Compassion's History - 1990s

History of Compassion International through the 1990s.

Compassion's History - 1990s

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Bibles for All Kids is organized to provide Bibles for all Compassion-assisted children and supports Compassion's goal of giving each child the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel.

In April, Service d'Entraide et de Liaison (SEL) of France becomes affiliated with Compassion. More than 4,000 children are currently sponsored in France.

Both Miriam Swanson and Dr. Gus Hemwall are named Director Emeritus by Compassion's board on September 21. Each served in that capacity until their deaths.


The Overseas Scholarship Grant Program is organized to financially support older children who have completed their formal education and would like to continue in secondary school, vocational training or university.


Compassion International celebrates 40 years of ministry and begins work in the United States with American inner-city and rural youth, as well as Native American children.   

More than 180,000 children are sponsored in more than 2,000 project sites in 21 countries. Approximately 25,000 other children are registered in Compassion's programs and await sponsors.

  • Compassion leaves Korea after 40 successful years of ministry.

  • Compassion begins work in Ethiopia.

  • Rev. Wallace Erickson retires from Compassion after serving as president for 18 years, and Dr. Wesley Stafford assumes the presidency.

Dr. Stafford spent 15 years with Compassion both overseas and at headquarters before becoming president and CEO. Wess grew up in Africa's Ivory Coast and shared his missionary parents' commitment to the poor. After college, he served as a Haiti representative for six international relief agencies, including Compassion. Living internationally helped him become fluent in several languages. Undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from Moody, Biola University and Wheaton College prepared him for a life of Christian ministry.


Compassion initiates relief efforts in Rwanda following civil war that leaves more than 140,000 children "unattended" nationwide.

Miriam Swanson Westerberg, Director Emeritus and Everett Swanson's widow, passed away on February 4.

Compassion resumes child development work in Rwanda. 


The Netherlands joins Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain and New Zealand as Compassion Partner Countries.

Over 200,000 children are now sponsored through Compassion's worldwide ministry.

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) enrolls its first class of students in the Philippines.

Compassion launches its inaugural Web site.


The LDP was launched in Haiti and Guatemala.

Over 250,000 children are now sponsored through Compassion's worldwide ministry.

Dr. Gus Hemwall, ministry pioneer and Director Emeritus, died November 22.

Compassion begins child development work in Tanzania.

Compassion UK opens in the United Kingdom.

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