December 31, 2012
Another year is behind us, and I look back on it with a humble appreciation for what it has taught me as a leader. It was the first year in our history that we did not open any new centers, but in exchange, I feel better prepared for the future than ever before. Financially, we have the cash reserve to be confident and secure in our growth. Our team and our board have grown and developed to meet the demands of our work. Our model and metrics have also changed to better serve the needs of our clients. We learned that we truly had to get better before we got bigger.
During this time without center expansion, we still graduated over 1,000 clients in the last 12 months with hundreds of those making first time decisions to follow Christ. Thanks to the patience and perseverance of our team, I am pleased to announce that we are working on the launch of center #15. This will be the sixth center in the Kisumu region. We will keep you updated as that project progresses.
We hope that this will be the first of many center openings in 2013. Here are some of the resolutions we are making in the New Year. Unlike most of our personal resolutions, these are ones we intend to keep!
1. Hire a Development Director
God has continued to expand our territory and help us reach new people with the story and vision of CARE for AIDS. However, I believe that our responsibility to donors is more than simply facilitating a transaction. We want to understand their gifts and passions and try to connect them personally with our work. In order to do that effectively amidst our database of over 1,000 donors, we need some help. A development director will multiply our reach in finding new donors, but it will also allow us to connect more regularly and intentionally with our existing donors. Ultimately, with the right person, we will be able to mobilize more resources to go to the ground in Kenya. If you know anyone who might be interested in this position, please introduce us.
2. Bring Cornel and Duncan to the U.S. in the Spring and Fall
If any of you have spent time with me, Cornel, and Duncan near the end of their marathon trips, you will know that we were completely burned out. The physical and emotional demand of their month-long trips has been too much. Also, these trips have taken three of us out of commission on much of our day-to-day responsibilities during that time. We believe that with two shorter trips, we can maximize the time better and be better prepared for the events that we host. Therefore, Cornel and Duncan will be back sooner than expected! We will welcome them this spring and again in October. Would you like them to speak at your church, small group, company, or home? Would you like to spend time with them one-on-one? Please let us know.
3. Leverage New Fundraising Platform
We have implemented a new system online that gives our supporters a simple and straightforward way to share the CFA story and help us raise money. Over $20,000 has already been raised in the first 60 days. Each person can create a personal fundraising page that can be customized with text, media, and a personal goal. This platform, courtesy ofStayClassy, opens up a whole new set of possibilities for how we equip those who choose to be advocates of CFA. Click here to start fundraising!
These are just a few of the things that we are going to be doing in the U.S. in 2013. Ultimately, our prayer is that our efforts would result in the spiritual healing and restoration of people in Kenya suffering from HIV/AIDS. That is a New Year’s resolution I can get behind!
Do you have any other ideas for our U.S. team in the New Year? Please share other ideas that we should add to our resolution list.