Planting Churches, Sponsoring Children
Tom and Debbie Jones with their sponsored child in Ecuador. Their sponsored child is part of a church in Ecuador that is partnering with Stadia and Compassion International to plant a new church before the end of this year.

By Jennifer Johnson

In 2011, church planting organization Stadia (Irvine, CA) partnered with Compassion International and Ecuadorian and U.S. church partners to plant four new churches in Ecuador. In 2012 they’re starting another dozen churches. Compassion offers its child sponsorship program and other initiatives through each church, and Stadia Executive Director Tom Jones estimates more than 4,000 children will be helped through the work by the end of this year.

In January, Compassion President Wess Stafford asked Stadia to expand the ministry into other South American countries. While continuing to plant churches in Ecuador, Stadia plans to start two churches in Colombia, two in Mexico, and two in Bolivia in 2013. Jones reports the project will expand to Peru and Brazil in 2015.

“The Stadia-Compassion International partnership has more potential to change the world than any other venture I’ve been involved with in my 35 years of ministry,” Jones says. “Church plants that release chil-
dren from poverty—it doesn’t get any better than that.”

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1 Comment

  1. June 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Dear Jennifer Johnson,
    I write with greetings in the matchless name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I am the Founder and leader of Salem Pentecostal Ministries in Ghana.
    I thank God for the good work you are doing to glorify his name.
    We are church planters mostly in the rural areas.
    We will be very grateful if will accept an invitation to visit the Church in Ghana
    and also help us to release children from poverty.
    Hoping to hear from you soon
    Pastor Emmanuel

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