addiction and recovery, part 2


Season 2, Episode 2: Addiction and recovery, part 1

This episode of Effective Compassion is all about addiction. The patterns and choices and life circumstances that lead to it...and the patterns, choices, life circumstances, hard work, prayer, grit, sweat, time, and love that can help break its grip.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 2: Addiction and recovery, part 1


Season 2, Episode 1: Ministry mindsets

Turns out, there’s more than one way to run a nonprofit. In this episode of Effective Compassion, journalists Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg explore the blueprints of ministry.

WORLD Radio - Season 2, Episode 1: Ministry mindsets


Coming soon: Effective Compassion, Season 2

Season Two of Effective Compassion is on its way! In this preview episode, hosts Anna Johansen Brown and Sarah Schweinsberg introduce the winner of WORLD's 2020 Hope Awards for Effective Compassion.

WORLD Radio - Coming soon: Effective Compassion, Season 2


Episode 12: Watered Gardens

Anna Johansen and Charissa Koh visit the winner of WORLD’s 2019 Hope Award. Watered Gardens is one ministry working to help the homeless of Missouri get back on their feet and find true hope for the future.

WORLD Radio - Episode 12: Watered Gardens


Episode 11: Epilogue

Housing First. Community First. Jesus First. Every organization has a different standard of success that shapes the way they combat homelessness. In this epilogue, Marvin Olasky takes a deeper look at the ministries we’ve visited so far, and offers insight on what works and what doesn’t.

WORLD Radio - Episode 11: Epilogue


Episode 10: Community First Village

Just outside Austin city limits, hundreds of tiny homes and RV sites are scattered over 51-acres. The Community First Village is home to many formerly chronic homeless men and women. On the surface, it may look like just another housing initiative, but here, relationships transform simple houses into something much more significant. Anna Johansen and Charissa Koh visit with Alan Graham, the village founder.

WORLD Radio - Episode 10: Community First Village


Episode 9: Housing First

Downtown Austin. Anna Johansen, Charissa Koh, and Marvin Olasky visit two agencies fighting homelessness on the front lines. One agency focuses on short-term emergency shelter; the other on long-term housing. Both organizations are working to get people off the street. But should that be the primary standard of success?

Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

WORLD Radio - Episode 9: Housing First


Episode 8: Sunrise

In the midst of political wrangling, thousands of small non-profits keep working to fight poverty and homelessness across the country. But what does that look like at ground level? Anna Johansen takes a closer look at the homeless communities of south Austin and talks with pastor Mark Hilbelink about how Sunrise Community Church became a sought after social service agency.

Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

WORLD Radio - Episode 8: Sunrise


Episode 7: Compassionate Conservatism

In 1999, George W. Bush launched his presidential campaign as a Compassionate Conservative. Many of the policies he advocated came straight out of the playbook of 19th century poverty fighters. Soon, compassion tactics from 200 years ago were shaping national politics... and drawing criticism from all sides. This episode is about 19th century compassion versus D.C. politics.

Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

WORLD Radio - Episode 7: Compassionate Conservatism


Episode 6: Finding a Niche

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

WORLD Radio - Episode 6: Finding a Niche


Episode 5: Newt and Company

From the team that brings you The World and Everything in It: Effective Compassion is a new podcast exploring American poverty-fighting. WORLD journalist Anna Johansen reports on what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. Hosted by WORLD Radio features editor Paul Butler, this program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Effective Compassion is a production of WORLD. Learn more at wng.org.

WORLD Radio - Episode 5: Newt and Company


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