The Compassion Experience from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Vimeo.

This four-day event will be hosted by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 8301 Aurora Avenue in Urbandale from April 13-16. There, visitors will be invited on a self-guided journey where they will be immersed in the lives and stories of two children living in the Uganda or Bolivia. Each child’s story starts in hardship but ends in hope.

The experience includes 1,700 square feet of exhibit space, featuring replicas of the homes and environments of these two Compassion beneficiaries. The event is free and family-friendly.

Register to attend
(If you were unable to register, no problem, walk-ins are welcome)

Friday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Watch Jen’s story.


Volunteers Needed


We are planning for 4,000 people to walk through this experience. Volunteers are needed for an approximate 4-hour shift. Training, orientation, snacks and an event t-shirt will be provided for all volunteers.

Register  to volunteer.



Contact Us

Church Office at 276-1700 or
Pastor Joe Meyer:
Pastor Ben Johnson:
Pastor Tim Phillips: