Inspired by what The Global Leadership Summit could do for men and women in the military, a donor at Cheyenne Hills Church, our host site in Cheyenne, WY, provided 20 Summit scholarships for airmen from the nearby F.E. Warren Air Force Base. The church provided another ten scholarships.
With help from the Airforce Chaplain and the JAG, and a six month approval process, it was finally possible!
The volunteers at Cheyenne Hills rolled out the red carpet for the airmen, thanking them for their service to the country by recognizing them from the stage. Right after they were recognized, and to everyone’s surprise, the Grander Vision video about Mark Schmidt in the Air Force was shown. No one at the site knew it was coming!
It could be nothing less than a God-ordained arrangement.
As a result of these efforts, the Airmen felt very honored and excited to come back to the GLS next year. Several Air Force families started attending the church and new positive connections were developed between the church and the base. Only God!
The church raises their sites
“This year we raised our sights and decided we would ask our congregation to help us get more airmen here,” says Georgeann Wearin, connections coordinator at Cheyenne Hills Church. “We had a goal of 50 scholarships in mind before we had our Summit Sunday last month.”
“We showed the Air Force video from Willow, and I interviewed a retired Air Force gentleman who was a volunteer at our site,” Georgeann continues. “He explained that the military is often forced to put young men and women into leadership positions they might not be ready for. The Summit is an opportunity to show them that compassion and grace can and will lead people.” Following the service the congregation could sign up to pay for scholarships.
“We were blown away when we reached 54,” says Georgeann. “Add to that tally the 10 scholarships the Chaplain usually donates and 20 from the couple who launched this initiative last year, and we are looking at a potential of 84 scholarships!”