Tag Archives: New York

be the good

This September 11th, on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, one of the orders of the day at brokerage firm BGC Partners in New York City will be investing in efforts to feed people in need throughout the world.

Brokers will be joined on the trading floor by Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014, and Rod Brooks, president and CEO of Stop Hunger Now, during the 11th annualĀ BGC Charity Day. Miss Vega and other celebrities will work side-by-side with BGC traders to encourage others to give with their hearts to help Stop Hunger Now end global hunger.

BGC launched Charity Day to commemorate the 658 employees at Cantor Fitzgerald and the 61 employees at Eurobrokers who lost their lives in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. BGC donates all of its global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and select charities, including Stop Hunger Now, throughout the world.

Join us in keeping alive the spirit of unity and compassion
that arose in the aftermath of 9/11.

For updates from the field, follow us on social media!

looking forward to my own bed

I left the Sierra Leone Annual Conference in Kenema yesterday. I was blessed to be able to participate. I spent time with old friends, made new ones, had the opportunity to preach, and hopefully even established some new potential partnerships. It was a good four days.

After only six and a half hours on the road I arrived here at the Hotel Barmoi in Freetown. Along the way we saw only two major accidents, which is about average, and had several close calls ourselves. Let’s just say that highway safety and driver etiquette here in West Africa differs from that in the US.

We stopped in Bo for brief visits to the United Methodist Mercy Hospital and the Child Rescue Center. The visits were not long, but again, the progress being made is obvious and the commitment is there to do even more.

What was enlightening to me was the growing economy I could see through my travels. Sierra Leone continues to leave its turbulent history behind. Both in Waterloo and Bo, towns I had been in during the war, the growth since I was last here was unbelievable. And all along the route between Freetown and Kenema there were roadside venders. There was seldom a kilometer without someone selling charcoal, firewood, woven baskets or palm wine.

Since arriving back here at the Barmoi I have been taking full advantage of the internet as well as the hot water. Cold showers are ok, they’re just not my favorite.

I have already confirmed my water taxi for the trip across the bay tomorrow, so I should be at Lungi Airport in plenty of time for my flight to Accra. From Accra I fly to New York then on to RDU. The trip has been a good one, but I am already looking forward to my own bed.