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Six Little Words

"What are you going to do?"

In the early 1950s, Everett Swanson responded to this simple question when confronted with the thousands of orphans and refugee children from the Korean War. He partnered with Korean men and women, most of whom faced severe hunger and health issues themselves, to bring hope to the children--and from their efforts, Compassion International was formed.

While I have sponsored Compassion children in Colombia and Guatemala, I had never heard of Everett Swanson. How could this man go completely under the radar?

It was by his own choice. He didn't want to be the man in the spotlight. The children were the ones who mattered, an attitude reflected even in the cover photo of my new book, cowritten with Matt Bronleewe.

Matt and I have worked over four years on this project, collecting stories, getting legal permission, and vetting the book through Compassion USA and Compassion Korea. We wanted to get the story right. It is that important.

It is also a great story. Funny. Touching. Inspiring.

I am still moved to tears as I read through the final chapters. Every time. Without fail.

I can't wait for you to read this book. Until then, when faced with situations which seem hopeless, overwhelming, and beyond your ability, ask yourself those six little words:

What are you going to do?

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