Can Hot Sauce Change the World
OK, even I know that is a bit presumptuous, maybe even a whole lot presumptuous but I sure have been thinking about it. One of my favorite quotes is from St. Francis of Assisi who says "First do what is necessary. Then do what is possible. Soon you will be doing the impossible." I am still in somewhere in the "necessary" stage trying to get this non-profit up an running but this weekend has certainly moved me forward.I spent Friday night and all day Saturday at the Collyde Summit, a gathering of some of the smartest motivational speakers and presenters brought together to challenge and inspire. Also there were two of my favorite non-profits and I was able to spend a little time with Tiffany & Christine from World Vision Micro and Jonathan from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee. I also had a chance to talk to Brandon and Jinu from Collyde.com who have started a Christ-centered 'kickstarter' to help non-profits raise capital and put entrepreneurs in touch with the resources they need.
If you are reading this blog you probably know that I have been passionate about making hot sauces; you may also know that it isn't the sauces themselves but the opportunity they give me to spread the news about World Vision Micro and the other charity that we support (St. Francis Breadline) and raise some money for them as well. We have been very successful in doing this - we raised about $2,500 last year on the yield from my little garden plus we educated a lot of folks at the same time. But there is so much more work to do.
After much prayer and thought it is time to take the next step on the path to what is necessary. There are opportunities to make Hot Sauce for Good a real company and to move beyond my garden and support local business people (here or there...). Does that mean Rwanda, Haiti, Ethiopia, Guatemala or Mexico? Maybe it means local growers/packers right here in the US.
Where is this all going? Are you going to see Hot Sauce for Good on the shelves of ShopRite or at Chick-Fil-A? Maybe, but not quite yet. Change the world with hot sauce though? Presumptuous, maybe, but not if we do it "one bottle at a time."