Accountability

We believe that without accountability, neither our participants nor the executives with whom we work will be changed by the program. We will do everything in our power to help the participants succeed in life, but we provide only opportunities and tools; participants must want to change. Consequently, PEP only commits time and resources to those who demonstrate a desire to help themselves. PEP enforces a “no wiggle room” accountability program with participants.

PEP volunteers and employees will likewise be held to a high standard of accountability, being required to take ownership of their initiatives and follow through with their commitments.

I believe accountability is a very important value we should never forget, because without accountability, there wouldn’t be any change. This Driving Value comes in handy when you think about doing something crazy by helping us refrain from doing something we’re not supposed to do. (Gustavo S)

My favorite of PEP’s 10 Driving Values is Accountability. Before I came to PEP, I didn’t know what accountability was. As I go through this program, I can see how and why accountability is important for when I go home. I feel that I can use accountability on a daily basis for myself and others who are trying to be positive in life. I want to be held accountable because I plan on being a leader with younger kids. I want them to see the importance of accountability to further greatness in their lives. (Doma G)

Accountability at PEP has taught me to be responsible for my actions. I plan to use what I’ve learned to better myself because everything I have done here has made me a better person for tomorrow. I can now hold myself responsible, even if events don’t unfold in my favor. The last reason why I choose accountability is because it has caused me to have a revelation about myself: even though all the work has been rigorous, and the pressure and anguish have been intense at times, all of it has made me a better person because I hold myself accountable to this higher standard. (Adrian L)

It is very difficult to choose only one of the 10 Driving Values because all of them are very important in my life – still, I’m going to have to say Accountability is the most important to me. It is hard to look in the mirror and see the truth. It’s hard to judge yourself. Every day I critique my self-talk. I say things like, “Man I could’ve done better.” Then I tell myself I’m going to do better and the next day I’ll ask myself if I did any better. I reflect, keep myself in check and hold myself accountable. I didn’t start doing this until I started this program.  I took a real tough look at myself and my life, and then I made peace with the realities of my situation. I decided I was going to do everything in my power to do better with the everything in my control. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in my entire life mentally, physically and spiritually. It is my gift to myself. (Kaleb W)

Accountability is important in life. PEP holds people accountable for their actions, mostly for doing things we aren’t supposed to do.  Outside of prison, accountability not only addresses the things we aren’t supposed to do but also things we fail to do. When people have an opportunity to help and make a difference, once accepted, they should utilize every chance they get to make that difference. PEP strives to make that difference, and that is why the program enforces a “no wiggle room” accountability program with participants. (Kallen D)

The ability to be counted on is paramount, isn’t it? It took being in an environment conducive to growth in order to birth the realization that we must have accountability in here. When is it not a good time to be dependable? In order for us to prosper as a unit, everybody must take the initiative to hold each other accountable since when we do not, we fall short of our personal and collective targets. (Daevyon L)

 

Excellence

We are dedicated to pursuing excellence in every area, despite the difficulties which arise from setting high standards. We seek to work with and learn from the best of the best. We are dedicated to developing excellence in leadership throughout our organization—leadership of projects, ideas and the promotion of our 10 Driving Values. PEP is committed to working with people and organizations who share our values and mission.

When you step into a room and they are watching you; when you are walking down the aisle and they are wondering and speaking amongst themselves; but when you step on stage and begin to speak and have their full attention, that’s excellence! (Raymond D)

I strive to be the best at everything I do. To be “proficient in public, you must practice in private” is a motto I have based my life on. It’s vital to seek the experts’ teaching and be a sponge. Practice makes perfect, so do not be afraid to fail because we all learn from our failures. It puts you one step closer to excellence. (Paul L)

 

Execution

We place an emphasis on execution—the ability to get things done. We expect to deliver outstanding and timely results. Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action. Self-discipline is a core element of our organization’s culture. We sweat the small stuff. We hire people with a strong track record of successful execution.

