A Wallpaper for You: Wisdom from Dr. Seuss


The World Changers’ Summit is designed to encourage those that are living out their God-given callings. It is for individuals with dynamic vision. It is a four-day event meant to be both fun and relaxing while stimulating spiritual and emotional growth.

The 2014 WCS  is January 30-February 2, and we’re really hoping that you are making plans to come! We like the idea of cheering for you between now and then, too. To that end, here is a little wallpaper design that you can put on your computer, iPad, iPhone—or all three!

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” —Dr. Seuss

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Let Us Pray

With only 10 days left, we find ourselves looking forward to what God is going to do next week. So we’d like to make a request: please pray.

The psalmist hits it on the head, without the providential hand of God, “It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors…” (Ps. 127:2).

The impact of our time together is entirely predicated on the work that God is doing in us as a group and in you particularly.

So, spend some time alone with God asking Him to bless our time together.

And then call your fellow world changer and pray with them. In this day and age, we don’t have to wait until next Thursday before we pray with one another.

We are all very excited to see what God is going to do in you and in the relationships that will be both forged and renewed next weekend.

Specific Prayer Points:

Our Speakers and Coaches
Our speakers have been an amazing blessing to us. Their encouragement and generosity has kept us going every step of the way. Please pray for their families, ministries, their safe travel and their preparation.

The WCS Crew
Rowan and Jocelyn are already in Colorado leading IPS and the rest of our volunteers will begin arriving early next week. Pray for safety as we travel; for health, unity, diligence and smooth sailing as we make the final preparations.

Your Fellow World Changers
In the conversations we’ve had with you all, this is a busy time. You all have so many projects in the works and so many opportunities in front of you. Pray for peace. Pray that, as a community, we would seek God’s kingdom first. Pray that our efforts would be from a passion for God and not a passion for work. And pray for encouragement. That we would work “as to the Lord” and find our joy in His calling.

Also pray for your ministries. The ministries that will be represented at WCS 2012 are listed to the right. Explore what they’re doing and pray for them. We all need it.

If you have a specific prayer requests, please send them to david@wcsummit.com, we’d love to join you in asking God for good things.

We’ll see you in 10 days!

One More Coach!

We’re excited to add one more coach to our list of top experts: Julie Hiramine!

Julie is the Founder and Executive Director of Generations of Virtue, a ministry that equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. She is also the wife to Kay Hiramine.

A published author, Julie has written the Beautifully Made! series for girls, the Raising a Pure Generation curriculum, and the forthcoming Guardians of Purity: A parent’s guide to winning the war against media, peer pressure, and eroding sexual values among many others resources.

Julie has generously offered to coach those of you involved with speaking and writing ministries, sharing her wisdom on ministry, authoring, getting published.

If you haven’t signed up for your coaching sessions yet, send an e-mail to david@wcsummit.com and he’ll help you out.

We’ll see you soon!

The Discouraged World Changer

NOTE: Gina Robertson, our long-time friend and member of the Life Purpose Planning team, offered us her thoughts on “world changing”. We’d like to share them with you as well.

For the last few years, I’ve found myself growing a bit cynical when it comes to “being a world-changer.” I regularly encounter the young, invincible 18-year-old who heads out into the unknown ready to conquer whatever is before them. Failure isn’t even a thought while the glow of excitement and anticipation oozes from their pores. To this I generally say, “Do it! Change the world!” yet under my breath I add “while you still think you can.” They are on the brink of their God-given journey with full expectation!

But what do you do when you get a few “hard knocks” or when God doesn’t immediately fulfill all of your dreams? What do you do when you wake up and realize that you’re in this journey for the “long haul” and that it’s not going to be an all-nighter blitz to fully live out your purpose? As I’ve trudged along, I’ve often wondered deep down if the “good ol’ days” have come and gone.”

Recently the Lord jolted me back to reality through the movie, RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and a statement from my Dad (Dewey Novotny). My dad mentioned that many individuals don’t view themselves as a world-changer anymore because they are living in their past deeds and accomplishments. In reality, their world has just changed! This has been my case… our little team has moved on, gotten married and live very busy lives. In some cases, it’s been like pushing a dream uphill… and after a while, that just gets discouraging. Then, in the movie RED, I watched retired CIA agents come out of the woodwork to bring justice once again to the world. Something in the movie stirred my heart as I identified with the agent in the nursing home… and another agent arranging a bouquet of roses. The gray hairs on their heads brought a certain “calm” in the midst of a chaotic plot and threat for extinction. With synergistic efforts, these seasoned veterans nonchalantly grabbed the old tools and talents from their past and moved into the future!

