April 2015



Gladys Hinson was a faith filled women who had a dream to start a children's home in China. When word of WWII came, she was unable to travel to China. At first she felt as though her dream was unattainable then the Lord spoke to her and opened her eyes to the idea of a children's home being in America.  Shortly after, the property in Hot Springs was found and what we know today as COMPACT Family Services had its beginning.  Join us as we take a look back to 1945, one year after the home was opened and hear straight from the heart of Gladys herself.  It is evident through this article how much faith Gladys had.  


Article originally published in The Pentecostal Evangel, June 9, 1945, 
and republished with permission of Gospel Publishing House.


by Richelle Wingo

Gary Nelson joined COMPACT Family Services in October of 2013 and since then has been a tremendous blessing to our team.  Gary moved here from Washburn, WI and how he came to be here is nothing short of an intervention from the Lord. 

In 2011, Gary's pastor told him about Hillcrest Children's Home in Arkansas, and asked Gary, the Missions Director of his church at the time, to do some research about it and present it to the congregation.  Gary felt a trip to Hillcrest was necessary and arranged one.  A team was scheduled to come but Gary was unable to be a part. One year later, a second trip was arranged and Gary knew he needed to go.  In May of 2012, while on the trip with his church, God laid it on his heart and confirmed that this was where he was supposed to be.  Gary says he had no doubt that God wanted him here. READ MORE



by Ervin Ellsworth

Our campus lost a great man this month.  While our hearts are sad, we rejoice because we know Mr. Bill is in heaven and has received his ultimate healing. Long time friend and co-worker, Ervin, wrote a beautiful piece in honor of Mr. Bill.  
"When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we've no less days to sing God's praise than when we've first begun." 

Throughout my life, I've probably muddled those words at least a thousand times, not really taking the time to appreciate deeply what the words revealed.

I was attending the memorial service for Bill Hircock, a fellow servant at COMPACT Family Services Agency, where I heard this song. Bill and his wife Jan came to be a part of our Campus in 2005 moving from Minnesota. Bill came with the desire to help our kids at COMPACT learn the art of wood crafting while also tutoring math after school.

As the years would pass, Bill would take on many hats- helping to butcher and smoke all our meats; growing fresh vegetables from his garden; building and repairing furniture; and many times, when short a cook on campus, Bill and Jan would step in and lovingly make delicious meals. Needless to say the children grew to love him and respect him with great admiration. READ MORE


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.



May 4, Will* - 10 years

May 16, Lydia* - 18 years


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. 



Summer is just around the corner and that means youth camp and kids camp is too.  We have 30+ kids attending some sort of camp this summer and we need your help to send them.  Camp is valuable for our kids where they walk away with life changing altar experiences as well as friendships and memories to last a long time. Camp is also a costly expense and we invite you to make a donation that could affect a child for eternity. Consider sponsoring one of our kids today.  Send your donation marked with "Youth/Kids Camp" to our offices today.


Youth Camp, June 29 to July 3 - $150

Kids Camp, July 26 to July 19 - $125 



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)

Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Body Wash, Hand Soap

Multi-Vitamins, Cough Drops, Tylenol, Ibuprofen

Cereal (All kinds)

Toilet Paper, Paper Towels

Bottled Water


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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