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This Little Light of Mine

Marilee visits with Shiyan Lin, 81, and Enhui Gao, 83, in Xiamen, China. Shiyan and Enhui were young men when they met Bob Pierce, Marilee's father, in 1947. Photo: ©2010 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision

Marilee visits with Shiyan Lin, 81, and Enhui Gao, 83, in Xiamen, China. Shiyan and Enhui were young men when they met Bob Pierce, Marilee’s father, in 1947.
Photo: ©2010 Abby Stalsbroten/World Vision

by Marilee Pierce Dunker

My father, Bob Pierce, is best remembered as the founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse. But from his earliest days with Youth For Christ (YFC), his passion was to share the light of the gospel with a lost and dying world.

In 1947 and 1948, YFC sent Dad to China for his first overseas evangelistic campaigns. It was there that God opened his eyes to the incredible suffering of the poor.

When he was challenged by missionary Tena Holkeboer to “do something” about the need of a little girl named White Jade, he gave his last $5 and promised to send more when he got home. This seemingly insignificant side note would later become the seed for World Vision’s child sponsorship program, which today blesses more than 4 million children every year!

Read the rest of the story at the World Vision magazine.

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