Revive - A Quarterly Fly Fishing Journal - Page 17

There are many times in the evolution of an idea or mission when the direction becomes unclear or less apparent than it was at some previous juncture. Those that can meander through these curves in the metaphorical road have the makings of a mission that is destined for greatness and one that may affect real change. Often times though the curves bring about uncertainty, doubt, and an eventual hesitation that many times thwarts the original intent. My interaction with FFC has been for the most part brief but through the conversations and personal interactions I have come to see that they are most certainly not in the group that loses their way. Their mission is simple. Stand for Righteousness. Help those that cant help themselves. Be a witness. Be the person you wish there were more of. Don’t get distracted and don’t lose sight of the mission.

The best part about this mission and this group of people is that they have found a way to involve those of us who are passionate about the outdoor and fly fishing lifestyle and give us the chance to be a part of the change we want to see in the world. We don’t all have to be visionaries to be a part of something bigger. We don’t all have to be rich to fund it. We don’t all have to be missionaries who can travel the world to bring light to the darkness. But what we all CAN BE is compassionate, and kind, concerned, and giving. When FFC founder Bucky Buchstaber told me of their plans to travel to Thailand and do their first Tilapia farm installation in support of sex trafficking rescue I was so impressed by the immediacy and the scale at which they were tackling their mission. They weren’t going to do something quick or easy or even close but they wanted to take the mission head on, enabled by the collaboration of the like minded fly fishermen and women that choose to be a part, bringing hope to those in need. As it turns out, they got to do some pretty amazing river exploration as well. Accompanied by the ever impressive Ian Pratt for documentation, they set out with hope and prayers and they came back with more than just a good fishing story…