Compassion International losses former president

Compassion International announced the loss of their former president Wallace “Wally” Erickson. The 90-yaer-old Erickson passed away at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado on February 17.

Erickson joined the ministry in 1968. He became president of the organization in 1975. Compassion International has seen steady growth and served more people each year. Today the ministry provides church-based, child development programs to more than 2 million children and young adults in 25 countries. Many of the babies, childrenand adults are on the front lines of poverty and other hardships.

Erickson was married to his wife, Mary for 68 years. They have three children, Debby, Karen and Wally Jr. and several grandchildren.

“We will forever be in the debt of this remarkable, compassionate man of God. He built the foundation for Compassion to become the beautiful, worldwide ministry it is today,” said Compassion’s current president and CEO, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado. “We can only imagine the joy of the children in Heaven when this hero of the Kingdom walked in Sunday morning.”

Dr. Wess Stafford, who succeeded Erickson as Compassion’s President from 1993 to 2013 stated; “I had the great honor of watching and learning from one of the most outstanding Christian leaders in this era of ministry. He was a man of real integrity, of heart and faith.”

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