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#PRAY127 10.26.20

Before I get to this week’s request, if you prayed for our Board Summit last week – thank you! We onboard 8 new board members and spent the majority of our time thinking about where God wants us 5 years from now. Primarily, we answered this idea: “When people are asked by someone about ‘Man Up’ in 5 years, they will respond, ‘Oh that’s the organization that…'”

Our time together was awesome! The Lord was with us and guiding us, and we’re excited about what lies ahead. We’re as clearer as we’ve ever been – more to come later.

When you hear about a non-profit having to bass a budget, it probably sits a little funny with you if you’ve never thought about it. The reality is that non-profits must not only accomplish their mission towards the end beneficiary (those receiving the services the non-profit provides), but it must also find a way to fund it.

For this week’s #PRAY127 request, we have an event that’s right around the corner and while it was a long time coming, we haven’t had a ton of promotion of this particular event.

As you may know, Man Up had partnered with Focus on the Family to bring their Wait No More event to the Bay area. We had several leaders’ meetings in 2018 and 2019 and the word was getting out, and then – COVID.

After postponing the March 28 gathering, we had to change the ethos of the event, since COVID will not allow us to gather in large groups. Focus on the Family has been gracious to allow us to build on the foundation they laid. Since we can’t have them in for this event, we have planned a similar but shorter and online-friendly event we are calling Awaken Tampa Bay – Taking Up the Cause of the Fatherless. You can expect a thoughtful evening of round-table discussion where subject matter experts in Tampa Bay will discuss not just the state of child welfare, but specific action items to take.

Please pray that God gets His people’s attention with this event, that the folks He wants in the room or online will be present either in person or LIVE online.

As always, it is a joy to know you are praying on behalf of the organization and all that God has put on our hearts.

Jeff Ford, CEO
Isaiah 1:17

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