Because of an overlooked reminder, no one showed up for the public monthly prayer meeting Needle’s Eye has for its ministries. Though no one else was there, and though she had plenty of emails and graphics to work on, staff member Kat Hodges went into the conference room to pray anyway.
“I had an appointment with God on my calendar. I knew He was still showing up,” Kat said. While praying through Scripture, the thought to bless the Richmond marketplace with free headshots popped into her head. She immediately thought of photographer James Lee, but knew she couldn’t ask him to donate work. He had just donated a large amount of his time on a Needle’s Eye project.
Kat went to share the idea with fellow staff member Jordan Maroon. He added to the idea, saying they could get someone to speak on LinkedIn and personal branding at the event, but he agreed they could not ask James to photograph.
That evening Kat got on Facebook and couldn’t believe what she saw. The VERY HOUR she and Jordan were meeting, James had posted in the Young Professionals group. He said, “I bought new equipment I want to try out. Would some people like free professional headshots for their LinkedIn profiles?”
At that point the staff felt compelled to ask James! For a year now he has been thrilled to donate his skills and business for this event that will bless believers and nonbelievers in Richmond’s marketplace.
Next up the staff needed to find someone who could give a presentation on LinkedIn. Because the speakers from the young professionals retreat did such a great job, Kat asked them if they had connections to someone who could present on LinkedIn. Immediately Erin Braford’s name was given, that she had trained businesses on LinkedIn multiple times!
Kat contacted Erin, someone who has never been involved with Needle’s Eye. Here is her response:
“Crazy, crazy, thing is that I was JUST thinking about Needles Eye and wondering if I could do any training…really. For a long time I’ve thought about how I can help young professionals navigate career-life skills, and LinkedIn has always been one of those underutilized tools, especially for folks who don’t go straight to major corporate careers. What’s up, God??”
The staff can’t believe how easy this event came together. Prayer can save us so much time and effort. Are there new business ideas God might have for you, ready to give you all the resources you’ll need? Put it on your calendar to meet with Him and find out!
(After you mark your calendar for some prayer meetings, click HERE for details and registration on the LinkedIn Headshot Party.)