Tuesday, April 26, 2011
What's your success rate?
Aaaaahhhh, how we dislike this inevitable question! Of course, everyone wants to know - including the founders of Cache' Connections! The fact is we just don't have an accurate count, and probably never will. There is no way to know the success rate due to all of the unanswered questions. While we do hear from many couples that they met through our events or online matching system, we also hear through the grapevines that others have met and even married, but we are never able to get full names and stories, try though we may! (Yes, Virginia, some people like to keep their private lives private - sigh.) And no doubt there's been some secondary matchmaking going on ...
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So when you look at the ratios of our fluctuating membership compared to our prayer list of couples that we do know of, it can be a little disheartening. But this brings to mind this inspiring story:
The Starfish Story
Original Story by: Loren Eisley
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” “Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!” After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said…”I made a difference for that one.”
The fact is, Cache' Connections has made a difference in many lives. Of course, there are the couples who have met and are now married and building families, those who are dating steadily or exploring a new, exciting relationship. And we shouldn't fail to mention the great friendships that have formed, both same gender and male/female. For members who are still hoping, we provide encouragement that there is a place where committed single Christians can meet each other, along with our prayers and expert advice to help them find success. For the church, we are quickly becoming a resource to leaders who are often asked for help in finding a Christian mate.
But probably one of our favorite testimonials came from Sandra in Illinois, a "still hopeful single," who stated: "Cache Connections means a lot to a lot of people. For some it is the pot at the end of the rainbow, the princess in the castle, the knight in shining white armor, a way to self-discover and make improvements we did not realize we needed to make to prepare ourselves for that special person, and to others what may be the end of what has seemed like a futile attempt in doing what God has asked us to do. "Go ye, and multiply..." For me, Cache Connections has taken on a whole new meaning; they are an area of oasis, restoration, recovery, and victory. A kind of Psalm 23 for singles, divorcee's, widow/widower's, and those with hope deferred. For, in Kim and Linda's life, marriage, relationships, and work God is the focus, the center, the beginning and the end of their day. As He should be to all of us, and as they mirror what a true relationship is, I see that is why their success is so great, because they teach the same tools to those who ask and apply them. Thank you Kim and Linda, for being used in God's master design for healthy Christian marriages and relationships and being woven into so many lives. I appreciate the oasis!" - Sandra, IL
Ocean, oasis ... do you see a theme? Kim and I always joked that one day we'd be operating the company from the beach. Maybe we ARE the beach?