About Mike Rusch

Based in Downtown Bentonville, Arkansas, Mike is the Chief Executive Officer at Pure Charity, a nonprofit dedicated to building world class technology solutions for Nonprofit Organizations, Individual Fundraising, and Community Advocacy.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for Help One NowMercy House GlobalCanopy Northwest Arkansas99 Balloons@HopeMob, Laundry Love, and Serve Northwest Arkansas.  

Prior to Pure Charity, Mike worked for Nickelodeon, The Walt Disney Company, Hershey Foods, and served in the US Marine Corps. Mike is a husband of 22 years, father of 4, a lover of a great story, and never too far from a fly-fishing river.  

Of sinew and stones

There are times in life when the way you walk changes, and there are times when you must stop and stack stones. I have never been able to force these kinds of moments, and rarely do I fully recognize them until after they have passed.

These moments do not happen very often nor do they ever come easy.

They hurt.

They tear.

They open wide my eyes.

They allow me to pour out my hate into the hands of another.

They pull fists full of shadows out of my chest.

They allow my spirit to begin to heal again.

I can see now that my time spent under the Live Oaks will quietly serve as a marker of both torn sinew and stacked stones.

I'm left with thoughts like these...

The Church is real and it never shines brighter than on front porches in the moonlight.

True communities worship.

We are a hurting and tired people.

We have not lost hope.

Human Care requires that we love each other with the same intensity that we love our hopes of helping others.

Everyone carries a gift whether they can see it or not.

The ability to recognize the gift in yourself sometimes requires you acknowledge the gift you see in others.

Gifts that are never given still hold a place in the heart for a reason.

Words may need to remain unspoken for fear of getting in the way of God's voice.

True contemplative faith requires restraint as much as it requires freedom.

The strong man will grow weary.

We need each other.

God forgives.

God restores.

All things are being made new.

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