I have learned in this PEP journey how to execute things, especially when something was hard to do. I tend to make a lot of excuses, but honestly it has shown me a lot. I have learned to execute the things I need to do. It just shows that if you want something good, it’s going to cost you time and effort and it won’t be easy. Having learned from PEP how to execute, I will apply this to studying the Word of God. The Spirit of God is in me, helping me to execute! (Mario B)

One of my favorite values of the 10 Driving Values is Execution. The 10 Driving Values have played a big role in my transformation. PEP in my eyes is a very good program. We are offered the tools and the opportunities to change our lives, but you have to be willing to change your life. I’m tired of living the way I used to. I was doing the same old things and taking shortcuts every time and expecting different results. That is insanity! Life does not work that way. There will be no changes in my life unless I execute them. You have to execute your plans, refuse to look back and strive to be a better human being. (Cesar C)

My favorite Driving Value is Execution. Out in the world, my success will be tied to my ability to execute. I will give my goals and plans 100% determination and consistency. PEP has brought forth many opportunities for me to execute with all the tasks I’ve been given. I have gained a sense of responsibility and determination for all my future endeavors. (Ariel D)

My favorite Driving Value is Execution. PEP has challenged me to work on myself and my assignments. I’ve had to change my view of life and how I actually accomplish tasks. It’s been a progressive journey throughout the program, with each stage providing a new, more challenging task that caused me to execute differently. Before this program, it was hard to execute responsibly. PEP has taught me that if I can be 100% motivated in whatever I’m doing, then the results improve dramatically. My daily goal is to show a track record of successful execution which will benefit my future. (Dustin D)

The Driving Value that means the most to me is Execution because the ability to get things done is paramount. Putting thought into a creating a vision is one thing, but walking the steps out until the goal is achieved is the key. Feeling gratified when I execute a mission makes me feel so good. Execution is the Driving Value that will stick with me and ultimately why my life will continue changing for the better. (Carlos-Andre D-E)

The Driving Value of Execution is by far my favorite. The reason for choosing execution comes from the sentence in the definition that says self-discipline is a core element of our organization’s culture. I have been working hard on self-discipline, and I hold it in high regard as one of my personal core values. I believe that if more of the world practiced self-discipline, we would have a much better world. (Jason K)

My favorite of the 10 Driving Values is Execution. I believe anything we do, we should do it right or not do it at all. “A goal is only a dream if you never execute it.” – John Clifford (Blake S)

 

Fresh Start Outlook

PEP believes that every inmate is a human being in need of a true second chance (which for many may actually be a legitimate first chance). We will treat every inmate with respect, regardless of background or personal history. We strive to equip human beings to achieve their full potential. We believe that people can change, dignity can be restored and, as a result, society will reap bountifully.

The path I was on prior to my incarceration led only toward destruction. It was a cycle which began when I was released from jail, then to committing crimes, which finally led me back to jail. I need a “Fresh Start” Outlook, including a plan with goals and a new state of mind. I need assistance in the form of mentors and brothers, a network of people and resources and knowledge that will help me to become a responsible, upstanding citizen in my community. (Kingsley B)

“Fresh Start” Outlook is one of the best of PEP’s 10 Driving Values. Ever since I’ve been incarcerated, I’ve searched for a program that will help me see the human being that I should be. PEP is everything and then some when it comes to recognizing talent and creating the better version of yourself that you can believe in. With my fresh start outlook, I now realize I must set goals and use motivation tools to help me accomplish them, one day at a time. (Steven B)

I have always believed in giving people chances in life because you never know when the shoe will be on the other foot. In my life experience, I have seen lots of people change their lives for the better. Like getting off of drugs and becoming successful business owners, to this day. So yes, people deserve to prove to themselves that they can make it in life. We as people should open our doors to people who want to change and not turn them away and shut them out because it makes them feel worthless and we as people should help each other out. Me personally, I have my own paint and body shop, but I also need a second chance and go work for an oil company or rig to save up some money and start my shop back up. I have not worked for anyone in 30 years but I’m grateful for being given a second chance. (Marciano C)

