Over the years, we have shared our Christ-centered vision to focus on children with people around the world. Many express a desire to come alongside us as partners in child development.
We care about all children. We care about the poor. And it's the combination of the two that creates extreme vulnerability. It is the intersection of children in poverty that is the laser focus of our ministry.
Today, we serve more than 1.7 million babies, children and young adults through the caring support of strong partner networks in many countries.
How did this growth come about?
It started in the early 1960s, when Canada became our first partner country, with Australia and the United Kingdom joining us in the mid 1970s.
In 1996, then President, Wess Stafford, had a vision to reach over a million children with the benefits of our program.
Wess believed that building diverse networks of caring sponsors throughout the world — all connected by a common vision, mission and set of core values — could make this happen.
It is happening, and our network continues to grow.