Introduction for Scott Harrison – The Gathering 2012

These are Scott Harrison’s word. “In 2004, I left the streets of New York City for the shores of West Africa. I’d made my living for years in the big Apple promoting top nightclubs and fashion events, for the most part living selfishly and arrogantly. Desperately unhappy, I needed to change. Faced with spiritual bankruptcy, I wanted desperately to revive a lost Christian faith with action and asked the question: What would the opposite of my life look like?”

Scott and I have a lot in common. Few of you know I made my living promoting fashion events – but at calf roping contests in East Texas.

I’m not going to argue about the syntax of the comment by a prominent politician saying, “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” In the best possible way, Scott Harrison would be the first to say he did not build Charity:Water on his own – and that is part of the genius. People obviously believe they are a part of this because in just over five years, Charity Water has raised over $50 million from 250,000 generous donors around the world. They have also funded 4,282 water projects that will provide two million people with clean drinking water in 19 countries.

I cannot tell you Scott’s story. He will have to show you.

Please welcome Scott Harrison to The Gathering.

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