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I have the privilege of leading Stadia, a church planting organization that won’t stop until Every Child Has A Church!

We know that church planting is the single most effective way to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We also know that …

85% of those who make a decision to follow Jesus do so between the ages of 4 and 14.
All children are at risk. Danger and disease stem from poverty as well as prosperity.
So when we combine new church planting with caring for children, we see exponential Kingdom results. We are relentless about this vision. […]

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Spent time this week with a great group of young church leaders in Colorado. Love these guys and their commitment to doing whatever it takes to start churches that care for children.

11009369_1006498749369489_4698327938290963478_oWhile together, we toured Compassion International offices and got to hear from Compassion leaders. These Leadership Principles are prominently displayed at the Compassion HQ:

Compassion Leadership PrinciplesDemonstrate godly character
Cherish family
Commit to a local church
Live with integrity
Exemplify servant leadership
Humbly listen
Lead with courage
Ignite passion for ministry
Master communications
Equip staff
Strive for excellence
Practice personal disciplines

This kind of leadership is what makes Compassion such a high impact organization. […]

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IMG_1420ALL children are at risk.

There are dangers and diseases that stem from poverty and there are dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity.

Throughout my travels to some of the darkest points of poverty on the planet I have witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from poverty. And as a result of raising children in the United States I have also witnessed firsthand the dangers and diseases that stem from prosperity.

I have seen children eat dirt to fill their stomachs and children struggling with obesity from too many trips to the nearest fast food chain restaurant. I have paddled a canoe through sewage-strewn water to reach the home of a child living on an island in Ecuador and I have driven my SUV to relatively cavernous homes to visit children living in isolation in the suburbs of the U.S. […]

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Great things happening…check out this video.

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There is a fascinating story about Jesus recounted in Luke chapter 8. Jesus had a crowd around him when a man named Jairus approached him. Jairus fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his home because his 12-year-old daughter—his only child—was dying. And so Jesus starts pushing his way through the throng of people in an attempt to make it to the man’s home.

People were clamoring for Jesus’ attention. They wanted their needs met. They were hungry for healing. They continually reached out to touch him. At one point Jesus stops and a woman who has been ill for years is healed. […]

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Julie and I were traveling by bus along with 20 other leaders from the U.S.A. from Bogota to Cartagena. Just the previous day we had flown from our home in Northern Ohio to Colombia, South America.

As we settled in for the multi-hour bus-ride, our conversation turned toward the children of Colombia. Specifically the children who would be part of Compassion International’s ministry at two of the new churches Stadia was in the process of planting.

Our friend Erik, who works for Compassion, handed us six child-sponsorship packets representing six of the children that could be sponsored at the churches we would be visiting. […]

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I, as the sponsor, am the one who is blessed.

You cannot out-give the poor.

I must learn to live with “enough.”

The child I sponsor is praying FOR ME on a regular basis.

The letters I write are treasures to the child I sponsor.

 

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Inte — age 16 […]

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Many of us have children that have started back to school. If you’re like me then you want them to be blessed and be a blessing in their school experience.

1. Get to know their teacher(s). Pray for them often.
2. As often as possible, before school, pray with your children. Ask them what they have going on that day, what they are concerned about, etc. Pray for them right then. My kids have now started asking what is going on in my day and they pray for me as well!
3. Memorize Philippians 4:13 with them: I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. […]

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My good friend Scott Pugh shares some advice on how to elevate the value
of children in church planting. Five years ago, Scott and Vanessa planted
Velocity Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Scott is the author of the recently
released book: Children Matter. Take a look at this short video.

 

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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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