Standing out in a crowd

Posted by: JenniferJohnson Tags: There is no tags | Categories: Fundraising, Our mission

June
21

I am meeting some of the most wonderful people. There are so many people who care and who want to be part of the solution to our many societal problems. These meetings are full of encouragement and insight into taking advantage of opportunities. It is mind boggling to realize how much money is out there and people who are willing to spend their money to make a difference.

My concern is that there are just as many organizations in the running for those funds and that influence and that chance to make a difference. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the challenge of being heard in the cacophony. How do we stand out in a crowd? How do we make the case in a unique way? How do we say it better? That’s what’s keeping me awake at night these days. We simply HAVE to find more funding. How much more? We need to find an additional $150,000 a year to get to the sustainable place we need. I need us to get there so I can retire. MSH needs to get there because we’re to the place that full-time staff and continued growth is critical. There is no shortage of mothers who need the support and the safe place for change that we provide. Our challenge is being ready for the growing numbers that are coming.

So what do we do? Well, I can tell you that wringing my hands and worrying about it is NOT working. I do truly believe that we’re going to keep moving forward. What we’re doing is too important and we’re doing it really well. But more than that…I’m not in charge! This is God’s work and He’s been prospering it in amazing ways. I don’t know how He’s going to do it, but He will get us where we need to go. We just need to get out of the way. I’m reminded of 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Casting all my anxiety on Him today and praying that some of those wonderful people I’m meeting will see Him in our work.

–Becky

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