My father, Pastor Joseph Gregory, traveled to 44 countries around the world as a missionary and minister. He was self-funded and never made a dime from his life’s work. I always dreamed I could join him in the ministry but he passed away before I had the chance.
If my father had the technical advancements that this website provides for our team members, we could have kept in touch. Instead I only saw him about once every four years and he never knew really knew his grandchildren.
Stories of Adventure
The few times my father visited us, he had many stories about the wonderful people he met around the world. He loved them and they loved him. He had so many pictures! My heart dreamed of a time when I could meet these colorful personalities around the world and have a chance to minister to them the way my father did.
Crowd funding a project or venture is the practice of raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, rather than a large sum of money from one donor. Crowdfunding is a form of alternative financing that doesn’t have to be paid back. Over $15 billion was raised worldwide by crowdfunding every year since it began. Funders get special privileges like back stage passes or a signed copy of a book.
ARC7.org provides a new kind of connection that my father would never have dreamed possible. We can meet these wonderful people and offer them assistance from our own homes. We don’t have to waste money on travel that could be better spent on projects that could really make a difference. The days of the traveling missionary is coming to an end.
All we have to do instead, is make sure the poorest countries in the world have access to a phone or a laptop. In so doing, we can instantly have a relationship with them and help them get what they need. We can raise their standard of living by giving them access to online education, grant opportunities, and friendships that would otherwise be impossible. They can raise our standard of living by giving us a chance to get our minds off of our own lives for a moment and onto much greater needs around the world.