We hosted the first “info meeting” for the global poverty organization this past Saturday at Q Cafe. Like any new ventures, Minhee and I were anxious if anyone would show up. Well, to be honest, I was anxious…Minhee rarely gets anxious about such things.
Everything needs a beginning and while you may hear stories of things that begin with a HUGE BANG, I think most things begin with a whisper or a whimper. At least that’s the case with me.
During our first gathering for Quest Church, 7 people showed up. And one of them was obligated because I asked him to pick up the pizza. I haven’t reimbursed him out of fear he’ll move on to greener pastures.
Minhee and I also had the privilege of birthing Q Cafe and we did that with about 40 people during the first year of our churchplant. Together, we helped renovate the warehouse, raised about $80,000 to fund the vision, and compelled this person to take a 30% paycut to leave her job to become our first cafe manager. Starting a new non-profit in the first year of a non-profit [churchplant]? Pretty crazy but sometimes, crazy is good.
So, this past Saturday, we were joined by 22 adults, 5 kids, and 1 infant for the first meeting to reveal the name and vision of our organization. We hope to reveal those things to the larger public and blogosphere next month. Who knows what the Lord has in store but I want to again sincerely thank everyone that came out. As of now, we have no office, no budget, several volunteers, a growing Facebook Group, a pending 501c3 status, and a vision to help change the world
The first year to all dreams, projects, ventures, plants, start-ups, businesses, blogs, marriages, etc…are always the toughest. I have my theories but what do you think?
- Why do you think that’s the case?
- What’s your humble beginning story?
- And what would your advice me to others for the first year?