To establish the people of Central Appalachia in the principles of the Kingdom of God, and thereby releasing them to rise above all cultural, historical, economic, and generational limitations so they may live abundantly within their privileges and covenant as sons and daughters of God.
Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” The following is the philosophy of Charles Schultz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions, but simply observe each point. (1) Name the five wealthiest people in the world. (2) Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. (3) Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. (4) Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. (5) Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. (6) Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners. So, how did you do? The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one: (1) List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. (2) Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. (3) Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. (4) Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. (5) Think of five people you enjoy spending time with. Easier? What’s the lesson? It’s rather simple: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care. This little exercise puts things that are usually held in high regard in a whole new perspective. What matters most, other than our relationship with God, of course, is how many lives we can touch each day and bring to them encouragement and hope. This they will not only remember, but will likewise pass along the same consideration to others they encounter along life’s journey with each new day.