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This past weekend at Rivertree Christian Church, I had the privilege to be interviewed with Compassion International President Jimmy Mellado. During that interview, Jimmy said, “God was training me to believe in the ridiculous.” Together, we shared the vision of the Compassion/Stadia partnership. We talked about what it would look like to release the 400 million children living in poverty to a life transformed by Jesus. And, we learned what it means to lift your eyes higher.

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Over 53 million people of Hispanic descent live in the United States.

Two-thirds of all Latinos living in the U.S. were born in the United States.

Of those, 96% speak primarily English, with more than 60% speaking only English.

22% (16 million) of all U.S. children under age 18 are Hispanic.  1 in 5 children in the U.S. Are Hispanic!

Over 85% of all followers of Jesus decide to accept Him between the ages of 4 and 14.

Church planting is the most effective means of sharing the Gospel. So Stadia plants churches that intentionally care for children. We see a great need to reach this fast-growing population by planting churches that reach Latino children. […]

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I love this story of how New City Church is intentionally caring for children…

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As Lead Pastor of New City Church, Nate Bush regularly asks himself two questions: 1) “Thirty years from now, how will Albuquerque, New Mexico, be different because of New City Church?” 2) “What can we do together that we can’t do on our own.”

New Mexico, known as the setting for Breaking Bad, has Nate regularly confronting the truth of statistics. New Mexico is the poorest state in the country and is touted as the “worst state to be a kid.” Contributing to that are lowest test scores in 4th grade reading and only a 60% high school graduation rate. […]

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LifePointe Christian Church in Fort Mill South Carolina, led by Nate Siemon, believes in getting better before you get bigger. The reality is LifePointe is doing both. With average weekly attendance of approximately 700 people over two weekend services, the communities of South Charlotte, Fort Mill and Rock Hill are truly coming together to worship, serve and grow.

When Matt McGue partnered with Stadia in 2004 to plant LifePointe, Nate soon joined the team as the Student Pastor, eventually becoming their Campus Pastor. Nate reflects on his time serving with Matt. “Matt is my hero in ministry,” says Nate. “He believed in me and saw more in me than I saw in myself. […]

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I love the privilege of working with Stadia to cast the vision of Every Child Has a Church.  And, I love the partnership between Stadia and Compassion International…here is one more reason why.

“Pablo is 11-years-old. He uses a portion of the money he earns in the mines to buy alcohol. Many of the people who showed him the ropes when he started five years ago have died from malnourishment, alcohol/coca abuse or physical ailments related to mining. Pablo drinks so he doesn’t have to think about his life being one quarter over. He continues to revere the Satan statue and is glad it keeps him alive in the mines. […]

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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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