Compassion International Sees Encouraging Year of Growth

Over 103,000 children received sponsors this year through a Colorado Springs-based children advocacy ministry. Meanwhile, the response from believers has increased drastically in a period of about 30 years.

Compassion International, which works to break the cycle of poverty for children everywhere, forms partnerships in places where local churches are active and focused on caring for children who are poverty-stricken. These partnerships work very well and allow a sense of unity in faith and purpose.

"Sponsoring children is at the core of how Compassion works. We believe that by sponsoring a child, you can change the life of a child forever," Wes Stafford, President of Compassion International.

"Over 103-thousand children got sponsors within Compassion's ministry this year. That's kind of cool, because I've been around a long time, and it took us our first 28 years as a ministry to ever get to 100-thousand children, and here that's happened just in this year 2004," the president added.

This year there were also new outreaches to Bangladesh and Burkina Faso, two of the poorest countries in the world. Stafford said, "We're in the business of helping little churches in very poor settings spread the Gospel both through their words and through their deeds. One of the things that we think is the most strategic and loving things we can do is to give the children an opportunity to accept Christ as their Savior. 78,262 of these little children made decisions to accept Christ as their Savior."

June 2004 marked the beginning of Compassion's work in Bangladesh. The Burkina Faso project, where there are 1,400 children participating in 10 projects, launched in the summer of 2004.