“Fresh Start” Outlook is my favorite Driving Value because I think having a second chance is the first step toward improvement. We have to have the opportunity in order to prove ourselves. Sometimes just starting over with a clean slate is the best thing; we can also help others change by showing them through our actions and personal testimony that a fresh start is possible. So many people don’t get a second chance, and since we need it, we need to own it. (Khalil D)

The Driving Value that I’m looking forward to utilizing would have to be “Fresh Start” Outlook. This is my 5th felony, and those other times I did not have a plan like the plan that I have built for myself now. Just like fresh fruit or vegetables at a farmer’s market, people want the best; I want the best! I will produce positive energy and give my best! I have persevered for several years; now it will be my time to blossom and produce my full potential by being the man I was born to be. Eagles don’t soar with turkeys, so it’s time to grow and give my full potential over to a “Fresh Start” Outlook. (Brett F)

I picked this “Fresh Start” Outlook because it’s defined as a second chance. I believe we as humans deserve a second chance because we all make mistakes. As fellow human beings, we were born to make mistakes and to learn from them – that’s human nature! What we must do is learn from our mistakes and continue to move forward. Also, don’t let that mistake define who you are. Become a better version of yourself and continue to have a fresh start outlook. (Josue F)

I most appreciate “Fresh Start” Outlook because it feels good to know that there are people who truly care and are willing to help you as you learn how to help yourself. Many people say that they’re willing but I’ve never actually felt it before. Heartfelt encouragement, guidance and accountability go a long way. (Jeramie H)

My favorite Driving Value is “Fresh Start” Outlook. As a convicted felon, you are judged and labeled based on your past. Everyone says that “you can’t do that” with a felony.  We hear that so much that we stop asking ourselves how we can achieve goals and start asking instead, “What can a felon do?” – so much so that we stop thinking about bettering ourselves and only try to maintain. PEP has reminded me that I am not “just a felon” but am capable of taking on challenges. Most importantly, I have stopped dwelling on my failures and started planning for success! I will step out from behind these walls with a “Fresh Start” Outlook on life. (Robie L)

I now understand the importance and values PEP drives into us every day such as love, integrity and excellence. Today I share my favorite: “Fresh Start” Outlook. For me to become the man and father I need to be and lead authentically, I must first change the way I see things, or my perception on how I see myself and others. In other words, I must first change my outlook. And what better way than with a fresh start. Fresh means being new, renewed, redeemed and restored. Now with our perception – or outlook – enhanced, let’s let our “fresh start” outlook be pure and untainted. (Christopher M)

I picked “Fresh Start” Outlook because I really do need a 2nd chance, even though my background may say differently. I need areas of my life restored, cured of doing the same old thing and expecting different results (insanity). I want to get out in the world and reach my full potential again! A small change can make a big difference in a person’s life, especially in my life with all the golden opportunities I’ve been provided. I have improved in a lot of areas! Employers will notice my positive demeanor and professional attitude, which will provide me with the dignity of being a working member of society once again. (Darius R)

I have to say that my favorite Driving Value is “Fresh-Start” Outlook. What I think of when I see “Fresh Start” Outlook is starting all over again from scratch for the betterment of oneself. When you do this, you have created a second chance for yourself through hard work and skills you have learned, where one is not looked down upon because of past mistakes. The goal is a life where you have become a changed person, more dignified and have fully restored yourself. I believe the best way to show this is to stop judging each other just because of the past. That person can change with support, so go ahead and get an education so you can get that job you’ve wanted and have that better life. (Brodie R)

I choose “Fresh Start” Outlook because before coming to PEP, it is something I decided to do in order to change my perception on events, situations, obstacles and life itself – in other words, change the thinking! (Xavier R)

