the name says it all
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Radio is unique.
We are a boots-on-the-ground communications
ministry that goes beyond talk and into action to serve the
neediest people in the toughest places on earth.
We did not name ourselves.
Compassion Radio, was given by an aid
worker in a Middle Eastern refugee camp as a description of what
the ministry was doing to help poor and oppressed people.
The name stuck.
And so has
Compassion Radio’s commitment
to serve those in need and to share God’s Good News.
big in what we give away
As a ministry on the move serving around the
world, we’ve learned to travel light.
Compassion Radio is small in what we
have acquired, but big in what we give away.
We sponsor compassion projects in the world’s
We dialogue with world leaders.
We tell exciting stories of God’s reconciling
work around the world.
We offer opportunities for listeners to get
Our programs feature teaching, interviews,
documentaries and on-site news reports from places like:
|Norm and Cher present
in a daily half hour format.
We are ambitious to grow, but not for our own
When you give to Compassion
Radio, you join in partnership with a much-honored
ministry that has been effectively broadcasting and
serving human need around the world for over 60 years.
President Norm Nelson accepts National Religious
Broadcasters' Milestone Achievement Award at the NRB
Annual Convention in Nashville.
Founders, Wilbur and Ethyl Nelson, stand in front of
2,000 seat "Nelson Hall" cultural center at Isabelle
School in Pusan, Korea, named in the family's honor.
Radio is a proud member of ECFA, the Evangelical Council for
the peacemaking power of compassion
children in Myanmar
works through strategic partnerships.
We are well-connected internationally with a
of organizations in the fields of:
The work of
Compassion Radio has been covered by
CNN, NBC, CBS and Fox Television and other broadcast and print
Norm at Iraqi
The word means "brave,"
"tough." Compassion Radio cultivates this virtue
in its ministry and in its partners. Example: The
CR Team travels to and ministers in Iraq, Iran and North
Korea, countries that some have labeled "The Axis of
Norm Nelson rejects the
label. "We call them the 'Axis of
One major newspaper sums
up the Compassion Radio spirit: "Norm Nelson goes
back to Iraq for the third time in fifteen months.
He's dodged bullets... but he keeps going back because
it's the right thing to do."
In the words of Benjamin
Franklin: "Well done is better than well said."
the ministry of showing up
In our post-9-11 situation, those
who see the world through the eyes of Jesus will not be
‘terrorized’ into fear, hatred or apathy.
by that conviction,
Compassion Radio “shows up” in places
of need and danger, seeking to listen, learn, and serve people
who need the compassion of Jesus.
Please take some time to investigate the many
projects that Compassion Radio has had the privilege to carry
And join us daily, on the air, or on the website
for the broadcast of Compassion Radio – bringing a word of hope
to a world of hurt.
For a deeper
understanding on our mission and purpose, read:
"Serving Others in the Face of
is President of Compassion Radio and Host and Speaker for
this daily radio broadcast. Norm and
travel extensively throughout the world, bringing hope and
help to the neediest people in the toughest places on Earth.
Nelson with Ayatollah in Tehran, Iran
Nelson with former
Sudan President Jaafar al-Numeiri
Compassion Radio paints
on a wide canvas. With God's help, a welcoming
disposition, and an attitude of respect for points of
view and traditions different from our own, we have
been able to dialogue and work with leaders and people
of influence all over the world. We frequently
sit with presidents, ambassadors, diplomats,
governors, ministers, educators, business leaders and
military officers of high rank, all seeking solutions
to pressing human problems.
We value interreligious
dialogue and particularly among the Abrahamic faiths of
Islam, Judaism and Christianity. We participated
recently in such a dialogue at the
Institute for Interreligious
Dialogue held at the Institute of Political and
International Studies in Tehran, Iran.
We are currently working
with Sudanese leaders to plan the new
Jaafar al-Numeiri University in
We look forward to
producing an interreligious television release called
"Under Abraham's Tent,"
telecast from Kuwait throughout the Persian Gulf region.
Because we are
continually "in the field" in places where news
events are happening, we are able to bring experienced,
first-hand commentary to talk-show hosts and listeners
and add much-needed light to the heat of partisan
political discussion. We welcome such invitations,
which can be phoned in to
"At Compassion Radio,
the fire of serving others has burned brightly for over 60
years. And in Norm Nelson that fire burns brightly today."
Dr. Vernon Grounds, Chancellor, Denver Seminary; Founder, Evangelicals for Social Action
"I salute Compassion Radio for continuing to keep the
faith where matters of social justice are concerned. I have been
enormously encouraged by the work this ministry does."
Director of Humanitarian Affairs and International
World Vision International
"Compassion Radio is
Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Former Chaplain to United
"I applaud the way
Compassion Radio goes beyond talk and seriously translates faith
Brother Andrew, Founder of Open Doors
"As one who has
traveled on Compassion Radio missions, I can affirm that they
deliver what they promise. They are simply the best at
what they do."
Victoria Base-Smith, Ph.D., MSN, CRNA, CCRN and
Adjunct Professor, University of Cincinnati School of Nursing
"I see the footprints
of Jesus in Compassion Radio."
C. Hope Flinchbaugh, Best-selling author,
Daughter of China
“Compassion Radio is one of the most exciting and promising
developments in ministry of the early
Dr. Luis Bush, International
Director of A.D. 2000 and Beyond