International Day for the Unreached

In Acts 1, Jesus spoke his final words on earth to his faithful followers. These men had walked for years alongside the one whom they were just beginning to understand was their Lord and God. Jesus’ last words on earth still reverberate across the earth, today. His Lordship is still expanding, as heart after heart turns to him in every generation. “He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria,… Read More

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Sri Lanka: Pain, Retaliation, and Prayer

Less than a week ago, I sat here contemplating the similarities between the burning of Notre Dame, the arson of three black churches in Louisiana, and the torching of bibles in India. This week, I am beginning to wonder when stories of churches being destroyed and religious minorities being threatened will stop dominating the headlines. On Easter Sunday, over 300 people were killed by six coordinated suicide bombings across the island nation of Sri Lanka. The stories that have followed the headlines include details about the pained and complicated Sri Lankan history that paints the backdrop of this current crisis. From the early 1980s until only a decade ago, Sri… Read More

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How Can GOOD FRIDAY Truly Be “Good”?

  This Good Friday doesn’t look so good in the news. One quick glance at the headlines this morning was, frankly, depressing: Parents sentenced to life for torturing their own children; Two administrations in a row ignoring massive cyber attacks that have gravely diminished trust in our democratic system; Two young teen girls hatching a plot to murder nine of their peers, now facing serious prison time… What in the world is going on? We all know it’s not just this Friday. From our perspective, Good Friday was ‘good’ because it was necessary. When someone suffers or dies for a noble cause we rightly pause to honor the sacrifice. In… Read More

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We Are Left With The Cross

Fire is on my mind as I scroll through image after image of the grand Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France crumbling into a burning heap on the banks of the Seine. Centuries of history, religion, and tradition have been lost in the blaze and the world mourns along with Parisians who have gathered on an island in the Seine to grieve and weep together. NBC news reports that a majority of the artifacts, artwork, and other relics were saved. This, of course, comes as a relief to many who call themselves Catholics, Christians, or simply admirers of the history housed there. As the world presses into Paris’ loss, many… Read More

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What Changes in 20 Years?

As we come into the final stretch of our 2019 Door of Hope Campaign, I’ve been thinking a lot about what changes in two decades. Yesterday I was rummaging through old family pictures. There are toddler pics of our kids being doted on by smiling grandparents – some of whom are now ‘Heaven-home.’ There are hilarious poses in dance costumes, school uniforms or covered in mud after rainstorms on our Texas farm, their faces changing over time to look more like Mom and Dad. You probably have pictures like this strewn around your home in photo albums, desk drawers or old frames lining your hallways. Then I took some time looking… Read More

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Venezuela: A Prayerful Look

Although it has only recently received extensive coverage in western media, the economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is not new. AP reports that according to the UN, there were over 3 million Venezuelan refugees around the world as of November 2018. That number is expected to reach 5.3 million by the end of 2019. Where did this crisis come from? Why has the media only recently begun to take notice? And how can we, as Christians, think and pray about it? Nicolas Maduro became president of Venezuela in 2013 when Hugo Chavez died. Maduro very narrowly won the national election by less than 2 percentage points. The economy was… Read More

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Christchurch

This morning, I wake up with the heavy knowledge that my Muslim brothers and sisters are mourning. And the urgency of knowing that their pain is likely only to increase if we, the church, do not turn our eyes and hearts towards them.   On Friday, March 15th, a young Australian man named Brenton Tarrant opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and wounding 50 more. In the larger of the two mosques, Masjid al Noor, over 40 people were shot and killed within six minutes. He then moved on to the Linwood mosque, where over 100 Muslim worshipers were gathered for Friday Jumu’ah (prayer… Read More

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Internship & Citizen Journalism Applications

Thank you so much for your interest in contributing to Compassion Radio! Are you a writer, photographer, visual storyteller? Are you passionate about amplifying the voices of those who do the hard work of building the Kingdom in their neighborhoods? Nice to meet you! At Compassion Radio, our purpose is not to make our organization big, but rather to help you make a big impact for Jesus Christ on a needy world. For 75 years, we have been dedicated to empowering those who work to reach and care for the most vulnerable and needy people in the world in the name of Jesus. We do this by bringing their inspiring… Read More

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2018 Compassion Radio Bibles Project!

Read the Compassion Radio Partner Letter for November/December, 2018 with details on this year’s very special Bible Project with a New Partner! Please feel free to forward to your family, friends, church and other folks interested in making an eternal difference in people’s lives this Christmas! For a downloadable PDF Click Below… cr201811-12-letter-4page Click HERE To Give NOW!  

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“Refugee is Not a Four-Letter Word” or “The Law of Intended Consequences”

Yesterday was “World Refugee Day.” 1 The short introduction to the U.N. page on this event states simply “…the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.” Put another way: “We the people stand with people, especially those in dire circumstances.” Think about that for a moment. It is a pro-life, anti-war statement of the inherent worth in every human life. And it’s a natural extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, in the aftermath of the horrors of World War, is one of the crowning diplomatic and legal achievements of the 20th Century.2 Politically speaking, that we even have a “World Refugee Day”… Read More

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