After painstaking contemplation, I have to say that “Fresh Start” Outlook is my favorite of the 10 Driving Values. Because of PEP, I truly believe that I am equipped with the tools needed to reach my full potential upon release. I am looking forward to having my dignity restored, and I am ready to embark on my road to redemption! (Christopher S)

Out of PEP’s 10 Driving Values, I would have to choose “Fresh Start” Outlook as my favorite. Incarceration has really changed my perception on life. I have come to realize how much I took for granted: the constant support of my family, how I was never without the necessities of life and of course my freedom. My time in prison has given me an opportunity to recalibrate my thoughts, focus on what truly motivates me as an individual, come to terms with the self-destruction I have caused and forgive myself. I cannot change my past, but by focusing on the present I can change my future by improving myself, the people around me and my community. (Cameron S)

My favorite Driving Value is “Fresh Start” Outlook. My whole life I’ve worried about my past and the things I’ve done.  Now I am a new man with a new vision on life and a fresh start. Thank you, PEP! (Jeremy S)

I look forward to the challenge of living from here on out with PEP’s “Fresh Start” Outlook. It may be hard to restore my dignity in the beginning, but I think my hard work will prove that I have changed. With the love of my daughter and my real friends, I really believe that I can make a fresh start and have a better outlook on life. (Jonte W)

 

Fun

Work is an important part of life and it should be fun and rewarding. We seek to create a work environment that encourages laughter, imagination, fellowship and creativity. We regularly celebrate positive results and recognize those involved in the success.

My favorite Driving Value is Fun. Without fun in life, you probably wouldn’t be happy. Maintaining a fun environment will make a difference in your life whether you know it or not. The way that I see it, if you can’t have fun, you can’t function at your best. (Alexander B)

Out of the 10 Driving Values, I choose fun! Fun is the master of all the 10 values. What’s life without fun? What’s food without flavor? Joy and laughter are the close relatives of fun. Laughter can even heal the body. I choose fun as my pilot. Adventures, sports, education and work can all be fun. Have fun and enjoy life! (Ryan B)

My favorite 10 Driving Value is Fun. The reason is because everything we do should be fun to us, whether it’s our business, career, hobbies or interests. Life can have its hard parts, but having fun makes life better. They say you will live longer when you laugh, so a part of fun comes laughter. (Michael D)

Life can’t truly be lived or experienced without fun. Fun can be an integral part of life if you let it. If you fail to seek out fun, you’ll probably find yourself in a rut or worse – you’ll probably wind up burned out. We are supposed to be social creatures that are loving and fun, so we should seek out fun in our work, relationships and family. We need to find out what healthy fun is and remember to include it to help balance out our everyday lives. (Alvin M)

I’m going to have to go with fun on this assignment. I’ve always been optimistic throughout my life, always finding the brighter side to any situation. Everybody loves to have fun. Fun makes us happy, and no matter what anyone says happiness is a choice. I was going over PEP’s 10 Driving Values, and I can tell you numerous situations for every Driving Value where not only did I have fun, but I made it fun for others as well while carrying out assigned tasks. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it.” (Cody O)

My favorite Driving Value would have to be fun. All my life I have believed that nobody will take you seriously if you are not serious, but there’s more to life than that. Stepping out of my comfort zone and overcoming my fears, I learned that fun has brought the real me out. It was not easy, but I did it. Now I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, because if you’re not having fun in life then you’re not living. (Lester R)

My favorite Driving Value is Fun. To me, fun is a happy word that I love. In every sense, I love to have fun. Whether playing with my friends or family, we always have fun. I think if everybody had fun in their lives, the world would be a better place. (Jose V)

 

Innovation

We embrace a pioneering spirit and are constantly in the pursuit of innovation and improvement in our efforts to help others. We expect dramatic change. We are committed to seeing beyond the current perception, and even the current reality, to break stereotypes and shape new futures.

