Compassion International, one of the world’s largest child development agencies, is taking its relationship with the Christian music industry to the next level by sponsoring the 35th annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Music Awards (previously known as the Dove Awards).
The April 28 event is gospel music’s biggest night of the year, where top artists from every style of gospel music come together for a national night of music and celebration as the GMA bestows gospel music’s highest honor — the Dove Award. As part of its partnership with the GMA, Compassion will provide viewers around the country with opportunities to help impoverished children and bring them the gospel of Christ. Attendees at the live event in Nashville, as well as those at satellite theater broadcasts in 50 other markets, will be able to view photos of Compassion children, hear about their needs, and instantly become a sponsor – changing the world one child at a time.
“A number of Christian music artists are Compassion sponsors. They’ve seen the hope that Compassion brings to children around the world,” said Mark Hanlon, Compassion;s vice president of sponsor/donor development. “Through sponsorship of the GMA Music Awards, our goal is to take that message of hope to a broader audience and reach more children for Christ.”
In addition to sponsoring the awards, Compassion is supporting a number of activities at the GMA convention, such as a National Christian Radio Seminar (NCRS) luncheon and Sunday night worship with Michael W. Smith. Compassion International is the producer of Speak Up With Compassion, a one-minute radio feature aired on more than 500 outlets nationwide.
Recording artist Rebecca St. James said her involvement with Compassion affects more than just her and her sponsored child.
“My involvement with Compassion has expanded my worldview. It also expands the worldview of those who come to my concerts,” she said. “Compassion offers a practical way to share the love of Jesus with some very precious children.”
Compassion International is dedicated to the long-term holistic development of children living in poverty working with more than 65 denominations and hundreds of indigenous church partners in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Since 1952, Compassion has touched the lives of more than a million children. Learn more about this revolutionary approach to child development – visit www.compassion.com or call (800) 336-7676.
Tickets to local theater showings and information about the GMA Music Awards can be found at www.gmamusicawards.com.