Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
There is tremendous chemistry in this group. I respect and admire every single person that sits at this table. We all take it very seriously, but we love to be with each other as well. I guess that's why last night was a little bitter sweat. In a couple of months, Daniel, his wife Jamie and the George's, (another couple from Watershed), will all be leaving Charlotte to spend a year ministering mercy and care to a village in Malawi Africa. At the end of last night's meeting, we prayed for Daniel. It was his swan song meeting before his departure. It's hard to conceptualize a future of sitting at this leadership table without him. He has brought so much into the conversation. He's invested so much into the kingdom and into so many lives at Watershed. Not to mention he's become a good friend, a notable mentor and a great teammate. Watershed will miss his leadership.
This morning when I checked my email, waiting for me was an email he had sent the entire lead team. It was so heartfelt and meaningful to read that asked him if I could share it with others in my blog. Therefore, tomorrow I will post his departing sentiments towards our lead team and this community. Be sure to dial in.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Primary education in Malawi is free, but secondary education (the equivalent of high school in the U.S.) is not. Secondary school often becomes unaffordable for children whose parents are too sick to work or have died. For $150, you can send a Malawi child to secondary school for one year. This includes books, school supplies, uniform and shoes.
Our kids are doing this through Steve Cook's non-profit organization called Equitas. You can learn more about Equitas and all of its initiatives by going on line at Equitas.cc. In fact, Steve is in Africa as I type this exploring future opportunities to help the Malawian people. Click here to see his most current photos. They are riveting.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
They played the oddest game in high school football history last month down in Grapevine, Texas. It was Grapevine Faith vs. Gainesville State School and everything about it was upside down. For instance, when Gainesville came out to take the field, the Faith fans made a 40-yard spirit line for them to run through.
Did you hear that? The other team's fans?
They even made a banner for players to crash through at the end. It said, "Go Tornadoes!" Which is also weird, because Faith is the Lions.
"I WOULDN'T EXPECT ANOTHER PARENT TO TELL SOMEBODY TO HIT THEIR KIDS. BUT THEY WANTED US TO!"
It was rivers running uphill and cats petting dogs. More than 200 Faith fans sat on the Gainesville side and kept cheering the Gainesville players on—by name.
Click here to read the remainder of the story....
Monday, June 15, 2009
What an incredible Sunday @ Transit! It was the first weekend of a new series called, "Cash; life or debt". It's always exciting to begin a new conversation at Watershed. Especially one that is so central to questions our society and world are asking. I think all of us could agree, that money, finances, debt and wealth so often become overwhelming in our lives. I look forward personally, to being challenged in my own life and perspectives in all these categories. (Scott Hofert! I'm ready to hear what you have to say this weekend. Bring it on!)
This weekend was also invigorating at that announcement that in Transit, two weeks from yesterday, Sunday, June 28th, we will unveil an initiative that we are certain will reshape the landscape of Watershed's future. I know this is generating all sorts of nervous excitement and questions. Some of you are going nuts attempting to figure out what we are getting ready to do. No doubt, you are the sort of person that wakes up at 4am on Christmas morning to stare at the unwrapped gifts under the tree. (Yeah, that's me too!) I look forward to the curiosity and momentum building towards this weekend and I challenge you to be there on the 28th to see for yourself what all the hoopla is about.
Finally, this past Sunday we prayerfully commissioned Steve Cook for his trip to Malawi Africa with Equitas. Over the next two weeks, I'm going to be reading his blog and utilizing him as a guest writer. I anticipate his experiences in Malawi, (hopefully with photos), to be gut wrenching and invigorating. Here's one he's written as he flies out of the country today. Check it out!
"I leave for Malawi, Africa on June 15. "
My international trips are always preceded by several days of excited anticipation, and as my date of departure draws near, time seems to move rapidly at an exponentially quickening pace. Nothing puts your life into perspective like walking among the poorest of the poor. I find myself getting very emotional as I prepare myself for the faces of those who literally have nothing at all, yet display a contagious spirit of joy and kindness.
While in Malawi, I will be observing several recently-drilled clean water wells, potential sites for new wells, community gardens and irrigation systems, and orphan daycare centers. I clearly have an agenda and have many items I need to accomplish. But even more important to me is the time I will be privileged to spend with these wonderful people, enjoying the experience that can come only from doing life within a culture other than my own. I hope to play football with the children and listen to the stories of mothers and fathers as we sit and watch the African sun go down together. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow me at twitter.com/stevorevo. I will be tweeting from the villages, so you can keep up with what I’m doing.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Africa, it’s that she does not need to be saved. Africa simply wants to share her heart and abounding love for humanity with me. When I travel to Africa, I do not look for ways to save her inhabitants. I look for ways to join them on their journey, and in doing so, hopefully, we can save each other along the way.
Steve Cook, President and Founder of Equitas
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
1 Chronicles 17: 19 O God, out of the goodness of your heart, you’ve taken your servant to do this great thing and put your great work on display. (msg)
During my message prep time this afternoon, I ran across this blog from Stephen Brewster on Greatness. Hope you enjoy.
"I am inspired by GREATNESS. When you see greatness you can identify it right away. Greatness should not be confused with goodness, greatness lives on a different level. Jim Collins wrote an entire book on being great. He stated the biggest enemy of great was good. I tend to agree.
- Greatness recognizes the moment, and maximizes it.
- Greatness is a choice.
- Greatness costs you major passion.
- Greatness requires uncommon commitment.
- Greatness finds a way through any condition.
- Greatness does not settle, ever.
- Greatness encourages others.
- Greatness raises the bar.
- Greatness will never be achieved without an amazing amount of hard work.
- Greatness requires strategic preparation, a commitment to execution, and a willingness to go above and beyond.
- Greatness requires you dig a little deeper, push a little harder.
- Greatness never quits.
- Greatness is in YOU.