Tuesday, March 12 – Two days before the OC Board meetings are set to begin, local news issues warnings about an upcoming BIG storm, a “bomb cyclone.”
Wednesday, March 13 – Management tells everyone at our One Challenge Colorado Springs office to go home, and the office closes by 10am. But … several OC Board members were traveling from different parts of the U.S. by car and plane to attend the bi-annual OC Board meetings scheduled to start the next day.
Chairman of the Board, Michele Wilson and her husband Mick, were driving from New Mexico, entering the Colorado Springs area Wednesday afternoon. They exited I-25 at Woodmen only to crawl along the road, navigating around stranded trucks and other vehicles, arriving safely at their hosts’ home in 45 minutes instead of 15 minutes. Members traveling from Puerto Rico and Canada managed to get to the Springs after flight delays and re-routed connections, while six others had their flights cancelled. Thanks to technology, those not in CO could still attend the meetings virtually.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the “bomb cyclone” storm had a 96-mph wind gust equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane in Colorado Springs, the strongest wind gust ever recorded at the city’s airport. A central pressure reading of 970.4 millibars in Lamar on March 13 made it the lowest sea level pressure reading ever recorded in the state. These intense wind gusts with large amounts of drifting snow stranded motorists and knocked out power.
Despite this record-breaking weather and last-minute changes, the three-day meeting went on as planned. Business items included a State of the Mission report with skyped in reports from a couple overseas fields, financial health and budgetary issues, and reviews of new or renewed collaborative initiatives. The main role of the OC U.S. Board of Directors is to secure the future of the organization. This means positioning the ministry for the greatest long-term contribution to the fulfillment of the Great Commission. The Board provides strategic planning for adequate resources (finances, personnel, partnerships, etc.) and strategic leadership for the most effective long-term strategy.
Chairman of the Board, Michele Wilson said this about the meetings,
“Although it was a very unusual meeting, I was impressed at the perseverance of the Board Directors in trying to get to the meeting. And when thwarted, being willing to connect virtually for hours at a time. Their commitment to One Challenge was inspiring and a great encouragement to me as chairman. We were all amazed at what the Lord is doing around the world through the hard work of the One Challenge mission workers, and we are all so grateful to have a small part in what is being accomplished!”
The consensus was that face-to-face interaction is much preferred, but this meeting was quite effective and good business got done. This is what One Challenge President, Dean Carlson, said,
“We so enjoyed the recent board meeting. Thanks to those who braved the blizzard or valiantly attempted to do so and ultimately joined us virtually. Amidst the challenges faced, the Lord met with us. I believe we emerged with an expanded sense of his magnificence (seen in the blizzard), an expanded understanding of the Great Commission (seen through the lenses of SE Asia, Mongolia and the OC Global Alliance), and a shared sense of God’s hand on the mission (as seen in organizational thriving).
The next board meetings are scheduled for October this year and will include the U.S. One Challenge area directors. Let’s hope our weather cooperates as the meetings will be conducted again at the U.S. Mobilization Center in Colorado Springs.