Two Weeks Down, Four to Go

To all of you who responded with your encouragement, comments, and ideas, thank you. I cannot begin to tell you just how much I appreciated hearing from all of you. The time and thought you took to read and respond truly blessed me.

Another week has begun and my feeling of being overwhelmed has yet to subside. The good news is this: it is something else that keeps it afloat.

In my first week, I felt that the seemingly endless amount of information and research would overcome any ability I had to unscramble and make sense of it all. But, through much prayer and divine intervention, excitement and inspirations are beginning to summit; brainwaves are coming in with tides of insight.

If you have not noticed already, our society and culture are on the brink of monumental changes as a historically influential and significant generation (the Baby Boomers) are headed towards retirement. It is also no surprise that my generation, Gen Y, having grown up in such a technologically advanced society, are much more globally minded and aware than our parents were at our age. With the help of the internet, orbiting satellites, global political unrest and other end-time achievements, we are fully conscious and concerned about the part we play.

All that to say this: I have been burdened to reach my generation with a new marketing campaign. There is a strange sense of romanticism that I feel welling up inside me as I envision my peers coming to know and see what Compassion is all about. Not only do I get excited at the thought of Compassion’s mission spreading, but I am hopeful that these young adults, who are passionate about so many similar things, will be moved to take responsibility and action for these children.

Being globally aware, politically active, and socially cognizant of poverty, AIDS, and other injustices around the world is trendy. It’s cool to drive a “green” car, be a vegan, have dreadlocks, sip tea, and read and write poems while listening to soft, mellow acoustic music in a small locally owned café. Frankly, apart from dreadlocks, I fit that mold. But what’s not common is the root and reason behind this.

It’s one thing to support the (RED) campaign because Bono does; it is another thing entirely to go to Africa and hold those same children in your arms. I don’t want to change the collective mindset of my generation; they are on the right track. But I do want to change the heart that motivates them.

In all honesty, I am looking to be changed too. Like most of my generation, I have lived a comfortable, safe, and trouble-free life, full of luxuries and indulgences that are hardly necessary. I have not been on a mission trip and so there stands in my way an emotional disconnect. When it comes to seeing the pictures and hearing the testimonies, I am moved but often stop short of complete understanding.

Do I believe in what Compassion is doing? Of course.

Do I want to be a part of it? More than anything.

But like my prayer for my peers, I pray for myself that the Lord would break my heart for what breaks His, unveil my eyes to see as He does, and to grant me the passion and vision to do what He wants.

The older I get, the more I realize that this is a lifetime objective. I will not accomplish this with the remaining five weeks of my internship. But I do know that the Lord has prepared in advance good works for us to accomplish. And so I am keeping my eyes peeled and my ears open.

That’s this week’s progress. What do you think? Possible?

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  1. Brian Dunn July 16, 2008

    Meredith – we have had two compassion children and have seen our first one graduate from highschool a couple of years ago and have a 15 year old boy named Alex from Uganda right now. We’ve been a part of Compassion for many years but just recently its really been gripping me how vital and world-changing the ministry of Compassion is. You know there’s something so powerful about committing to one individual over the course of their childhood seeing that they get food, medical care and that they are being taught about Jesus and what it means to follow Him. What you are doing is so right on with what God has been stirring in my heart: Market this to as many people as possible. You are right on about our increased global awareness and with that awareness comes responsibility and obedience to Christ and loving our neighbor. I want to use my influence and my platform to get people on board with the heartbeat of Compassion: snatching kids away from the enemy and delivering them into the arms of Jesus one kid at a time.

  2. Sandy Dunn July 16, 2008

    Meredith- So privileged to call you my “God-Child” as this truly has so many meanings. I feel so blessed to see how our Lord has captured your heart and that you are such an amazing child of the King. Whatever you do, it will be to His glory. Love you as always, Aunt Sandy

  3. Juli Jarvis July 16, 2008

    I can’t wait to see how God answers your prayers — brace yourself, because He will! The brokeness always comes with so much blessing and intimacy (with Him) that it is almost more than I can handle. I used to say, “Stop, Lord, I can’t handle any more blessings from you!” but now I’ve learned to say “Bring it on, bring it on and rain [or perhaps “reign”] upon me.”

  4. Compassion dave July 15, 2008

    You wrote, “I pray for myself that the Lord would break my heart for what breaks His.”

    Well it’s my testimony that He broke my heart in this fashion…And I don’t remember ever making that prayer.

    All that is to say I hope you have a good cardiologist (I recommend you use mine: Jesus Christ, MD).

  5. Monica @ Paper Bridges July 15, 2008

    Amen! The Lord WILL answer that prayer… and we pray it for you, Meredith.

  6. anne Booth July 15, 2008


    I’m so excited to hear about what you are doing with Compassion. Ryan just got back last week from a trip with Compassion to the Dominican Republic as a videographer/photographer and he’s been mentioning some of the same feelings and ideas. Can’t wait to hear more!

    much love, anne

  7. Teresa Rice July 15, 2008


    you are an amazing, articulate and compassionate young woman who certainly belongs where you are. I am so proud to know you as an adult and to have had the privilege of watching you bloom into the beautiful Godly woman you are. I can’t wait to see what God does with you next.

    Love you so much, Teresa

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