Over the last year through their Fill the Stadium campaign, Compassion International has been working to provide urgent support for children in crisis around the world. They say, “COVID-19 has left nearly 70,000 children without a sponsor. That’s the capacity of the average NFL stadium! As the world is in the grips of COVID-19, it has led to more than sickness. Parents can’t work. Food is scarce. Our frontline church partners around the world are courageously delivering essential items to desperate children and families—often door to door.”
Compassion recently shared this great update about their work in Indonesia. Seeing these children they’ve helped was my highlight:
And in this video, Compassion CEO and Former Olympian Santiago Mellado gives an update on the effort to raise $35 million for children during COVID-19:
The needs around the world are great. Independent reports:
Global hunger shot up by an estimated 118 million people worldwide in 2020, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, jumping to 768 million people – the highest figure going at least as far back as 2006. The number of people living with food insecurity – those forced to compromise on food quantity or quality – surged by 318 million, to 2.38 billion.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” (Matthew 25:34-36)