Yesterday’s message …
Good Shepherd Church has been involved in the battle against human trafficking, and in particular what we called the rape-for-profit industry, since 2007. Motivated by what we had heard at a recent conference, we organized a single, stand alone Sunday called Not For Sale, in which the entire Sunday offering (no, NOT a special offering; the kit and the caboodle) went to the International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org). At that time the church’s typically Sunday offering was just under $40,000 a week. The people of the church responded to Not For Sale with $84,000 of loving generosity – all of which went immediately to IJM.
As some of you know, I spent Monday through Friday of last week in and around Austin, Texas. While there, I was able to spend a few days with my mother (more on that below) and lead a Simplify The Message workshop (more on that below as well). All the while, I was able to realize yet again that while I may have left Texas a long time ago, a big part of it has never left me.
It’s been just over two years ago when, in the euphoria of Roger Federer’s sixth Australian Open and 20th grand slam overall, I wrote this piece that essentially declared the era of Djokovic & Nadal to be dead, gone, and buried. It might have been pretty good writing but it was pretty awful predicting.
This past weekend, over 200 Good Shepherd students and volunteers ventured to nearby Crowder’s Ridge Camp for their annual Winter Retreat.
Last Tuesday, the book Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact officially “dropped.”