I’ve been delaying my attendance to the WC Summit because I never wanted to paint a picture of perfection or squash myself into a stereotypical mold that goes along with being a “world-changer.” However, with a few gray hairs on my 30-year-old head, I’m packing my tools, dreams, plans and can’t wait to rub shoulders those changing the world in a world of change!

With great expectation,
Gina C Robertson

PS. I highly recommend the use of TV Guardian or ClearPlay if you watch RED.


Join Gina at WCS 2012! Click Here to Register!

Meet “Dusting for Fingerprints” Scholarship winner Robert Oakley

Continuing our introductions from Monday (click here), we are excited to introduce you to the second “Dusting for Fingerprints” scholarship winner, Robert Oakley.

Robert submitted a detailed and articulate explanation of the various ministries and projects that he’s involved with. We’ve asked Robert to share some of his story.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

I was a true born son from Kansas and then got to Texas as fast as I could. Raised in a Christian home, I have 5 brothers and 1 sister. The dynamic integration with my family gives me a unique perspective when I’m working with kids in high school who have never had that connection with a father or a mother.

Right now, my focus is on completing my education as I prepare to pursue a long career teaching. I am also helping with ESL instruction to Chinese students who reside in the city of Houston.

2. What are your plans for ministry?

I really hope to integrate education and media. I like the journalistic style of film and I simply love narrative and how creative you can be with narrative. As far as future plans go, the medium that intrigues me the most, and appears to be the most effective, is film and visual communications. As Christ was our great instructor in righteousness through storytelling, Christians ought to remain among the of best of storytellers as their stories reflect who Christ is and remind us of what He has done.

3. How did you get started?

Through the Boy Scouts, I received my first opportunity to seriously pursue film and filmmaking when they had a film week. Later, as an eagle scout, a friend was doing a film project for a local Pregnancy Help Center and asked me join. But I’ve always been interested in photography and media ever since my father introduced me to Photoshop, graphic design, and print.

4. Who are some of your (non-Biblical) spiritual influences?

My parents, for sure. An amazing Bible teacher, Dr. Louse Marcos (Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University) who showed me how much there is to know. I was also privileged to attend Summit Semester where I learned from Dr. Michael Bauman.

5. What are you most looking forward to at WCS?

I am looking forward to meeting with some of the heads of all the ministries there: Summit, CollegePlus, IPS, etc. and just to be able to pick their brain and ask, “How did you guys get started and where do I go from where I am right now.”

We’re looking forward to meeting Robert later this month!

A special thanks to our friends at CollegePlus and Life Purpose Planning. Having spoken with both of the winners, we can say with confidence that your kindness and support is definitely making an impact!

To learn more about Robert, click here.
To meet the other winner, click here.
To learn more about CollegePlus, click here.
To learn more about Life Purpose Planning, click here.

Are You Invited?

So, you know that awkward moment when you’re talking to a friend and they ask, “Oh, are you going to the party on Friday?” and you reply, “What party?”; you sit and stare at each for a half second and then your friend starts furiously trying to change the subject?

Yeah, we get that.

And we don’t want that to be the legacy of the World Changers’ Summit. So if somebody hasn’t gotten around to inviting you to WCS2012 yet, we’re here for you.

You are invited.

Seriously, come as our guest. Just send an e-mail to david@wcsummit.com introducing yourself. We’d love to meet you, hear what you’re doing and talk about how we can help support and encourage you.

We hope to see hear from you soon!

Schedule Adjustment for Saturday (4/28)

Hi everyone!

Continuing our details parade that started yesterday (click here), we have a schedule adjustment for Saturday (4/28).

We’re going to do coaching in the morning followed by Gen. Vander Hamm and Dr. Myers speaking in the afternoon and evening. This is basically the opposite of what was originally schedule.

Substantively, it doesn’t change anything; it just moves the pieces around.

So the new Saturday schedule looks like this:

Saturday, April 28, 2012

9:00am: Coaching Sessions
12:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Doing More than You Ever Thought Possible – Gen. Scott Vander Hamm
3:30pm: Stop, Drop and Roll – Jeff Myers
6:00pm: Dinner
7:30pm: 24/7 Discipleship (Taking Care of People who Take Care of People) – Jeff Myers
9:30pm: Dismissal

You can see the rest of the schedule by clicking here.

As always, if you have any questions, just e-mail david@wcsummit.com

Meet the Speakers!

