7 Billion Reasons PromoClick here for a personal message from Greg.

25 years ago I received a crystal clear call from God to move from Dublin, Ireland-where I had been involved in planting a new church-and move to Northern Ohio to become the leader of what is known today as the RiverTree Movement.  Over the years I have stated numerous times that a crystal clear call from God brought me to RiverTree and it would take a crystal clear call to move  me elsewhere.

Much to my surprise, that call from God has come . . . and it is clear as crystal.

God has been writing the story of my life. […]

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IMG_2397I just received a message from Wess Stafford that says, “Oh my goodness . . . my very last day as Compassion’s President!”

Which prompts me to pray . . .

Our most compassionate Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing your heart through your servant, Wess Stafford.

Thank you for the difference you have used him to make in the lives of millions of children around the world.

Thank you for the awareness of children at risk that you have used him to bring in the lives of thousands of churches throughout the United States and globally.

Thank you for his openness to planting new churches where no churches previously existed. […]

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I did not summit Mount Rainier and yet this was perhaps the most gratifying climb I have experienced.

We began our summit bid from high camp at 1 A.M.  Traversing a glacier by the light of my headlamp and a much brighter full moon I repeatedly sang the words to my favorite Matt Redman worship song:

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes.

After ascending through boulders, volcanic scree and spectacular ice formations I finally arrived at the top of Disappointment Cleaver.   […]

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By the end of this year, Stadia’s vision to amp up the powerful combination between church planting and caring for children will result in 21 new churches in Latin America. Because Compassion runs their programs ONLY through the local church, each of these new churches will see at least 200 children gain access to sponsorship and all its life-transforming benefits.

That means Stadia needs to recruit sponsors for thousands of Compassion children this year!

You can help us take significant steps toward this goal and existing sponsorship needs by hosting a Compassion Sunday at your home church. A Compassion Sunday features: […]

Emphasis on Compassion sponsorships and the spiritual, physical, educational and emotional impact they have on children.

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A top economist has confirmed what I already knew about the pictures hanging on my refrigerator door … Child Sponsorship Works! Check out this article from Christianity Today.

“ … You could beat this data senseless, and it was incapable of showing anything other than extremely large and statistically significant impacts on educational outcomes for sponsored children.”

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For many people, summer is a time to catch up on some good reading.  I enjoy reading books that keep me sharp, books that feed my soul and books that are simply great fun.  Here are a few you might want to grab to take with you to the beach, to the office or to your favorite chair.

Strengthening The Soul Of Your Leadership by Ruth Haley Barton.  This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time about caring for your soul.  Ruth rightly observes, “If Jesus were speaking to us today, he might also point out that when leaders lose their souls, so do the churches and organizations they lead.”

 

 

All Is Grace by Brennan Manning.   […]

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Top 5 things I love and respect about my mom

1.  She loves God and passed her faith on to me.

Nothing else is as important as this!

2.  She has stayed married for more than 56 years.

I was taught that divorce is not an option.  This provided security as I was growing up as well as laying the foundation for me to build my own marriage.

3.  She loves my wife.

Life is SO much better when mother and daughter-in-law actually love one another and get along well.

4.  She invests in my children.

It is such a privilege for me to have “grandma” pour into the lives of her grandchildren. […]

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I just found out that my friend Bob died.  I’m a bit surprised at how deeply his death is affecting me considering I don’t even know Bob’s last name.

At age 59 Bob was driving home from his aunt’s funeral.  A car pulled out in front of him, Bob swerved and a semi-truck killed him.  I suppose the details are somewhat irrelevant.  In the end, the driver who caused the accident never stopped . . . Bob’s life did.

I knew Bob from our local Giant Eagle grocery store.  Bob did a lot of things but most of the time Bob was a bagger.  […]

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The Exponential conference is the largest gathering of church planters on the planet.  And this year’s Exponential Conference certainly exceeded my expectations!  Here are a few of my favorite Exponential experiences.

1.  2 new church plants funded in Latin America.  Everything about the Stadia banquet at the Hard Rock Café was wonderful.  But, for me, the most wondrous moment came at the end when church planters, churches, individuals and organizations committed $160,000 to launch two new churches in South America.

2.  The first ever Wess Stafford Too Small To Ignore award.  Scott and Vanessa Pugh were honored with Stadia’s inaugural award that lifts up the value of children.  […]

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This past Saturday morning, Dr. Scott Todd (Sr. VP of Compassion International) and I sat at my kitchen table and reminisced about his visit six years before.  The weekend of his 2007 visit we had team taught during RiverTree’s weekend gatherings.  To dramatically illustrate the number of children that die every 24 hours as a result of poverty or poverty-related preventable diseases we poured 30,000 BBs from multiple pitchers into a galvanized metal tub.  With a microphone placed beneath the tub, the never-ending din of the BBs was deafening.

This past weekend, Scott once again taught at RiverTree.  As we closed the teaching time together we once again approached the galvanized metal tub with the microphone placed beneath. […]

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