The number of people wondering whatever happened to that guy who lost the Mayor’s race by a whisker in 2010 is probably not in double digits, but for that blessed remnant I will address their curiosity. The rest of you will just have to click through to your search for cat videos and be on your way.
I, Don Marsh, loser of the 2010 runoff, have embraced that idea that the people have spoken. And I am fine with it. I continue to get the occasional condolence or apology for supporting my opponent, and even questions about running again, but I have better things to do.
Shortly after losing the 2011 at large city commission race, I took a long time to pray and seek the Lord about what to do with my life. My wife and I were done parenting children. Our grown son and daughter were surviving out in the wild, metaphorically speaking, and we had too much house to live in. We decided to do the Big Downsize, sell the house, and put home ownership behind us. We wanted to make ourselves light for whatever journey God called us on. And it worked.
To keep it short, we wanted to get back into children’s ministry, find a new church home, and work a lot less for money for the rest of our lives. That is when we stumbled upon Child Evangelism Fellowship and it was the answer to our prayers. I don’t know where they had been all of my life, but CEF has been evangelizing children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ since 1937, and it is currently doing so in 188 countries.
They are relatively well known for their Good News Clubs, which are mostly in public elementary schools during the release time. It seems that the Good News Club in Milford, NY won a lawsuit in 2001 that went to the US Supreme Court on the grounds that shutting out Good News Clubs when other groups were let in was “viewpoint discrimination.” There are now about 5,000 Good News Clubs in schools across America.
Cindi and I volunteered in Good News Clubs during the 2012 and 2013 school years. We took a class called Teaching Children Effectively 1, and we were amazed at how effective our training was! We went for further training in Warrenton, MO, at Children’s Ministries Institute so that we could become directors of a local chapter some day, and those doors have opened up! We are moving to Homosassa in Citrus County, and we will be directors of a new chapter there.
I will not be getting involved in politics in Citrus County. In politics, you have to get a majority of voters to do the right thing in order to make a difference. In our new work, we are teaching the next generation of grown ups (and voters) to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him. I will be satisfied with the results that will have upon my country in the future, but what is most important is that you don’t need a majority to please God or to go to Heaven.
I will still vote, and I will still hope for better government in my lifetime, but the next generation will NOT be doing better if we do not reach them with the Gospel. Do something REALLY meaningful. Get involved in your local CEF chapter with your time, your prayers, and your money. Live your life for Jesus as if you really mean it.