I received much more than I expected from Too Small to Ignore: Why Children’s Are the Next Big Thing, written by Dr. Wess Stafford, in collaboration with Dean Merrill. As president and CEO of Compassion International, Dr. Stafford knows firsthand how important the children of the world are, being raised in a missionary family stationed in a West African village.
First, I learned why our investments should be in the children of this world. How we can, as Dr. Stafford puts it, “change the world – one child at a time.” Second, I was educated in what we really need to understand about poverty, in order to make a difference in it. Third, I received a good cry—well, actually I cried uncontrollably--when Dr. Stafford shared the horrific experience he had at a boarding school at the hands of wayward missionary teachers. I cried for all the children in this world who have had their own awful stories or experiences that are yet unspoken. Fourth, I saw how God can use children instead of adults at times and about the “ripple of influence.” Lastly, I was touched that Wess Stafford asked that all royalties from the sale of the book go to Compassion International to minister to impoverished children around the world.
This man, Dr. Wess Stafford, is a children’s champion and we can be, too. We need to wake up and take a hold of tomorrow through the world’s children. This is the tomorrow that our own children will live in. We can do this. – Debra Murphy, Christian Book Previews.com
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 and empower you to help change the world–and the future–forever: one child at a time.