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Overview 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 many 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 and empower you to help change the world- and the future-forever: one child at a time. Hardcover, 269 pages. Waterbrook Press.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.17 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400070430 ISBN13 9781400070435
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More About Wess Stafford & Dean Merrill
Dr. Wess Stafford, author of Too Small To Ignore: Why Children are The Next Big Thing, host of the daily radio feature, Speak Up with Compassion, and president of Compassion International, is an internationally recognized advocate for children in poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion International is one of the world s largest Christian child development agencies, partnering with more than 65 denominations and thousands of local churches to serve more than 600,000 children in 23 countries. Wess s life experiences have uniquely prepared him for this role. While he has earned degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Biola University, and Wheaton College, as well as a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Wess often says, Everything he really needs to know to lead a multinational organization, I learned from the poor, growing up in an African village. As a boy, the son of Ivory Coast missionaries, Wess was one of the village children who were watched over by a wise and loving African extended family. But his young heart was often broken when African friends died from the cruel ravages of poverty. Wess feels privileged to continue his parents commitment to the poor and to now minister to those who have always been so close to his heart. While Wess s passion for serving the poor was sparked in childhood, later adventures continued to fan the flames. He attended high school with Native American and Hispanic classmates in the southwestern United States before graduating from Wheaton Academy, and in college, spearheaded literacy programs for disadvantaged teens in inner-city Chicago. His education and experiences in broadcasting, writing, and non-formal education, his facility for languages, and working cross-culturally were important threads of his life that were eventually woven together for the purpose of preparing him for his life s mission of speaking globally on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. As a young man, Wess represented a consortium of relief and development agencies in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. During his four years in Haiti, Wess experienced the most devastating message that poverty speaks to a child, You don t matter. Wess also learned that the most strategic way to break the cycle of poverty is by investing holistically in children, meeting their physical, spiritual, socioeconomic and vocational needs to give them a hope and a future. Wess joined the staff of Compassion International in 1977 and has worked with the ministry, both overseas and at headquarters, for 28 years. He has served as president since 1993. Compassion and I were a perfect match, Wess said. Their philosophy of development reflects everything my experience told me was true the importance of preserving the dignity of the poor, focusing on empowering people by equipping them rather than doing for them, and enhancing cultures by enabling the local church to disciple children. If Compassion had not already existed, I would have had to create it! Compassion s approach works hundreds of thousands of its program s graduates are now giving back in their own countries as Christian spouses and parents, health care workers, educators, lawyers, entrepreneurs, pastors and church workers. Wess was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Biola University in 2003. He is a veteran, having served four years in the U.S. Army as a linguist in military intelligence. An avid outdoorsman and committed family man, Wess lives on a little ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado, with Donna, his wife of 25 years, who was a Compassion sponsor even before she met Wess. They have two daughters, Jenny and Katie the two children in the world for whom Wess is the greatest advocate of all. They also have a dog who worships the ground Wess walks on, and a cat who worships himself! Since 1952, Compassion International has touched the lives of more than a million children. To learn more about this revolutionary approach to child development, visit www.compassion.com or call (800) 336-7676.
Reviews - What do customers think about Too Small to Ignore: Why Children Are the Next Big Thing?
What Can I Say Dec 12, 2006
What can I say that hasn't been said here in other reviews? A timely, riveting piece of writing. Highly, highly recommended. Rick Evans Chaplain Childhelp Of Ohio
Too Small to Ignore Nov 10, 2006
Informative, well written, and disturbing regarding the abuse that the author and other children suffer in terms of their caretakers. At the same time uplifting in terms of the author being able to overcome the effects of his childhood abuse.
An eye opener Nov 5, 2006
Dr. Stafford forces us to think about the plight and condition of children outside the industrialized world. And after he makes the case for our consideration he gives us practical ways to help. If you care about the Third World and the countless masses of the next generation growing up there, this is a must read.
A Truly Inspiring Book Sep 4, 2006
In Too Small to Ignore, Dr Wess Stafford writes of the plight of millions of children worldwide and teaches us that the solution to poverty includes love that leads to hope.
He writes of his upbringing in an African village as the son of missionary parents. His depiction of village life - the important responsibilities entrusted to children, the soccer game with the home made soccer ball, the togetherness after the evening meal - made me feel as if I had missed out on something rare.
The author writes of a dark period in his life during boarding school where he experienced tremendous evil. (Parts of his book would not be suitable for younger children.) That Dr Stafford is able to see how God used this evil for good is a truly inspirational story.
Nor do the inspirational stories end there. The author recounts how the love of a schoolteacher shown to her sponsored child through letters resulted in a bronze medal in the Olympic games.
Compassion, the organization that Dr Stafford leads, offers us a way to bring healing to a broken world. Over the years, we have had the privilege of sponsoring three children through Compassion. It offers us another way to reach out to other children in addition to the 2 boys from Vietnam we have adopted into our home.
Too Small To Ignore makes a compelling case for Jesus' heart for children - and by implication, our call to follow in Jesus' footsteps to care for these little ones.
Awesome. Life Changing. Sep 2, 2006
I received a copy of this book at the Creation Concert and my two teenage sons have just finished reading it with me. It was amazing--really put things into perspective for all of us. Me, with finding ways our money could be better spent on others. And them, with realizing how much "stuff" they have when compared to the dire situation many children their own age live with. And sadly, we learned, many do not make it to their age. That was so humbling for all of us. Thank you for opening our eyes!
We are happily sponsoring six children now--one for every member of our family. Mr. Stafford's courageous stories of his own childhood, combined with engaging tales that a couple of 14 and 15 year olds found interesting enough to read daily, should help to spread light on the overlooked tragedy occuring right now in many corners of the world. God Bless you Mr. Stafford, your staff, and the current missionaries abroad.