I Never Win Anything
February 9, 2010 by 4 Comments
A trip with the family to Cape Cod: $5000
Cross the Pond to the UK: $3000
Getting someone else to pay for it: priceless.
I’ve played the lottery, I’ve entered raffles, I’ve played bingo, and fantasy football… but I never win anything. Not this time. This summer is my scheduled sabbatical – It’s been 8 years since I came on board to start Redemption Church. In our church full-time pastors are asked to take a three month sabbatical every 7 years. I was supposed to go last summer but the timing was bad. This year, we decided to forget about timing and go as a matter of spiritual discipline.
When we decided to go for sure, Kristin and I started dreaming about what we should do, where we should go… The idea was to get far away – someplace not so hot – where we could be together as a family & explore a different part of the country. We were dreaming big… so… I started to research funding. A couple of friends put me in touch with some foundations and I started writing grants. We honed in on the Lilly Foundation and the Louisville Institute. We didn’t get the Lilly Foundation award – booted on a technicality… par for the course. The last hope was the Louisville Institute. Almost 400 entries and only 40 awards, so it seemed like a long-shot. But a couple of months ago I got a letter from the informing me that we had won the Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders, $15,000 to fund our sabbatical plan as it was submitted to the foundation. Unbelievable! They are flying the winners to Louisville later this month to present the awards. So, now we’re making our plans for real. Cape Cod here we come! 8 weeks in a cottage in Wellfleet, MA. A trip back to the UK!
A big word of thanks is due to Jodi Bertram and Tracy Stewart who helped with many of the conceptual ideas and served as readers for the grant, and to Kristin who read every version. You guys were a big part of this award, thanks for all of your input and for reading every draft like it mattered!
Thank you to the Louisville Institute! What an incredible blessing…