Renewing My Faith in the Millennial Generation


Research tells us that while the millennial generation wants to make a difference in their world, they are not willing to do the hard work it takes to get the job done: “I want to save the world, so I bought this cool bracelet.” This past week I experienced just the opposite. I have renewed my faith in a generation some have given up on.

Rebekah Daggett Meredith Jones Mission Lazarus

Rebekah Daggett and Meredith Jones coordinate the intern, recruitment as well as the medical oversight program for all the outreaches.

I spent the last seven days in Honduras with a mission team from my church,  Cross Point, in a ranch near San Marcos de Colon owned by Mission Lazarus. In the past decade, this work has been able to start 19 churches, 4 schools, 3 medical clinics, a sustainable life program, 4 vocational schools, an orphanage and employing over 140 Hondurans.  It’s one of the most dynamic young mission organizations I know.  Interestingly, while its founder and board of directors operate in the US, most of the hands-on work is done by a group of very talented and committed 20 somethings.

Cameron Hartsell Mission Lazurus Honduras

His official title is Project Director and Rural Evangelism. But Cameron Hartsell has his hands on every facet of the ministry, including a goat-buying trip I happened to tag along

I was impressed by the breadth and depth of the ministry but even more impressed by the commitment and maturity of its young staff. While most people in their 20s are trying to figure out what they want to do in life, Cameron 26, Meredith 27, Rebecca and Seth 25 are managing the local staff, leading thousands of gringos in medical brigades, school programs, construction projects, food distribution, while operating a large working ranch. Oh, and they also work alongside the Honduran church leaders to make sure the work is owned and led by nationals.

Personally, I am processing of what that means to me as a leader, employer, and father of millennials. While I’m not sure of all the implications, one thing seems to stick out to me: wisdom and leadership are not the product of age; however, energy is.  I’m sure to remember that next time I interview for a new position at my firm.

What’s your experience with the millennial generation?

  • Elizabeth Strada

    Maurilio, thank you for this post. I have often thought of the millennials as a spoiled generation, but this has given me a different perspective. These seem to be great young people. 

    • They are, Elizabeth. Glad I was able to share a different perspective.

  • Mark Smith

    I have seen the same in my world. Great post. 

  • Anonymous

    Maurilio, I haven’t stopped processing this trip since we got back.  The Mission Lazarus team are amazing, young leaders that inspired me in a big way. 

    • I got to hear, Jarred Brown Friday evening and share with him my appreciation for his young staff, even though Cameron almost killed us on Wednesday on our way to Las Pitas.

      • Laurie

        Come on, you wish you could drive, talk on the phone and eat at the same time on those crazy Honduran roads…
        It was great sharing the week with you and Marcus. You gave me a lot of wisdom to work from.

        • I hope some of my “quotes” don’t get used out of context like they already were on Friday night.

          • Laurie

            What happens on the mission field stays on the mission field unless it belongs on the top ten quotes list.

  • Marybonani

    Hey! I just noticed another message in another blog that seemed like this. How have you learnt all this stuff? That’s one cool post. Fort Mill Locksmith

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