Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Raised in a West African village, President of Compassion International Dr Wess Stafford experienced the reality of "it takes a village to...
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Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Raised in a West African village, President of Compassion International Dr Wess Stafford experienced the reality of "it takes a village to raise a child". In this captivating book, he issues an urgent call for communities and individuals to invest holistically in the future of their children, to "be that loving village for children everywhere."
The time has come, argues Dr. Wess Stafford, for a major paradigm shift: Children are too important and too intensely loved by God to be left behind or left to chance. Children belong to all of us and we are compelled to intervene on their behalf. We must invest in children-all across the world. ^^There are strategic, persuasive reasons - beyond love and kindness - to invest in children. Today they may snuggle into your lap, if you let them. But tomorrow you may not have access to them in the corridors of power they might occupy. Now is the time to shape the future.^^Dr. Stafford issues an urgent call for change. His adventures as a boy raised in a West African village provide an often-humorous and always-captivating backdrop to his profound and inspiring challenges. Wess lived the reality of "it takes a village to raise a child" and calls us to "be that loving village for children everywhere."^This book will encourage you to turn your good, loving intentions into strategic actions.
Praise for Too Small to Ignore "The heart of Compassion became so real and clear after reading this gripping saga of what a small child dramatically had to endure, which God has used to help the lives of countless children. Wess Stafford's story is heartbreaking, yet full of the grace and love that God has for His little ones." --Ned Lott, senior manager, Character Voices, Disney "The first time I met Wess, I perceived this undeniable compassion in his eyes. I listened to him talk about growing up in Africa and heard his compassion. But not until I read this book did I fully understand why communicating compassion is as natural to Wess as breathing is to the rest of us. His journey through pain and hurt reinforces the fact that God does indeed bring beauty from ashes, and compassion from heartache. --Tamara Lott, Compassion Sponsor "As I travel around the world, I see so many children in desperate straitsespecially children with disabilities who are relegated to the lowest rung of the social ladder. My heart goes out to them! It's my prayer that through Wess Stafford's new book, a passion will ignite in the hearts of Christians around the globe to reach these little ones with his tender mercies and hands-on help." Joni Eareckson Tada, president of Joni and Friends " Too Small to Ignore is a wake-up call for all of us. It speaks to our responsibility to 'the least of these.' The truths in this book speak directly to the heart. If you want to understand children and why they matter to God, you have to read this book!" Michael W. Smith, artist and songwriter "Nearly a half century ago in an African village, God was beginning to shape the destiny of one who would appear on the stage of life as a powerful voice and advocate for children of the world. Later his leadership skills would be sharpened in the soil of Haiti. Now, as president of Compassion International, Dr. Wess Stafford has written a compelling book of his own pilgrimage interwoven with the reminder of the importance Jesus placed upon children. It is a must-read that will inspire all hearts to join with Wess to champion the cause of children all over the world." Jim Groen, president of Global Connection International "At lasta book that has to be close to the heart of Jesus who affirmed the value of children....yet today, children are at risk all over the world. Read this and get your heart engaged in the priority enterprise of the coming generation!" Joseph Stowell, teaching pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel and former president of Moody Bible Institute "Weaving a beautiful tapestry of his boyhood adventures in Africa and a lifetime of heartfelt ministry to children, Wess Stafford powerfully defends the cause of God's children and implores us to take action on their behalf. The spiritual impact of future generations simply cannot be ignoredand we must take the lead. Please read this bookand don't forget God's children." Ted Haggard, president of National Evangelicals Association and senior pastor of New Life Church "What a joy it has been to be an advocate for the wonderful ministry of Compassion International! In the same way, it is an absolute delight for me to speak of my friend and mentor, Wess Stafford. This is a man of integrity whose heart overflows with love for hurting children and, above all, for our God. You cannot meet this godly man without being challenged and encouraged. Prepare to be moved." Rebecca St. James, artist, songwriter, and author "Some books are meant to be skimmed, others to be read carefully. Wess Stafford's new book is to be savored, underlined, highlighted, and meditated over. It's full of wonderful stories and profound insights. Too Small to Ignore is a great book, written with the energy and verve of a man who knows kids and passionately loves them." Bill Armstrong, former U.S. senator "For Wess Stafford, ministering to the neediest children in the world grows out of a biblical imperative and a passion that was generated from his experiences as the son of missionaries in Africa. This book has everythingstories that will moisten your eyes, insight that will stimulate your mind, and proposals that will generate an intense response.... What I love about the book is that Wess convinces the reader that he or she can make an incredible difference on behalf of the poorest of the poor." Tony Campolo, PhD, speaker and author of Speaking My Mind "A big-picture book if I've ever read one. Brilliant, inspiring, compelling, and moving. Wess has done a remarkable job of helping us to rediscover the value of our most precious resourceour children. This book will move you to compassion and force you to action! Welcome to a front-row seat into on what moves the heart of God." C. Thomas Davis, president of Children's HopeChest and author of Fields of the Fatherless "You are holding in your hands one of the greatest literary works on child development. Every page of this spellbinding masterpiece is drenched with the passion of a man dedicated to the cause of children.... I particularly enjoyed his portrait of life in an African village where timeless truths and lessons are passed on to the next generation as an ordinary part of human interaction.... This book is a must-have on the bookshelf of every parent, pastor, youth leader, and most certainly every teacher and educator. I highly recommend Too Small to Ignore and pray that this electrifying read will light a passion for children in the heart of every personand compel you to action." Mrs. Janet Museveni, first lady of the Republic of Uganda "As his pastor, I know Wess Stafford...loves the children of this groaning planet, and he speaks truth to them as he cares for their needs. He loves the body of Christ, and he speaks the truth to us about our role in a world filled with more brokenness and beauty than any of us can fully comprehend....Wess's scripturally based perspective and Spirit-authored passion come through. These pages present a powerful message that needs to be heard." Matt Heard, senior pastor, Woodmen Valley Chapel "Wess Stafford has a heart for children like none I have ever seen. Too Small to Ignore is a must-read for anyone whose life touches the lives of children to any degree. Although it is painful and heartbreaking at times, the hope and compassion he delivers encourage a response from every reader." Zig Ziglar, author and motivational teacher "Wess Stafford and I share a special bond: I am African by birth, and Wess, raised as the son of missionaries in a poor African village, is African at heart. Too Small to Ignore is my brother's tribute to the crucible of his African childhood. His upbringing forged in him a passion to declare a long-neglected kingdom truth: our calling as believers is to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves and to defend the cause of children whenever necessaryparticularly the children of the poor. If you want to be challenged further in your faith, please read this book!" Dr. Alemu Beeftu, president of Gospel of Glory "Wess Stafford is a rare and good man, who brings a message for our time straight from the heart of God. His candid book compels us to see and act differently, to enter into God's compass
WESS STAFFORD From the poor of Africa's Ivory Coast to President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International, Dr. Wesley K. Stafford - Wess - has maintained one simple belief: God's children are priceless resources. To that end, Wess leads Compassion's efforts to break the cycle of poverty for children everywhere. Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and has worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters, for 34 years. He has served as president since 1993. Wess lives on a small ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, Donna, of 32 year
Dean Merrill has been published in over 40 Christian magazines and is the author or co-author of 35 books.