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A Visit from LightSys

Posted by Tom Hallman at Aug 24, 2009 11:05 AM |

A Visit from LightSys

Tim (front left) visiting the Systems Department

No matter what industry you're in, you've no doubt wished that you could have an expert consultant come in and help you evaluate your organization from top to bottom.

What if someone offered to come do that for free?

A few weeks back we got a visit from Tim & Patricia Young from LightSys Technology Services.  We'd met Tim at an ICCM conference some years ago, and this is now his second visit to the DiscipleMakers HQ.  Because LightSys does fundraising similarly to how DM does it, Tim's services to us were totally free!

According to their website,

LightSys is dedicated to equipping Christian missions and ministries with the computer technology correct for them, including the knowledge and contacts needed to support that technology. As a result they can serve with greater efficiency, keeping their mind on their task, not their computers, thus redeeming technology -- for God's Kingdom.

We really found that to be true!  We spent about three full days with Tim in our conference room while he answered our barrage of questions about everything from wireless networks to fundraising to donor management tools to open source project management.

Tim has the rare gift of being very tech-savvy but also being a great networker.  Because of that, he was able to help us understand whether the things we were doing were "normal" or "out there".  Through him will be able to connect and "work with" many other missions out there, and we're hopeful that Tim's influence will help both DiscipleMakers and other organizations to benefit over the years to come.

Beyond all that, Tim is a wonderful story-teller, and he enthralled our kids with tales of treasure hunts and us adults with the story of how he and Patricia met.  (The latter takes about 45 minutes, but is well worth it.)

Tim's wisdom and experience were invaluable, and we are so grateful that he was willing to spend some time with us!

Thanks Tim!

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