NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Compassion International today announced that nearly 4,000 children have been sponsored in just six weeks through the recent efforts of their Grammy Award-winning partner artist, Michael W. Smith. These sponsorships were generated by two successful concert tours headlined or co-headlined by Smith, playing to capacity crowds in major markets across the country.
"I'm so grateful to be involved with an organization like Compassion," states Smith. "People tend to thank me for the work that I've done with Compassion, but I feel like I need to thank Compassion for letting me be involved in something that's so authentic and life-changing." He adds that "my relationship with Compassion has really made me reevaluate what's important in my life and the life of my family."
"We are so blessed to have such a gifted and God-centered individual faithfully sharing Compassion's mission on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children," declares Compassion President and CEO Wess Stafford. "Michael has been a champion of this ministry for the last decade and has rallied thousands of individuals to Compassion's cause-releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name. True to his lyrics, he is helping God's children find 'their place in this world.'"
Multi-platinum, multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist Michael W. Smith is one of the most influential figures in Christian music. Over his 19-year career, Smith has garnered two Grammy Awards (along with numerous nominations) and an American Music Award in the "Pop" category, was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" and has garnered 34 Dove Awards, including "Artist of the Year" in 1999 and 2002. Smith's career sales exceed 9 million. For more information on Michael W. Smith visit www.michaelwsmith.com
Compassion International is dedicated to the long-term holistic development of children living in poverty. The organization works with more than 65 denominations and scores of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and with churches and youth workers in the United States. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than a million children. Many of Compassion's sponsorships are generated through partnerships with well-known artists, authors, and speakers. For more information on Compassion International, visit www.compassion.com
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