Friends! It has been much too long. I’m sorry for my extended leave of absence as of late. But I promise … I have a pretty good excuse. Let’s catch up, yes?

Let’s talk Twinkies first.

The Twinkie Project has undergone some serious plastic surgery. Face-lift. Tummy tuck. Lipo. The works. We’ve trimmed her up real nice and purdy. But don’t fret, it’s all for the best.

Who was the surgeon, you ask? Thankfully, not me. I did not excel in anatomy.

This project has been handed off to a team, as in several people, who will be taking it to infinity and beyond. Three highly qualified and ridiculously creative gentlemen are now driving the Twinkie Project to another level of awesomeness. I am still participating in helping to bring it to life, just on a smaller, less time-consuming scale.

Among the many changes that it has seen, the Twinkie Project has been renamed. Granted, the “Twinkie Project” was never on its birth certificate, so the code name still applies for now.

Without giving too much away, I will say this — it has grown much larger than I would have dared to dream.

Turns out the basic idea behind it — sending young people abroad to broadcast their lives to us and teach us about countries and peoples we don’t know — is not so new. As a matter of fact, there are several other organizations and companies that have pioneered this concept.

Only thing is … Compassion is the only one among the crowd that really does something so beautifully different — partnering with the church; equipping pastors to minister to their communities more holistically. We empower and enable people who have the hearts for ministry but not the means.

So while our little “Twinkie” looks like the other Twinkies on the outside, we’re filled with something entirely different on the inside.

Who knew Twinkies could make for such spiritual metaphors? Moving on.

Meanwhile, while the Twinkie has been under the knife, I have been up to some mischief of my own.

Working. Doing my new job. My real, permanent, big-kid job. I GOT HIRED!

I am now an official team member of Donor Services and my role on the team is that of Donor Services Specialist. What all does mean exactly? I have no idea.

KIDDING!

I’m pretty sure I have one of the best jobs in the building. I am hereby responsible for taking the stories and information that we receive from the field (i.e. the countries we work in) regarding the Child Survival Program and working with writers and designers to create crazy-awesome reports that we send to our donors.

See? Uh-mazing job.

And because we serve a big God, donors keep pouring in despite every outside force or news report telling us now is not the time to be giving away your money.

So I stay plenty busy and I couldn’t be happier.

I guess you could say that the intern has finally graduated. God’s timing is not mine, but it is better. His plans have been rich with blessing and had the last year not transpired the way that it did, I would have never known His goodness, His faithfulness or His perfect provision for each day.

So now that I’m not going anywhere … it’s time to have a little fun.

There’s no such thing as detention in the work world, right?

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  1. Nov 6, 2009
    at 2:47 am

    I’m a little confused about this entry, but it’s close to 4:00 in the morning, so it’s probably me.

    Having said that, I think this is the best time to be giving the money towards the children. They need it the most right now. This economic down turn is bad for us, but it is total disaster for some of them. So, this is the best time to be helping them.

    Kees

  2. Sarah Charles
    Nov 6, 2009
    at 6:10 am

    Sounds great! Glad you are having fun!

  3. Mike Stephens
    Nov 6, 2009
    at 7:14 am

    Congratulations!

  4. Nov 6, 2009
    at 8:54 am

    Congrats!! Looking forward to more news on the “Twinkie” — (my tummy just grumbled…lol)

  5. Cheryl J
    Nov 6, 2009
    at 9:34 am

    Meredith – I have been thinking about you and wondering whether your project had been completed or not. Also, whether you were permanently employed at Compassion. Congratulations! And thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see the “twinkie-project” unfold! :)

  6. Nov 6, 2009
    at 10:35 am

    Congrats on getting hired! Awesome. Love to hear about the exciting changes. I love what Compassion is doing in the lives of so many…both in the children and those who choose to donate and visit those children. God is good!

  7. Nov 6, 2009
    at 11:59 am

    Good to hear from you again! What an exciting and mysterious project this has been!

  8. Brianne Mullins
    Nov 6, 2009
    at 4:44 pm

    This made me laugh. You’re funny mere:) I am so grateful you are here to stay!

  9. Nanette K
    Nov 6, 2009
    at 11:58 pm

    I am soooo happy for you Ms. Meredith. I know that you have worked long and hard for this new position with Compassion. We will talk more real soon. Congrats to you Meredith and keep up the GREAT work.

  10. Amy Wallace
    Nov 7, 2009
    at 9:20 pm

    Yay Meredith! Congratulations on the job :)

  11. Nov 7, 2009
    at 10:24 pm

    All this talk of the twinkie is driving my mind crazy as my mouth salivates for it’s next taste. Granted I have not had a twinkie since I was a kid.

  12. Michelle
    Nov 8, 2009
    at 9:11 am

    Yay on getting hired!!! :o)

    I’m wondering about this mysterious project too….

  13. Bob
    Nov 8, 2009
    at 5:19 pm

    Tell me that you’ll send our youth group out — and this project will witness changes taking place beneath all that skin.

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