The Beginning

May 24, 2009 | Steve Fredlund

When something takes years of discussion, prayer, and patience, it is hard to call it ”the beginning.”  But while this blog, website, and effort mark the culmination of a period of incubation & preparation, they mark the beginning of an awakening centered on two truths and a question:  Truth #1: Much of the world lives in a constant state of emergency.  Truth #2: Most of us have the ability to help.  Question: What is Our Response?

In the days, months and years ahead I want to invite you to join a revolution of radical love and sacrificial generosity that will transform lives and communities.  So often we go through our days unaware of the urgency of our global neighbors and apathetic toward the cries of those drowning from hunger, disease, and injustice.  Too long we have turned up our iPods to make sure we don’t hear the sound of suffering; and too long we have put the pillow of affluence over our heads waiting for the cries to drown out.

Yes, it is time for an awakening in East Central Minnesota; an awakening of our hearts and pocketbooks.  This is an awakening that has simmered in the hearts and minds of many of us for far too long; but like the frog in the kettle, we run the risk of getting used to the simmer and don’t do the right thing – jump!  We will no longer let the temperature slowly grow, unaware of how it is burning us to death.  It is time to feel the heat and spring into action.  We do not need to turn our heads away; it is OK to look at the reports; to see the suffering; to hear the cries; to embrace the pain; to feel the passion rising to the surface.

Are you someone who hears the cries?  Are you aware of this ongoing state of emergency?  Have you felt yourself having the same feelings as Popeye the Sailor who says, “That’s alls I can stands, I can’t stands no more”?  I’m inviting those of you who have felt this awakening of your heart, to join me in “igniting a community-wide financial response to global poverty, disease, & hunger.”  For this is the purpose of “Our Response.”

Eventually we’ll have a full website active, but for now we’ll utilize this blog or feel free to email me directly at

Steve Fredlund, Director of Our Response