I find it helpful that remembering why we start something, anything really, gets us through the rough spots in the journey and allows us to finish well, whether it be a certain mission or life in general.
So in order for you to come along this journey with me I thought you might want to know why I even started.
In 2009 we transitioned from being full-time church ministry to full-time entertainment industry, which we tend to label 'from pulpit to production' (the WHY of that, will have to make for another blog post). However, without that specific mission coming to an end, the mission of Wanderful Things would not have begun.
After having been a part of leadership in three churches and district leaders over teens and young adults from six states for 20 years, we had many opportunities to serve local and global communities and tap into the congregations for resources, time and money. Now two years into production life I still saw needs all around me, and I realized my heart to do something about meeting them, didn't go away.
With transition being so straining financially, barely surviving ourselves, and no congregation to call on I asked God to show me how I could help with a need in front of me to get school supplies to local kids when I could hardly get some for my own child, I heard God say, "What is in your house?". The same question that the prophet Elisha asked the Shunamite widow in 2 Kings 4:1-38. I looked, and what I found was a new shirt that had shrunk in the wash and made a scarf out of it and put it up on Facebook and took preorders. I then realized that the "congregation" was not a group of people in one church building but spread out everywhere, eager to help when given the opportunity. With the sales of the scarves, we were able to contribute supplies for a dozen backpacks, which I know is not big numbers but it meant everything to those 12 kids and their parents.
After that as needs came my way I would create a product and share it, and the responses kept coming. We collected socks for the homeless, massage gift cards for women fighting breast cancer and much more. Then unexpectedly, we had to hit the road for an unknown amount of time, which caused me to place my product supplies in storage.
To keep momentum going I created a Instagram account to document what I would see on the road, as far as opportunities to give back. I found things like products in shops that gave percentages to certain causes to meter machines that let you give change for the homeless. I also found in my news feed many non-profits and social justice companies and began to see how people everywhere were doing wonderful things as both conscious consumers and creators to meet the needs in front of them and around the world. Yet I also came to discover that others had no idea of the many ways to make an impact, with something as simple as being an informed shopper.
As we wandered, I decided to use my time, voice and social media platforms to bring awareness; first of the needs and then of those meeting them. Focusing on the five people groups that Jesus himself vowed to reach in Luke 4:18-19, the poor, the imprisoned, the sick, the oppressed and those in transition. A wand has five points and reminds me of making wishes come true, and that is the inspiration behind the name. Together we can do Wanderful Things.