FOUNDER BEATRICE WILLIAMSON
I am personally thankful for MAISHA and the GALA we want to report on in this blog of VMFA. Beatrice Williamson is one of the finest people we know. One year ago, we got involved in her life in the most dramatic way. She became an inspiration when we heard her story an was drawn to make a movie about her life. We talked about MAISHA BEA as a name for the project, but we never expected what would happen.
Through a series of events Bea needed a new board of directors and we were invited to become a part of her story. As a direct result, I was elected to be on the board to learn more about this ministry. VMFA has always had many non-profit ministry partners so we funded a table at her last event in OKC.
As a result, we were able this past year to be a servant of the board in this journey. In one night, due to the hard work of so many people, we received over $104,000 in gifts. Can you believe it? This means, for every $10,000 given, 80,000 meals can be served.
Did you know that Maisha has served almost 2 million meals to African children? It is so very true.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO MICHAEL MCAFEE & HIS LEADERSHIP
If it were not for my son, Michael McAfee, I would never have been involved with this ministry. Our oldest son spoke at the Gala several years ago inspiring them to reach others. This year, United States Senator James Lankford spoke and so knocked it out of the park with his love and concern for others. I could not be more proud of all those who have been behind the scenes making everything possible.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BEAR MCAFEE & FRONTLINE
When I joined Maisha, I found out that FRONTLINE CHURCH, one of the finest leading churches in all of OKC has been a past supporter of this organization. This was before I became Chairman and I am so thankful for his serving under Josh in this amazing church. We appreciate the leadership Bear provides in his pastoral studies too.
So as you can see, this is a "family thing" when it comes to MAISHA, even my father attended the Gala this year and it made me proud to have the McAfee men reaching out to orphans in Africa. Even my neighbor Doug Paisley, Brad's father supported Maisha, with my lifelong best friend, Bob Hoffman and the entire UCO Men's Basketball Team.
Wow, what an honor to have all of this happening, so thank you prayer warriors for remembering MAISHA in all you do.
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Michael and Lauren came home from China a few days ago with Zion Laurel McAfee! So as a grandparent, I am proud and so very thankful for her arrival into America. She is an amazing young lady and we look forward to her enriching our lives for decades to come.
Dr. Kevin Mcafee