Frank Vizcarra, NAB
Last week I had one of the best days of consulting in a while. I had three different encounters with three different sets of people. I met with people committed to make a difference for the church they love, three brothers working hard to make their “American Dream” come true and non for profit and business professionals coming together to serve the underprivileged. I witness Americans at their best. Working hard to make a difference in the lives of their family and giving of themselves to improve the lives of others. It was a good day.
The senior team at the Rock Church in San Diego had a robust dialogue about how to reach more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They were looking for new ways to Save, Equip and Send more people. They were willing to reinvent their already out of the box paradigm in order to reach people not only around the San Diego metropolitan area but also around the world. They were willing to venture into the unknown because that is what they do. They don’t allow anything to get in the way of their mission. They know that God is on their side guiding their every step. Their American Dream is not to chase the next big deal, no; their American Dream is to save more souls for Jesus. They know that they don’t work for man. They work for God.
At “Lucha Libre”, a local San Diego Mexican restaurant owned and operated by the Rojano brothers, the lines were long- all the way out the door and down the side walk. People were willing to wait 30 minutes to order and get their food because they know the food is worth the wait. The three brothers, who are the children of emigrant parents, have created something special for Mexican food lovers. The have lines most of the day if not all day long. Some come because they saw the restaurant on TV; others because they are in love with the food and want to get their fix. The brothers are creating jobs and inspiring others to do the same. They are not interested in being members of a welfare state or in succumbing to the stereotypes of others. They appreciate their luck and they know that their luck is directly related to their years of hard work. They are risking their hard earned capital; to put it all on the line in pursuit of their American Dream. The American Dream. Oh Yea!
At The headquarters of The Barrio Logan College Institute, in a 60 year old building without air conditioning with an outside temperature of 80 degrees, six HR professionals volunteered to give unselfishly of their time to help young under privileged high school and college students prepare for the work force. These students come from one of the toughest barrios in San Diego. The students want out of their circumstances and are willing to work hard to do so. For three hours the six volunteers answer the questions asked and the one that were not. They talked to the students about getting a professional email address; do not use susybabe@ gmail.com, change your voice mail greeting-remove the loud rap music, clean up your Face book page, prepare a resume, etc. The students listen and took notes eating and processing every word said. It was people living the American Dream helping others to achieve theirs.
It was a good day.