Jul 10 2008

Our Calling

I used to work on the web team, which meant that writing for the blog was part of my actual job description. But God made it clear to me that He had other plans, and now a month later, here I am working on the International Communications team. Basically, my new job is to be the communication link between our field countries (where the kids live) and the partner countries (where the sponsors live) when a crisis occurs.

A crisis is anything from a natural disaster like a hurricane or an earthquake, to a man-made one like civil unrest or war. It might be a bus accident, or a building collapsing, or a shooting, or a volcanic eruption … any event that affects a group of children in our programs. Because of the volatile nature of the developing countries where we work, crises occur frequently.

Unless you are Super-sponsor and check out the crisis update page daily, you probably are unaware of the wide variety of dangers our children face. I know I was. Even as an employee, it’s hard for me to keep up with all the events occurring around the world. It just seems like an unending list of prayer requests.

And it’s been easy for me to be more or less ignorant.

Except now the crisis reports are coming to my inbox. I’m the first one to find out if dengue fever is killing the kids in our program. I get the news if one of our projects has been looted and destroyed. I’m the person who first hears of children dying in a flood or a mudslide. When a crisis occurs, it’s my job to get accurate information to you as quickly as possible.

It’s a huge responsibility. Even as I write this, I’m overwhelmed by the responsibility God has placed on me and the trust that you place in me (and all of us who work for Compassion.) I take this responsibility seriously.

For the sake of the children we serve, I hope my job is extremely unexciting … boring even. The way the world has been lately, though, I have a feeling things will just get worse.

While this new position is emotionally heavy, I have hope because I am confident that none of this is outside of God’s control. He is not surprised by the crises. Only saddened, at times, by our response. We as Compassion employees, and you as sponsors, have been specifically appointed to be miracle-workers for children in poverty all over the world.

What a calling, huh?

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  1. Chuck Guth
    Jul 10, 2008
    at 5:10 am

    God Bless you Becky! Ephesians 6:10

  2. Jul 10, 2008
    at 6:57 am

    I didn’t know about the crisis updates. I’ll be checking and praying now, thanks!

  3. Jul 10, 2008
    at 8:21 am

    Hope you still write regularly for the blog, Becky. I enjoy your insights!

    May God give you strength and passion for your new position.

  4. Jul 10, 2008
    at 8:58 am

    We appreciate what you do! I pray that you will be blessed in your new position.

  5. Meredith
    Jul 10, 2008
    at 9:55 am

    I admire you for being in such a position. To be bombarded on a daily basis with a seemingly endless stream of bad news takes a heart and soul with courage and strength thatI don’t know if I possess. It is a high calling, indeed. A calling, in my opinion, that necessitates a desperation and complete reliance on the Lord’s provision for insight, discernment, and wisdom.

    Desperation is not always a pleasent place to be. But I’m finding that, more often than not, that’s exactl where God wants; on our knees. It lends us to proper perspective. I heard a pastor say recently that “desperation is the birth pains of new life.”

    New Life. A life restored, healed, freed, and ultimately made whole. These things then help you and I to praise, love, and honor the Lord more completely, for He has delivered us from the storm and set us on the rock of His salvation.

  6. Jul 10, 2008
    at 1:30 pm

    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have* peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

    You may have heard it said, “God doesn’t give us anything we can’t handle,” but that is a misnomer. The truth be told is, “God doesn’t give us anything HE can’t handle.”

  7. Jul 10, 2008
    at 4:43 pm

    “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Ps. 9:8, 10).

    Your last paragraph says it exactly right: God is not surprised by the crises that occur; we, however, can easily feel overwhelmed. And as you said, our hope is in the Lord, and He who made the heavens and the earth is never–I repeat, never–overwhelmed.

    God bless you, Becky.

  8. Jul 10, 2008
    at 4:44 pm

    Oops–that reference should be Ps. 9:9 and 10.

  9. Jul 13, 2008
    at 2:01 am


    What a difficult job you have in being the bearer of bad news. I appreciate all of the updates that Compassion gives to us. My little friend lives in Haiti and while the riots were going on, I wrote to Compassion and was relieved to find out that the children were okay. Thank you for being a strong link in the Compassion organization!


  10. Fayola shakes
    Jul 29, 2008
    at 10:47 pm

    Wow. Praying for you.

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