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Congratulations to Debbie Bresina on her 25 Year anniversary at Dare 2 Share!

Posted by Greg Stier on Oct 20, 2020 12:53:49 PM

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When Debbie Bresina started working at Dare 2 Share 25 years ago we were a completely different ministry than we are today. Our name was Warriors For Christ and now it is far less, well, intense (thanks to Debbie talking me into renaming it!) We had only a small volunteer staff at the time (today we have an amazing team of 25 strong full time)! We were pretty scattered in our efforts back then, having five ministry thrusts! But today we have a laser focus on one thing: every teen everywhere hearing the gospel from a friend. A quarter of a century ago we were exclusively focused on teens in the United States. But today, we have over 90,000 youth leaders actively downloading Dare 2 Share materials from 90% of the countries around the world! 

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Honestly, I attribute much of the success Dare 2 Share has experienced to Debbie Bresina's leadership here. Having come from a high tech and marketing background she came into this ministry with an eye for impact and focus.  She asked hard questions and pushed for true impact.

Five years ago she became the President of Dare 2 Share and twelve months ago I completely (and gladly) stepped out of the chain of command. Today my role is that of a Founder. I speak into strategy but primarily cast vision, preach sermons (podcasts/trainings/youth events/church services/etc) , raise funds and write books and articles on behalf of the ministry. 

It is Debbie who leads the ministry. And rightfully so, because she is an amazing leader!

She and her amazing husband Rick are two of my wife and I's closest friends. We have been so honored to have partnered with them for so long to reach a generation through a generation.40E315F6-7621-42EC-BDE9-D3AD15DBBE77

At our board retreat this last weekend we celebrated her 25 years at Dare 2 Share. The VP's put together a little video to celebrate her with filmed congratulations from ministry leaders across the nation and several friends and partners.

I wrote a poem to honor her time here. It has a few inside references to it that only staff would understand, but you'll get the gist of it.

And, if you feel led, leave her a comment of congratulations in the comment box below. She is an amazing woman of God and it has been a blessing to work by her side for the last two and a half decades!

25 Years

It’s hard to believe 

How the time it has flown,

And how, since you started,

The ministry‘s grown.

 

When you first came on board

There was so much to fear.

Fixing the mess

Took your time, sweat and tears.

 

You asked the hard questions. 

You upset the cart.

You started some trouble

Because that was your part.

 

But your brand of trouble 

Sparked the right kind of change

As I look back at it now 

It was all God arranged.

 

He used you to focus

Our diffused ministry light

Into a sharp laser beam

That cut through the night.

 

Soon after this time

We finally broke free.

From old ministry ties,

It was just you and me.

 

We had our new offices

But it was a bit too rash

Because within a few weeks 

We ran out of cash.

 

You and Rick came over

And at our table sat down. 

In his deep, scary voice,

“You gonna turn this around?”

 

I told him my plan

To work hard and pray,

All the while hoping 

You’d both choose to stay. 

 

From that moment of “yes”

How things they have changed!

The Lord has provided

In ways that seem strange.

 

From eighteen wheel trucks

To gifts big and small

Our God has provided

He’s provided it all!

 

He’s provided the wisdom. 

He’s provided the team.

He’s provided the money.

He has sharpened the dream,

 

But as I reflect

At what he’s gotten us through,

The best gift he has given

Is the gift that’s called you.

 

Your hard work and focus

To tackle the task,

The kindness you show

The hard questions you ask.

 

Over twenty five years

How you have grown!

You’re the best leader

I‘ve been privileged to know.

 

So thanks for investing 

In this ministry call.

I know you won’t stop

Until we reach them all. 

 

Or until God says enough

Of this race you have run.

Just know this for sure,

That he’ll tell you “well done!”

 

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Hi, I'm Greg Stier, CEO and Founder of Dare 2 Share Ministries. On this blog I share personal experiences about life, ministry, and how we are mobilizing teenagers across America to share their faith. I would love to connect with you. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook or join a move of God at Dare 2 Share.

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