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Project Turnaround

Yesterday, I blogged about New Hope’s work in Omaha. The days before Transformation Church, and Urban Breakthrough Ministries.

The work of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship is phenomenal. Even greater is there work with the National Church Adopt A School Initiative!

Here’s a quick overview of the work:

The school needed support to curb gang violence
The school needed an opportunity to provide parents with job training
The school needed mentors
The school needed partners to assist in a number of areas

OCBF stepped up in many ways (and continues to). Sure, there is a separation of church and state. However, this doesn’t mean that there has to be a separation of good works from taking place.

Do you see how your church could partner with local schools?

I see a common thread among the ministries engaged in community work. They are being deliberate about meeting the needs of their target community. As miniscule as this may seem, it isn’t. Too often, groups try to aid challenge areas with what they think the solution, as opposed to learning what the needs are that will be more of help and not a hurdle.

On a side note, another key element is the historical reference of the National Adopt A School Initiative to the establishment of the White House Faith-based Community Initiative.

What steps are you willing to take to learn more about meeting the needs of schools in your area?


Sowers Of Influence vs. Consumers Of Influence

In our get-it-quick world (too often) we belittle the person who has decided to sow into our lives vs. those who purchase or buy-in to what we believe. Did I just say purchase? Yep!

Let me explain: Who contributes more, the watermelon farmer or the big name supermarket? Who helps you more, family and solid relationships or the people who buy books? Who do we tend to value the name brand jean designer over the cotton farmer?

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate store owners, those who support authors, and clothing designers….I have nothing against them. However, I do think we should stop for a moment and think about the person(s) that have sown into our lives…..teachers, mentors, etc.

People of Influence: Where would we be today without them? They have a unique ability to speak into our lives and help us realize the potential we didn’t think was possible.

Consumers Of Influence: To a large degree, they only want what someone else says is possible. They feed off the influence of others without an ounce of creativity for themselves.

Yes, we need the supermarket and the farmer. Let’s not just discount the lesser known people in our lives that have helped shape us into who we are today and be thankful for those whom we celebrate.


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