Several of us were at the Catalyst Conference recently. This stood out as the conference’s most powerful moment. It’s a fairly long clip with some lead in and lead out clips around the story of Jimmy and Mark. Let me encourage you to hang in there and watch it all.

I couldn’t help but think of the impact a Compassion Sponsorship might have on a child in poverty–and perhaps more so–on a college student or faculty member like Mark whom we have challenged to care about the things that Jesus cares about. What if our students and faculty heard an announcement at a Winter Conference and sponsored a child like Mark did when he was in his 20s? How might that affect the life of our disciples?

By the way, we are working on developing a partnership with Compassion Int’l to support the discipleship, mentoring, and leadership development of over 2000 Leadership Development students, who are studying at the leading universities in these countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Thailand, Uganda.

If you’d like to help, please contact me at JayLLL

Catalyst 2009 Compassion Moment from Catalyst on Vimeo.

This has already been called one of THE most powerful moments in Catalyst history; there wasn’t a dry eye in the arena after Jimmy Wambua met Mark, his Compassion Sponsor of 19 years, for the 1st time. It was an unbelievable moment…Jimmy begins to share at minute 3:45.

Perhaps we can broaden the heart of compassion in our students and faculty by encouraging them to sponsor a child through Compassion International? Maybe we should do the same thing for ourselves?

To sponsor a child, please visit Compassion.


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