I think of a preacher from Chicago in the 1950s who saw the ravages of the Korean war. In the war-torn alleys of Seoul, he saw orphans huddled in rags trying to keep warm in the bitter cold through the night. In the morning, soldiers would come, shaking the piles of rags looking to see who did or did not make it through the night. As this man sat on the plane home to Chicago reflecting on the tragedies he’d witnessed, God moved his broken heart with compassion.Continue Reading ›
In 1954, Everett Swanson’s relief work developed sponsorship programs which provided help for the children of post-war Korea. Those efforts have evolved into a global, program-based, holistic child development model. These days, you are less likely to find Compassion in the midst of a conflict zone but instead working at the heart of more stable communities. Here are three reasons why.Continue Reading ›
Here on this earth, we are the hands, eyes, and feet that God uses as instruments to fulfill His purpose and His dream.
The voices of the Korean Orphans Choir are an echo of the past — an echo that, today, resounds hope for millions of children around the world.
Rev. Everett Swanson laid a foundation for us. Jesus laid a foundation for the whole Church. Let each of us take care how we build upon it.
Ali Anderson, one of our ambassadors to the future,* shared this prayer at our 1 millionth child celebration last Friday. We thought we’d share it with you, along with another video from the celebration.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” – Luke 1:37 (NIV)
Most Holy King,
We stand before You right now in complete awe. In awe of who You are, of what You have done, and what You are doing.
Thank you for being so visibly present in the circumstances of today. We are so humbled by Your greatness and by Your presence in our lives. You are the Creator of the heavens, the orchestrator of the orbits, and the breath of life.
We are all in a story. A great creative process of writing history and being swept up in history at the same time.
God is the author of the BIG story, the story of His great love and redemption. And we’re all a part of that big story. But we each have our own stories to write, and I believe that God invites us to joyfully and playfully join Him in the creative process of writing our parts.