If you knew me back in 2011, you probably received the following from me via email. A lot has happened since then, but I wanted to post the original email here before I continue the story.
“I had the privilege of attending the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit at Kensington on August 11 & 12. After 2 solid days of incredible vision-casting, I envisioned droves of people coming up to pastors all around the world, overflowing with ideas. But, in my mind, I could imagine the pastors being stuck with answers like “I’ll keep that in mind”, “I’ll pray for you”, “maybe you should talk to so-and-so”, or simply “go out and do that” without a structured way to funnel these ideas.
Craig McGlassion spoke at Clinton Twp on August 7 and quoted Zig Ziglar:
“The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”
We all have something to give, but we don’t know what to do with it, or we think it’s too little, so our ideas fizzle out. What if there were a world-wide on-line connection point where we could post our big dreams and our small offerings? It would be searchable, categorized by subject and location, so that we can find one another. Imagine something like eBay or Facebook, connecting people all over the world, but for the purpose of fulfilling our dreams together.
Once we connect and fulfill that dream, we can post pictures and tell our story. How the two moms with a burden to pray for their neighborhood found one another, only blocks away, so that 2 or more could gather in His name. How the farmers market grower with too many carrots at the end of the day got connected with the soup kitchen who could use his carrots to help feed 100’s. How the up and coming generation, inspired by the likes of Bono and Mother Teresa, with their passion for connection and social change, found each other, worked together and saw their dreams fulfilled.
Come for daily encouragement by reading the stories and seeing the pictures of dreams fulfilled. Come to post your meager offerings (just 2 fish? just 5 loaves?) and watch how, together, we can feed thousands. Come to offer your talents, your creativity, your “I’m nobody and my little talent isn’t worth anything on it’s own” and see how God will piece us together into his beautiful mosaic, shine His light through us and show off His masterpiece. Come to DreamSpace.
John and I are trying to find out if something like this already exists, but have found little with a “grassroots” Craig’s List/ Facebook feel. We’re looking for our “next step” and that’s where you come in. Maybe you have some direction you can offer, maybe you can forward this e-mail, or maybe you can simply pray for us or for those who may already be working on this somewhere in our world. God bless our country and this world. May we all be a blessing to one another.
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
-Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
Thanks for reading and dreaming along with me.
Click here for part 2: DreamSpace Continued