Every once in a while as I travel around speaking to groups I am amazed by the number of people who will come listen to what I have to say. Many times following a speaking event the first question someone will ask is how many people were there?
I think it is pretty natural to be consumed with numbers. We have a tendency to think that more is always better. But on April 5, 2014, more did not matter. I was asked to speak at a youth hunting event at the First Baptist Church in Oswego, Kansas. Early that morning a couple young people were rousted from their beds and drug out into the woods to listen and watch for Turkey. One of those youth, was named Mallorie. I did not have the pleasure of sitting out in the woods with her, but a good buddy of mine, Tony was with her. He had planned this event in hope that many young people would come out and hunt all morning, then we would meet at the church for lunch and a short message from me.
When I arrived at the church I really did not know how many people would be there. After entering I realized there were only a handful of people. We only had 2 hunters that morning. The other 8 to 10 people there were involved in putting on the event. At first it seemed a little bit discouraging, but then I began to learn a little more about Mallorie. She had been battling leukemia. If you were just to listen to her voice or see her smile you would never imagine the struggle she has been fighting. She is only 11 years old and they tell me her cancer is in remission. Praise the Lord!
After we had lunch I spoke briefly about a good friend of mine who gave me the opportunity to go hunting and how we should go the extra mile to do things for people who otherwise might not have the opportunity. I was moved and inspired and blessed when I left the church that day. I really did not care that there were less than 20 people in attendance to hear what I have to say. All that mattered to me on that day was that Mallorie was there.
Follow the link below to find out more about a fundraising event for Mallorie in Andover on April 26, 2014: