Compassion Canada

October 17, 2008 13:00 ET

Barry Slauenwhite Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Compassion Canada

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 17, 2008) - Barry Slauenwhite, President and CEO of Compassion Canada, recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with the organization, and his 15th as president.

Dr. Slauenwhite began his ministry serving as a pastor and church planter in the Maritimes. During this time, he and his wife developed a deep desire to minister to children, and a great love of missions. They had no concept of an organization that brought children and missions together, until 1983, when they were introduced to Compassion. "For the first time, we realized that God was actually birthing a calling in us through those desires... we realized that this is what God wanted for us," he recalls.

Dr. Slauenwhite served as the director of Church Ministries until 1993, when it was announced that he would become Compassion Canada's third president in its history. "When the board invited me to (become president,) I was overwhelmed with the enormous responsibility and opportunity. And I could see (that God) had been preparing me for this role. I was flooded with ideas, that I now had the authority to implement."

During his tenure, he's had the opportunity to see enormous success within the ministry. The number of children assisted by Compassion Canada has exploded, growing more than 500% since 1993. A great deal of this success is due to his work educating Canada's Evangelical churches about the ministry.

"I used to go into churches and everyone would label us as the "social gospel" organization. We're not the social gospel, we're the holistic gospel, which means bringing people to Christ, but also includes feeding them, & giving them medicine... everything Christ would do if he were here in person."

What does the future hold in store for Barry Slauenwhite?

"I feel like I'm really just getting this figured out. I'm just getting started. We've had all this success, but I think it is only the beginning of what God has planned for us. We are doing exactly what He would have us do - we're caring for the widows and orphans, we're preaching the gospel, we're discipling children, we're working exclusively with the church. I believe God has big things for Compassion, and I'm praying that He gives me the health and the opportunity to be a part of those things.

And someday I may retire, but I'm not thinking about that yet."

Since 1963, Compassion Canada has facilitated one-on-one child-development through partnership with local churches around the world. As part of Compassion International, they currently minister to over 1,000,000 children in 25 of the world's poorest nations. To learn more about Compassion Canada, visit

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