Compassion International: Laurie And Olive Mccowan

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Compassion international started in 1952 when American evangelist Everett Swanson’s heart was broken at seeing children orphaned by the Korean War, dying in the streets. Although he was ministering troops at the time, Swanson left South Korea promising to help the children. By 1975, Compassion International had expanded to seventeen other developing countries with more than 25,000 sponsored children. Two years later, Compassion Australia started in Laurie & Olive McCowan’s Newcastle home with the sponsorship of a single child. Compassion International grew to 250,000 sponsored children by 1998, 500,000 in 2003 & eventually 1 million in 2009.

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