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Ed Anderson

Topics: Charitable Giving Trends, Ethics, Fundraising and Ministry Integrity

Ed Anderson serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Compassion International. He believes Compassion has a responsibility to set the standard for financial integrity in the nonprofit world.

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Olive Aneno

Topics: Campus Ministry, Formerly Sponsored Children

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Uganda

Though orphaned and poor as a young girl, Olive’s story is one of hope and redemption.

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Cecilia Anyango Nyamwandha

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Kenya

Cecilia declares that her story is one of “hope, courage, and the knowledge that it’s not over until God says it’s over.”

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Moses Ashaba

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Uganda

“I have witnessed a tremendous turn of events in my life ever since Compassion restored my hope,” says Moses.

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Kurt Birky

As the Global Brand Director for Compassion International, Kurt Birky knows great communication, especially when it comes to speaking about his passion — serving the world’s poor.

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Bambang Budijanto

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Poverty

Regional Vice President for Asia for Compassion International.

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David Burke

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Leadership, Men, Poverty, Youth and Young Adults

The Youth Ministry Audit - equipping youth workers with innovative ideas.

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Candace Cameron Bure

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Marriage & Family, Personal Growth, Women's Ministry

Candace serves as the National Ambassador for National House Of Hope and all the while continues to travel the country speaking at churches and women’s conferences nationwide sharing her Christian faith.

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Tony Campolo

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Child Advocacy, Evangelism and Discipleship, Poverty, World Health Issues

Acclaimed christian speaker, author and pastor with a challenging message that combines personal discipleship, evangelism and social justice.

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Joe Castillo

Topics: Authors, Comedy & Entertainment, Evangelism and Discipleship

Unique, powerful, penetrating - art from the Scriptures

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Jean Clement Chery

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Haiti

"...thanks to what Compassion did for me, my wife and I have been able to build and open a primary school in a remote village of Haiti in order to give about 200 kids in this village access to a quality education at no charge to them, just like Compassion did for me."

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Foster Christy

Topics: Evangelism and Discipleship, Men, Youth and Young Adults

Professional speaker, evangelist - a passionate message of service and love

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Naomi Cramer Overton

As Compassion’s USA Advocacy Director, Naomi Cramer Overton effectively communicates how Christians, especially teens and young adults, can experience the joy of reaching out to those in need both at home and abroad.

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Ken Davis

Topics: Authors, Comedy & Entertainment

Best-selling author and inspirational speaker - comedy with content.

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Roger Davis

Topics: Child Advocacy, Discipling Teens, Youth and Young Adults

J. Roger Davis is the President of Student Life where he has served for 15 years in Birmingham, AL.

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Mary DeMuth

Topics: Authors, Personal Growth, Sexuality, Spiritual Growth

Mary DeMuth is an author and speaker who helps people live uncaged, freedom-infused lives.

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Adrian Despres

Topics: Evangelism and Discipleship, Men, Youth and Young Adults

High-energy evangelist bringing the gospel to college, senior high and young adults.

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Brad Duncan

Topics: Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Challenging troubled youth and lifers alike - right where they are.

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T.J. Foltz

Topics: Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

From sportscaster to youth ministry, with a heart for the poor.

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Stacey Foster

Topics: Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth

Stacey Foster, along with his wife, Dottie, pastors Life Changers International Ministries in Detroit. There, his ministry is changing hearts, healing hurts, imparting truths, and making an impact.

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Brock Gill

Topics: Comedy & Entertainment, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

He is an evangelist, called to preach the gospel to a dying world, and uses his talents in an absolutely amazing presentation that is entirely unique. God has taken Brock's ministry and passion for reaching people across the United States and into Mexico and Australia, growing his heart for the lost in the process.

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Owen Githanga

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Kenya

Compassion sponsorship rescued Owen from a childhood of abject poverty and gave him hope. Learn about his experiences as a child who overcame great obstacles.

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Tim Glenn

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Poverty

Expertise: Disaster Relief, Global Poverty, The Wydick Research

Tim Glenn serves as Compassion International’s US Communications Director and has a very personal, powerful perspective on the value of releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name by meeting their physical and emotional needs.

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Craig Gross

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Marriage & Family, Men, Sexuality, Women's Ministry

Helping those addicted to pornography with the power of the gospel message.

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Shaun Groves

Topics: Campus Ministry, Child Advocacy, Evangelism and Discipleship, Poverty, World Health Issues

Musician — Songwriter of the Year — delivering profound theological truths through lyrical metaphors.

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Dario Guerrero

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Ecuador

“I want to use the gifts God has given me to expand His Kingdom through Bible translation and church planting among tribal groups, sharing with them that their creator loves them unconditionally.”

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Jared Hall

Topics: Campus Ministry, Comedy & Entertainment, Youth and Young Adults

Seamlessly interweaves illusions and comedy with the pure gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Mark Hanlon

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Leadership, Poverty

Sr. Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement, Compassion International

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Jerry Henderson

Topics: Advocates & Volunteers Network, Church Engagement, Corporate Philanthropy Trends, US Church Trends

Jerry Henderson is the National Emerging Markets Director at Compassion International and believes the church is the greatest, most vital grassroots organization in the world.

