February 2015


Moving Forward - STL Update

On any given day, there is a lot of moving forward that takes place on our campus, literally.  From the first thing in the morning to dropping kids off at school to quick trips to the store in the evening for some supplies, our campus utilizes vans to move us forward.  Outside of school, we use the vans to get us to church, doctor appointments, hair appointments, youth activities, sports events, and more. Speed the Light (STL) is helping us do that and we are grateful. Across this nation, on any given day, Assemblies of God students are sacrificing their lunch, forgoing their personal extra plans and instead giving their money to STL, and our kids and youth are reaping the benefits. 


Recently, an opportunity arose where a young man in one of our cottages noticed an individual while running an errand and requested his houseparent to stop so they could pray with the individual.  Evangelism is taking place with the use of these vans! 

Our COMPACT Staff with the Silver Doge Minivan from Arkansas STL and a white Chevy Express from Appalachian, PenFlorida, and North Texas STL

COMPACT Family Services was approved for 10 ministry vehicles through STL and we have already received 5 of those 10. Thank you STL for believing in our mission and jumping on board to help move us forward. Our most recent 2 vans arrived a couple of weeks ago and we use them daily.  Pray with us that the remaining 5 vehicles will come in 2015.


For the past 10 days and into the month of March, we at COMPACT are in a season of prayer.  Over the next few months, we have some incredible opportunities before us and we are entering that season by allowing God to lead and direct us.  We have released a Prayer Guide that we invite you to download and join us as we pray collectively during this time.  


Download  a copy of our prayer guide


This month, we are highlighting another new employee, Lonni. She joins us all the way from Stillwater, Minnesota and we are happy to have her on our team. She is an exuberant, outgoing person with a bubbly personality and since September of last year, she has been a great addition. She serves as one of our Resident Assistants which means she steps in to serve wherever needed. Check out our interview we had with her.


Lonni, COMPACT Resident Assistant

How did you hear about COMPACT Family Services?

It was the semester before graduating from college and I was meeting with my adviser about my last semester, graduation, and plans after graduation. I was sharing with my adviser about where I felt God had been leading me recently. In the months leading up to that meeting, I felt God very surely leading me towards serving youth in Foster Care. My adviser told me about his friend, Jay Mooney, who was the director of a Children's Home in Arkansas. 


Was there a moment that you instantly knew that you were supposed to be here?

Definitely, sort of. I was flying home from a missions trip to an orphanage in Puebla, MX. I knew on that flight that God was about to move me somewhere, somewhere BIG! Then, a few weeks later I got a call from COMPACT Family Services about an open position. 


What has been the most rewarding thing about being a Houseparent or working for COMPACT?

Seeing lives, hearts, and minds change and heal in a positive and safe environment. 


What has been your most favorite moment?  


Birthday cards are always a treat to our kids on campus.  Please consider taking a few moments and sending a birthday blessing and word of encouragement to the following ones celebrating next month.



March   9 - Whitney*, 15

March 24 - Jonathan*, 15

March 24 - Sukie*, 15

March 26 - Crystal*, 15


Send cards, letters or gifts to:

COMPACT Family Services
Attn: (insert name)
2325 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

*In order to protect the identity of our students, the names listed above are the pen names that each of them selected as well as the age they will turn.  Each one listed is an actual student on our campus. 



New years resolutions are something that is popular each year, especially in January.  Often times they lead to healthier lifestyles, develop habits for a closer walk with God, while others provide direction in finances.  Consider starting a resolution this year to aid in the care and support given to a child in Foster Care.  


Here at COMPACT, we are a 97% donor based ministry.  Without sponsors, we would not be able to provide the around the clock care to each of the kids on our campus. Through child sponsorship, you can partner with us.  


Make a commitment this year to sponsor a child in 2015.  For as little as $30 per month, you can help us help a child in need.  For more information and to sign up, go here



Each month, we receive numerous requests on what our biggest needs are at COMPACT.  We update a complete list and keep it on our website but from time to time, we have specific current needs.  As of right now, that includes:


Wal-Mart and Visa Gift Cards

Batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9-volt, Rechargeable)

Bath Towels

Pillows (Standard)

Deodorant (Men's and Women's)

Cereal (All kinds)


Actual goods as well as monetary donations are appreciated to help meet these needs.  To see the entire needs list, click here.  


We are currently hiring and you might be a great fit for our team. Check out our current openings and download an application by visiting our webpage here.


     COMPACT Family Services
     2325 Malvern Avenue
     Hot Springs, AR  71901
     (501) 262-1660

COMPACT is a DBA of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency
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