I was ending my Deaconate year at Trinity College of Theology. I hated the thought of coming back to America. I grew up in Europe and for the last 3 years of my life Dublin had become more of a home to me that Vancouver, Washington, where I was born. The time was coming fast that I would have to defend my thesis. I called it, “The Road to Salvation.” You can find it on amazon, but I am getting of track.
We all have stresses in our lives, for some they may seem bigger than others. Defending a thesis that I lived out was not as stressful for me as finding the funding to continue my education to finish my PhD. This was a feet that many would have never thought to be possible. After all I did not master the basics of reading untill I was 31 years old.
On the other hand, I do have an photographic memory and a tenacity that is only rivaled by my hated for people telling me something is not possible. I never did get ordained to the Priesthood in fact my wife and I run these websites together. However, the sacrifices made in those years gave me the strength and the faith needed to run a for profit organization whose mission is to help others overcome the limits that they put on themselves so they could achieve the goals they have for their lives.
If you follow theurbanproblem.com, then I don’t have to tell you how important it is that people purchase products from The Up Store. Our ministry never takes donations, although God knows we need the money to keep going. We feel if would be hypocritical to preach about self reliance and take donations to keep going.
While in the Seminary I got an hours worth of sleep a night, and my only concern was to keep my grades up. Now I am concerned about the kids on every street corner, hold signs begging for food or money just to keep going.
Theupstore.co is building an app that could offer jobs to anyone who wants it. But we are running into problems in the development stage. My friends, I have not been sleeping at all for months. Kansa and I still work full-time and come home to a podcast, a blog and a website that is attempting to drive sales.
As I said no donations are welcomed. To encourage traffic to The Up Store I talk about the struggle that my wife and I have to continue to live off of a $50.00 a week food budget even as prices go up.