Manager's Memo

MANAGER’S MEMO

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“Look what I’ve got! It’s a Super bowl ring!” I looked up from the checkout line at Costco to see one of the checkers showing off a monstrous gold and diamond ring that is unmistakable to a football fan. I heard her ask the more than six-foot receiver-looking gentleman standing at the next counter what year and he said “1985.” That would make him a Chicago Bear and a member of a championship team that included Walter Peyton, Mike Singletary, Richard Dent, Jim McMahon and William “Refrigerator” Perry.  Their opponents, the New England Patriots, were making their first of many appearances in the big game.

Two teams, who worked and sacrificed and contended for a shared goal and one achieved the prize. I tell you this to ask a few questions I’ve been asking myself recently. What are my goals? What prize am I contending to attain? And what am I willing to do, to give up, to strive with a group of like-minded people to achieve? Or am I just sitting in the stands, watching others?  They feel like good questions to be asking as we head into January and a new year.  I’m just wondering what prize you’re striving for.

For 88.3 The Journey, I’m General Manager Mike Agee.

Hurricane Harvey

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Our hearts are breaking for our friends and family along the Gulf Coast of Texas. As believers, when we see a need, our Father asks us not to sit by and do nothing. We can still help with the clean-up along the Gulf Coast. We believe we can all do something.

Our friends at KCBI in Dallas are planning a Night of Hope to help with the relief effort through Convoy of Hope Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie. Many of your favorite Christian artists will be there and 100% of the proceeds will go to Convoy of Hope. Click here for tickets and more information.

We are going to list below ways you can be involved, letting you know about opportunities to help our brothers and sisters in their hour of need. If you are aware of other opportunities or your church or civic group is going to do something, please let us know. Send an email with all the information you have to manager@883thejourney.org.

Ways WE can help:

Pray for Gulf Coast -  Amen Prayer app just for Hurricane Harvey
Conserve fuel and water. Shortages of both are coming.
Texas Diaper Bank - Help kids
SPCA of Texas - Help animals
Humane Society of North Texas - have more than forty animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey already. Accepting donations for care for animal relief on Gulf Coast.
Portlight - Help people with medical needs.
Directrelief - prescription drugs and other medical supplies
Carter Blood Care - Donate blood.
Houston Coalition for the Homeless - Help homeless in Houston
Trusted World - Opened three shelters in Dallas for evacuees
Tarrant Area Food Bank - activated for providing food to Gulf Coast. Looking for volunteers to help package supplies.
Houston Food Bank 
Galveston Food Bank 
Victoria Food Bank 
God's Pit Crew - Faith-based disaster response group, providing emergency supplies, food and water called Blessing Buckets
TX Dept. of Agriculture - Help farmers and ranchers
Keene Hispanic SDA Church - Accepting donations of food and personal care items, as well as packaging material for shipment to Gulf Coast. Click link for items and volunteer through Sept. 10.
Calvary Church Ft. Worth - collecting specific supplies through Tuesday, Sept. 5 for delivery to Gulf Coast next week. Check their website for supplies needed and collection times.
Open Door Church and Food Bank - collecting water, toiletries, diapers and bug spray to take to Corpus Christi.
Samaritan's Purse - already on the ground on the Gulf Coast, needs donations and volunteers.
Salvation Army in Texas - already there providing goods and services, needs donations and volunteers.
Ft. Worth Diocese Anglican Church - accepting donations for Gulf Coast relief.
Adventist Disaster Relief - already there providing goods and services for Gulf Coast relief.

Thank you for your caring involvement. 

Take a Look Around

"Is she one of your majors? Yes. She was in an accident tonight and care-flighted to Harris downtown. I believe she is in surgery now."

Never the words you want to see appear on your phone screen as you are headed to bed. I was dressed and flying down Chisholm Trail Parkway in just a few minutes to be there for one of my kids, and more importantly, for her parents when they arrived from Austin. They were trusting me to help take care of their baby girl.

Turns out she was headed back to campus with another one of my students and apparently, a front tire went flat, over corrected and the pick-up rolled. Thank you, Lord, they were both wearing their seat belts. After four hours of surgery and a couple of days in ICU, one is home, improving daily and hopes to be back in classes in a couple of weeks, beginning her classwork on her computer. The other is back on campus, with her roommate behind her wheelchair getting her to class and the cafeteria. They both should recover fully, neither with permanent damage.

How quickly life changes. One second you are excited about a new school year and the next you are sitting in a waiting room at three in the morning, waiting for someone you care about to come out of surgery.

Take a look around today. See anyone who would leave a gaping hole in your life if they were gone? Pull them close and tell them so. Tomorrow holds no guarantees.

For 88.3 The Journey, I’m a very thankful General Manager Mike Agee.