On Sunday afternoon, Nicole and I met some friends to see the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Community Open House. It was a drizzly afternoon and the line was long. We waited in line for over an hour. Along the way, there were volunteers that were present to answer questions or handout a flier about the event. Generally, pretty helpful.
Near the building, I saw a woman with a blue jacket who I first thought was another volunteer greeting people. When we shook hands, I saw her nametag: Jane Chu, CEO.
The CEO was standing outside in the drizzle shaking hands and greeting everyone in line.
I don’t know if she stayed there to greet every one of the over 50,000 people who were at the open house, but it made a distinct positive impression on me. Not inside, not present just at the gala opening previously – outside in the rain, greeting everyone.
This is the kind of leader that I want to be and follow.
Resurrection has partnered with six schools in downtown Kansas City – three in Missouri and three in Kansas. For the past several summers, this partnership has involved completely painting and refurbishing the school building along with installing a playground through a project called Bless the School. This summer Diane, a Resurrection Online attender from Ohio, heard the call to serve through online worship. She emailed me about the possibility of volunteering to help with Bless the School. She recognized that it did not make sense to fly down to roll a paintbrush. However, she works with NASA and volunteered to connect with Welborn for professional development and to improve science test scores. Last week, she and a colleague flew to town to meet with the principal and other leaders at Welborn.
It was a blessing for me to meet an online worshiper in person and to see the connection between her and the school. I am proud of Diane listening to God‘s call to serve and for Resurrection Online’s role in helping make the connection. This is a picture of Diane meeting the principal at Welborn Elementary School.
For another story of Resurrection Online making connections, check out Purraise Him.