Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Atlanta - here we go again...

Now that we feel we have gained a market and foundation in the Chicago area, God has opened doors for us to spread our wings into new cities and states. We felt so blessed to be invited to Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta on 4/24. Much prayer and preparation went into this event as it was our first event out of state requiring long distance travel. We met some fantastic people and were encouraged by the comments of many who came to the event and said they were so glad they had come and fully endorse Cache' Connections and what it stands for. The number of attendees was lower than we had expected although we understand it takes a while to gain recognition and a name in each community. We had a conversation with the singles pastor from Mount Paran and also First Baptist Atlanta who filled us in on the difficulties in getting singles to attend events in the Atlanta area. It is frustrating for all who plan and organize events and then have so few show up. God seems to be impressing on me that we need to let others know that we need their support in a monetary fashion along with their words of encouragement. That thought was even reinforced by a phone call from a member who is now dating someone he met through Cache' Connections. I received a helpful, but stern, reminder that it is okay to let people know that they need to sign up and attend the events. Singles seem to have developed a reputation of being skeptical and difficult to get engaged. Our hope is that Cache' Connections can help singles regain trust and start connecting with others in a healthy manner!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Nuggets from "If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat"

It's no secret that Kim and I, the founders of Cache' Connections, feel like establishing this business/ministry has been a boat-exiting expedition. We know this is God's calling on our lives, as he has provided, confirmed and untangled in miraculous ways. Was it easy? No. Was it a scary risk? Yes - and it sometimes still is. But we keep reminding ourselves that God's word is true and faithful. We know that he tends to move alongside of our faith in action.

Here are a few quotes from John Ortberg's book, based on the apostle Peter's unforgettable water walk with Jesus.

Ortberg writes: There is a consistent pattern in scripture of what happens in a life that God wants to use and improve:

- There is always a call ...
- There is always fear ...
- There is always reassurance ...
- There is always a decision ...
- There is always a changed life

This is the part that is interesting. Those who say yes to the call don't always "walk the water perfectly" but they learn and grow through the process of trying and failing. "And they become part of his actions to redeem the world." Those who say no also are changed: they become a little harder, more resistant to say yes the next time He calls. Ooh, ouch! Do you know anyone like that?

In bringing this around to matters of the heart (like we tend to do here at CC), there is always going to be risk involved in seeking a mate. Risk isn't fun - at least not for many of us. But without taking a risk, you simply don't have a chance to win the prize. It can be scary, exhilarating, and a million other things. But without taking that first step, then the second, and so on ... you may become more resistant to try the next time an opportunity arises.

So, maybe consider taking that first step of attending a singles event or joining the website. Then ... there are necessary second and third steps. Talk to someone. Step out of your shell and say hello - maybe to several people. Already a member? Have you posted a photo? Your chances of receiving communication will greatly improve with some smiling photos. Make someone's day - send them a word of encouragement.

One of my favorite sayings is, "The harder I work, the luckier I get." This goes back to the reaping/sowing philosophy found in scripture (Gal 6:7) and I believe it pertains to many aspects of our lives, including forming relationships. I once heard you have to meet 100 people to make one good friend. Wouldn't it be the same case (if not more) to meet your soulmate?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Recaps and Updates!

Cache' Connections had a great weekend at The Chapel in Barrington Hills. Approximately 200 Christian singles came out to enjoy some great wisdom and advice on how to approach dating by Dr. Stephen Simpson. Worship with Brian Hunt was awesome as usual - good job guys! We were all entertained by Moody Radio host Erick Townsend, who razzed the crowd and got us all to loosen up a bit! Our fearless leader, Kim, was serenaded with Brian Hunt's surprise rendition of "Happy Birthday" in celebration of her 50th birthday, which made the evening special.

Many guests registered for the next Cache' Quick Introductions, which is scheduled for 5/3/09 at Carrabba's Italian Grill in Naperville. Check it out under the Events tab! Next stop in Chicagoland: Chesterton, IN on 5/16/09. Mark your calendars!

Next stop is Atlanta, Georgia where we will be welcomed for a Cache' Connections Live! event at Mount Paran Church of God. Dr. Paul Meier will be our featured speaker, and Scott England will lead us in worship. Thanks to WNIV Radio for doing a great job of promotions for the event. We look forward to meeting many new friends and members from Atlanta and the surrounding areas.

It may sound cliche, but love is in the air at Cache' Connections. Many connections are being made and we are receiving reports of blooming relationships. Is it Spring? Is it God? We are sure it is a combination of God working in and through all of our efforts - along with yours!