Taking Artists To The Next Level

People often ask me what I REALLY do for my job. It’s a valid question since for some of my friends it doesn’t seem like working with artists is that demanding of a job.

Actually, the time I spend traveling for this job should tell you how demanding it really is. I travel on average about 120 days out of the year.

As I try to master the art of video blogs, I’m going to bring you “A Day On The Road With Spence.” I’m sure you all will be glued to your seats for this Spielberg-like master piece.

So what does this have to do with taking artists to the next level? Not a whole lot other than I needed some sort of intro for this blog. On to the post….

man embracing girlWhen an artist decides they want to work with Compassion, I know going into this relationship that they have a heart for children living in poverty.

For most of us, that seems like its a “given.” For some artists, though they have a heart for it, they’ve never really seen the kind of poverty we are talking about and dealing with on a daily basis.

So on Compassion’s Artist Relations team, we take these artists overseas to see our work first hand. It’s a great experience for them and one of my favorite parts is watching these artist “get it.”

Meaning, you actually see them being transformed by what they are experiencing as they meet these children and their families and by learning how the local church is involved in these children’s lives on every level.

It’s at this point that an artist’s passion for releasing children from poverty goes to the next level. It becomes a part of their everyday lives. Not just a part of their show.

Last spring, I took country artist Bryan White to Ecuador to meet his sponsored child. It was an awesome trip!

After we got home, Bryan called me and said, “Spence, I wish I could travel with Compassion to visit every child in the program. This has changed me forever.”

You know…he was right. He talks to everyone he knows about children in poverty and how sponsoring a child changes children’s lives forever.

I love Bryan’s attitude. It’s what taking things to the next level is all about.

For Michael W. Smith, he has been talking about Compassion for over 20 years now. He’s been to see our work 11 times — 10 to Ecuador to see his sponsored child and once to Kenya.

I took Michael to Kenya in January of 2007, and we shot this video below. What you see on this video was a small example of watching a man, Michael, who had been talking about Compassion for all these years become even more passionate about the work being done for kids all over the world and the urgency to bring hope to these children in need.

Until next time friends…

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4 Comments |Add a comment

  1. Mike Stephens April 21, 2009

    It’s amazing that Michael has been speaking for Compassion for so long!!! What an encouragement!!!

    I Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for YOU!!!”

  2. Dick Smith (Dad) March 4, 2008

    The work Spence does with Compassion is now much more transparent with the daily blogs and has become required reading. The connection we have had for the past six years with Keny gains new life as we experiance Compassion through the work Spence contributes. It has become our hope to visit Keny in the DR soon!!

  3. BUSH March 3, 2008

    this is so true. i went to Peru with Ben & Suzie on a Compassion Vision Trip and it has forever changed my life. i’m just honored to be a small part in such a wonderful ministry. speaking for Compassion has given me new vision & love for what i do with my music & photography. it gives me even more reason to take the stage night after night. thanks to you guys for all that you do.

  4. Beth March 3, 2008

    I am curious as to how much impact this type of video has on sponsorship numbers. Does this type of appeal for sponsors have as great an impact as personal presentations or talks? This is a great video and it does a great job of showing what Compassion does and the impact it has on these precious children and their families.

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