My days are full. Yours probably are too. The average day for me can take me froma strategic planning session, to asking a donor for a gift to a particular project, watching a camp unfold at CRISTA camps, meeting one–on-one with my direct reports, phone conversations, interviewing key prospective employees, attending and leading meetings both inside and outside the organization, signatures, etc. I have been thinking lately about the importance of staying calm in the middle of the daily challenges. One day things “feel” like they are going fantastic, the next day some different news arrives that brings big disappointments.
I try to make it a practice when I get stretched and feel harried to take a few moments and pray and reflect. In just such a time this week I came upon Proverbs 29:11 “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” The world needs calm people more than ever. The only thing we have control over is ourselves, and sometimes even that is challenging. Leaders especially need to stay focused on the goal over the long term, steer the ship through storms, keep perspective and stay calm.
Music fills the heart and inspires the soul. Kathleen and I attended the farewell concert for Wayne Pumphrey, who has been at King’s High School for 17 years. Current members of the high school choir and orchestra were joined by alumni of the King’s music program for two hours of majestic, top-quality and worshipful music.
Among the alumni were past winner of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Competition and many other winners of prestigious awards. They traveled the world sharing God’s love through short term missions. These alumni thanked Wayne for his faithfulness and commitment to King’s music program and shared how their lives were transformed through their educational experience at King’s.
It was a total wow experience. At CRISTA we aim for the professionalism of our staff and a living spiritual vitality that touches and transforms the lives of those we serve. How could you not want to be a part of that effort! I am very excited to be a part of this mission and looking forward to seeing what God will do through CRISTA!
It is nice to finally have the weather catching up with the calendar here in Seattle. Late is better than never though, and I praise God for the beauty of His creation that is so evident to us here in the Northwest. I feel blessed daily, and certainly for more than just the weather and beauty of creation—the privilege of leading CRISTA Ministries is a blessing that I do not take for granted. The work of CRISTA is unique and inspiring and we aren’t slowing down.
Just last week in Austin, Texas, CRISTA Broadcasting officially opened the headquarters for our recently launched fourth station, SPIRIT 105.9—the SPIRIT of Austin. SPIRIT 105.9 began encouraging the people of Austin in September of 2010, and has rapidly climbed the charts becoming one of Austin’s most listened to broadcasts.
We saw great support from all seven of our ministries in presence and participation during the fourth annual World Concern Free Them 5K on May 7, which raised over $100,000. At Camps, we continue to promote an active campaign to send deserving children of military families to summer camp—even if they cannot afford it. And finally, we saw incredible success at our Miracle Event for Seattle Urban Academy, where over $167,000 was raised to transform lives through educating the youth at-risk in our community.
Stay tuned for my regular updates on how CRISTA Ministries continues to maintain a pace that efficiently and powerfully Loves God by Serving People in the realms of Media, International Relief and Development, Education, and Senior Living. For the latest news from CRISTA Ministries you might also take time to explore the fresh look of crista.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.