I choose innovation because constantly having change is a good thing. Being innovative with others helps people to see different perspectives and how things can be improved. New ideas bring new challenges with long-range effects that can provide better choices and outcomes in life. Innovation is a good thing because it keeps people thinking in a positive manner. (Erich B)

Innovation is my favorite Driving Value because it’s the driving force of forward progress, able to be applied to your professional life and personal life equally. If we are constantly trying to be innovative in the way we think, the way we act, the way we work and everything in between, success awaits us at every turn. (James Ca)

Hello to the world and all my PEP Brothers! Knock, Knock, Knock…. Knock, Knock, Knock…. Hey Bro, where’s it at? That’s the question I often hear on the store date after I go replenish my stack of creamer and various ingredients to create my delicious and original gourmet taffy. Although the “Taffy Game” has been around for years in prison, I have perfected it, be it creating strawberries and cream, tootsie roll, or my favorite orange push pop taffy. Tastes just like it came off the ice cream truck. The reason they are all good? INNOVATION! I wasn’t afraid to fail when I spent fantastic amounts of money for the ingredients that I botched up during the experimentation phase. This is one of the driving values that PEP has instilled in me that I appreciate. (Joe G)

Innovation means coming up with new ideas or processes to make life better for all people. In using the intellect that our Father has given us and promoting His coming kingdom to people who have never heard about it, we can help make this world a better place for all creatures. To be innovative is to make dramatic changes to either yourself or your environment to make things better than they are currently. (Adam G)

I chose to write about the Driving Value of Innovation because I believe it’s a very important key to life. I will never give up working on myself as a husband and father. I owe it to my wife for being my rock and standing by my side, being supportive when I felt like throwing it all away. She was innovative and gave me four reasons to want to keep myself on the path to accomplish my goal. Our children are the greatest outcome possible by God’s grace and hard work. (Norverto G)

My favorite Driving Value is Innovation. Innovation means that no matter what comes up, you will always find a way to do what needs to be done, which is something that my PEP brothers have been exercising since day one. Our class can be hectic due to our workload. Still our class marches on because of our ability to adapt to situations while using innovation to complete our projects. I am thankful for my current classmates of Summer 2022! (Gabriel H)

The Driving Value that stands out to me the most is Innovation. Many people underestimate the power of a new idea. An innovation is an extraordinary idea that has arrived! Many wonderful and amazing ideas have created the most unique creations in this world. Just think, God started it all with the creation of heaven and earth. God thought of something so divine and spoke it into existence. We are all here because of the divine thinking of our Lord (Father) in heaven. Keep positive thinking in everything you do and always keep your head up. (Willie M)

One of my favorite Driving Values is Innovation. I like to be creative in many ways. I make music and I like to draw. I love art, painting a picture that touches others and expressing myself with my voice. Being creative and innovative is the way to live, at least for me. I like to find a solution for everything. I think about things over and over until everything is planned smoothly. I’m very innovative when it comes to my music as well. (Stanley M)

Innovation is important to me because without innovation, the world – and we as individuals – could not progress. Modern medicine would not be of any value. We always will need to improve and develop new ways to prosper in every aspect of life. (Patrick T)

Integrity

We model and require complete honesty and integrity in all our relationships and endeavors. Integrity means more than simply the absence of deception; it means we are completely forthright in all our dealings. We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear. We are truthful with ourselves, listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives, correct us and reveal to us our blind spots.

