Meet Cause 4 Life Intern, Lauren – Part 2

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 18, 2014
  • 5 Comments
  • Cause 4 Life

Lauren with Cause 4 Life internsRead Part 1
(Today's post was written by Danielle Ledoux, Joni and Friends Cause 4 Life Vocational Intern.

Despite her cerebral palsy and wheelchair, Lauren Compere enrolled in Mississippi College to study psychology and follow her desire to minister to others. But she wanted to do something big during the summer—an internship. “I don’t know if that was a God thing or a Lauren thing,” she commented. 

At first, it may have appeared to be a “Lauren thing” because when she tried to go to Haiti with a church, the door slammed shut in her face. Disappointed, she settled for studying Spanish in Spain, not knowing that God had other plans. In the middle of a hectic spring semester, Lauren decided to skip a conference which she had planned on attending. But her best friend and caregiver insisted that she go to hear speaker Joni Eareckson Tada. 

That night as she hung on Joni’s every word, Lauren realized, “This lady completely gets it. I knew that conference—that talk—would change my life. I knew this would change the trajectory of my occupation, my thoughts.” Fueled by her excitement, Lauren went on Twitter the next morning for the latest from Joni and Friends. Imagine her shock when she read that Cause 4 Life had a few openings for an internship that included a mission trip to Haiti. Staring at the screen, Lauren cried tears of joy. 

Then a few months later, as part of her internship, Lauren found herself at Friendship Club again, but this time sitting around a table with her fellow interns. Those three hours brought such joy as she hugged, sang, and prayed with twenty precious folks affected by disability—people who reminded her that “the Lord opens doors that no man can shut.” 

“I want to be like those people. Have their childlike faith. They get it more right than we. And by we, I include myself,” Lauren added.

Truly, Lauren amazes people wherever she goes. But she’ll tell you that sometimes all it takes to encourage someone is to hold their hands as they confide about being bullied and judged. And as Lauren leads the way, isn’t that something we all can do?

 
 

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5 Comments

 
i really like this picture a lot at JAF retrire
  • Aug. 10, 2014
  • 9:34 p.m.
  • tina
Lauren, you never cease to amaze me in all the ways God uses you. What a great story!
  • July 30, 2014
  • 8:32 p.m.
  • Kelly Harrington
It is so easy to love you, Lauren. You radiate the love of Christ and you are a picture of "Hope Overflowing". It was an honor and a joy to serve with you at Family Retreat. May God richly bless you as you seek His will for your life.
  • July 22, 2014
  • 9:34 a.m.
  • Cheryl
Lauren, What a joy to be your aunt! So proud of you! Praise God for your feisty spirit and for HIS opportunities. !Te amo!
  • July 21, 2014
  • 4:16 p.m.
  • Laura Kinsey
Lauren, it was such a joy to serve with you at our Murrieta Family Retreat! You were a blessing to me and especially to the group from our church. Keep smiling and shining for Jesus! :)
  • July 20, 2014
  • 3:19 p.m.
  • Jenny Liu