Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most Wess Stafford Dean Merrill Too Small to Ignore Why the Least of These Matters Most Too Small to Ignore 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 The time has com
  • Title: Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most
  • Author: Wess Stafford Dean Merrill
  • ISBN: 9781400073924
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Paperback
Too Small to Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most Wess Stafford Dean MerrillToo Small to Ignore 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.The time has come 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 compelledToo Small to Ignore 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.The time has come 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 In Too Small to Ignore, 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.
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  1. 13 July 2007there is a part of me that died and a part of me that has never lived before the cruelty of people, the strength of compassion, the joys of dusty lessons in Africa and the torment of hell in boarding schools the redemption of our Godildren, their wholeness, and the love of God for them.poverty, its destruction, and the need for God to redeem broken relationships.he can, he does, do this blessed be the LORD, who has heard the cry of the poor and destitute, whose throne is set upon fou [...]

  2. This biography of Compassion, Intl president Wess Stafford was provided free at a conference which circumstance is usually not associated with great books But this one wow I was fascinated by how Stafford turned his own childhood abuse at the hands of missionaries so called men and women of God into a life long passion for the care and shepherding of children No bitterness, no cynicism, no hate just a pure desire to feed, clothe and love the least of these The book is compelling and convicting, [...]

  3. Spectacular book If you want to be rocked and I hope you do, this is the one book to start with Stafford s personal story is worth the read But with that you get insight into our role in the lives of the world s forgotten children In light of all that is going on in Haiti this might be worthwhile for those of you unaware with what Compassion International is all about They have been in Haiti for years They are still there This book is one of my favorites I could read it again I don t say that a [...]

  4. This book is life changing You will never look at a child in the same way again I want to be this book I want to radically change the way people around me see the children in their spheres of influence I want to interact with and value children the way Jesus did to the wonder and amazement of those around Him I want my life s work to be advocacy and empowerment of children.

  5. After having read Too Small to Ignore Why the Least of These Matters Most by Dr Wess Stafford, I find it easier to divide the book into two virtual book reviews The first would be Dr Stafford s life experiences growing up in Africa, the insightful cultural comparisons between life there and in the West, the traumatic abuse he and others suffered while students at The Christian and Missionary Alliance s Mamou Christian Academy, the young Wess Stafford transitioning back to life in the United Stat [...]

  6. I loved this Dr Stafford is the president of Compassion International an advocate for children this book is his story a plea to apply the Great Commission to the children of the world relieve their poverty There are just a few things holding me back from giving this 5 stars one is that he seems to view children as guiltless, innocents rather than sinners in need of God s grace, and he takes liberties with Bible stories embellishing them for his purposes which I think is wrong But over all this i [...]

  7. This book should be read by everyone who sponsors children through Compassion International Wess shares his heart for children and why we should invest in them Children need adults in their lives to love them unconditionally As Compassion sponsors, we have the opportunity to pour into the lives of children we may never meet this side of heaven But the encouragement we give them in letters can make an eternal difference in their lives.

  8. This book has fueled my love and calling to child ministry Mr Stafford clearly articulates why it is so important to minister to kids His own life story as a missionary kid is amazing to read and see how God used that to prepare him for his place as the president of Compassion International.

  9. I don t give out 5 stars amazing to many books not written by Tolkien or Lewis but this one earned it An excellent counter to our current culture s devaluing of children.

  10. Part memoir, part Bible study, part treatise, all call to arms A compelling and important book that deserves to be widely read and acted upon.

  11. Written by the president of Compassion International, Wes Stafford, a children s support ministry to those in poverty I am sad to say I let this wonderful book languish on my shelf for six years Having finally read it I was totally unprepared for the depth of it, the heart break of reading about the author s childhood experience as an MK sent to boarding school, and his treatment of the importance of children s ministry, especially children of poverty Highly recommended for anyone but especially [...]

  12. Between being a father and having spent the last decade and in education, I fully expected to have an affinity for this book I m around kids all the time and, generally speaking, love them especially mine That said, I was not prepared for the outstanding writing I found in these pages For the vast majority of this book, Stafford is not preaching a world view though that comes in due time , but rather he is telling a story, his story With the help of Dean Merrill, Stafford recounts his extraordi [...]

  13. Everyone should read this it s so raw, moving, and full of wisdom It opened my eyes to see how vital children are for our present and future Wess has lived 100 lives and can gain so much wisdom and insight from his accounts and experience.

  14. Too Small to Ignore Why children are the next big thing This is a book by the President of Compassion International on the importance and priority of children By the way all royalties from the sale of this book go to Compassion s program to serve poor children around the world.Dr Wesley Stafford looks at the plight of poor children through his own life of adventure, being raised in a rural, African village He and his sister had a rich, upbringing as missionary kids in West Africa His experience [...]

  15. Too Small to Ignore should be required reading by church leaders, children s advocates, parents, and Christian adults Stafford, the president of Compassion International, is a humble, yet passionate proponent for children around the world It s his goal in this book to prompt a paradigm shift in the rest of us, that we too would see the value and importance of children and be motivated to change our actions often thoughtless than malevolent though sadly, the latter can also be true toward them.S [...]

