In light of recent events, we are all in need of some good news.
There is so much hate, inequality, and injustice in the world. We long to love, and pray for change in people’s hearts. We also need to desperately advocate and work towards systemic changes. The latter work is also hard, challenging, and requires faithfulness and long-term commitments.
We do not need more people to say “I’m sorry” and empathize, and then go back to their normal daily routines and continue with business as usual while ignoring the environments, educational, housing, cultural, societal, and political structures that advantage certain people groups and oppresses others.
As I skimmed my social media feed a few days ago one leader posted a picture of a peaceful protester getting arrested. Under the picture she captioned, “What is your frontline?” Her response was, “My frontline is education.”
I have always been called to preventive work. I’m probably not going to be the one in the street protesting because generally I’m home with my kid (though some days I do consider it). I have never set foot inside a jail. I give to the homeless and financially support those who live in poverty both domestically and internationally, but I’m not the one feeding malnourished children or providing care to adults with AIDS.
My “frontline” work and advocacy has been mentoring people, raising up leaders, preparing young folks for college and helping them make good career and life decisions to support their families and communities. I might not become a millionaire, but maybe one of my mentees will and they will use their financial resources for greater philanthropy and research. I might not become a business owner of a large company, but maybe one of my mentees will and they will use their power and influence to hire and pay a fair wage to people. I might not become a Hollywood star, but maybe one of my mentees will and they will use their cultural influence to tell stories and shape images so we can all see each other more truthfully.
Some of you know that I am the visionary founder and chairperson of a nonprofit organization, Leadership LINKS, Inc. We are a network and community of people who intentionally work to proactively provide education, leadership, spiritual and character development. We are exempt from federal income tax under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3). This means that monetary support or in-kind donations are generally tax deductible.
Leadership LINKS, Inc. is a veteran-operated and faith-based organization that exists to educate and equip servant leaders who are committed to using their skills and resources for the greater good of humanity. Our vision is to connect people with their purpose by growing a network of like-minded Christian leaders, while offering leadership education with an emphasis on character and spiritual development.
We have 29 participants registered to attend our first Leadership Summer Program for Girls next month! Several of our registrants are from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a Network, we seek to model and raise up the next generation of leaders by offering mentorship, and providing a positive network and support structure for our vulnerable children.
We have a summer program budget of $10,000 ($300/participate), and have not yet met that fundraising goal. We have offered registration at a discounted rate, so 100% of the participants have either received a partial or full scholarship for participation. Would you prayerfully consider offering an in-kind or monetary donation towards this important work?
Here are some practical ways you can support:
- Make a financial donation:
a.) Make a one-time donation by writing a check or money order to “Leadership LINKS, Inc.” and mailing to our official address (P.O. Box 16328, High Point, NC 27261), or
b.) Set up a monthly donation online through PayPal at our official website www.leadershiplinksus.org. Online donations can be set up when you click the “Donate” button at the bottom right side of the homepage. Insert the dollar amount of your monthly tax deductible contribution and check the “Make This Recurring (Monthly)” box.
- Make an in-kind donation – Purchase supplies for the program:
We have made this easy by providing a Walmart shipping list (registry). You can order and the items will be picked up or mailed directly to our doorstep!
Here is the link for purchases: https://goo.gl/2yxEsk
- Get a t-shirt:
This is one of many programs, projects, and service opportunities Leadership LINKS, Inc. will offer. Be a part of our Network and share the vision to “Connect People with Purpose.”
Order Deadline: July 29, 2016
Please pray for our Board of Directors and volunteer staff, The Point College Preparatory and Leadership Academy (where we will be hosting the program), and girls and their families.
You can also join us on our monthly Network Prayer Call this Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 8:00-9:00 am. Dial-in Number: 1(605)475-6006, Access Code: 281-9243.
Thanks so much for your support and prayerful consideration.
LINK UP with Us:
Official Website: www.leadershiplinksus.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeadershipLinksInc (“Like” our page)
Twitter: @LINKSLead (Follow us on Twitter.)