Why a Wooden Flag?
A question we have been asked over the past 6 months as we set forth on this adventure. The journey unknowingly started many years ago when I met the team at Flags of Valor – a relatively new start-up operated by combat veterans who found a common bond of fellowship in crafting wooden American flags.
Well, years passed, but the seed of the idea of creating a wooden Christian flag and a ministry began to germinate. In time the Lord would press circumstance and opportunity with prompting of the Holy Spirit to eventually start The Greater Glory Co.
It was after watching a few testimonies on iamsecond.com – a wonderful place to learn about how the Lord works in the lives of the famous in our society – athletes, entertainers, business tycoons, models, etc. It was then the idea of harnessing the testimonies of fellow Christians to encourage the body believers and the curious general population.
A Big Fish
The idea sat, gathered dust, and sat more. Sometime later, maybe winter of 2019, all the pieces came together – not that I recall the exact prompt – but the fog was lifting. Why not combine all three elements, wood flags, testimonies and ministry into one venture.
As the winter turned to spring and the spring to summer partnerships with Flags of Valor began to take root, as with KM Digital.
How to tackle the testimonies – was it the story of the incarcerated, the alcoholic, the porn-addicted, the abused and abuser? Where to begin? How to begin? Thank God he knew, and knows all – literally everything, he knows, and he shared an idea, that others helped steer and confirm.
It was during an Orphan Sunday message in November where a man with two of his adopted children shared snippets of how the Lord had worked in his life, his family’s life and the lives of their kids. A powerful witness to be sure.
Then during a side meeting at KM, friend and co-laborer, Mike Keene and I discussed the church and compassion in relation to orphans and foster care and the challenges as we understood them to be. A fire was lite.
Hours after that meeting I began to research the foster care space, websites, Christian ministries, social services, and statistics. The eye-opener was the plight of young men and women who age out of the foster care system. At the age of 18, they are no longer part of the care system.
Statistics indicate the rocky road ahead for about 20,000 children nationwide each year. National studies have shown that within two to four years of leaving foster care at age 18:
• 40% were homeless
• 40% were receiving public assistance or were incarcerated
• 40% experienced drug or alcohol abuse
• 46% had not finished high school
• 51% were unemployed
• 84% became parents
The purpose of the wooden Christian flag, the power of testimonies and the ministry fell into perfect place. While The Greater Glory Co. is not a ministry in the true non-profit sense – we are, at heart serving as a business-as-ministry operation.
Ready to Roll Out
Join us on this adventure – together in unison with scripture, Holy Spirit and the body of fellow believers we can impact our communities – for the least of these.