Last Saturday night was an evening to remember, and I want to share it with you.
My wife, Andrea, and I hosted a fundraising event for the 50 people who had previously contributed the most money to Life Remodeled. I personally believe God has gifted every individual with unique talents, skills and circumstances. For some that includes substantial financial wealth and the heart to share it.
On Saturday, we were reminded of this with donations totaling $159,070, including a $50,000 matching grant from a crowdfunding organization called Patronicity.
I believe we are all managers of possessions that aren’t truly ours. As a loving Father, God enjoys sharing His resources with His children and entrusting us to take care of them.
We will use all resources provided to their maximum benefit of the Denby neighborhood this summer. And more people are seeing this. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan came to my house on Saturday, the one night of the week he tries to avoid outside commitments. Watch and listen to what the mayor said about the efforts to remodel lives one neighborhood at a time.
Inspired? Feel free to share the mayor’s message with your friends on social media so they can learn about our mission, a mission that may be on the cusp of becoming a movement.
Frank Beckmann, the WJR radio host who broadcast his three-hour show live from both the Cody and Osborn Life Remodeled projects in 2014 and 2015 also came out on Saturday. This morning, he used nearly 20 minutes of his show to interview me and, more importantly, Sandra Turner-Handy, the leader of the Denby Neighborhood alliance. Check out Frank’s WJR podcast page to listen to those interviews when they are posted in the next couple days. You can share them with others, too.
Life Remodeled and Denby are on the move. This is going to be our most ambitious project yet. And I continue to be honored to serve alongside each of you.