Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Stafford Infection

Wess Stafford, president of Compassion International, celebrated 30 years on the job yesterday. Compassion, which helps feed, clothe and educate children all over the world, has grown nearly exponentially since Stafford took over, and it's now far and away Colorado Springs' biggest Christian organization.

I've talked with Stafford from time to time, most notably for a profile I wrote on him last year. He's a guy who believes wholeheartedly in the work Compassion does. He cries perhaps more than any CEO in America, and that's one of the reasons many feel he's perfect for the job. His enthusiasm and -- well, compassion -- is pretty infectious.

"I joined this organizations because I see the seeds of its greatness," Stafford said in a press release. "Compassion does exactly what the poor would do if they had the financial resources to take care of their children."


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