There are times when someone comes into your life that changes you. They can happen through mentorship, through spiritual guidance, through a great coach, through an amazing teacher, an incredible relationship, a spouse, a pastor with deep insight and beyond. However, when you meet an individual from another world, who comes from another culture and gives you "insight" from a different worldview which makes you better, you need to write about it.
It was the Apostle Paul who really got engaged early in his revolutionary ministry touching and heartfelt relationship to a younger apostle he was ministering to, Timothy. They were brothers from another mother, but they had a commonality in faith which bonded them strongly in changing the world. Paul focused on helping Timothy, he gave him instruction, offered guidance and they "team taught" working to bring impact to the world using the gospel. The President of Burundi and Dr. Rivers have this relationship and its powerful.
Dr. Clyde Rivers is this man for me personally and at this time in my life, he has changed my heart and focused my life into seeing how God's message of hope is more timely and a "now thing". Clyde is presently the Ambassador at Large of Burundi, Africa and a true diplomat in every sense. His relationship with the President of Burundi is almost impossible to really explain the exciting platform this has given him. He is also co-chair of the International Prayer Movement in Washington DC for the United Nations.
We also have a wonderful relationship with Clyde and it reminds us of Paul and Timothy's type bond in sharing to the world, a powerful message of hope through faith using the sports and entertainment world. Their impossible dream we all share, is to change the world through the GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
In this strategic diplomatic position, Dr. Rivers is changing nations with his powerful message of truth, of hope and beyond. He is raising an army of over 800 ambassadors worldwide for the drive of teaching, maintaining and living a life filled with the Golden Rule and he is doing it one person at a time, one nation at a time. He is creating a massive global peace initiative combined with economic development in a culminating ceremony I attended in Washington DC this week.
Yes, I was honored to receive an honorary doctorate from Latin University of Theology, where he is the Chief Operating Officer for the school for Hispanic online distance learning. Thank you Dr. Rivers and the school for this honorable position and I am humbled. I found out more about the origination of this college, which was created to help Hispanic speaking nations around the world who were impoverished, who had difficulty paying for an expensive college and who had a dream to use "faith" through Biblical teaching. Your vision blows us all away. What a beautiful spirit from this school which I will now carry the rest of my life to the nations of the world. This Hispanic positioning from this honor gives Dr. Rivers and I a voice to speak to South America, Latin based nations and African countries around the world. Dr. Rivers, this would not have happened, if it was not for you.
However, this ceremony which had between thirty and forty nations assembling together under the I CHANGE NATIONS Washington DC Summit focused on peace and development in nations all over the world. What an amazing platform to see and experience the heart of these world leaders who gathered. The quality of the people in the room from Haiti, Columbia, Peru, Nigeria, Burundi, Brazil, Uganda, the Carribean, Granada, El Salvador, Panama, Mexico and the list just kept going.
One of the highlights was having news anchor Kelly Wright cap off the entire ceremony with an inspiration talk and song. Dr. Rivers closed the evening by saying, "Can you imagine if the world would just implement the golden rule as a lifestyle, how politicians would be toward each other, how corporate would change and how peace would begin to grow. Let's make these global ambassadors, educators and leaders adopt this into future legislation and change the nations of the world, together".
For this inspiring reason, I want to recognize DR CLYDE RIVERS a man of courage, of hope and a man on a mission to share hope, peace and the Golden Rule with the entire world. He is not only a mentor, he is a friend, he is a man of God. He is a coach with me teaching character. He has embraced GOLDEN RULE SPORTS and we are now beginning to partner together in a meaningful forward plight. He is an author for DESTINY IMAGE and he and Don Nori have written an amazing book together. He is a man I love and admire and will work closely alongside for the rest of my days.
Thank you Dr. Rivers for the international appointment from Burundi, as your Special Advisor to Burundi. Thank you for working out details for us in the sports arena in going to Granada. The exciting news in El Salvador and Peru have our entire team excited. Thank you for recruiting such amazing staff for I CHANGE NATIONS and for the Young Ambassadors being recognized. Thank you for honoring Mercer University Men's Basketball and for coming to Oklahoma in January to honor more!
May the Lord continue to bless you in every way possible. May your family be blessed, you be blessed personally in every way. We are praying for you and are honored to be in "your team" of world changers. Thank you for making GOLDEN RULE SPORTS a huge part of the future.
January 1, 2016 our film company is going to make a HUGE announcement for VERITAS as we dream about impacting our world using the visual language of film. We promise to make all of our films and sports projects based on the principal of the golden rule. We close by honoring you and having an attitude of gratitude in all you have, are doing and will do for our team. You have our prayers, our loyalty and heart of thankfulness.
Dr. Kevin McAfee