Hundreds Attend Sold-Out Compassion Event
A capacity crowd of over four hundred people packed into St Paul’s Church to hear popular author and speaker Tony Campolo and singer-songwriter Graham Kendrick on Friday evening (19 October).
Dr Campolo began with anecdotes before warming to his theme, passionately urging the crowd to sponsor children in developing countries, saying, “When you make this limited sacrifice, 70 pence a day, you can change a kid’s life!... You can do it. And you should do it.”
Participants pledging monthly financial support received pictures of the children they would be supporting.
The second half of the evening was given over to Graham Kendrick, playing with a small touring band. The set featured a mixture of old and new material, with many in the crowd singing along.
Andrew Robertson, Associate Leader of St Paul's Church, said "Graham Kendrick is a great songwriter and worship leader and Tony Campolo is a dynamic communicator. Tonight's event was both uplifting and challenging.”
He added, "Lots of people have promised to sponsor children in the future, so the long term effect for them will be very, very positive."
Dr Tony Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. Dr Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.
Graham Kendrick is a renowned Christian artist, having written and recorded hundreds of songs, many of which are well known in churches around the world. Graham is based in the UK and travels internationally participating in tours, festivals, conferences and training events as a worship leader, speaker and performer.
Compassion, a child sponsorship charity, operates in 26 nations and helps support 1.3 million children.
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