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Tom Henderson

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Tom Henderson is the founder and lead communicator for Restoration Generation.

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Zach Hunter

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Christian Ministry, Poverty

Leading a new generation of activists who are putting their faith into action to address some of the most serious problems facing the world today.

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Steven James

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Acclaimed author — performance storyteller with a zany, animated style.

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Jay & Laura Laffoon

Topics: Authors, Marriage & Family, Men, Sexuality, Women's Ministry

A dynamic and inspirational duo, bringing married couples a biblical message of hope and celebration.

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Edouard Lassegue

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Poverty

Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region for Compassion International.

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Mark Matlock

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Parenting, Youth and Young Adults

Planet Wisdom — helping teens practically apply God's wisdom to every day situations

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Jey Mbiro

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, HIV Prevention, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Kenya

While living on the streets in one of the biggest slums in Africa, Jey found love and purpose through Compassion, and is now using his gifts as a musician and DJ.

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Justin McRoberts

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Child Advocacy, Poverty, World Health Issues, Youth and Young Adults

Singer, songwriter, storyteller - independent artist blends intellect, humor and passion in a call to a fully developed Christian life.

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Al Menconi

Topics: Authors, Parenting, Youth and Young Adults

Dictating the music your children may listen to won't help — teaching them how to make good decisions on their own will.

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Godfrey Miheso

Topics: Formerly Sponsored Children

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Kenya

"Compassion gave me an opportunity to nurture my skills as a team player, servant-leader and communications specialist for the glory of God."

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Anne Marie Miller

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Poverty, Sexuality, Women's Ministry, World Health Issues, Youth and Young Adults

Transformational activist, author of Permission to Speak Freely: Essay and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace (Thomas Nelson).

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Cameron Mills

Topics: Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

High-energy, deep, thought-provoking and challenging message.

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Maria Momojara Diamond

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Peru

"...Even though my surroundings made me a fearful and insecure girl, I was transformed by the love of God that worked through my sponsors and my tutors.”

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Elisa Morgan

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Parenting, Spiritual Growth, Women's Ministry

Former CEO of MOPS International. Gifted speaker and author on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism.

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Sidney Muisyo

Topics: Child Labor, Culture and the Church, Education, HIV and AIDS, Africa Issues and Poverty, Leadership, Malaria, Sociopolitics, Violence

Sidney Muisyo is Compassion International’s Regional Vice President for Africa, covering a territory that spans 8 countries. The work of Sidney and his staff impacts the lives of over 446,000 African children and more than 1,800 community churches.

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Walt Mueller

Topics: Author, Campus Ministry, Marriage & Family, Parenting, Youth and Young Adults

With a pulse on America's youth — helping parents and their teens navigate the media minefield that confronts every American family today.

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Ben Mwangi

Topics: Child Advocacy, Discipling Teens, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Kenya

From the desperate slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Ben found safety through Compassion. Learn more about his vision to reach teenagers in many nations.

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Grant Norsworthy

Topics: Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship

Dove Award-winning Aussie - compelling speaker, singer and songwriter.

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Paige Omartian

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, Women's Ministry, Youth and Young Adults

21-year-old author, speaker, and recording artist whose battle with cancer as a child led her on a remarkable journey inspiring others to grasp the preciousness of life and live out their purpose.

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Samuel Orlando

Topics: Formerly Sponsored Children

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Domincan Republic

“One of the greatest things is that now I am able to give to others a similar opportunity that was provided for me!”

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Doug Pagitt

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Leadership

Social and theological entrepreneur — focusing on postmodern culture, social systems and Christianity.

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Dan Perkins

Topics: Christian Ministry, Leadership, Men, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth

A native of Northern California, Dan went to LIFE Pacific College in Southern California, then toured three years with Jeremiah People, became a booking agent for Christian Artists Agency and continued to perform in regional musical theater where he met his wife of 27 years, Joy Lynn.

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Laurie Polich Short

Topics: Adult Conferences, Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Singles, Women's Ministry, Youth and Young Adults

Popular author and speaker — uniquely gifted to immediately connect with both students and adults.

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Wayne Rice

Topics: Authors, Parenting, Youth and Young Adults

Tireless youth worker with a bluegrass banjo.

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Duffy Robbins

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Published author and speaker — training events for youth workers.

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Dwight Robertson

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Leadership

Gifted communicator — challenging Christians to the role of laborership.

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Charles Robinson

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth

Charles is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has a passion to teach others about Native American culture. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Indian Education Association and travels to reservations and Native communities to meet with tribal leaders regarding the challenges facing Native people in the 21st Century. He is the Founder and CEO of The Red Road, a non-profit organization which ministers in tribal communities in a culturally relevant, yet Biblically sound way.