  16. Too Small to Ignore is an engaging and inspiring call to action on behalf of children Wess Stafford of Compassion International shares the story of his childhood in Ivory Coast as the son of missionaries His story is not idyllic and accentuates the power of childhood experiences to either crush or lift society.

  17. Wess Stafford erz hlt in seinem Buch Liebe, die ankommt ber Kinder und die meist ignorierten Kinderrechte Der Autor selbst w chst als Sohn von amerikanischen Missionaren in Afrika auf Er erlebt seine sch nsten Kindheitsjahre auf diesem Kontinent, macht viele Freunde und w nscht sich sogar manchmal, schwarz zu sein, wie seine afrikanischen Freunde Doch sein Leben war nicht immer sch n, denn er erlebte auch Missbrauch und Gewalt in einem Internat weit entfernt von seinen Eltern und Freunden Nach J [...]

  18. I read the book Too Small To Ignore by Dr Wess Stafford,It was eye opening to say the least In it he explains how often adults take the innocence of children for granted He explains his experiences as a child and through his work as President of Compassion International It deals with some very real things like child abuse I found it incredibly powerful and definitely opened up my eyes to how the world including me, how we all treat children The main point through the whole book is how we all hav [...]

  19. The book is divided into two parts and the parts are very different from each other The first part was beautiful storytelling about Dr Stafford s childhood in Africa that integrated the lessons of why children are too small to ignore The second part uses biblical stories to further illustrate the point that children were an important part of Jesus ministry and play an important role in God s calling to His people This book was a call to mission action It was put forth very real suggestions how w [...]

  20. I m glad I read this It was a bit slow at the first, but the middle and end was very good A few good quotes The real integration of children into our lives is happening all across the world just not very much in Western society Here we have forgotten that there really is no higher calling than to raise a child We ten to do a lot FOR our children but not nearly enough WITH our children In many of today s dual income households, parents hire others to do most of the privilege of child raising p.3 [...]

  21. Probably like 3.5 stars.Dr Stafford spent much of his childhood in the Ivory Coast, a small country in West Africa, and he spends the first part of this book telling many stories from his childhood there As he talks about his horrific experience in a school for Christian missionary children I found him writing himself into a corner He portrays life in the small, non Christian African village as wonderful while the world of Christians is terrible Yet he spends his adult life working for an organ [...]

  22. Wess has lived a powerful story I admire his devotion to children, especially to children who are living in poverty and in need of encouragement.I use the term champion all the time to talk about the type of relationship I am honored to be in with my sponsored children from Kenya I feel honored to be a part of these kids lives, and I want to do that simply send them funds each month I want to be a champion for them, someone who picks up their causes, and their burdens, and helps them to carry t [...]

  23. This book is so important Its message is important but actually not common in its entirety This book surprised me, in a good way It is written by Wess Stafford, of Compassion International I have sponsored children through this organization for years and even once heard Wess speak at a conference, so I was fairly familiar with the background of the book and its general direction and ideas.However, it was much than I expected there was a lot I didn t know about his background, his work with and [...]

  24. Maybe the timing was just right for me the author s story really impacted me, his message resonated with me profoundly, and I think that I will be remembering this book the rest of my life I definitely want my children to read it when they get older.The first two thirds of the book especially is almost like an autobiography I found myself especially inspired by his parents being a missionary mom myself raising MKs in a village in East Africa particularly their holistic way of living, ministering [...]

  25. I thought that it may end up being a bit dry, full of troubling statistics about the state of impoverished children around the world, simply an appeal to sponsor children This book far exceeded my expectations I found myself moved to tears several times while reading this book Stafford has a way of not only bringing readers to the humble African village of his youth, but also vividly relating the details from the perspective of an innocent child As a future parent, I appreciated the fact that he [...]

  26. Definitely worth reading Stafford is extremely passionate about what he is called to Sometimes I think that he focuses on children at the expense of a legitimate focus on adults and growing people into disciples of Christ However, there aren t too many people who are going overboard in that way so it s probably good to have someone challenging us in that area Plus, if you re going to go overboard, that is not a bad way to go.Imagine a world where we actually valued children I would add this to h [...]

  27. I loved this book I was given this book while attending a conference, so was not sure I really wanted to read it What a great surprise It s filled with amusing stories, lots of humor and also grave tragedy and wisdom borne of many trials If you have ever coached soccer or watched a children s game, you must read his chapter about coaching, it s a classic The story of him playing Coney Island games of skill is also hilarious.Then he contrasts the tragedy of his life at an MK boarding school with [...]

  28. I just finished one of he best books I ve read in awhile Too Small To Ignore Why Children Are the Next Big Thing by Wess Stafford is interesting and made me pretty emotional.Stafford is the director and CEO of Compassion International His book is the story of his life from growing up as a missionary kid in West Africa, being sent away to a boarding school that was a living hell of physical and sexual abuse, to arriving in America as a teenager to grow up and become the leader of one of the most [...]

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