I highly believe in integrity. At work and at home, I always tell everyone the truth, good or bad. Everyone who knows me out in the world both hates and loves me for my honesty. I wish that everyone was honest with each other because I truly believe that a lot of arguments (and a lot of separations between partners) could have been avoided with the truth, whether it was good or bad. (Arthur G)

I resonate most with integrity. My upbringing, coupled with my spiritual perspective, has created within me a solid conviction for integrity. I’m a firm believer that the path of least resistance causes both men and rivers to grow crooked, thus integrity is both necessary and noble. (Xavier G)

Integrity is my favorite Driving Value because it is very important to be honest in all things, especially when no one is looking! I will strive to always put this in action in everything that I do. (John K)

The Driving Value I favor is integrity! Up to this point in my life, I have spent most of my time bending the truth or not telling it at all. I am tired of looking behind me, making up excuses that ultimately led me here. Integrity has helped me find a means to live my life. The truth shall set you free! (Daniel M)

Integrity is the Driving Value I feel is the most important because it shapes character. This will ensure accountability from loved ones and when doing business. If your wife or girlfriend is always honest and you too are honest and an “open book,” saying what needs to be said can only build a stronger foundation. In business, if you surround yourself with “yes people” that can’t voice issues or concerns, they never provide the opportunity to address them and make necessary changes. Lacking integrity will also leave you with a damaged character, which is why I believe so strongly in incorporating integrity in your daily lives. I would want my children to have integrity too. (Richard S)

The Driving Value that stands out the most to me is Integrity. I choose Integrity because you have to have integrity in life. Integrity shows what type of character you have to yourself and peers. Standing up and doing the right thing in life will help you live better, and people will feel that they can be trust you. I’ve learned to have integrity during my incarceration. I’ve changed the person I once was, stopped blaming others and having excuses for my wrongful actions. I have instead become a man and take responsibility for my own actions. (Corey T)

Integrity is standing up for what’s right. If it’s in you to do the right thing all the time, you know what I mean. You’re prone to telling people the truth, no matter what they think or want to hear. If you’re not truthful to yourself, you can’t be truthful to anyone else. You also have to be able to take what you give. Be man enough to take it. Without integrity, you can’t call yourself a real man. (Terry W)

Integrity is my favorite Driving Value. Don’t be nice, be real. Tell everything as it is so that there are no lies and everything is out in the open. The truth shall set you free. I am a very blunt person and I think people are real (“not fake”) when they tell it how it is. (Robert Z)

Love

We are committed to service in love. PEP staff and leaders will be patient and kind, never envious or boastful or rude. We will not seek our own way nor be easily provoked; rather, we will bear all things and endure all things. We will rejoice in the truth and always seek out the best in others.

To me the word love is the most powerful word in the universe because with it all things are possible. It’s God’s gift to mankind. Through it you find compassion, kindness, warmth and passion. It is seen through unselfish actions, thoughts and emotions that become alive and is felt in our hearts. Love is beautiful in every aspect. (Adam A)

Out of the 10 Driving Values, I choose Love. Loving someone or something generally comes naturally to us. It’s extremely powerful and as the saying goes, “Love knows no limits.” For a program to teach us to love not only “our people” but everybody we interact with is extremely important and will change the way ex-offenders are viewed by society. It will also make us better men in all areas of our lives. For these reasons, I believe love is the most important of PEP’s 10 Driving Values. (Mykal G)

I believe love is the most powerful Driving Value that we have. In order to apply the other Driving Values properly, you need to instill love into every single one of them. I’ve grasped a true understanding of how important it is to have love for yourself and those around you. Love brings happiness and peace that will spread like wildfire to who appreciate it. (Kevin H)

My favorite of the 10 Driving Values is Love because my family taught me to be a good, loving and caring person. Throughout my incarceration, my family has shown what selfless love really means. I have learned to love myself and my fellow PEP brothers. We bring the best out of each other regardless of anything we have done in the past. We build each other up rather than knocking anyone down because either way causes a domino effect which affects all of us. We are a team, a unit. That’s why I love the Driving Value of Love. (Rabyl N)

The Driving Value that I embrace is love. God is love; love is patience, kind words and loyalty. Love is life’s core value; we love God, we love our families and we love other people that are outside of our family. Without love, you lose everything. Without love, you are spiritually dead. (Adam S)

Servant-Leader Mentality

PEP believes that with leadership comes the overriding responsibility to be of service to others. We believe the contributions we make in the lives of others are far more important than our own accomplishments. We will lead by example with humility at the sacrifice of personal glory. PEP exists because of our desire to serve all those with whom we come in contact, especially our participants, executives, partners, donors, prison staff and the community at large.

