The Meeting You Missed

QMU. Town Hall Meeting. Ever heard of  ‘em? No? Allow me to fill you in then.

QMU stands for “quarterly ministry update,” and, as you may have guessed, it happens once a quarter. Crazy. At least one representative, from each team within each department goes to listen and report the latest on Compassion stats for the fiscal year. 

I took it upon myself to attend last week’s meeting on your behalf. So I would like to take this time to report that . . . God is crazy good. 

You may have heard that our economy is, well, shrinking? Crumbling? Deteriorating? I would say that it is out of control, but as a believer, I know better than to go that far. 

The only truth in such a statement would be if it were specified in this way: “The economy is out of our control.” If I may so bold I would say that, considering the God we serve, that’s a good thing.

What I am alluding to is a report that so many of our executives elaborated on: in the midst of so much turmoil in the United States and abroad, Compassion is continuing to grow. 

It doesn’t make any earthly sense. The ride of the economic roller-coaster in recent months is making people financially queasy, and we’re probably all holding on to our wallets more tightly than before. I definitely am. 

And it seems as though secular businesses and ministries alike are feeling it. Layoffs. Hiring freezes.  Budget cuts. Then there is Compassion.

And we are growing

Outside of supernatural forces and divine intervention, there is little explanation as to how or why Compassion is defying probability and odds.

I would venture to say that at this particular time God has chosen to bless Compassion to do His work. That then begs the question, “What about other ministries that are doing His work too?” 

I asked myself the same question. I don’t know. 

Mark Hanlon, the senior vice president of sponsor donor development, reminded long-time staff and enlightened us newbies that Compassion has seen similar days; nationwide stress and global epidemics are nothing new to this fallen earth. 

And so in the same way that we have dealt with comparable seasons in years past, our leaders have assured us that we will continue to do everything in our power to be the best possible stewards of our resources. 

We will continue in our same rigorous practices of audits and checks and balances so as to be obedient and faithful with that which the Lord has blessed us. 

“We will not bury our talents,” Mr. Hanlon declared with proper authority and inspiration.

I got goose-bumps when I heard that. And I had peace. 

“We will not be frenetic,” he said.

Fra—what? I looked at the girls sitting next to me. “Frenetic?” I mouthed with a quizzical look. 

They stared blankly back at me. I wrote it down to Google later.

There are only a handful of academic lessons that I learned when I was college that really stuck with me. Sorry Mom and Dad. One of them was this: “You have to spend money to make money.” 

You may think that this doesn’t sound very spiritual. It’s not. But Malachi 3:10 is.

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (NIV)

Everything that we have here at Compassion is not ours. Time. Talent. Education. Experience. Money. 

Everything that we have and all that we are has been bestowed upon us to be used up for the kingdom and glory of God.

What good does it do us or the children if we do not use what we have been given? How can saved souls be multiplied unless their bellies are filled, their wounds are bandaged, their minds are taught, and their cries are heard?

Case in point: As we continue to grow and the Lord continues to provide for the financial needs of sponsored children around the world, we will continue to act as the mediator between the giver and receiver. What we are entrusted to pass on, we will pass on.

Fun fact of the day: Frenetic is an adjective meaning “wildly excited or active; frenzied or frantic.” 

Good to know that is what we are not. 

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)

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    Vicki Small November 14, 2008

    Good to know. In the Dominican Republic, last month, our dear Wess Stafford said something about how Compassion’s partner countries are doing so well that . . . I’m fuzzy, here . . . they are able to compensate for any lack of growth, or any downward slide in Compassion-USA. Does anyone else who was there remember more clearly what he said?

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    Brianne Mullins November 14, 2008

    Thanks so much for breaking this down Mere! AND i agree with Britt, you truly are so wise at your young age. I’m just going to soak it all in 🙂

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    Tara Mathews November 13, 2008

    Thank you for this was of great encouragement. We must continue to remember that God has all things in His hands…ALL things. 🙂

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    Amy Brooke November 13, 2008

    Thanks for updating us. Though, I do wish I could have been there to hear it all for myself and on behalf of my little ones.

    I’m glad you aren’t/we aren’t going into frenetic mode. We serve a God who is anything but frenetic. From the time he planted the garden he knew about the cross and planned it over hundreds of years. Even today, he has been planning — that some child might give their life to Jesus, or someone decide to be a sponsor or someone step in to help a neighbor in need. God is not frenetic so we shoudn’t be either.

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    Juli Jarvis November 13, 2008

    Thanks for updating us on the QMU, and also on the meaning of the word “frenetic.” I’ll try to find a way to use it today.

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    Andrea G November 13, 2008

    Thank you for this. I needed to hear it this morning.

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    Britt November 13, 2008

    Well said! I love reading your posts – you seem to be so wise…not too many people in their early 20’s are like this…I know I wasn’t!

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    Sarah November 13, 2008

    Thank you for sharing! I learned a new word in the process 🙂

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