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A Powerful Read | Jan 25, 2011

A Powerful Read

Very seldom do Mark and I actually manage to read the same book.  This one however, was an exception.  I purchased it at our church’s resource center, started reading it… then Mark got a hold of it (before I even made a decent crack in the spine!).  Immediately he would share it’s stories with me and within the week had read it cover to cover.  Afterwards, I got it back and finished it myself… not quite as quickly!

It’s author, Dr. Wess Stafford, head of Compassion International, uses stories from his boyhood experiences in a West African village to set the stage for his discerning challenge:  Basically to impact humanity and revive the heartbeat of the gospel, we have to start with the children.  He explains that if people have not accepted Christ by the age of 21, the probability that they ever will is only 23%.  If we don’t pour into them early, it will be too late.  However, our culture tends to ignore children in “the busy mainstream of life” (not intentionally of course) and let opportunities centered around children slip through the cracks.  We get distracted with adult priorities.interests.accomplishments… the list goes on.

His tales are certainly captivating, but not always jovial, I must warn you.  Aside from our imbalance in Western culture, he continues and elaborates on how children are victimized by poverty, war and prostitution across the world.  Being surrounded by such desolation, the absolute truth that “the God of this universe adores you” is the only hope some children can cling to, its all they have… but imagine the isolation if they’ve never heard those words before.  You have no food, No shelter, and now NO Hope.

Now, let me just emphasize, this book has nothing to do with adoption, it never even mentions it.  It does, have everything to do with making each child a priority, in every area of life… and I HIGHLY recommend it.  It won’t be an easy read, but certainly one that will leave you convicted to take action.


Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 9:14

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”  Proverb 22:6

  1. Rachel!

    I didn’t realize you and Mark were adopting a child/children until the other week. I am so excited for you both and know it takes someone very special to do something wonderful like this, and of course you and Mark are wonderful. I know God will get you through this process and put the perfect child for you in your life.

    Excited to follow your blog!