Having a Servant-Leader Mentality is important to me.  I believe people, most importantly leaders like myself, forget that in order to be a great, successful leader you also need to serve and give back to your community. Leading is not only telling people what to do but showing them by example that the greatest leaders serve others well. They are not afraid to get their hands dirty! (Alan B)

Through my experiences here at PEP, I would say that the Driving Value I like the most is Servant-Leader Mentality.  I was raised in a giving family, so giving has always come naturally to me. You learn to “give back” and what that actually means. A real leader has a servant’s heart. If you see something that needs to be done, don’t wait to be asked. Take the initiative and do it. (James Co)

The Driving Value that resonates with me the most would have to be Servant-Leader Mentality, simply because my vision encompasses more than just myself. Yes, wanting to be successful in every aspect of life is a goal of mine. However, I want my family, my closest associates and those whom I share the most in common with to share the same level of success. Thus, I feel that the only way to compel others to strive for greatness is to be an example by being the person who exemplifies the characteristics conducive to success: the one who pushes, encourages and challenges them to become a better version of themselves every day; and more importantly, the one who is unafraid to share in the experiences, hardships and struggles of those whom they aim to lead in a world much larger than their group. Now that’s a servant-leader mentality! (Oscar F)

Servant-Leader Mentality is my favorite Driving Value, since I have developed this very mentality during my incarceration. I realize that I have a responsibility to teach someone else these qualities and mentor others so that they can be properly equipped to teach someone else. I have experienced a lot of things over my lifetime, but most of them were from doing the wrong things. It is time to share experience based on what I’ve learned from doing the right things. (Alberto L)

Servant-Leader Mentality is one of my favorite Driving Values. I can describe this value as doing what needs to be done and taking it upon myself to do what is needed at all times. This value is a trait of a leader and someone who can guide others towards success. (Lorean P)

My favorite Driving Value is Servant-Leader Mentality because serving others to make a difference in others is my passion and is why I believe I’m still alive today. To lead by example and give others hope who have no hope. God granted me salvation through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and I truly believe with all of my heart that all the blessings I have today are for me to serve God and those around me. It’s what I live for! (Luis S)

 

Wise Stewardship

We are committed to the mentality of a steward: someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest. We will apply donors’ funds as promised. We are committed to being a lean organization, and as a staff, we are also committed to modest salary and expense levels. We use funds intelligently, efficiently and strategically to achieve maximum benefit for those we serve.

Genesis 1:26 tells me I have dominion over all things on earth. I don’t own everything, but I have the responsibility of demonstrating wise stewardship over all. I must do my best with the little things so I will be entrusted with much more! It’s my duty to do my best with our Father’s earth and all that is in it. (Donald B)

My favorite Driving Value is Wise Stewardship because it not only tells you to be a steward, but it also tells you to be wise. In fact, it tells you to be wise first and then a steward. This combination is what makes a king a great king. If wisdom means “know how” and steward means to serve, then it follows that a wise king must know how to serve, or provide, for his people. A wise king must also have a vision. A king who is not a servant is not a provider, but merely a tyrant. So one must know how to serve others well, which is another way to say one must be a wise steward. If you can just be that, then all the rest will fall in line. To show wise stewardship is how you show love, and if you are not doing anything from love then you’re doing it in vain, and that is not wise. But it takes a wise steward to know this. (Otis B)

Wise Stewardship is showing good judgment, so this is my favorite of the 10 Driving Values. We agree to use resources in their best way. Good judgment is another form of critical thinking. Knowledge and wisdom will make an impact. If you think you can or if you think you can’t…you’re right! (John C)