What Shaped the Ministry of Compassion?

In 1993 Compassion served 180,000 children. Today Compassion serves over 1 million children. Watch a video about what shaped the ministry of Compassion.
The Voice



Dr. Wess Stafford

Dr. Wess Stafford is President Emeritus of Compassion International, the world's largest Christian child development organization that releases children from poverty through one-to-one child sponsorship. Stafford first joined Compassion more than 30 years ago and became the president in 1993. Under his leadership, the number of children being served by Compassion increased exponentially, from 180,000 children in 1993 to more than 1.5 million children today.

Too Small to Ignore

Read Wess' compelling book about his life-changing experience growing up in Africa, and how God strategically used his time there to enable him to speak on behalf of children in poverty today.

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Just a Minute

Stafford shares the stories of well-recognized and unknown people alike to refute the old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” especially for the young minds of children. He gives simple tips and examples of how anyone can positively impact a child in just a moment and how all of us are equipped to do it.

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Compassion's Mission Statement

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.