This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage to the new world. The hardships they endured included half of them dying during the first winter. In modern times, 2020 has been an unprecedented, difficult year. Even so, we have much to be thankful for and are especially grateful for our wonderful clients and every member of our dedicated team. We love our work family.
Wishing you all a lovely Thanksgiving!
Image Credit: Howland Overboard (cropped) by Mike Haywood
Earlier this week we enjoyed a snowy Christmas gathering at our office complete with a fun gift exchange. This year we added another table for our luncheon, and it gave us an opportunity to look back on the progress we’ve experienced. Many of your organizations are growing, and we love working together to help you streamline your systems.
We are pleased to officially announce that at the end of January, we’ll be moving to a new larger state-of-the-art office (just down the street), enabling us to provide even better assistance. It’s currently under construction, and during Thanksgiving week, Farica gave our daughter, Hadley, a tour. Seeing the walls come up on this strong new foundation to support our team and our clients, we recognize all this is possible through the trust each of you have placed in us.
Wishing you all a season of joy and love!
Last Saturday, Amy and nine members of the Anderson family gave a presentation to the Missouri Mayflower Society. Mark directed AV while Amy created content and coordinated with family members. In preparation, they reviewed quite a bit of history and continue to be inspired by the lives of these resilient and tough people we know as the Pilgrims
The Pilgrims had a bold plan with small odds of success based on Jamestown losing 70 of 108 settlers during their first winter in 1607 and 440 of 500 settlers the next. All other attempted European settlements of North America had failed. Their conviction God called them to pursue freedom to worship was exceptionally strong.
When they reached Cape Cod on a cold November day, they determined that in order to survive the frigid and desolate American wilderness, they must work together. The Pilgrims drafted and signed the Mayflower Compact, a document that ranks with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in importance to our country’s history. This compact specified a civil government with elected officials and was key to their survival. Considering their lack of food and adequate shelter during that first brutal New England winter, it’s no surprise half of them would be buried before spring. Without the peace treaty with Massasoit and the help of the Native Indians—who taught them how to successfully plant crops in this new land—it’s unlikely they would have survived at all.
As we reflect on this history, we are filled with gratitude for the freedoms and opportunities we have today. It is a pleasure and privilege to help each of you in your organization. The American spirit of working together lives on.