OF BLOGS AND BOOKS . . .
As many of you know, I’m currently in the midst of writing a book on the plight and hope of abandoned and orphaned children in the developing world. As such, I’ve been quite sparse with my entries here on the Abandoned-Orphaned blog recently, choosing instead to dedicate precious writing time to the longer volume yet to be published.
I’ve received quite a bit of advice and encouragement over the past couple of weeks to keep "feeding the blog machine" and its numerous readers – you! Quite frankly, this whole blogging thing has caught me by surprise to say the least. Many hundreds of subscribers. Thousands of daily page views. It’s been quite exciting and humbling at the same time.
Because of God’s favor, this blog has taken on a life of its own over these past eighteen months. There is scarcely a conference, seminar or meeting that I attend these days where somebody doesn’t approach me and tell me that they’ve been greatly impacted by the reports and writings here. In addition, I’m constantly receiving all manner of e-mails from a variety of stakeholders and potential ministry participants.
Yes, I’ll keep feeding the machine with the hope that it continues to create further awareness and involvement in the greatest outreach opportunity of our time. But I have to admit, though, that it’s hard for me to keep switching gears – between blog entries and book chapters – so please pray that I can manage the necessary balancing act to engage both tasks faithfully and effectively.
OF BANDS AND BARNS . . .
Sadly, we did not find the right balancing act between 1.) The availability of Christian rock bands and 2.) Venues large enough to host our Fightin' & Jammin' concert to raise awareness for the Fight Campaign and Traffic Jam Campaign. Either bands were available on certain dates when venues weren't, or vice versa.
Special thanks to Jodi Vinson (wife of World Orphans VP, Mike Vinson), who was feverishly working on our end to put it altogether, and Mike Roberts (of Jeff Roberts & Associates), who had at different points lined up Leeland, Building 429, Skillet and Rebecca St. James for us.
In the midst of our disappointment in not being able to pull it all together, we're regrouping to see how best to organize something like this in the future. And yes, it's about balancing acts also - balancing regional events/concerts (organized through our Regional Advocates) and national events/concerts (organized through our Public Relations/Promotions department), as well as balancing what we want to put together ourselves versus what we can simply sponsor. We'll keep you informed and look to be jammin' really soon!