Too Small to Ignore
Why Children Are the Next Big ThingBook - 2005
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“Lord, if you love me, let me wake up black like everyone else.” -- Wess’s childhood prayer.
About the boarding school abusers:
“I warned them that day not to deny that the abuses had actually happened or to attempt to blame the victims. If they kept doing this, I would join the cause and become their worst enemy.” --Wess Stafford (p. 261, 2005 edition) to the mission people who, when confronted with the abuse, had suggested that the missionary kids (MKs) “causing all this trouble were losers and probably would have been poorly adjusted” anyway.
“I’m not saying it was God’s plan for the abuse to occur. But I do believe He can redeem anything and bring good out of evil. He was shaping me for an epic fight on behalf of abused children.” --Wess Stafford, page 158 (2005 edition).
“You may find it odd that in the midst of all this trauma, I did not turn against the God whose name everyone professed.” -- Wess Stafford, page 148 (2005 edition).
“Hey, you! Skinny kid! What ya scared of? C’mon, give it a try!” – New York City carnival barker to Wess, who’d been growing up in Africa, wearing a slingshot around his neck (page 19, 2005 edition).
“We knew we were headed back to hell, but we loved them too much to say so.” (p. 142, 2005 edition, about keeping the boarding school people’s abusive behavior from his parents, whom he was told he would be harming if he told)
“Speak up for those who can not speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” –Proverbs 31:8, quoted by Stafford to say that while at his boarding school, “there were no child advocates,” yet by God’s grace, the Africans of his mission village loved him.
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“He was shaping me for an epic fight on behalf of abused children,” says Wess Stafford (page 158, 2005 edition), speaking about how God redeemed the evil Wess experienced growing up. The little boy who stood up to his persecutors by holding a candle, ignoring how it burned him, today holds a candle of another kind. Through Stafford’s leadership at Compassion International, over a million children from around the world are currently being sponsored, receiving supplies and schooling, medical help and other aid. Sponsors pick a child, or let one be chosen for them, and enjoy sharing letters and even visiting their sponsored child. This book tells of Stafford’s early days, loving the time spent with his loving missionary parents, helping his dad, in the African community he cherished as his family. But playing ball (made of chicken guts) and other fun with good friends ended each year when Wess had to leave for a boarding school where he and others were abused. Beaten and sexually abused, instead of losing faith, fired Wess with a passion for reaching out to help young people around the world, strengthening their communities. Though based on a story of overcoming trauma and being wounded, this is a warm and loving book. It tells of of his friends, including “Aleyze,” who helped Wess’s dad translate the Bible. Thoughout, the book gives ideas about how to nurture, value and protect children. Endorsed by Michael W. Smith, Joni Eareckson Tada and others. Contrasts his African and American cultures, especially in material possessions and giving kids responsibilities. Author’s royalties go to Compassion International, www.compassion.com . A very fine autobiography, this book is about Wess Stafford's desire to 'marshal a grassroots army" to "change how children are seen and how children are treated" (see video clip I added for rest of quote).
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