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Eric Samuel Timm

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Part artist, part speaker — all passion — captivating audiences with a unique communication style and unforgettable one-of-a-kind live art performances.

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Emily Sarmiento

With an advanced degree in international development leadership and 15 years in ministry leadership roles, Emily Sarmiento uses her personal experience to encourage and equip other leaders.

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Mark Scandrette

Topics: Authors, Christian Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Personal Growth, Poverty, Spiritual Growth, Youth and Young Adults

Creating Christ-conscious communities that connect the sensibilities of an emerging generation with the ancient roots of Christianity.

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Susie Shellenberger

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Sexuality, Youth and Young Adults

Susie Magazine — relevant, hard-hitting topics that make a difference are life-changing and help girls survive in a rugged world.

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Jimmy Sites

Topics: Evangelism and Discipleship, Men

Outstanding author, international speaker, TV personality — spreading God's message through Spiritual Outdoor Adventures.

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Bob Smiley

Topics: Authors, Comedy & Entertainment, Youth and Young Adults

Growing Up Super Average — The Adventures of Average Boy.

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Efrem Smith

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Leadership, Marriage & Family

Storyteller, preacher, teacher — a passion to see people find reconciliation in their relationships with each other and in their life's journey with God.

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Wess Stafford

Topics: Authors, Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Leadership, Poverty, World Health Issues

Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters. He served as President for 20 years.

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Greg Stier

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Mobilizing teenagers across North America to relationally and relentlessly reach their generation for Christ.

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Bob Stromberg

Topics: Authors, Comedy & Entertainment, Evangelism and Discipleship, Youth and Young Adults

Gifted comedian, delightful storyteller, superb communicator — bridges the generational gap.

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Rich Swingle

Topics: Comedy & Entertainment, Evangelism and Discipleship

Beyond the Chariots — Big Fish Little Worm — Rich performs one-man dramatic and spiritually nourishing plays.

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Renee Swope

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Marriage & Family, Spiritual Growth, Women's Ministry

Renee Swope is co-host of Proverbs 31 Ministries’ international radio program, best-selling author of “A Confident Heart,” a popular women’s conference speaker and writer for Encouragement for Today Devotions, which  reach over half a million women across the world each weekday through her ministry as well as Crosswalk and BibleGateway.

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Lysa TerKeurst

Topics: Authors, Evangelism and Discipleship, Marriage & Family, Women's Ministry

Bringing God's peace, perspective and purpose to today's busy woman.

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Gary Thomas

Topics: Authors, Marriage & Family, Parenting

Best-selling author and speaker on marriage, parenting and the Christian life.

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Scott Todd

An internationally known speaker, Dr. Scott Todd explains with power and clarity how extreme global poverty can be ended — in this generation.

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Keewani Vallejo-Cook

Topics: Child Advocacy, Formerly Sponsored Children, Poverty

Formerly Sponsored Child from: Philippines

Keewani was among the first group of students in the Philippines accepted into the Leadership Development Program. She is currently working as a physical therapist and desires to use her degree to participate in medical missions, sharing with children the love of Jesus Christ and the hope that can be found in Him.

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Rich Van Pelt

Topics: Authors, Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff, Evangelism and Discipleship, Poverty, World Health Issues

National Director of Ministry Relationships for Compassion International — pastor, author and christian speaker.

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John Vermilya

Topics: Campus Ministry, Evangelism and Discipleship, Poverty, Youth and Young Adults

Beyond spiritual apathy, stagnancy and religiosity — a life of passion and purpose.

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Ann Voskamp

Topics: Authors

Wife, full-time farmer, mother of 6, New York Times best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (Zondervan).

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Lisa Whittle

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry

Lisa Whittle is the author of three books, including her latest with Tyndale’s Barna imprint. A fresh, bold voice in the Christian community, she is a speaker, ministry leader, and pastor’s daughter with deep rooted history in the church. Her experience includes guest blog features for Michael Hyatt, Catalyst Leader, Women of Faith and numerous other blogs and publications, appearing in national media, church planting, and traveling with Compassion International. She speaks to audiences across the United States, inspiring conversations of wholeness in the church by the transparent sharing of her own truth, first. Lisa is a wife and a mother of three who resides in North Carolina.

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Tony Wolf

Topics: Authors, Comedy & Entertainment, Evangelism and Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, Youth and Young Adults

An established national speaker, comedian and budding author, Tony Wolf has the unique ability to engage and entertain people of all ages with his authentic, energetic and cross-generational approach.  Tony has developed an inimitable program format utilizing his versatility in music, drama and communication that carried him to 36 states onto stages with the likes of Mercy Me, KJ-52, Superchick, Toby Mac, and Rebecca St. James.

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Mike Yankoski

Topics: Authors, Campus Ministry, Poverty, Youth and Young Adults

Creating a place of welcome and friendship to the poor, marginalized and those who normally don't have a place of welcome in the neighborhood.

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Mark Yeadon

Topics: Child Advocacy, Compassion International Staff

Senior Vice President of International Program for Compassion International.

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