It’s very hard to believe that 10 years ago, Adam Stubbs and I (both Bible-school graduates with no business degrees) were traveling to our first Care Net Conference with only a small amount of cash to our names, 10 customers and no jobs! We knew there were a lot of prospects. We had done our research. We had a business plan. Still it was a risk, but aren’t all startups risky? Yet, we knew God was in it. We had seen God working behind the scenes and we knew He would provide for us. We knew that a lot of ministries could benefit from this software program called Ministry Sync.
Our wives, although they get little credit for it, were also taking a risk. You see, my wife Jennifer was pregnant with our 4th baby and Adam’s wife Brooke was pregnant with their 3rd. If Ministry Sync didn’t work, our families were at stake. Our wives were pretty much single moms for the first year or so and willingly so. Without them, Ministry Sync wouldn’t be here.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33.
We walked away from our first Care Net Conference with over 150 leads, and I remember saying to Adam on the flight home, “Well, at least we have something to do with ourselves!” A few months later, a friend of ours gave us an angel investment of $50k with no strings attached. The Lord had seen our faith and obedience and He provided. Adam and I split the money, 50/50. We were not used to living off of so little, but God provided every step of the way. In fact, we saw some amazing provisions during the first year — enough to fill a few journal pages!
Below are the first of five pages of amazing provisions the Lord did for us.
On December 27, 2007, Moriah Rose Galicinski was born. Her birth was the only birth we didn’t pay a dime for. The name Moriah means: “The Lord will provide”. Needless to say, we had learned a very important lesson — we had learned to put our complete faith and trust in Jesus, for everything. We knew this in our heads before, but now it was real. We knew without a shadow of a doubt that God would provide our needs and that He had our backs. We just needed to follow His lead, no matter how hard it might seem.
It’s important to note that God didn’t make it easy for us. He provided amazingly, but Adam and I were working like slaves on a ship! We both had to work the phones in sales during the day, while prospects were available to call. Then we took a break around 6pm for dinner, said goodnight to our children and headed back to work by 8pm where we would be focused on software and business development. Many nights would end at 3am before waking up to do it all again. I remember practically begging people to use our software (there is a reason why I’m not in sales anymore #companyjoke). But, hey, when you literally have nothing but a handful of customers and time is ticking away, you get desperate 😂..
I think I could probably write a book on everything I’ve learned in the past 10 years. Everything from “How not to create a software company” to “How to build your own datacenter” to “Why datacenters aren’t worth it” to “Why deploying new features on Friday isn’t a great idea” to… well, you get the idea. Throughout it all, one thing has stayed the same — Ministry Sync is still a business that is dedicated to the Lord inside and out, and the Lord is still providing in amazing aways.
Celebrating the Past
To celebrate this great work the Lord has done, we put together a cool video and a 10th year anniversary website. So many of our customers are doing some amazing things with our products around the world that we wanted to take some time to share them with you! We also want to hear your story! If Ministry Sync has helped you accomplish your mission in any way, shape or form, we want to know.
What’s in store for the future?
There are a lot of exciting plans for Ministry Sync’s future. Much of it is top secret of course, but there is one thing I can share with you. For the past 3 years, we’ve been focused on designing and building The New Ministry Sync. We went back to the drawing board and are in the process of reimagining a lot of our tools. Because the Ministry Sync toolset is so complex, this has been a huge undertaking and it’s taken us a lot longer than we expected. But I’m excited to announce that we will be releasing a free public beta of The New Ministry Sync starting sometime in January. More on that coming soon!
To God be the Glory!
CEO – Ministry Sync