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We Didn’t Come to Watch

As you can see, this is the first post to this site. I’m not troubled, at this point, about tons of traffic and visitors.

Later, it will feature my books and other things I write, posts about writing and the publishing world. Then, lots of traffic will be a good thing. As I’m building this thing out, establishing functionality and aesthetics, I’m going strictly with the gut and the heart, as far as content goes.

Yesterday, as my big kickoff, I crafted a post about the potential for the new year and the La Cima World Missionspotential in all of us, the importance of taking action, and so forth. Oh, it was a thing of beauty, I can assure you. But, it simply didn’t feel right, so it will have to wait.

The focus will remain on the potential inside us all, but I’ll give you two real-world illustrations in the persons of David and Marty Sperow. They are the finest examples of what can be achieved by simply deciding upon a direction and entering the arena.

Not Rupp Arena!! Not even close!

La Cima

Mere hours ago, Lexington, Kentucky, residents David and Marty Sperow once again returned from the breach. They touched down on home soil after a successful mission to the heart of the hurting in the Middle East. Answering the call placed upon them, and armed with the notion provided in James 2:26, they successfully provided medical, dental, humanitarian and spiritual aid directly to those in need. Their journey to this point started a nearly a decade ago when David, a Lexington dentist, and his wife, Marty, founded La Cima World Missions. They didn’t have years of training. Their education didn’t include courses in “running a non-profit.”  What they had was a calling to put their passion to work. David’s dental and medical training and Marty’s gift of languages were the initial tools used in conjunction with the foundation and promise that God gave them.

Years later, and after successful missions to Central America, the South Pacific, East Asia, and the Middle East, La Cima is going strong. The number of lives they have touched can’t be numbered.

Why? They simply set out on an adventure. They knew what they wanted to do and did what it took to make it so.

David and Marty with supplies on the Kurdistan/Iraq relief mission.

David and Marty with supplies bound for refugees on the Kurdistan/Iraq relief mission.

They didn’t succumb to negativity. They didn’t worry about the naysayers, “those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” (You know those people. The ones who revel in the failures of others). In fact, they took the possibility of failure as just that, a possibility, but they knew the upside was tremendous. So, they went after it. They have obtained that upside tenfold.

I am fortunate to call David and Marty friend. Family. Brother and Sister in Christ. They have been an inspiration to me.

Find out more about them at LaCimaWorldMissions.org. You will see in the history and story of La Cima the possibilities that are present in you, me, and everyone.

I’ll leave you with David’s own words about this newly born year and what it can hold:

“BE DANGEROUS: I am making this plea to all within my sphere of influence. FIND YOUR PURPOSE FOR BEING! A new year is a chance for a new beginning. PLEASE do not play it safe in 2015. For the sake of yourself and those around you, identify a cause greater than yourself and attack it with all your being. Take chances, risk it all, do not settle, ignore those who try to stop you. Be afraid but do it anyway. Take your licks, then get back up. Live life in such a way that no one will have to hear what is important to you, make it so obvious by your actions that they can see it with their own eyes. Don’t make excuses and don’t stop when it gets hard. Come alive and make a difference in the life of someone who can never return the favor. The widow, the orphan, the oppressed, the poor, the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, the heartbroken, the downtrodden, the hopeless….they are legion…and they are within your reach. Go to them.

Spoiler alert: On the journey to serve the Least of These you’ll find yourself.

No one can do it for you. It’s up to you. Do something amazing…or don’t. Your call.

‘Life has a certain flavor for those who have fought and risked all that the sheltered and protected can never experience.’ — John Stuart Mill”

Follow David and Marty on Facebook and be challenged/inspired/amazed/shocked on a daily basis.

PS – If you want to support an organization and ensure your donations go to where they are intended, support La Cima.

A special thanks to Teddy Roosevelt for one of my favorite quotes, a portion of which was used above:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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  • Nancy Forderhase January 4, 2015, 11:56 pm

    Alan,

    An inspiring story. One never knows what people are capable of doing when their hearts are in the right place. Thanks for writing about them. And it was nice to see your quote from Theodore Roosevelt!!! You’re a great guy and you have a lovely family.

    • ashrhammond@gmail.com January 6, 2015, 12:58 am

      Nancy, As you well know, Ol’ TR is a font of quotability!

      I’d like to do a longer story that truly does justice to what David and Marty have done, but other projects and something called a job make it difficult. This post was something I simply had to get “on paper.”

      Thanks for the kind words. I certainly appreciate them.

      ALH

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