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June 14, 2012

You Get The Picture: Acting Compassionately

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

With a guitar and sweet melodic voice, my friend currently makes a living for Compassion International.  She’s setting the example for all, using her gifts accordingly.

I met this friend at an art gallery event where I was proudly selling my newest acrylic creations and was quickly upstaged by her composed presence of flowing clementine hair and overt happiness.  I closely studied her charisma as she coyly introduced herself and her guitar accompaniment husband, hoping I would understand where her sweet disposition derived.

After catchy light-hearted tunes titled, “What About One” and “Jenny’s Song,” I realized there was a justification for singing about a little girl from El Salvador and acts of love to make a change.  She was passionate about using her talents for the greater good.  

Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, and today it’s ballooned into helping more than 1.2 million children in 26 countries.  They assist children in donating 80 percent of their expenditures to program activities for children in poverty stricken areas to help them economically, socially, physically and spiritually.

My singer/songwriter friend felt compelled to sponsor a child and first laid eyes upon a little girl from El Salvador named Jenny.  Since her EP album release on March 30, she’s raised over $1,100 and is still “trucking” along, as she would say.  She said that she didn’t want people to just fund her dream, so, after shifting her profits to Compassion International, she noticed her dream became something much bigger.

In speaking to my significant other about what the local community would look like if all the 176 religious organizations began to act Biblically, we concluded that the community would not only act differently but gain attention nationally, perhaps even internationally.  I’m not just speaking of morals, but beyond that.  I’m speaking about if the wealthy gave all they had to the poor and entirely supported the betterment of the community’s quality of life — not their $700,000 plus home and boat in storage.

I think we all could learn a lesson in compassion, giving and faith.  I certainly learned one from my twenty-something friend.  Instead of reaping fame for her name, she’s pouring out passion and offering compassion to the poor through every sale of her album What About One--EP.

To support her love of Compassion International, visit www.apple.com and search for Kelly Burton or visit http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-about-one-ep/id515312714.

mmccrarey@sentinel-echo.com

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