Compassion International encourages people to “Sponsor a child today!” - donating a small monthly amount to help a child in poverty go to school or receive medical care.

Child sponsorship, says the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit, helps children stay in school and provides them with medical care, nutritious food and mentoring in a local church.

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Musician Matthew West performs in Indianapolis in 2016. PICTURE: Caleb Cook

Donors are also “personally connected with a boy or girl who will know your name and treasure the thought that you care.”

For many of Compassion’s one million US child sponsors, there’s another person in the sponsor-child relationship: the musician - usually a Christian artist - who introduced them to Compassion at a concert.

“Because of the work of Compassion International, the impact goes far beyond those in attendance at the shows. Many children’s lives are being radically changed, rescued from poverty through the blessing of sponsorship.”

- Christian performer Matthew West, who headlines the latest Compassion roadshow in the US

The Christian non-profit has been partnering with Christian artists and authors over the past four decades. Its 16-city Compassion Roadshow Tour started recently and features Matthew West, Tenth Avenue NorthMatt MaherMichael W. Smith, and Leanna Crawford.