Mark Zimmerman at WCRF – Final Present:Hope Tour Chat

mark zimmerman and benny

i realized that i hadn’t posted the final conversation i had with my Kingdom ally Mark Zimmerman at WCRF radio 103.3 FM Cleveland.  Mark and I spoke early on Thursday morning as we arrived at the Gwinett Center in northwest Atlanta for the first session of the Catalyst 2011  Conference.  Mark has been a huge encouragement over the years, but especially on this last crazy adventure.

Mark can savor some of the effort the Present:Hope Tour team accomplished as he stepped off back in July to run (& hike) the BT50k @Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He finished the 31.2mi. race, got the tech shirt, the medal, & the car sticker and the”trophy”….a new truck for Love & Hope Children’s Home in El Salvador.  You can read about Mark’s effort here.

I’m hoping that in the coming months i’ll be able to make a return to trip to joplin and tuscaloosa to see how our effort through Convoy of Hope has been leveraged in the rebuilding.

over the past week ABC TV’s Extreme Home Makeover has been on site at 7 homes in joplin offering encouragement by rebuilding.

Pastor Aaron Brown said in an email on Monday:

The Extreme Home Makeover people have flooded the city and the excitement is off the chart.  It’s amazing to see these 7 houses going up.  At the same time the reality is that we have thousands more homes to rebuild.  THOUSANDS!  Joplin is crazy with hope and life.

the kids from the orphanage sit on the truck that Mark's fundraising efforts helped obtain. Mark raised over $10,000.

Like this photo that Mark got from his friends in El Salvador… i’m looking forward to seeing what ABC has done and to hear some stories about how encouraging it is to the process.  Excited that several of the Present:Hope Tour team members, Jay Perske and Brad Godwin and their spouses have been able to be on site and volunteer.

By the way, the effort is still underway to raise monies through the Present:Hope Tour. Todate more than $60,000 has been donated. Our goal is $100,000. You can click on the donate button to the left or text the word PRESENT to 50555