As you know, Monday was Martin Luther King day. I want to share a powerful message with you from Dr. King, with introduction comments from Henry Ho, co-founder of NorthStar Partnering Group. It is worth the read and should motivate marketplace leaders to fight for our communities.
“This is powerful stuff that should stir our souls. While we have made great progress with racial equality since 1963 when this letter was written, it is important to note that we are not there yet. There is more work to be done. There are still many other areas of injustice in our communities and in the world that need our involvement as individuals and as a company. I think this may be something that you would want to share with your spouse/friends. If you have children, you may want to share these excerpts with them each year during MLK day and talk about it. This would be like reading the Christmas story.”
Excerpt from Dr. King’s letter:
I cannot sit idly in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was “well timed” in view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”
I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another mans freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro the wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating that absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
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Posted in Faith and Work on January 19, 2011 |
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What a year! With God’s help and yours, we expanded our vision to reach more people than ever before in the marketplace. We introduced two new ministries! ENGAGE, which targets young professionals, is led by a group of passionate young professionals in northwest Arkansas who have a vision to fuse faith, work and life among their peers. This is an incredible opportunity to change lives before the world changes them. Our public launch is next Thursday. In addition, we’ve acquired a new ministry, Kairos, which is dedicated to equipping college students to bridge the gap between the campus and the marketplace. It is an intense summer intern program that prepares upperclassmen for “the real world.” So now, when these two ministries are coupled with our established Eight to Five ministry for Professionals, WorkMatters has a faith and work platform which can serve men and women from college to retirement! I don’t know of another marketplace ministry in the United States that can serve in this way. Praise God for this breakthrough.
We are also expanding geographically with the launch of WorkMatters Marietta, in Georgia! We hope this expansion will be a prototype for moving WorkMatters out to other cities as God directs.
The Joseph Project, which provides business people between jobs with job resources, networking and encouragement, continues to have life changing impact during a real desert season for hundreds of people. Our 7th annual WorkMatters Leadercast held in May impacted over 1,500 leaders representing over 100 companies and was the largest simulcast site of its kind in North America!
Finally, in October we launched our EMPOWER Year-end Giving Campaign. We not only reached, but exceeded our $140,000 goal! We have been blessed for seven years to raise the capital we need to help thousands of people bridge the gap.
God is working in the marketplace now more than ever! WorkMatters is perfectly positioned to mobilize the army of Christians to live for Christ Monday – Friday as they do on Sunday.
We are excited about 2011 and all that God has in store for your life. I hope that you will dive deep into your faith at work. Your opportunity to honor God and influence others is a daily mission field like no other!
With great expectations,
David Roth, President
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Posted in Money, Prayer on January 12, 2011 |
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60 Days of Prayer Friends,
We are so honored for all of you who prayed diligently for WorkMatters and our fundraising during our 60 Days of Prayer in November and December. We received such powerful feedback from our daily email/blog post. Thanks especially to Sam Bates for his heart and hard work to send these messages for most of the 60 days. Please message us with your feedback on the priority we should put on this ministry “From Sunday To Monday” daily email/blog writing. Also, we are contemplating the trade-off between sending these writings directly via email or from our Blog?
Many of you will remember that on October 1 we launched our EMPOWER Yearend Giving Campaign to help WorkMatters finish 2010 strong and healthy. As a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, we have learned to be open and transparent in sharing our ministry needs.
Our goal was to raise $140,000 in Q4. And for the seventh year in a row, through your generosity, we not only met that goal, but exceeded it! 2Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Praise God and thank you!
The momentum for this faith@work national movement continues to grow! Men and women are hungry for encouragement and equipping to live their faith at work. In the last two years, WorkMatters has launched FOUR NEW ministries to impact people’s lives through the marketplace.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20
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Welcome to 2011! Unless you are a Razorback fan in New Orleans for tomorrow night’s Sugar Bowl, you are likely at work today with a new year and new priorities staring you in the face.
It has always been important to me to reflect on the year past and to pray about the year ahead. We need to slow down long enough to count our blessings and learn from our mistakes…and to look ahead to see how we can live our life with more purpose. If you haven’t already, let me encourage you to block some time (maybe this weekend?), find a quiet place, buy yourself a cup of coffee (or other stimulus), and just think and listen. Write down what comes to you.
If you are a person that needs some structure, try this on for 2011:
- Verse – a single Bible verse or quote that frames up your theme for the year.
- Word – a simple word that you can easily remember that provides focus.
- Purpose – a statement that describes your focus for the year.
- Goals – this can be as short (4-5 goals) or as long (family, work, financial, social, serving goals) as you wish.
- Book – this is a freebee…go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy a book that you really need to read.
I pray that your 2011 focus will very intentionally include your faith and how you can choose to be the same person at work that your are in your personal life!
To a defining year,
P.S. Thank you for praying for us and with us over the past 60 days! As soon as we close the financial book on 2010 we will share with you what God did! 2010 was an extraordinary year at WorkMatters. And our Board and Staff are more excited about 2011 than any year of our seven years of serving you in the marketplace (more on that tomorrow).
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