leaving a legacy Going through our ministry archives, I found a recording of the Korean Orphans Choir singing, “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian.”

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Lord, I Want to Be a Christian

In the 1960s, our founder’s wife, Miriam Swanson, toured 80 U.S. cities with this choir. The voices of the Korean orphans inspired audiences across the country to sponsor more orphans, and our ministry grew.

As I listened to this song, I couldn’t help but think: This choir, these voices, are echoes of our past. Echoes with a ripple effect that still reverberates to this day.

This year, we are celebrating 60 years of ministry.

Rev. and Miriam Swanson’s love for the orphans of war-torn Korea is an echo that, today, ripples to 26 countries worldwide and tells this generation of children that they also are loved.

It is an echo I pray every child hears.

We all have an opportunity in this life to leave an imprint — an “echo” if you will — on the lives of others. What is the echo you want to leave for generations to come?

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  1. Marvin
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 4:48 am

    The Korean children in this picture area all about 60 years old…. I wonder what they have to say about this song… and maybe what people say about us in 50 years is the point…I hope what people say about me in 50 years is good…and they saw Jesus in me….

  2. Sam
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 7:13 am

    Thank you for putting this up. It is truly a blessing. And thank you, Rev. and Mrs. Miriam Swanson for your love and compassion that Jesus has put into your hearts.

    60 years has past, and now, S.Korea has been tremendously blessed, especially through such faith with deeds as this. As a S.Korea born, U.S. raised Korean American, I will also now do my deed as well.

  3. Jacquie Parella
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 7:27 am

    I hope the same thing about my life Marvin!

  4. Leslie Taylor
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 8:00 am

    What beautiful little voices! Congratulations, Compassion, on 60 years of serving the Lord and blessing the children and their families. I’m proud to be a part of it now!

  5. Liris
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 8:24 am

    Those voices brought in the goosebumps that I had not experienced for a long long time… :) These children truly are legends. They left a legacy that today ministers to over 1 million kids… Its truly amazing how God used such tiny innocent lives, indeed… Marvin, you are right!! But technically, those kids in the photograph did not even what they were doing, let alone contributing their voices to audiences in 80 cities… :) That’s what Divine Purpose looks like.. Subtle but Strong!!! :)

  6. Nathan Cary
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 9:51 am

    Who would have ever thought that the Korean Orphans Choir would lead to Compassion International!?
    Sponsors, we never know what the Lord will do through the life of your sponsored child.
    We are to sow and water and God will give the increase.

  7. Mar 28, 2012
    at 5:19 pm

    That is soo beautiful. The children are so precious!

    • Jacquie Parella
      Mar 28, 2012
      at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Lizzie! I agree!

  8. Lisa
    Mar 28, 2012
    at 7:34 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for posting this!

    • Jacquie Parella
      Mar 28, 2012
      at 10:55 pm

      I’m really glad you liked it!

  9. Mar 28, 2012
    at 9:47 pm

    It’s amazing what can happen when one person has the courage to answer God’s question – ‘What are YOU going to do about it?”

    Thanks to Rev Swanson’s courage, obediance and faith I now have the amazing blessing and privilege of being a Compassion sponsor :)

  10. Mar 29, 2012
    at 12:14 am

    What a blessing to hear this. It’s haunting and it’s beautiful, and it glorifies the Lord to this day.

  11. Suji Jo
    Mar 29, 2012
    at 4:16 am

    A person’s passion in saving children made a miracle;now many Koreans (Incuding me :-D) are saving children in other counrties via the Compassion International.

  12. Mar 29, 2012
    at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful voices! So glad you shared this with us — thanks!

  13. Sue
    Mar 29, 2012
    at 5:21 pm

    Jesus loves you this I know for the Bible tells us so!

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