Beginning June 1, Compassion International is breaking back into the television scene. Compassion will air a 30-minute television special in major markets throughout the United States. Hosted by contemporary Christian music artist Rebecca St. James, the special will focus on Compassion's child sponsorship program.
In the 1980s, Compassion was a pioneer among Christian ministries in using television programming, but rising costs eventually led to discontinuing this venue. Today, with hundreds of television channels available, this venue has again become a cost-effective way to share the message of children in poverty.
"This television special creates a wonderful opportunity to share the needs of children in poverty around the world with many people throughout the United States who may never have heard Compassion's message before," said Rick Davis, Compassion's Director of Marketing. "Our hope is that by telling Compassion's story through a new venue we will help thousands of people to make a difference in the life of a child in need."
The television special is co-hosted by Tim Glenn, Compassion's U.S. Advocacy Director, and also features nationally renowned author and speaker Tony Campolo and Hollywood actors Victoria Jackson and Cary Elwes. All participants in the special sponsor children of their own through Compassion's child sponsorship program.
A complete listing of airtimes can be found on Compassion's Web site. Visit www.compassion.com and click on the link to the television program.
Compassion International is one of the world's largest Christian child development organizations, working with more than 65 denominations and thousands of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than one million children.
It has been recognized for its financial integrity with top ratings and recommendations by several of the nation's leading not-for-profit "watchdog" organizations. Recently Compassion was recognized by Charity Navigator for its fifth consecutive four-star rating, putting it in the top 1 percent of 5,000 charities.
For information about sponsoring a child, contact Compassion online at www.compassion.com or by calling (800) 336-7676, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MT.