On a trip to Haiti, I journaled about a kid I met in Haiti, Daniel. He was orphaned, abused and alone. His story needed to be told. So I decided to start Fervor to help my friends at The Global Orphan Project spread the word about Daniel and his buddies. Here is a bit more about how our story started:
I had it “all”.
I was a “corporate climber”, tackling the tech world for over 15 years, working my way through college and putting those skills to use at companies like Cox Communications and Sprint. I had even moved to Kansas City from Wichita to work on Sprint World Head Quarters with that express focus. But something changed…and from that point on everything was different.
I got divorced. Surprised that my little “American Dream”, I had been enjoying had just been derailed.
I left my safe and secure corporate gig at Sprint and was on a search, for something more. The goals I thought were important just didn’t have the same allure to me any longer. So I decided to “check some things off my list” and then go back to work at another corporate job, after some healing time.
But as life would have it, God has a much different plan in store:
- I left Sprint and the corporate climb
- I stared a BBQ sauce company with 2 great friends called Heffys BBQ Co.
- I got healthy, lost some weight and got into cycling and adventuring outdoors
- I traveled all over the US, then to Egypt, Paris (my first time overseas)
- I took a trip to Haiti with an organization to help orphans that changed my life
- I fell in love with Kim, actually we met on my 5th trip to Haiti (talk about Divine Intervention)
That first trip to Haiti was a turning point, I dedicated a lot of hours helping C3 Missions (now The Global Orphan Project) conduct a major re-branding, renaming, story telling over-haul. They had a great story, it just needed refining and help being told.
That’s where Fervor was born, on that first trip to Haiti, I journaled that “it was fantastic to really witness God first hand, his people with passion and fervor following no matter what the circumstances”. I didn’t really get it until it hit me…..there are lots of organizations just like GO Project that have a great story and need help creating their own Fervor in order to make a bigger impact and there were creative’s out in the world that wanted to help, all of them needed connected.
Although the corporate climber is gone and the scars from the divorce have faded a bit, the drive to help others has not. I’m so honored to be working with such talented individuals and with so many great companies and helping them grow and make a bigger impact than they might have without us.