All The Proof We Need To Believe

Chance, our Voices For Virtue project manager, is moving to California and starting a very impressive job with lots of responsibilities. His time will be limited.

Our fundraising efforts have paused, given Quinn Gardner’s increased health concerns.

Ashley and Deborah, two of our great volunteers, have left “Voices for Virtue” moving on to their next adventure.

“Change” from time to time among our Upward Reach volunteers is expected. Upward Reach relies on volunteers in part because of limited financial resources. When we have money we want to grow the “Voices For Virtue” community, develop a telephone app, and a related web site,

All Volunteer Army

One blessing received as an “All Volunteer Army” is the dependency we develop on a power greater than ourselves.

“We alone” cannot carry this “Banner of Virtue” through social networking.

Gideon defeated a Midianite army of 120,000 with only 300 soldiers. His army carried torches, empty clay jars, and blew trumpets. “Voices for Virtue” and it’s dozen volunteers, fight the battle with weekly emails, regular cell texts, and Facebook posts. You have to admit these are “very strange weapons” to fight such a powerful evil force.

We like Gideon and his army, must depend completely on the Lord IF we are to succeed.

Who knows, maybe the LORD is saying to “Voices for Virtue” like He did to Gideon, “You have too many men (volunteers and resources) for me to deliver Midian into their hands…” (Judges 7:1-2)

Whatever the Lord has planned for Upward Reach, I have complete confidence our social networking communities will continue to grow. I take strength from the example of Gideon. Gideon and his army faced the overwhelming strength of forces superior in equipment and in number. We have all the prove we need to believe- we are approaching 45,000 Voices For Virtue Facebook fans!

The outcome of Gideon’s mighty battle is recorded in one short sentence:

And they stood every man (and woman) in their place …” (Judges 7:21)

Gideon won the victory. Voices For Virtue shall also win as we continue to pray, have faith, and work hard.

Today, we are encamped against the greatest array of sin, vice, and evil ever assembled before our eyes. Such formidable enemies may cause lesser hearts to shrink or shun the fight. But the battle plan whereby we fight to save the souls of [young women and] men is not our own. It was provided … by the inspiration and revelation of the Lord. … I pray that each of us will stand in his or her appointed place, that the battle for the souls of [young women and] men will indeed be won” (Thomas S. Monson, “Correlation Brings Blessings,” Relief Society Magazine, Apr. 1967, pp. 246–47).

Perhaps in reading this e-mail you will be impressed with how you might contribute to our successful battle.

dr. rick / a voice for virtue
Upward Reach Volunteer

The true measure of a person is not how they behave in moments of comfort and convenience but how they stand at times of controversy and challenges.” Martin Luther King Jr

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