Meeting Recap – November 2021
Joel Hanson , Pastor of Worship at Church of the Open Door, set the tone for the evening as he opened with the song "New Way to Live" from his album What If It Is. "We've been breathing out, we've been breathing in. But the question remains, have we ever truly lived?"
Julie Eide , President of Amplify, reviewed our Amplify pledge, reminding the group of our commitment to be fully present in using our God-given gifts through collective problem solving.
Our partner shout-out this meeting came from Sally McCarthy, who shared that Amplify was an answer to her prayer for an opportunity to put years of business experience to good use. “There is no greater joy than participating with a community of believers that are really looking to help emerging ministries succeed and give back to God’s people and his kingdom.”
John Busacker and Dave Johnson, our keynote speakers for the evening, encouraged us to consider how we might breathe more deeply. Drawing from their own personal stories, John & Dave shared wisdom and guidance in slowing down and developing sacred rhythms to life which can also be found in their book, Gasping for Breath. They left us with a word of hope based on the parable of the sower in Mark 4. "Keep sowing your seed. The days that it feels like a waste of time, keep sowing anyway and giving away what you have to give. It might even feel insignificant at times, but the Kingdom of God is a fertile field."
Founder of SoleCare for Souls, Kathy Bissen, talked about the calling in her life to use her nursing experience to provide foot care for the homeless. She shared photos of the heartbreaking foot conditions experienced by the people she serves and the hope found in the physical and spiritual care she is able to provide. As Bissen prepares to enter retirement after 15 years of ministry, she asked the Amplify network for support in developing an operation and duplication model to allow for those who follow in her footsteps to continue expanding the ministry.
Executive Director of UpTurnships, LaTasha Shevlin, shared her vision for creating a more diverse and equitable workforce in their work with underrepresented students and employer partners. Shevlin shared the difficulty balancing supply and demand, asking the Amplify network to help identify pipelines to gain new employer partners that can provide opportunities to students in the areas of computer science, finance, and digital media.
In Their Own Words:
Kathy Bissen, SoleCare for Souls
"I came into tonight feeling very burdened, but whenever I'm with Amplify I feel like my burdens are lifted. Thank you!"
La Tasha Shevlin, UpTurnships