We’re really excited about our line up of speakers for this year’s World Changers’ Summit. In case you missed it, here is a quick introduction:

Rowan Gillson

Rowan Gillson, founder of World Changers Summit, is the President and CEO of the Institute of Photographic Studies. (ipsphoto.co) He and his wife Jocelyn reside in Portland, OR, but spend much of their time on the road hosting photography workshops rooted in a Christian worldview. Rowan has traveled the world, serving as a team leader for various groups throughout Asia, Europe, and New Zealand/Australia. Rowan has hosted large events for the Institute in Basic Life Principles and served as an Assistant Staff Director at Summit Ministries. In 2010 Rowan was selected as one of 4000 Christian leaders from around the world to participate in the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa. (Learn more here)

Kay Hiramine

Kay is the Catalyst for Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG). Kay was born into a first generation Japanese American home. He received an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) from the University of Geneva, Fordham University, The Center for International Health and Cooperation and the Royal College of Surgeons at the University of Belfast. He has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Philosphy (PH.D) from Kathmandu International University in June, 2010. The doctorate degree is in the field of Philanthropy.

Kay’s distinguished career in the non-profit sector has involved starting multiple non-profits and overseening global initiatives involving millions of people and every country of the world.

Kay is one of the founders of Humanitarian International Services Group (HISG), located in Palmer Lake, CO. He has worked with NGOs, IOs, government officials, business leaders and faith based groups in humanitarian activities around the world. Kay resides with his wife Julie in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have five daughters. (Learn more here)



Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. He also serves as Distinquished Service Professor and Senior Fellow for Leadership Studies at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Dr. Myers speaks to more than 50,000 people each year in corporations, schools, homeschool conferences, parent groups, and youth-serving organizations. Over the last decade, Dr. Myers has worked with Summit Ministries to develop cutting-edge leadership experiences in Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alberta, Canada. Dr. Myers’ many books and video courses include Of Knights and Fair Maidens, Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of the World-Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, For Such a Time as This, Handoff, and Cultivate. Dr. Myers earned a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Denver. He and his wife Danielle have four children—Graham, Emma, Cate, and Stuart—and live in Manitou Springs, CO. (Learn more here)



Randall Niles

Randall Niles is an attorney and educator who spends most of his time pursuing his passion — developing cutting-edge media to spark critical thinking and truth-seeking in a new generation. For the last seven years, Randall has served as co-founder and director of operations at www.AllAboutGOD.com, where he’s written and published hundreds of articles on comparative worldviews and Christian apologetics. When he’s not writing or speaking, Randall teaches courses at Colorado Christian University in the areas of business, law, ethics, and philosophy. Randall’s books include The Great Pursuit and What Happened to Me, which travel the virtual world via blogs and social networks such as www.AllAboutTheJourney.org. Randall’s education includes Georgetown, Oxford, and Berkeley. He lives in Colorado with his wife and three kids. (Learn more here)



Dewey Novotny

Dewey Novotny’s involvement in student ministry and leadership development spans three decades with pioneering the Hugh O’Brian Arizona Youth Leadership Seminars and launching a grassroots ministry for College and Career aged world changers. More recently he directed a Student Resource department for the Advanced Training Institute, a large home school organization, and has since founded and developed Life Purpose Planning.

Whether vocationally flying “aluminum tubes” across the Atlantic, fly-fishing in Alaska, or inspiring others to seek God’s best, he spreads contagious enthusiasm across the country. He uses his experiences as an F-16 military and commercial airline pilot to motivate young people to wholeheartedly “discover, define, develop, and deploy” into their individual, God-ordained, world-changing life purpose. (Learn more here)



John Stonestreet

John Stonestreet’s passion is to illuminate a biblical worldview for today’s culture. He’s a speaker, writer, cultural commentator, and collaborator of worldview initiatives. In his shared role with the Colson Center and Summit Ministries, John directs conferences and curriculum projects, speaks to groups nationally and internationally, consults on worldview education for schools and churches, and appears frequently on web and radio broadcasts. As the host of The Point, a daily national radio program, John provides thought-provoking commentaries on current events and life issues from a biblical worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN), and is the co-author of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, CO. (Learn more here)



Scott Vander Hamm

Brig. Gen. Scott A. Vander Hamm is the Commander, 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. He is responsible for the combat readiness of the Air Force’s only B-2 wing. His responsibilities include development and employment of the B-2′s combat capability as part of the Air Force’s Global Strike Task Force. His command provides logistics support for the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing; Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing; Missouri Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit; and the Navy Reserve Maritime Expeditionary Security Division 13. He manages flying assets in excess of $46 billion and an annual operations and maintenance budget of $147 million. (Learn more here)