$10 for 10-10-10

interests, ministry

Did you know that for $10 you can provide safe water for someone who has never had it??

Gifts of Water is inviting you to join us in a very special initiative called the TEN Challenge!

Here is how it works:

  • $10 = the Gift of Safe Water for 1 person
  • Give your $10 by texting WMI to 85944 – giving online – or by mail to: Water Missions International at P. O. Box 31258, Charleston, SC 29417
  • Getting 10 friends to give $10 each = 10 more people getting safe water

And the challenge begins TODAY!

Be a part of this amazing campaign to bring clean water and the good news of Jesus to 250,000 people by Christmas 2010.

This was the dream of one of my fellow Dream Year members! Love your dream Jerry!


help another dreamer


A fellow member of Dream Year – Brett Aljets – has been featured in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. He is creating a community center in downtown Vancouver, Washington that will keep young kids out of prostitution and jail. If he wins, it means $250,000.

Would you help his dream out and vote? It just takes a few seconds…

– Go to http://www.refresheverything.com/realife
– Text your vote: text 101948 To 73774

my dream comes to life…

interests, life

I’ve mentioned that I’m a part of Dream Year

my dream has been to help the local church make great first impressions, specifically as it relates to graphic design and branding…

for the past several months I have been coached by Ben Arment to help my dream become a reality…

I’ve been dying to share my dream with you…

so here it goes!


Front Porch Creative

get away to Virginia Beach

family, ministry

A couple of weekends ago, Lynda and I got away for a few nights in Virginia Beach. With a one-day conference to attend we decided to tack on a couple extra nights to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. We would have loved to return to Bermuda but not this year!  Dave Ramsey would have been proud with how cheaply we were able to take a cash-only vacation!

While there, we attended the Whiteboard Sessions. A great one-day blank-slate conference. 7 speakers from a variety of backgrounds sharing some wisdom with a room full of church leaders. Great stuff! I think my biggest take away was to be who God created me to be. I am to be Matt Bortmess…no one else. Always need that reminder when I start comparing myself to others…

The highlight (besides getting some down-time on the beach with Lynda!) was the Dream Year reception the night before the conference. (More on MY Dream Year in a post this weekend). Ben Arment has an amazing group of dreamers together…some ideas that are literally going to change the world. Was so encouraged by our conversations…and feel privileged to be a part this group of dreamers! Go ahead, click that link up there…some cool stuff!

The rest of the time was spent lounging, eating, relaxing, catching up with our old college/MA-transplant friend, Jeff, and taking walks on the beach with Lynda!

Grateful for the time away… and to get to celebrate our 15 years!