Those two words sum up a project I have been working on for 7 months now. Operation Completion, a mesage of hope and support to our soldiers and their families. In today's world Operation Completion isn't just a statement, its a cause. A cause to say "hey, we don't care what hollywood and the press say, we support you and we thank you and we just wanted you to know that" It's a cause to reach out to the military and the relatives in the military and remind America, WE'RE IN A WAR, AND OUR SOLDIERS NEED TO KNOW WE'RE BEHIND THEM!
This kind of goes into taking our freedom for granted. I've posted numerous times about how are freedom came at a very high cost and how tend to take it for granted and assume it's free. The reality is, our freedom isn't free and the ones that paid the price are under appreciated.
The last rally took place on Saturday, the work put in to it paid off in my oppinion. I have learned so much by working on this project and drawn so much closer to God. I realized over and over again that I can not do this, and in fact, if it weren't for God the GA rally never would have happened.
I got on board with the project two months after I moved. I knew no one. I brainstormed with a friend of mine for a while until I got the go ahead to go public. Having no contacts I wasn't sure where to start. BUT GOD. I went to some Republican meetings and events and met people and spoke about Operation Completion. I handed out fliers and got the word out. I ended up with some contacts in the State House, on various campaigns and in my local government. The GenJ club east of me was helping me with phone banking a few weeks before the rally and my GenJ club and State TARS chairman came to the rally to show their support.
All this time, I had no idea on any response, no body got back to me, even with all the followups we made. I had a media lead, and I'm still not sure how that worked. None of our interveiws happened, and we didn't have a speaker system till the night before.
At 8:30 pm on Friday night, we got a call saying we could rent a speaker system for 250 bucks the next day. Which was totally a God thing since I had been calling up different places seeing if they would let us use a speaker system.
The next day was scheduled to rain, but we didn't cancel. We woke up early, got the sound system. Came back home, loaded up the van and left. Stage set-up took two hours, then Ashleigh and I decorated it. We still had a few hours to kill before it started, so we discussed logistics and waited, till 30 minutes before.
That was when the capitol police told us that the stage was in the wrong location. So we had -30 minutes to move all of the sound equipment and abandon the stage. Which we did in time,Thank God!!!
Throughout the process of planning in the 7 months time I had been brought to a point where everything was totally out of my hands, and in more than one occasion I just payed " Ok God, you've brought me this far, but I can't do anything more to make it happen, its all totally in your hands"
And it was. God is awesome, who-ever says he doesn't have any interest in today is wrong.
We only had a turnout of 75 people, but even though it was a low turnout, these people were dedicated, and came out in spite of the rain just to show support for a cause.
"All things work together for good to those that love the Lord."
His ways are not our ways, I don't know why it rained, I don't know why Reed lost, I don't know why Operation Completion only had 75 people. But I do know, that I thank God for the people dedicated enough to come out, and I thank God for our soldiers who work 24/7 365 protecting our freedom!
God bless America!!!