On a Sunday morning in 1986, my wife Beth and I were sitting in a worship service at Hulen Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. A young couple shared briefly about their experience with Compassion International, a global ministry designed to lead children out of poverty in Jesus’ name. We were intrigued enough about this ministry that we asked for more information and soon after we began our relationship with Walter, a little boy in Peru.

Over 30 years later, we are still sponsoring children with Compassion. We’ve had eight children thus far, ranging from Peru to Colombia to Rwanda to Indonesia. Beth and I had the opportunity to visit 7-year-old Betha in Indonesia. We went to her home and met her family. We went to her school and church. It was one of those “bucket list” events for us.

In addition to Indonesia, I have also had the opportunity to see several Compassion children’s centers first-hand in Colombia. I love Compassion because every one of their ministry centers is connected to a local church. About 3-4 times per year, we receive a letter from our children. We also occasionally receive a letter from the pastor or other leaders at the center. Compassion does a good job of not only helping children out of poverty. They are concerned with the total welfare of the child, i.e., physical, emotional, and spiritual.

We love Compassion! It’s a simple way to help fulfill the Great Commission given to us by Jesus. We feel like we have helped make a difference in the lives of many children. I would love for you to join the Compassion movement. You will be blessed and you will be a blessing!