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Story number 2 for 13 Feb 2003

By February 13, 2003

(International)–Meanwhile, possible war in Iraq, HIV/Aids in Africa and poverty are just a few problems facing children around the world. Compassion International is helping 500-thousand children through child sponsorships. Agency President Wess Stafford says helping in this way is Biblical. “Of all the ways Jesus could have described what he expects of us living in a hurting world, he chose the story of the Good Samaritan. He found the man hurting, and took him to a safe place, and said to the innkeeper, ‘You take care of him, but send me the bill’. And, essentially that’s exactly what Compassion is doing for nearly a half a million children, right now.” Stafford says 28-dollars helps local churches share Christ. “What we’ve done for 50-years is enable the church to be salt and light in the lives of a hurting community. And then, having earned the privilege and credibility, to speak the Gospel. This year alone, 61,000 of our children have made first-time decisions for Christ.”…something Stafford says is worth millions.

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