Friday, September 02, 2005

It's worth fightin' about

Hurricane Katrina Blasted the Gulf Coast of North America and has Obliterated Many Lives.

The response from people has been powerful--both positive and negative. It is bringing out the best and the worst in us at the same time. The worst -- violent outbreaks that threaten the rescuers. The best -- an 8-mile-long caravan of rescue vehicles pulled into New Orleans near the Superdome this morning.

Meredith Salyers is a fired up Rising Leader when it comes to helping those who've been blasted by Katrina. She has gone head to head and toe to toe with the 20-somethings at our church to challenge them to give up some of their entertainment choices over the coming weeks in order to redirect those dollars into relief work. She says it's the least we can do in the face of such suffering. Sometimes leaders have got to hold a light even for good people to see by and that's what I believe Meredith did. It wasn't easy to challenge her peers,but sometimes leaders must lead. Maybe God is calling you to hold up a light of hope for those whose lives have been obliterated by Katrina.

Some of us are wondering what we can do and what we should do. I'll leave the 'should' part for you to figure out, but one thing we can do is send cash. My hunch is that what's needed more than anything right this moment is cash to run the relief operations. There are several professional organizations responding strongly right now, but I know they'll burn cash like it's a bonfire to mobilize the people, food, water, and medical supplies necessary to get this going. It's important when you choose to give that you select an organization that will get the job done and that's why I'm recommending World Vision to you as a place where you can confidently send your donation.

I posted a screen capture of their current webpage and encourage you to consider World Vision as a possible way for you to respond immediately. (The links on this 'screen captured' page are not active but just click here to go to the real World Vision site)

Storm the Gates,
Jeff Fuson
p.s. If you are a 'rising leader' who's excited about advancing the Kingdom of God, then you need to RUN to
Rising Leader and splash around a lot! Join the community, sign up for FUEL, grab some cool tools, maybe even post your story so that other leaders will be inspired by what God is doing in your life!

p.p.s. If you lead an organization that could use an ENERGY INJECTION then consider bringing me in to do a Custom Crafted Training Experience for you. I'm launching some very cool Adventure Training and Action Learning Experiences that you and your team could benefit from. Drop an email to me and we can talk more.

p.p.p.s. Host a Daddy Power (tm) Event at your church to encourage the Dads in your congregation to excel at their most important task -- being 'DADDY'. Drop me a email to learn more.

p.p.p.p.s. Okay last one! Feel FREE to distribute this content as long as you pass it along in it's entirety with all links in place pointing to original urls. Give credit where credit is due and use this to build other people up. Thanks for playing and thanks for passing this along. Jeff Fuson


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