Today I had an unexpected encounter with an inspiring mentor.
I've seen this gentlemen in the doctor's office several times, but we've never really connected before. Today - we became friends.
We share a couple of passions: 1) Our faith in Jesus and 2) a calling to mentor the next generation. As he began to speak, I could feel his fathering heart causing me to grow in faith. It was so special, I wanted to share it with you.
I’m honored to introduce you to
Ken Mumford - National Outreach Director of Turning Point Nation
Thirty-five years ago, Ken was paralyzed when he was shot by a Boston policeman. He says that the experience changed his life for the better. Today, Ken counsels the recently disabled through an organization called Turning Point Nation. (POINT stands for Paraplegics On Independent Nature Trips.) He uses his own testimony of finding grace and purpose through God to develop relationships and mentor young men.
Through participation in outdoor recreational activities he helps those with disabilities break past their physical and spiritual barriers. He takes the newly disabled fishing, kayaking, or hunting – teaching them how to do do things they thought they would never be able to do again.
He not only shows them that they can do more than they realized, but he also speaks to their character and calls them up to a higher way of living. He helps them realize that what’s really important is not what they do (or can’t do). It's who they are - their core identity - that he helps them identify and develop.
“This experience made me realize what’s really important. By the grace of God, I became determined to figure out who I was and how I was going to define myself. As a result, I have a fulfilling life. This was a blessing to me. I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing without God.” Ken Mumford
Mentoring Tips from Ken:
- If I can get you to focus on what you can do instead of what you can't do, it will change your life.
- It's a lie that your disability (or circumstance) defines you.
- When you are injured (or rejected, hurt, betrayed, depressed) nothing about you really has changed - you are the same person. You have to look past your physical attributes and find the man (or the woman) on the inside.
- It's not easy because you have to do the work. There is no short cut to turning it around. You have to find out who you really are and what's really important.
- Don't preach Christ - live Him.
And by the way, he mentioned they are hosting a special event on the 24th of July at Joe Pool Lake. They are taking their clients kayaking.
Ken is looking for a few able bodied young men to assist.
If you can help, or you know someone who would be excited to serve – send me a note and I’ll connect you with Ken.