Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
The Vision is growing
The Framework is being built
The Heart and Soul are ready
This truly will be a new Journey of Faith
Journey of Redemption – Healing (JORHEALING) is what I’m calling a movement, an inspiration. It’s a place where I will attempt to engagingly showcase the people I meet and the places I see along the way in my own recovery journey… with a twist…
YOU CAN ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN CHANGING LIVES
I have been struggling for years with chronic illnesses but have always bounced back, until this time. On August 10, 2018, I ended up in the Emergency Room with internal bleeding and exhaustion; the 18 hour days and 60-70 hour work weeks had caught up again. From there I spent nearly 2 months sleeping around the clock.
In the last month, I have been gaining strength but endurance is still tanked. It takes no more than a couple of hours of mental or physical activity to force me to completely disengage from everything, recovery can come fast or slow… nothing I do seems to affect it one way or the other.
At one time my doctor had suggested I go camping, get out of the house and completely remove myself from all stressors… and I did. In October 2018 I set out to meet a friend for a couple days camping in his motorhome. Afterward, he went on his way but somehow I felt the need to stick around longer.
Long story short, I believe it was Divinely Appointed that I then traveled to several different campgrounds throughout California over the next 10 days. In nearly every location I met people with incredible stories. Some inspirational and filled with hope, others were heart-wrenching yet filled with faith and a selflessness I’ve never seen before.
It is that last group that pressed heavy on my heart, what could I possibly do to help? An out of work guy on disability who can’t do much more than “rest” 24×7.
What could I possibly contribute?
JORHEALING IS BORN
I believe what unfolded over the next few days was again Divinely Inspired. For some people, a simple cash bump could move mountains.
And I’ve seen what good-hearted people can do when they rally around a just cause.
To that end, I have been inspired to create this blog to highlight the people & places I meet along the way and offer a voice for those hurting and oftentimes helpless.
With that, I am determined and committed to personally sponsor the people and the causes who could be helped financially by setting up GoFundMe pages on their behalf and present prayer opportunities for those who believe in the power of prayer.
In addition to being the administrator of the campaigns, to the best of my ability, I will personally cover the 2.9% GFM fees so anyone who donates will be ensured 100% of all donations goes directly to the person, people or cause.
If by any miracle this movement proves to be of value to the people I meet and equally for the people who generously give of any amount, and this endeavor show signs of becoming sustainable, I will look into setting up a 501(c)(3) so all donations become eligible as a tax write-off.
What’s in it for me?
Nothing financially. This is truly my desire to find something I can do in my current limited capacity to make a difference in the lives of those I encounter.
In fact, it will cost me time, talent and money. But I’m confident the reward for potentially making a difference in even one life would be priceless beyond these personal sacrifices.
If you are interested in helping me get started on this endeavor, have suggestions or believe you could help in other ways please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
And yes, I am a Christian. The point of this endeavor, however, is not to evangelize, it is simply to find new and creative ways to “love my neighbor…”
Special Request: This is an interactive site. I ask that anyone who feels so moved to freely comment on any blog post listed. Whether leaving donations for someone or praying for their situation they will surely be encouraged to know they are being thought of and cared for from afar.