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From Ecuador:

I had the opportunity to visit with Inti today…the first child my family sponsored through Compassion International.  We have been sponsoring her for 13 years.  She is now 19 — a young woman full of hope and a future who will do great things for God’s kingdom.

Cost of sponsorship — $38 a month Helping shape the eternal destiny of a little girl — priceless

Click here to learn more about the partnership between Stadia and Compassion

Click here to find out more information on sponsoring a child and  being part of priceless moments like this. […]

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Looking forward to the Exponential East Conference in Orlando and to the Stadia Party…Tuesday April 26th!

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I love this story in the Wauwatosa News about one of Stadia’s latest church plants.  And, I love how the services provided by Stadia create margins for planters to work on important issues like this as they work to make sure Every Child Has a Church!

Wi Church Feature

“The segregation issue in Milwaukee has reached this worldwide network, where they’re now doing stories on why you find so many different ethnicities just separated in the city,” McKee said. “Although there aren’t any physical gates, there are things that keep certain ethnicities from moving to certain areas.”

“What City of Light wants to do, and what we are doing, is creating safe environments for people to come together, have fun together, just hang out together — but let that be the start of individuals, cross-culturally, coming together, learning about one another and then appreciating differences and seeing how those differences can help to solve some of the issues that we see here in Greater Milwaukee,” McKee said. […]

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My family and I spent New Year’s Eve with close friends.  As we prepared to usher in the New Year, there was great food, football and Bingo — a game that could be played by our entire group (our party included 5 adults and close to 15 kids ranging in age from 5-20).  The Bingo was fairly intense.  The prizes ranged from a rather unique elf hat (that had to be worn by the “winner”) to gift cards.  As the last game was played, the final winner was allowed to choose any of the prizes that had been opened or the prize I had in my back pocket.   […]

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As 2015 draws to a close, please take a minute to watch this video and remember some of the incredible highlights of this past year…52 new churches, countless lives and communities transformed.

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In 2016, we will continue to strive toward our vision of every child having a church.  We’re gearing up to plant 100 or more churches a year. This kind of vision will require great generosity.

Would you consider making a gift to Stadia to fuel this important work? You can make your gift online at www.stadia.cc/expansion2016 or mail a check to PO Box 17900, Irvine, CA, 92623-9700. […]

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Every year on Christmas Eve, our family reads the Christmas story from Luke chapter 2, celebrating the Good News of Great Joy that is the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. As we do so this week, I can’t help but think of the billions of people around the globe who won’t hear this Good News because they don’t have access to a local church.

Our family wants to change that … and we hope yours does as well! Watch this video to hear how our family invests in new churches.

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This past October, Stadia hosted an Anniversary Dinner at the Exponential West conference.  Cesar and Maria Salazar had the rare opportunity to attend the celebration, not only to celebrate the five-year anniversary of their church plant, Plaza Iglesia in Bakersfield, CA, but also to celebrate the launch of a new campus in West Bakersfield.  During the celebration, we asked Cesar to share what he has learned in the past five years.

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He spoke candidly about the importance of perseverance and how at times you need to guard against that drive crossing over into stubbornness.

He shared that when God calls you to plant a church, it is your battleground. […]

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Last week, I had the privilege to be part of the Stadia staff retreat at Lakeside, Ohio. Stadia is a virtual organization. So, when we come together and sit in the same room, it is a fantastic time of being inspired by the great leadership of our various teams and a great reminder that God has woven together a team of incredibly talented people who share the vision of planting churches that intentionally care for children. This past year, Stadia planted 52 churches! We are preparing to plant over 100 new churches per year in the next few years. And, we are dreaming of when God will enable us to plant 1000 churches a year. […]

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As Christmas approaches and we are faced with the commercialism of the holiday, I encourage you to think of ways to give the people you love experiences rather than stuff.  I asked my daughter, Tabitha, to share her thoughts on her recent experience in Ecuador.  Here is what she had to say:

This past week, I was fortunate enough to travel to Ecuador with my dad. On this particular trip, I was able to meet one of my sponsor children, Natasha (4). This meeting was extremely important because she is from the church plant in Santa Elena. Exactly one year ago, nine of my friends and I planted this church in Santa Elena. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I’m reflecting on last year’s Thanksgiving dinner of rice and beans. We ate that meal surrounded by over 200 Ecuadorian children who now have access to the love of Jesus because together we started a local church in their community.

Can I tell you how much I would love to gather around your Thanksgiving table this year to show my gratitude for your prayers and partnership? But instead of setting an extra plate at the table, take a couple minutes for me to share my “thanks” in this video message.

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