The dedication to my book, Small Matters, reads: To Sunshine (Tabitha) and Moonshadow (Elijah)—the small matters who matter most in my life.

I don’t want to get to heaven some day and have God say to me, “Well done, Greg. You helped plant thousands of churches that intentionally care for children. You helped sponsor and care for hundreds of thousands of children in Jesus’ name. But Greg . . . where are Tabitha and Elijah?”

And so, Tabitha and Elijah, the two children that God has placed into my care, in my own family, are the most important children in my life. […]

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I wanted to share what’s being said about Small Matters:

“Greg and Jimmy are investing their lives in transforming a generation. Small Matters shows us how we can all make a world-changing difference in the lives of children—Vince Antonucci, pastor, Verve Church; author, God for the Rest of Us

“Jimmy and Greg weave together Scripture, research, and their experience to give you and me a remarkable tool that will change not just us but the kids we care about.”—Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

“Greg and Jimmy have impacted hundreds of thousands of kids and families, and now they share powerful insights on how we can make a difference in our own corner of the world.”—Jud Wilhite, senior pastor, Central Church; author, Pursued

“Prepare to have your heart wrecked, your hope renewed, and your vision enlarged. […]

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I was honored to share the stage with Jimmy Mellado, President of Compassion International, during the Stadia party last Tuesday at Exponential. We raised almost enough to plant four new churches in Ecuador, and it was announced our Stadia partners donated over $190,000 so far to help with the Ecuador earthquake relief effort. If you’d like to join in this campaign, go here to donate.

Jimmy and I also had the chance to talk about Small Matters, our just-released book about the importance of children and the Stadia Compassion partnership.

In the forward of the book, John Ortberg, author and pastor writes:

“Today, suffering falls most heavily on little children. […]

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Julie and I sponsored Edino through Compassion International three years ago when he was five years old. Edino was able to be sponsored because Stadia planted a new church near his home on Pampanal Island. Prior to this new church opening, no church existed in Edino’s community.

My daughter, Tabitha and I, had the opportunity to visit Edino in his home, on his island, just a few months ago. Edino was excited to show us his new church.

Unfortunately, Pampanal Island was near the epicenter of the recent Ecuadorian earthquake. Edino was probably terrified when the earth rumbled, the ocean waves poured throughout his community, all communication with the mainland was lost and electricity was gone. […]

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Here’s what we know:

The 7.8 earthquake occurred Saturday night at 6:58 pm with the epicenter in Esmeraldas and Manabí. 238 people have been killed.

Compassion staff and pastors are safe.

Manabi is the area where our churches/sponsorship programs are most affected. It is isolated by land communication due to damages in many road bridges and in Manta Airport.

Water reservoir towers have collapsed in the areas of several of our churches/sponsorship programs so water distribution is compromised.

Esmeraldas Province has serious infrastructure damage.

San Lorenzo and its islands are free of infrastructure damage. However they have no electricity, no internet. […]

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Small Matters goes on sale TODAY!  Here are some things being said about the book:

Greg and Jimmy are investing their lives in transforming a generation. Small Matters shows us how we can all make a world- changing difference in the lives of children.

— Vince Antonucci, pastor, Verve Church; author, God for the Rest of Us

 

Jimmy and Greg weave together Scripture, research, and their experience to give you and me a remarkable tool that will change not just us but the kids we care about.

— Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

 

Greg and Jimmy have impacted hundreds of thousands of kids and families, and now they share powerful insights on how we can make a difference in our own corner of the world. […]

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Small Matters goes on sale next Tuesday.  There is still time to preorder the book and receive bonus teaching material.

“Our prayer is that as you read, God will open your eyes to show you how much small matters. We hope that the needs of children will become a pebble in your shoe. A kernel of corn stuck in your teeth. Sand in your bed. A blister on your big toe. A splinter in your finger. We hope that the thought of caring for kids excites you and even frustrates you and that it ultimately moves you—to do something about it.” […]

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A fascinating story about Jesus is 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 twelve-year-old daughter—his only child—was dying. 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 were reaching out to touch him. At one point Jesus stops, and a woman who had been ill for years is healed. […]

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Pre-Order a copy of Small Matters before April 12 to receive an exclusive Teaching/Sermon Series Outline to accompany the book!

The pre-order bonus includes four weeks of sermon outlines with creative content (including a sermon bumper and video links) to engage congregations and inspire practical ways to embrace the Small Matters message. […]

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All children are exposed to the violence of life. Some witness it firsthand. Others experience it through the media. An average American child will see 200,000 violent acts and 16,000 murders on TV by age eighteen. Worldwide, hundreds of thousands of children have been recruited into government armed forces, paramilitaries, civil militia, and a variety of other armed groups. More than 5.5 million children in Syria have faced the ravages of ongoing wars and violent civil unrest. Many children live in communities where terrorism is a nearly constant threat.

Sometimes violence keeps children from the benefits afforded them by a good education. […]

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