It’s the most amazing thing. I was born again and heard about a man from Virginia; whom I did not know who wrote faith letters to people. I begged the lady that pointed me to Jesus (among st many others) to ask him to put me on his mail list. He did so…that was over ten years ago. Who knew that he …Gene…would inspire me to writing about God. It’s funny because like many others,,,”I thought” that writing for God would be boring! It wasn’t. Gene showed me that. Gene writes on the Wisdom of God; a subject so vital to most Christians ; that in a stroke of great deception…most generally don’t realize it is the ONE THING that they need to pray for daily.
At some point, Gene came to meet my husband and myself and while he literally is the main contributor for this site…his site..he contributes massively to the other 7 Cafe Sozo sites; and most of the time he doesn’t know it. But, he does not mind\ mind. He’s Blessed a lot of people and he is passionate about six things: God, singing, poetry, his family, his pastor and politics! I probably left something out. He is a great, man of character and integrity! I am proud to call him a friend and if Cafe Sozo ever becomes famous…it would be because of him. Please, if you know him or even if you don’t take time out to tell him how much you appreciate his kindness, support and thoughtfulness…I’m honored to do that now!
In case you did not know, Gene McGuire is a FIVE YEAR BLOGGER! That’s quite a feat
More On Cafe Sozo…
Cafe Sozo began five years ago. There was no budget. There was only one plan. That plan was to spread the Gospel. The web designer who quit on us…said we’d be “lucky” to get 30,000 hits in 3 years. Our site reached one million and began to decline. What we’ve found is that we need to invest more in our sites in order to grab market share, draw steady traffic, minister, give feedback and to stay current. We have seen people come and go and we have never quit.
Now, we find ourselves at an impasse…fighting stagnancy or making a choice to embrace growth! WE HAVE DECIDED TO EMBRACE GROWTH TO FULFILL OUR VISION.
We need your support!
Please know that there must be a spiritual Christian presence on the Internet. Certainly the Love of God, the mercy, the Wisdom, the grace and the peace is present. However, the dark side of things, the evil side of things, the deceptive, and confusing is also present as well as distractions. So, though there aren’t many studies to give one statistics on the numbers of Faith Bloggers who have quit, changed their course or been distracted or disrupted through no fault of their own; I have seen it! There are no statistics to tell you how many abandoned blogs there are on the Internet…thousands.
So we have persevered and now
It’s been over 6 years, since we opened up this website! A lot has happened and a lot has changed. We took the words of Jesus quite seriously…
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28
Since we had no resources, we took to the Internet. There is a long story that I have about a well meaning web designer who bowed out at the last minute. Then, the Holy Spirit literally led me to a Blog and of course, the rest is proof of what God can do. Not any of us.
Our original plan was to put up a website so that we could spread the Gospel and to raise funds to aid Christian writers (whom we have seen greatly struggle to fund their own books.) The truth be told I would love to see MORE successful writers begin to fund the less fortunate. On this journey, we discovered ministers, evangelists, ministries, prophets, teachers, intercessor’s; with many struggling to fulfill their hearts desire to go into all of the world to preach, teach and baptize in the Nam of Jesus.
We still believe in that mission, but we have discovered on this journey a greater mission. That mission is in meeting the needs of the readers who visit this site. That is a fact. People write for prayers, but we haven’t the staffing to answer them all. The sites are not technically updated. For example we have not been able to upload mp3′s on all of our sites because it is not free. In fact, the appearance of the site we would like to change, but the cost is TIMES EIGHT because we have 8 sites and we are working on doing that. We would like to put the sites under an easier domain name and roll all eight sites into one; but right now we are working this out…slowly.
We ask for your support prayerfully, financially and by coming by to give us feedback. We reached a pinnacle of over two million readership; which is tapering off because we have not offered the technological tweaks that fuels activity at the sites.
So, in the grand plan…we see ourselves moving towards increasing our readership and meeting all of our objectives. We plan to add a PAY PAL Donation button and to begin a fundraising campaign for site maintenance and expansion.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.