His name is Pastor Andrew Wittman. Andrew and I first started corresponding via e-mail back in October of last year. What has always stood out to me about him was his undying faith, optimism and selflessness, as well as a commitment to doing the right thing, setting goals that would benefit others, and getting the job done.
Given his resume, I think I see where that comes from.
Andrew’s parents were missionaries who founded the very first Bible Seminary in Australia, where he was born. After returning with them to America, he joined the United States Marine Corp in 1985. He spent six years in the Corps as an infantryman, saw combat in in the first Gulf War as well as in Panama. After that, he served as a Sheriff’s Deputy in Spartanburg County, SC, and then as a federal agent with the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington. Among other assignments, he was Sen. Joe Lieberman’s lead advance agent for a year following the attacks of September 11, 2001, worked for Hillary Clinton during the anthrax scare, and was agent in charge of Nancy Pelosi’s detail in 2002 and 2003.
Pelosi, he told me once last year, actually talked him into running for Congress in 2004 as a Democrat. Because he ran as a “pro-life, pro-God and pro-guns” Democrat, however, he didn’t make it through the primary. As he tells it, though, God had other plans for Andrew and his family, and in May 2005 he established the Covenant Life Outreach Church.
I like Andrew. He’s good people, and just about as altruistic as it gets. We’ve talked about politics, about guns, about our kids–I have one, he has three–and a whole lot more. So when I received the following note from him, I couldn’t help but pass it along and do what I can to help. I don’t often ask for personal favors here at America’s Right–in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever asked, other than pleading ever so often that you call your congressmen–but this weekend, I ask that you read what Andrew sent me, and watch the short video.
When I was a federal agent assigned to protect Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Lieberman, members of Congress and heads of state and such, I was jokingly tagged with the nickname “The Magic Man,” because folks seemed to thing I somehow “worked magic” for those I was protecting. It wasn’t magic at all, I was just bold enough to ask for whatever I needed to accomplish my mission, no matter how impossible, such as shutting down an entire city’s airspace due to terrorist threats against my protectee. I had no problem asking for those measures because I knew in my heart it wasn’t for me personally, and that I wasn’t profiting from it.
Now, I’m working for the Creator of the Universe and have been tasked with a
mission to Africa. Following the recent difficulties there, I’ve been called to embark on a project in Kenya. As you know, CLOC prides itself on being interactive as much as possible, and because of that Kim and I recorded a short video detailing the motivation behind, need for, and goals of the project. Please take a look if you can, and pass it along to good-hearted family and friends.
As Kim and I noted in the video, we are bringing refurbished laptops with solar chargers to rural village schools, at a cost of about $500 per each unit. This project is about economic development through education — it is NOT aid.
We need to raise $11,000 by September’s end in order to pull off the first stage of the project in December. We are trying to establish a collaborative effort involving individuals, community organizations, churches, and corporate sponsors.
I know that finances may be tight as a result of the same bad economy that all of us are seeing and feeling, but I’m going to be bold enough to ask for your help: Please help me “work the magic” again by becoming a financial partner with us today and
also put us in touch with any other individuals, groups, churches, or corporations that might join the effort going forward. All contributions, of course, are tax deductible.
Here is part of an email I received last week from my host:
Dear Pastor Andrew,
We thank God for your coming, we know for sure it is timely after we experienced civil war in 2008 when so many people were killed, mostly in my town here, Eldoret. Most of my neighbours were killed. We were almost to be killed but we pleaded with the rebels as we also prayed and they spared our lives. It is now time to change, we thank God for your coming, it is timely. We are praying for you my brother. We have so many orphans, and hopeless people in town and the villages where you will be ministering, we just pray the Lord to use you the way he wants. Pray with us that we are sending a message of peace and reconciliation.
Pastor Andrew Mulongo
Kenya Christ Gospel Ministry
Jeff, please call me at any time with any questions or for a more details. Thank you for your prayers and, if you can, for helping us financially or for even passing the video along to good-hearted folks in your own life.
To be honest, I feel awkward bringing this sort of thing up here at America’s Right. But it was during those early days of 2008 when I was first thinking about establishing this Web site that the story of the fifty women and children burned alive in the Assemblies of God Church in Eldoret first weighed upon my soul. I remember reading a BBC piece describing how, as a woman escaped from the burning church with her child, the attackers grabbed the baby from her and threw it back into the inferno. That sort of thing transcends politics.
Part of the reason that I first started America’s Right was to somehow make a difference. And while I think I’ve managed to open up a few eyes at home here in our great nation when it comes to American politics, I feel like there’s so much more that can be done around the world.
You know me, folks. You know that I’m not one of those touchy-feely types who takes home every puppy and drops a quarter in every outstretched hand. I’ve been criticized by people on the left as being cold and heartless, in fact, lambasted because I believe that so many of the people in America who are depending upon the federal government for everything could, instead, prosper if they just invested in themselves. Here in America we have the tools to better ourselves and, despite what the class warfare addicts on the left try to tell you, those tools are readily available.
In Kenya, however, they’re not. And that’s what attracts me to what Andrew is doing. It’s not a handout. It’s not an air-drop of rice, Gatorade and government cheese. It’s a free-market approach to economic development, sowing the seeds of real, actual change in people who want to be able to invest in their own lives.
I applaud Andrew for what he does in his own community, and I applaud his efforts in Africa as well. Because they are his efforts, too, I know that anything we can contribute is money well spent. My wife and I are struggling, for sure, but our trevails are nothing compared with those across our own country, and over in Eldoret. So, besides doing what little we can, I thought I’d pass along the information about Andrew’s Kenya Project–and about Andrew himself–and let you decide for yourself. If you do feel compelled to help, click HERE for contact information.
My apologies if this unconventional piece bothered you, but thank you for listening nonetheless, and have a great weekend.