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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

This Kid is My Hero

Soft-spoken with gentle eyes, 16-year-old Zach Hunter doesn't look the part of an abolitionist. But beneath a quiet exterior beats a fiery heart akin to William Wilberforce or Martin Luther King Jr. In the past four years, Zach has written two books, founded an anti-slavery campaign and spoken all over the world.

This morning I sat at a table with Zach and his mom. When asked if he ever gets to be a "normal" 16-year-old, Zach shrugs and says, "Sometimes." His next words challenge me. "A lot of times kids my age are going out and doing things I don't want to do—because they're not right." He's talking about seeing certain movies or going to prom, things most teens—even Christian ones—probably wouldn't think twice about.

Zach has a keen sense of right and wrong—a quality that led him to start "Loose Change to Loosen Chains" when he was 12. The student-led campaign continues to raise thousands of dollars each year to end slavery. Gentle and humble (remind you of anyone?), Zach isn't your average powerhouse influencer. And yet his fierce dedication to God's calling on his life and willingness to sacrifice are inspiring a generation to take action. In a CT article, he says of his generation:

"I want us to make history—and I don't mean to get our names in some history book, but to be known as a generation that did something for God, cared for the poor, and totally stopped slavery."

And God is blessing Zach's willingness to commit his youth to this cause. Zach's book Be the Change surprised publishers with the number of copies sold. And his upcoming book Generation Change will be accompanied by parent-youth events to help parents empower their children to follow God's calling on their lives.

Someone recently told Zach, "I'd vote for you for president."

Zach said,"But you don't even know my political views."

"I don't care," the man said. "I know you'd do the right thing."

I know he would, too. And that's why he's my hero.

"He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun." —Psalm 37:6


At 4:20 PM, Blogger Becky said...

He's speaking in chapel here tomorrow!

At 6:39 PM, Blogger Amber said...

Hi Suzanne--Remember me? I met you at the Thai Dinner. It's funny, because yesterday a guy from Oregon whom I don't know, said he thought I should meet you! I guess it must have been meant to be. (It was Ian Durias, who is apparently your college friend and who emailed me b/c he's reading my book.) Amber :)

At 9:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi suzanne!
just found your blog by way of reading "girls need girls" on boundless. it really struck a chord with me, and gave me some ideas about what to ask the Lord for in asking for a friend... i don't have anyone right now and am feeling horribly lonely. yes, girls have come and gone in my life, but i'm struggling right now with being lonely for a friend who understands me and (mainly) shares my values.
please pray for me as i try to find someone to reach out to and love!
thanks for your wisdom.
oh, and you're really take great pictures!

At 10:57 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...


Thank you for checking out my blog. I will be praying for you! I know the frustration of not having a good friend. I will pray that you find a friend who can be your Diana and encourage you in the Lord. A kindred spirit. :) In the meantime, please stop by any time. I love virtual friends! Hang in there! Proverbs 18:24

At 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, suzanne...
the proverb was very encouraging.
i put your blog on my favs list, so i'll be stopping by every day, whether i comment or have an instant fan!


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