Strategically Small

As we continue in this season of rest and reflection, let us contemplate the life and work of Jesus.

Jesus was a masterful leader. He was intentional. Purposeful.

When we think of his influence, and how his message continues to grow thousands of years and billions of followers later, we are in awe because he did not do the successful, popular or inspiring things. He did not seek fame. He did not lord his power over others or try to establish an empire on earth. He did not have social media or the benefits of technology.

Jesus was true to his teachings, even when it was difficult for his audience to hear:

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me” (Matt. 10:37).

“Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead” (Matt. 8:22).

“Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27).

Simply put, Jesus did not go big. On the contrary, oftentimes when he had a large crowd or performed a miracle, he drew away for times of rest.

In those sacred moments, Jesus taught his disciples the truths about the kingdom of God, and informed them of the purpose to which they were called.

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Giving Tuesday Opportunity

Today is Giving Tuesday, and as several of you know, I am the Visionary Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Over the past four years, our organization has intentionally created access and opportunities for intentional leadership and education that includes events and programming, mentoring, college and career preparation, and spiritual and character development. Most of our current programming has targeted middle and high school girls. Next year, we will expand our offerings to include our first Global Leadership Experience Tour (Global LET).

You can find out more about our work and organization, by visiting our website, reviewing one of our recent end-of-year reports, visiting our YouTube channel, and checking out our organizational video below:

Our primary financial goal before the end of the year is to confirm 100 LINKS Ambassadors. A LINKS Ambassador is someone who commits to giving the organization $25 or more dollars/month.

Here are the instructions for becoming a LINKS Ambassador:

Step-by-Step Instructions for setting up your recurring donation online:

1.  Visit our website homepage at: www.leadershiplinksinc.org 

2. Click the blue “Give now with Givelify” button in the top right-hand corner.

2.  Choose your recurring donation amount.

3.  When asked, “This Donation Is For”, click on “Where Needed Most” and “Confirm.”

4.  Click “Set Recurring” and choose the frequency of your gift.5.  Then click “Give Now” to set up your account and provide accounting information. 

There are several other ways that you can support the organization.

  1. MAIL: Please send your donation of any amount via check or money order made out to “Leadership LINKS, Inc.” This is the best method of giving to ensure that all of your funds go directly to impact our programming and we are not paying unnecessary fees. Mail to us at: 

Leadership LINKS, Inc. 

ATTN: Treasurer

P.O. Box 16328

High Point, NC 27261 

2. PAYPAL: Send an electronic payment through PayPal.

paypal.me/LeadershipLINKS

3. GIVELIFY: Send an electronic payment through the Givelify app.

3. CASH APP: $LeadershipLINKS

Thank you for your consideration, and for partnering with us in our work.

Remember Our Story

As we enter the beautiful season of Advent and remembering, I wanted to share a couple of pieces that I have written this year about the good news and miracle work that only Jesus can accomplish. We begin with this piece about God’s great redemption story!

Who doesn’t love a great story? From the time we are children, we learn of villains and heroes, evil witches and helpless princesses. We learn about good and evil in this world. In the end, we anticipate and eagerly await the victory. We all want good to win.

As we think about our common humanity in a world that is becoming increasingly more polarized, it is important that we remember the most important story. It begins, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The story that starts in a garden culminates with the promise of the protagonist’s return, and the realization of a new heaven and a new earth. “Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen” (Rev. 22:20–21).

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