Saturdays At Panera

“A mentor has been defined as someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.” —Richard Edler

For almost three years I have had the privilege of being mentored by Hank Zampa. Once a month we meet at Panera and Hank pours into my life. Sometimes he simply lets me unpack my frustrations, sometimes he asks me challenging questions that cause me to rethink my current strategy, sometimes he gives me a word of encouragement or a book to read. His hindsight has been my foresight time and time again, and I am a better man because of that. And all of this came about because I simply recognized the need for a wise man to speak into my life, and I asked Hank if he would be willing to invest in me. I am so grateful he said “yes.”

Who are you allowing to speak into your life?

4 Responses to “Saturdays At Panera”

  1. Sharon Says:

    It sounds as if indeed you are blessed to have Hank in your life!

    I wanted to let you know you are now within the Assembly of God Blogs network. I’m so sorry it took so long to get your blog up! Thanks again, and I look forward to getting to know you via your blog on the network.

    A Hoosier Family-
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  2. Hank Zampa Says:

    It is a blessing to know that a person has been of value to someone else. A good mentor is also a good student, which means that I have also benefited from our meetings in Panera. Thank you for those valueable moments.


  3. Kelly L. Mosher Says:

    I first learned from Brother Jeff at Life Challenge the biblical principle and importance of mentorship; ‘Three-fold Cord’ sermon I believe. Craig reinforced this to the team at FHL by being very transparent with his own walk. As many can attest, finding the Paul to your Timothy is not without challenge, even two-way rejection. It takes many of us so very long to open up and begin trusting enough to even ask. Godly accountablilty is imperative for my success and for my peace. Being even a little island’ish is a deep danger zone for me.


  4. David & Jessica Czerny Says:

    August 2, 2003 was my first day in full-time ministry at Fa-Ho-Lo Camp & Conference Center. It was at this time that Craig Owens & I started to form a special bond. He was my: boss, as camp director, my teacher, as he guided me through John Maxwell’s 21 Laws of Leadership, my mentor, as he challenged & encouraged me spiritually, and my brother, as he invested in me physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually. I am truly blessed & thankful to be able to call Craig my best friend. “One thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” Albert Schweitzer


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